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Chicago's Get Lucky 7 Run
March 17, 2014 - Mike Donahey
With Bing Crosby's "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" playing, Irish fairies and leprechauns wearing top coats and running shoes were out in full force for Chicago’s Get Lucky 7K (4.34 miles) and half-marathon (13.11 miles) runs on Saturday.
The event was held at Jackson Park, along the Windy City's scenic lakefront.
My two daughters and I were part of the nearly 4,000 runners taking part.
The three of us were well prepared for a chilly 7K run. Snow flurries, sleet, and strong winds along the lakefront running route dominated last year’s event, so we were relieved to see sunny skies and sunshine upon arrival.
But those positives were offset somewhat by a fairly strong breeze, keeping all a little bit chilled.
In the spirit of the event, I was wearing green sweat pants, a green hooded sweatshirt over a turtleneck, and all topped off with a light green scarf with shamrocks. I wore my my trusty brown wool hat and black gloves too.
Other participants could have accused me of being color blind, as by blue Brooks running shoes stuck out among the neon green, orange and multi-colored running shoes around.
Many runners had face paintings, fluorescent green beards, green hair, frilly, neon-green tutus and shamrock covered socks, all adding to the festive mood.
The race started promptly at 9:40 a.m., and my daughters and I started out with a strong, steady pace which served us well over the primarily flat course, but with plenty of black ice, puddles and mud to make one keep alert.
However, all were careful, and we did not witness any spills.
My daughters had trained more than me, and it showed especially the last mile. Regardless, we all improved on last year's time by approximately two minutes each.
Large, heavy-duty medals were awarded to finishers. Additionally, bagels, bananas, beer, chocolate and water were available to snack on in the end.
Having a chance to run with my daughters for the second consecutive year was special, and I'm hoping we can do Chicago — or another event — next year.
Credit the Get Lucky 7 Foundation with staging a well-organized and family-friendly athletic event. And yes, it was part of the city’s annual St. Patrick’s day festivities (held on Saturday since the 17th fell on Monday) with the annual parade and turning the Chicago River green.
Another parade though was held Sunday on Chicago’s South Side.