It was a cold snowy morning in Chicago, IL. I hopped in a cab to take me from my hotel on E. Whacker St. across the river and out to Lincoln Park for the Jingle Bell Run 5k sponsored by the Arthritis Society. After arriving at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Center in the park for registration I tied Jingle Bells to my shoes and wore one around my neck and set out to the starting line. Running through snow was a new experience for me. Very slippery when you need to do some quick footwork for a turn or to avoid mud or simply to get around people that were moving much to slow. There were 1,075 participants in the race. It was very difficult to get out of the starting gate and get moving on the race course. I spent the first half mile or so in the snow covered grass as opposed to the snow covered sidewalk so that I was able to move past the clumps of people until I come along to people that were closer to my preferred pace.
My official time was 26:01.5
I finished overall 133rd of 1,075 runners
96th of 402 males
11th of 26 Male Age Group: 20 – 24