Joliet Park District’s
Run3 Race Series
Joliet Park District offers a great series of 3 races throughout the year. All 3 races are held in or around
Joliet, IL, which is
approx 1 hour southwest of Chicago. All 3 races are also located just a few miles
off of Interstate 80, so they are also easy to get to. The first race is held in the Spring, the
second is in the Summer and the third and final race is held in the Fall. For completing all 3 races, participants
receive a fabulous hooded sweatshirt. This
year’s hoodie was a charcoal gray color and 2011’s was a basic black. I wear both of mine ALL THE TIME.
Race #1: Rockdale Ramblin 10k
The first race of the series is held in April in Rockdale, IL which is right off of exit 131 on I-80. This 10k is declared the “toughest course in the
Midwest” because of some
major hills. The weather was perfect
though, with some chilly temps and overcast skies so the hills didn’t seem so
bad (to me at least).
Pre race with some friends! (Mag Mile Runner)
During the race, I somehow forgot that this course was TOUGH and I wasn’t supposed to be running as fast as I was. I was on track to cross the line with a PR if I just held onto my 7:15 pace… Sure enough, I got to the finish line and my Dad snapped this pic of me…
Crossing the finish line with a shiny new 30 second PR! J
At the completion of the 10k, finishers are awarded a “dog tag” as a token of their achievement. That’s one of my favorite things about JPD’s races… there always have finisher’s medal’s!
Age Group awards with Mag Mile Runner
Notice the gray hoodie that I’m wearing in the above photo… this is the official race shirt for the 10k!! Down the left sleeve is written “TOUGHEST 10k IN THE MIDWEST.”
Race #2: Sundowner 5k
The 2nd race of the series is held in mid July, on a Thursday evening at 7pm. For this years race, it was extremely hot and humid and race organizers encouraged participants to simply run for fun. I listened to what they said and therefore finished with my worst 5k time in many years… because of this, I finished just out of contention for an age group award. L
The course itself for this race is very pretty. It is basically just 2 loops through a pretty forest preserve. There are a few rolling hills but nothing too challenging at all.
Basic white tech tee (unisex sizing)
Finisher’s medal for a 5k? Yes, please! J
Race #3: Red Eye 8k
The 3rd and final race of the run3 series is the Red Eye 8k. Held on a Sunday in November, this race starts super early, at 7:15am. It begins at Inwood Memorial Stadium on
Jefferson Street in
Joliet. The course winds on streets, down a path,
around St. Joseph’s
hospital and then back to Inwood, where the finish is on the blue running
Frankfort/New Lenox runners post race
Age Group Awards
JPD gives out age group awards for total time to complete all 3 races in their series. I was lucky enough to earn first in my age group (25 – 29) and got to take home the pint glass in my right hand (above). Also, I am wearing this years run3 sweatshirt in the above picture.
· Rockdale Ramblin – Great quality gray hooded sweatshirt, finisher’s dog tag medal and yellow age group coaster
· Sundowner 5k – White tech tee and finisher’s medal
· Red Eye 8k – Black long sleeve tee shirt, finisher’s medal black age group coaster
· Run3 series – Charcoal gray hooded sweatshirt and age group pint glass
I LOVE THIS RACE SERIES!!!
More information can be found @ http://www.jpdrun3.com/. The dates for next year have already posted, so be sure to mark April 13th, July 18th and November 3rd down on your calendar!!