So this year I decided to do it with my Dad, I was excited but nervous because I'm a little bit behind in my training and have only done a 6 mile run up to this point. This week in Chicago has been unbelieveably hot, naturally leading to a breaking point in the atmosphere. Of course it decides to blow-up friday night into Saturday. We had some CRAZY lightening and thunder friday night.
I woke up at 5:15am race morning and it was still raining and lightening. My Dad and I and a family friend all made the trek down to Waterfall Glen, with it getting darker and more ominous the farther South we got! OH NO! It was actually pretty hysterical to see the number of runners that were still planning on doing the run! Talk about dedicated runners!!! The field and area had little streams of water running everywhere, some were pretty significantly deep! Even after they announced that they might be calling the race, there was a lot of booing! I mean we were already there, already mentally prepared to tackle this race in these conditions. I mean it isn't called the Xtreme 10 for nothing! Around 7am, they announced that they had to cancel the race, that the decision had been taken out of the race director's hands because of the extent of the lightening, stretching from rockford all the way to where we were in the lemont area! Supposedly it was only going to get worse! Not sure that I believe it since this is what it looked like a few hours later, with the rain being completely stopped by the time we made it home...
Looks like a gorgeous day to me! Atleast we were able to still get our sweet shirts out of it!
Hopefully better luck next year and no lightening to ruin the race! But in this case it was definitely better to be safe than sorry!