Erin and I carpooled up there and had a lovely lunch at Whole Foods Kildeer before rolling into the resort. There was nowhere to park and had about an hour before the 2:30 p.m. start, so we checked in, trekked over to pick up our packets and then herded ourselves back to the other end of the resort to the start line. By this time, it was snowing quite heavily and for some reason, the roads had not been plowed. I get that it's a snow run and all, but there's no need to execute the theme to this degree.
As we shuffled to the start line, I was concerned about getting injured. It was very slushy and there wasn't any pavement to be seen. But hey, what's a race without a little danger.
The first mile loosened me up and I started to feel better about my situation. It wasn't actually that cold. But the snow blasting in my face coupled with the gross road conditions made it a slow slog. Had I known, I would have worn my clear cycling glasses and screw shoes to deal with the conditions.
|Anne, Me, Erin and Rachel (Maggie and Maureen were also out there somewhere)|
In the very last mile, you have to head uphill towards the resort, which left me gassed, and then, there's a turn to the finish line. I was hoping to kick it to the finish, but I was more concerned about not falling flat on my ass. Priorities.
|Rumchata for runners|
Our race registration permitted us entry into one of the wildest post-race parties I've ever seen. There were generous amounts of Miller Lite and all varieties of Lienenkugel, along with a dinner of sausages, hamburgers, chips and cookies. Also, Diet Pepsi ensures I will love this race to the bitter end.
After enjoying a few beverages, there was also a raffle for door prizes. I won nothing except a set of bunny ears. Sad panda. Then, the games began. Let's just say the race now has a new reigning sausage queen, and she was quite the celebrity for the evening.
|Dancing queen, wild and free|
We enjoyed the dancing, drinking and fun until the lights went on, and then the party continued elsewhere. Some running clubs had afterparties, some people hit the hot tub and other reconvened at the hotel bar. The resort offered discounted rooms for participants, so we eventually made our way back to our suite across the street to hunker down for the night. This morning, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast before making the looooong drive home. We saw an SUV flip as soon as we got on the highway, so I was more than cautious today.
Cost: $33.30 with processing online
Pros: Inexpensive, awesome post-race party, great atmosphere, discount at the resort
Cons: You basically have to stay the night. This is not a family-friendly race. The road conditions were very tough and the weather is unpredictable.
Would I do this race again? Yes!