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September 14th, 2017

Run Mag Mile 2017

One Day to Run and we were so excited that this was the day to do it! On September 9th, about 3,200 participants crossed the Finish Line at the Run Mag Mile 5k & 10k race. The sold out event started and finished at Grant Park with a stretch of the course taking runners down the most popular street in Chicago.

I decided to swap my RAM Racing safety vest for a participant bib that morning, joining our runners in a scenic running tour of my favorite city. When walking to the Start Line, I was pleasantly surprised to see CLIF representatives passing out CLIF Shot Bloks and Nuun Hydration stations. As a nocturnal runner who strongly believes in lazy weekends, I skipped breakfast for sleep so I appreciated the sustenance before a 6.2 mile run.

Throughout the course, I enjoyed seeing a diverse group of participants from casual walkers to people training for the Chicago Marathon in their charity team shirts. The collective enthusiasm and support from volunteers and spectators offered a glimpse of the celebration just past the Finish Line.

The post-race party seemed to be an event on its own- the sun seemed to be congratulating everyone with a pat on the back, the beer was flowing, there was a line for the bags set, music was playing, and there were smiles all around. Was this a race or just a bunch of friends hanging out in the middle of Grant Park? It was a nice reminder that summer isn’t over! When I was drinking a cold Oktoberfest from Revolution Brewery and raving about how good the Amylu sausage was, I was able to snap a quick photo of two women dancing and Kristen Heckert (female 10k winner!) probably running to the stage to pick up her prize.

The good vibes kept me around a little longer because of all the activities and booths from our sponsors and affiliates. MB Financial had fun, interactive activities in which winners were given gift cards, Aligned Modern Health staff helped runners with recovery stretches, and Run Mag Mile’s official charity, Teen Living Programs, was also present to talk about their organization.

Run Mag Mile 2017 was such a great success that we’ve opened registration for next year. Make sure to register now for the lowest price and mark September 8, 2018 on your calendar!

Happy Running,

Jill Andrada, RAM Racing