Friday, August 15, 2014

Race Recap: Elvis is Alive 5K (2014)

Today was the 17th annual Elvis is Alive 5K, held in Lincoln Park near the Peggy Notebaert Museum.

I wasn't planning on doing this race but as part of a wellness committee at my work place, we wanted to encourage folks to come out and enjoy running in a fun, supportive atmosphere.  After looking at a list of races, we knew this would be the perfect fit!

Packet Pick Up

I've said it time and time again but in traditional Fleet Feet fashion, it was a no-frills pick up.  Available at all locations, I stopped by and received a bib (with detachable drink voucher), awesome themed t-shirt, Elvis glasses with side burns and a check bag.  Simple, sufficient, awesome.

They were handing out playing cards with free prizes and coupons!
The combo of shirts:  "A little less conversation..."  "...a little more action"

Race Day
I spent a good 30 minutes playing with the Elvis sunglasses last night and many coworkers stopped by my desk today to play with them.  And the t-shirt?  To. Die. For.  I was so excited that my hubby bought in to the race so that we could have the matching half (embarrassing photo time? oh yes.)

We arrived right after 6pm so that we could grab another registration packet.  The sun was brightly shining and though it was a brisk 65 degrees, it was quite good running weather.  We mulled around a little bit more, checked out some of the vendors and stopped by gear check.  After all was said and done, we met at the flag poles in front of the Peggy Notebaert Museum to grab a group photo.

The Race Itself
The race started on the inner gravel path just north of the nature museum.  Those in full Elvis costume were given the premium start corral and the elite runners just behind them.  Elvis sang the National Anthen and sent us off on our way!  Our team broke into pairs; the runners, run-walkers and power-walkers.  
The path wound its way up towards Diversey, turned back to the lagoon (where I snapped this beauty), south of Fullerton and back up to our start line.  Carolyn and I ran pretty good intervals and felt strong the whole way.

Fleet Feet is known to be straight forward in their race productions (certainly not a bad thing) so this post-race certainly fulfilled that expectation and more.  In addition to their normal spread of Gatorade bottles, water bottles and Clif bars, they had pretzels, goldfish crackers and homemade peanut butter banana sandwiches.  YUM.

They also had complimentary Goose Island beer and post-race entertainment put on by the Elvis band.  It was great seeing all of the adults being silly and having the children run around.  There were also food trucks for those who wanted a hot snack which was awesome.

There are no complaints here; $30 got you a ton of goodies, a well organized race and an awesome crowd.  You should try the race at least once; they've been putting on this race for 17 years so here is to many more!

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