September 21st, 2017

Bucktown 5k 2017

When I started running in 2013, I didn’t know anything about races. “Racing” sounded intimidating and I didn’t know if I was worthy enough to participate in a timed event. Honestly, I registered because I liked the neighborhood, and I knew that there would be a good chance that I’d find a delicious post-race brunch place around the corner from the event. Years later and a handful of less intimidating race moments, the reasons I registered for Bucktown years ago are the same reasons I give our runners when they haven’t made up their minds about signing up for the race. Luckily, the Chicago flag fleece blanket was also an added incentive that I couldn’t stop raving about. RAM Racing wanted to acknowledge the city flag’s 10 year anniversary with a special goodie bag this year, which many of our runners were impressed by.

Registered participants who received the blanket probably kept the blankets stowed away since the weather during Sunday’s race wasn’t your typical autumn day. The sun was out for another warm but beautiful morning as about 2,500 runners and walkers gathered around Burr Elementary School in Bucktown. Unlike last week’s Run Mag Mile race that took runners through one of the most popular streets in Chicago, the Bucktown 5k offered participants the perfect view of what a lazy Sunday morning in Chicago looks like. The course meandered through tree-lined streets as children and their parents gave out high-fives, and a little girl was even selling cookies!

Local runner, Mario Castrejon, who’s on his journey of finishing 25 races this year, crossed the Finish Line with all smiles. Besides the course being flat and the event being accessible by public transportation, he appreciates the fact that instant photos and results are offered to all participants. This is especially true when you’re trying to PR like Mario: “I’ve run the Bucktown 5k before and it gets better every year because you guys (RAM Racing) put on well-organized races. When I’m trying to hit a goal, these things matter.”

Next year marks the Bucktown 5k’s 20th anniversary and if you’re familiar with our races, we love celebrating milestones! We’ve already started working on some exclusive Bucktown 5k goodie bag items so take advantage of the lowest price of the season and register now!

Happy Running,

Jill Andrada, RAM Racing