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2013-11-01 6:18 PM

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Subject: Hot Chocolate Sunday
Anyone doing this? I'm in- my girlfriend wanted to run it, and despite my better judgment I didn't talk her out of it. Going to packet pick-up tomorrow AM, from what I can recall at Union Station it was a real clusterf**k. Hopefully McCormick Place will be better suited, at least it should given the $20 parking fee there.

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2013-11-01 10:33 PM
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I am doing it. Albeit, I injured myself a few weeks ago and have not trained. Likely run/walk it
2013-11-02 4:22 PM
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On a positive note, getting in and out of the expo this morning took all of 15 minutes. Maybe, just maybe, RAM took some of the horrible feedback from previous years and cleaned up their act. The expo was packed. I was happily surprised.
2013-11-04 8:00 AM
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Subject: RE: Hot Chocolate Sunday
So I ran the 15k.

I know RAM has had some organization issues in the past, but I saw none of that this time. Packet pick-up was super smooth for me, race day was very smooth, getting my stuff after the race was no problem either.

Fun race for me.
2013-11-04 2:33 PM
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Originally posted by The Chupacabra

So I ran the 15k.

I know RAM has had some organization issues in the past, but I saw none of that this time. Packet pick-up was super smooth for me, race day was very smooth, getting my stuff after the race was no problem either.

Fun race for me.

I agree, I was totally shocked from start to finish that they actually had their s**t together this year. I was very pleasantly surprised- so much so that I would actually recommend this race again.
2013-11-04 3:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Hot Chocolate Sunday
I'll be honest. As a spectator the race was run horribly for me. They only allowed us on one side of the finish which happened to be directly into the sun. It was impossible to make anyone out. I finally gave up and just went to the end of the fenceline to find my wife when she was done. After 40 minutes for the 5k I figured I missed her and went to find her. The runner unite area was a zoo, crowded, and muddy! Oh, and after I went all the back to the park I find out my wife's wave was 30 minutes late going off. So back to the finish line I went. Very poor communication. Being the reason I didn't run was I have PF right now, I was rather unimpressed with the communication that led to me walking a whole lot more than I should have.


2013-11-04 3:15 PM
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Originally posted by Meulen

I'll be honest. As a spectator the race was run horribly for me. They only allowed us on one side of the finish which happened to be directly into the sun. It was impossible to make anyone out. I finally gave up and just went to the end of the fenceline to find my wife when she was done. After 40 minutes for the 5k I figured I missed her and went to find her. The runner unite area was a zoo, crowded, and muddy! Oh, and after I went all the back to the park I find out my wife's wave was 30 minutes late going off. So back to the finish line I went. Very poor communication. Being the reason I didn't run was I have PF right now, I was rather unimpressed with the communication that led to me walking a whole lot more than I should have.


I had a little bit of that at the end trying to reunite with someone. I agree that the unite area was crazy. I don't think there was anything they could do about the mud, but it was crowded. It's hard to find a place that won't be crowded with that many people. I feel like the reuniting issue will be a problem with any of the Chicago mega-races that attract 30000+ runners. The late wave is definitely messed up.

I'm not trying to defend RAM because I'd definitely be frustrated in your position.
2013-11-04 3:31 PM
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I did this race many moons ago when the start/finish was up at Montrose.  Then it got too big.  Like most of the other RAM races.  I won't do them.  They are too big.  Hell, I won't even do Shamrock anymore because they are just too darn big.  And frankly, with ANY race this big, there is going to be someone who gets a bit screwed because of the size. 

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