Rotary Santa Run 5K
|I mean...c'mon. So awesome.|
I'm going to go with all of the above!
As you can see it was a balmy, 9 degrees that "felt like -6," but despite the weather there was a spectacular turnout (1,034 finishers) for the Rotary Santa Run 5K held in downtown Arlington Heights, Illinois. Luckily, Casey scored a parking spot close to the start of the race so as you can imagine we kept our toes toasty until about five minutes before the race started at 10 a.m.
|Santa is everywhere!|
Highlights of the race:
-A hilarious group of individuals built a sleigh and had runners dressed as reindeers pulling it. It was amazing.
-Before the 5K race is the Reindeer Run, also known as the cutest race ever, as little kids (ages 10 and under) get in on the fun and run four blocks downtown. The kicker? Each kid is provided a pair of reindeer antlers and a Rudolph nose they get to keep (with only a $5 registration). Imagine a lot of tiny bundled up reindeers trotting down the street--heart: melted.
|Photo from Rotary Santa Run's Facebook Fan Page|
|This guy literally froze his mountain man mustache off for me!|
-I absolutely loved and appreciated the volunteers who worked this race in these conditions and all of the families and kids that came out of their house to support the runners. Not to mention, my unbelievable boyfriend, his mother (Cari) and his younger brother's girlfriend (Erica) who agreed to dress in layers of clothes, wear Santa suits and race in single digit temperatures. I felt like the Grinch in the fact that seeing this made my heart grow three sizes [larger] that day. Overwhelming joy.
|Mother and son.|
I love this picture. :)
-Bob Roooohhrrman even congratulated runners at the finish. Ha! If you live in the Chicagoland area, you know exactly who I am talking about.
|Bob Rohrman congratulating finishers.|
Source: Rotary Santa Run Facebook Fan Page
-And of course, the race provided a tent with water and plenty of snacks at the finish. Plus, we didn't know this until after the fact but there was a food truck giving away free coffee!
This race is great for the entire family and a perfect way to kick off the holiday season.
I am hopeful (based on our tour schedules) that we'll be able to make this a yearly tradition.
Thank you Casey, Cari, and Erica for doing this race, I'll cherish this memory forever!
HAVE YOU EVER PARTICIPATED IN A SANTA RUN?
HAVE YOU EVER DRESSED UP FOR A RACE? WHAT WAS YOUR COSTUME?