Cornbelt Running Club, Chili Chase 4 mile run, 1:00pm February 23, 2014, 27 degrees, 9 dew point, wind NW 12, Fair – NOAA at MLI – 12:52pm
Registration: Available online through getmeregistered.com and on race day. Fees in the $20-$25 range. Included with fees were a pair of colorful socks with CBRC and chili peppers on them, a plastic mug, bib number, gloves, a coozie, and chip timing.
Pre-race / Packet Pick-up: Packets could be picked up the day before or on race day prior to the race. Parking was available near the start or down the road at the golf course, which was further away for late arrivals. Bathrooms available in main building on property, one each male & female.
Race & Course: After some announcements, (I was in the back & couldn’t hear them) the National Anthem was sung live. A gun signaled the start and the race was under way. Course was on paved surfaces, asphalt, chip n seal & cement. Needed to be careful for uneven cracks and potholes. Lots of hills, finish was uphill. Water stop at the half way point turnaround in paper cups. Each mile was marked with a sign. All intersections had a volunteer directing traffic, major intersections had law enforcement. A few spectators were cheering on friends / family members. The finish had a clock that was started with the gun, a flag, and timing mat to cross. The first 40 finishers for each gender received an insulated travel mug.
Post Race: The post race festivities were held in the building on the property. Water, beer, chili, sloppy joes, chips, cookies and bananas provided. The building had many tables and chairs, but was still crowded. Awards given.
Overall: Hilly course, great swag! I would run it again as there are not many races in my area this time of year, it’s also a nice challenging course.
Personal: Josh, Kelly, Laura and I participated in this race. In true racing tradition I like to wear my sparkle skirt and fun clothes. Kelly likes to do the same, however she overheard someone say “I guess you have to look cute if you are not fast.” I was mad, but as nice as Kelly is she wouldn’t tell me who it was so I could beat her. The important lesson here is that hate is ugly, and cute runners have more fun.
Josh and I had run 11 miles earlier that morning, we had to have 15 miles for our current training plan, so we ran the best race we could. Kelly PR’d by 50 seconds and Laura was just enjoying a run as she raced the previous day and brought home some hardware for 2nd in her AG. My friends are rockstars!
Results, Angie 35:43