Hey You Race Organizers Out There...Can You Hook a Gluten Free Girl Up?

It's summer time, and the 5K, 10K, Fun Run, Race/Walk, Half-Marathon, Triathlon, you name it events are in full swing in Chicagoland. There are so many events benefiting so many great causes out there, I often have a hard time choosing between them all. You can get inspired by running downtown with thousands of other women in a half-marathon, bring along your kids in strollers or your family pet in a 5K, walk to help cure breast cancer, get dirty in a mud run and obstacle course, or don an Elvis jumpsuit and run along the lake in Fleet Feet's Elvis is Alive 5K.

I've been enjoying all sorts of competitive and non-competitive events around Chicago for years, but I do have a question for all you race organizers out there. Can you PLEASE hook a girl up with a Gluten Free post-race snack?

Bananas and bottled water are certainly a welcomed treat at the finish line, but I'm always a little sad watching the other racers bite into their chewy, gluten filled bagel bites or energy bars as I go and grab yet another banana. I will typically bring my own gluten free snacks, but even so, they have to be stashed away somewhere and retrieved later with all my other goods.

So here's an idea, race organizers. During registration, provide a way for participants to indicate if they have dietary restrictions (i.e. gluten free). You know ahead of time what the demand is and could set aside a small bin of Udi's gluten free bagel bites, gluten free snacks/pretzels, etc. for those participants needing their post-race carb fix. Even better, stick a few gluten free snacks or coupons for local gluten free products in the goodie bags along with the race t-shirt. It's a win-win!

Anyone else out there doing the Chicagoland race circuit while gluten free?



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  • great suggestions!!!!

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