Yesterday I ran the 20th Annual Fleet Feet Ravenswood 5K. This is only the 2nd or 3rd time I’ve ever participated in that race because in years past, it was usually the same weekend of the Lakefront 10 miler and back in the day I had more stamina and speed. Besides getting slower, I realized that April in Chicago usually has cold rainy weather and a 3 mile race usually ends much quicker than a 10 mile one.
But yesterday was optimal conditions for both race spectators and participants. Just warm enough at pre-race hour to wear shorts but not so hot that you experience the trifecta of sweaty, stinky, sticky after your run.
One of the cool things about a smaller race like this is the casual atmosphere mixed with professional race course set up. I didn’t register until Saturday and that meant I had to do race day packet pickup. My running buddy was able to get my bib because even though we made it out of the house in record time for parents of twins, we still didn’t leave
When I was running I kept hearing people call out “Go Mayor” and “Hey Rahm.” It didn’t surprise me that Mayor Emanuel could be running this race. He’s an avid runner and I believe he has some marathons under his belt (too lazy to look it up). It did surprise me to look over my shoulder at approximately 2.5 miles in and see the Mayor himself running practically next to me.
I said “How you doing” as this was not the first time we met. I bumped into him at the Belmont Blue Line Station years ago when he was campaigning for his first term. I understand why he didn’t remember as I was in street clothes that day.
I hadn’t taken a picture with the soon to be mayor than and thought this might be my chance to amend that. After all, in spite of how he is running this city and treating CPS, he’s still the mayor. But he had his race day face on which means he didn’t want to be Mayor Emanuel, he wanted to be Runner with Bib #55. So I did the next best thing and snapped a selfie with him in the background.
if you click here and search for Bib # 55, watch the video at the 17:15 mark — you can see him cross the finish line.
Which brings up another interesting thing about how racing has changed over time through the embracing of technology. When I first started running races, you’d run the race Sunday morning and weeks later you’d get a post card. Online results were a thing but they certainly weren’t posted right away. A few years later it became the norm to get preliminary-subject-to-updates results that afternoon.
Now we have instant results and finish line videos for Pete’s sake. I had joked with my Running Buddy that we aren’t too far from a Hunger Games type setup with real time tracking, video and soundtrack.
Lucky for Rahm, this wasn’t the Hunger Games 5K because unfortunately there are plenty of residence who would likely shoot more than a selfie at him.
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