Rock the Night 5K

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Ram Racing Rock the Night 5k race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Wanting to run this venue for a couple of years now, I’m glad I was given the opportunity to be a part of it.  As always, RAM Racing always does such a great job with organizing these events with Fleet Feet.

Packet Pickup was a breeze at Fleet Feet Old Town.  I think it’s pretty smart to have a packet pickup at a store that stocks eye candy.  The staff is always friendly and smiling and there are so many goodies for a runner.  I’ll eventually get in to get properly fitted for some shoes (Like when the Chicago Marathon shoes comes out!)  Being overly OCD, I always get there right as the packets are ready.  I’ve never had to wait more than 5 minutes.  The packet came with the bib, some advertising, and a great race shirt.
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Parking for the event was even easier at the Waldron Deck near Soldier Field and there was tons of parking available.  I was already downtown for other business so I got there extra early to stretch and walk the lakefront paths near the harbor.  The parking ended up costing only $20 for the night.

The event itself was just one big party with great food, great beer, and some loud music.  I met up with my fellow BibRave Pros Eric and Heather.  It made the event even more fun to be there with such excited happy people.

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My goal for the race was to PR my 5K but I sadly didn’t hit it.  My legs just felt heavy and I think it was due to over-training for the Chicago Marathon.  As for the race and course, it was very similar to other RAM races heading south under McCormick and then turning around and heading back north along the lakefront paths.  It’s always a beautiful course when you head north and see the Chicago skyline in all of its glory.

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The post race party was top notch with plenty of food and spirits while listening to Maggie Speaks playing all sorts of music genres.  The Bells Brewery beer was absolutely great and the line was super long but moved pretty fast.  I ended up trying the Oatsmobile and it absolutely hit the spot after a race.  I mean, come on, a cold tasty Pale Ale after exerting yourself for a 5K?!  The sausages were from Amylu and you had a choice between the savory Apple and Gouda or the Spicy Andouille Chicken.  I, of course, opted for the spicy and another home run.

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3 Comments on “Rock the Night 5K

  1. Awesome!!! Neat that you got to run with some other BRP’s. Nice race shirts!! Glad you had a nice run and busy weekend of running! Hope you’ve gotten some rest!

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