Just a few weeks ago I read this article in Chicago Athlete talking about how the mile race was starting to gain popularity. So I looked around for a mile race to run... and found the newly minted Run the Ribbon Mile Race, taking place this coming Saturday morning in (or maybe around is a better word) Maggie Daley Park.
Not only is it a mile race, it's a mile race in a sweet newly created location with a catchy title. And it's hosted by CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association). Which means it's legit.
“With mile races making a comeback, we thought a grass-roots running event would capture the attention and interest of our running community," says Ed Zylka, Executive Director of CARA. "So we set out to combine the mile, arguably the most revered distance in racing with the uniqueness of the skating ribbon course to create one of the most memorable race experiences around."
The race starts at 7am and is limited to only 500 runners (with youth, open and all-comer categories) with cash prizes for the top three male and female finishers (based on chip times).
I'm definitely not shooting for any kind of time prize, but I'm interested to see how fast I can run a mile - I haven't run that distance since high school. I imagine my single mile is not that much faster than my mile that goes along with twelve others... but we'll see on Saturday morning.
Online registration ends tonight at midnight so register now!
(You can also register or get more information at (312)666-9836.