3,000 people can’t be wrong... a donut 5k was extremely necessary. While I don’t think you burn off nearly enough calories in a 5k to “deserve a donut,” I wholeheartedly believe you should enjoy the heck out of that donut anyway.
When I first heard about this 5K a few months ago I immediately sign up. Donuts + running = a few of my favorite things. The race did not disappoint.
With a super easy packet pick up at Fleet Feet and an Rx bar in my swag bag I was already pumped about what was to come next.
While I dislike races on Montrose Beach because it’s quite a walk from public transportation, it was nice to be a bit off the path. The race had a convenient start time of 8am and corrals with minute spaces in between so no one was getting run over. The course wound around Montrose and spend some time on the path which is always worrisome for other runners and bikers but it was a nice 5k path and not hilly (thank you!). Better yet, there were two donut aid stations along the course. Which means your chances of enjoying glazed donuts on this Saturday morning was thrice (unless you also stopped by the Stan’s donut truck that was parked nearby).
The start and race end were similar to all race starts and ends however there were giant inflatable donuts everywhere. Because let’s be real, Stan’s knows that the people want donuts. Oh and did I mention the medal? I don’t run every race for the medal... but when I do I want it shaped like a donut.
Perhaps it was because they partnered with Fleet Feet but for an inaugural race this was extremely well organized and managed so people could just have fun and pay homage to their beloved donuts. My only regret is that I am not fast enough to have won donuts for a year. Dear Stan’s... new favorite Chicago 5k!