2017 Fort 2 Base

The Fort 2 Base will continue to be one of my favorite races for the huge support for our military and their families.  I love the thought of running from military base to another military base.  Although the original Fort Sheridan Army Base has closed down years back, there is still some part of the old base that houses active and reserve military personnel.

The starting area was full of port-o-potties with LONG lines.  You could also pick up your race packet on the morning of the race if you got there early which is always a nice option.  There were no corrals per say, but there were pacers of every speed you just joined in with.  I arrived later than I wanted to only because I took the wrong bus to the starting line.  That’s the “not awake” morning person in me!!  When I arrived, I met my BibRave friend Heather for a quick chat before we set off.

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The race starts in the south portion of Fort Sheridan as it heads north around the old parade grounds and some historic buildings.  Definitely brought back some memories from my youth of hanging out with some of my childhood friends.  There are some beautiful historic buildings around the Leonard Wood loop before it heads out to the trails heading north.

This is the first water station around mile 2.  The remainder of the route along the trail didn’t have a ton of sights but it was perfect weather.  The course then enters the Great Lakes Naval Base around mile 8.5 and this is where you get your second wind.  This is the only basic training base for the entire Navy and right when you go through the main gate, you get major support from active duty military personnel.  You do get a quick glimpse of the finish line as you head south for a bit downhill towards the lake.

Hero Hill is the most infamous portion of this race and it was back to the original hill after last year’s reroute due to construction.  It’s an extremely challenging part of any race I’ve been in because it’s at the very end.  Last year, there were a bunch of cadets who would run up with you but I didn’t see any this year.

The finish line for the Fort 2 Base race is the reason I run this race.  There is tremendous support and cheering for the last 1/4 of a mile leading up to the stage and finish line.  The Army Colonel from Fort Sheridan and the Captain of the Great Lake Naval Base were on hand to hand out the finishers medals.

The volunteers along the course at the water and Gatorade stations were so cheerful and enthusiastic to keep you in the race.  They were truly dedicated and happy to be out there.  I will continue to run this race as long as I’m able to and look forward to every January 1st to sign up early!

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2 Comments on “2017 Fort 2 Base

  1. Frank! Had to stop by and check on your blog!! Looks like you are still doing an awesome job 😊 Sorry I haven’t been reading much lately, but I’ll try to fix that! I’m impressed with all you’ve accomplished in running 🙌🏻

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