Last week on Thursday, my roommate, her fiancé, and I ran the St. Michael’s Oktoberfest 5K in Lincoln Park. It was kind of a last minute decision, but it turned out to be so much fun. The race started and finished near the entrance to the Lincoln Park Zoo and the course looped around the zoo, with most of the running taking place on zoo and park paths. The weather was just perfect for an evening run and it was amazing to me how many runners there were given that the race took place on a Thursday night.
Upon entering the race, we received a t-shirt, Oktoberfest mug, and several small samples of sport-related items such as Power Bars, Sport Beans, sport creams, etc. My favorite part of races is the goodie bag! After race completion, there were so many treats for finishers including bananas, coconut water, bread, granola bars, apples, and much more! I was so impressed with the amount of post-race refreshments the people at St. Michael’s provided.
In addition to the race-site refreshments, there was a post-race party at Ranalli’s in Lincoln Park. Each runner got to enjoy some free appetizers, and even a free Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest beer! It was so fun just hang out and meet new people who are interested in the same things that I am.
This race was so well-organized and one that I will definitely consider doing next year! Below is a picture of us…so happy!