About 50 miles north of Chicago is a suburb called Round Lake. Admittedly, I’d have never know it existed except my best friend lives near there. My best friend also loves to talk me into running races with her (it’s not hard to do) and several years ago she talked me into running the Frosty Footrace 5K in Round Lake. Even though it’s at the end of February and the course consists of 3.1 miles of rolling hills that make you want to puke, it’s one of my favorite races of the year.
There’s something about a small town race with less than 250 finishers, no chip timing, easy parking (right next to the course!) and free all you can eat soup at the finish line that trumps those big downtown races.
There’s also something magical about this race. This was the third year I’ve run it and for some reason I always manage to hit a personal record even with the killer hills during mile 3.
Of course, maybe the other reason I love this race is that I’ve always come home with some hardware.
First place in my age group? Don’t mind if I do. There really is a first time for everything!
Of course some people love the big races with the bands and the crowds and doing them with tons of friends. And those have their place. But a small town race is what you make of it. And I make it big time fun.
P.S. Thanks to Kim’s husband for the photos!