Looking for an early-June half? Several runner friends have recommended the North Shore Half Classic in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Ill., on June 2. And because I’m a BibRave ambassador, you can use discount code BRNS19 to get a free surprise item.
Fellow BibRave ambassador and blogger Lisa Dretske ran the 5K and gave the race rave reviews.
“I really wanted to do this race initially because it’s in a pretty location,” she said. “You run through pretty neighborhoods. I also wanted a challenge and I heard this race was hilly.”
Dretske gave the race thumbs up for organization, pointing to well-mapped out routes and aid stations.
You can read her race review here.
Other runners have also given the North Shore Half Classic positive reviews on BibRave.com, with high ratings for aid stations, scenery, parking and race management.
“Besides being wildly popular by the local businesses and runners, the course is just beautiful running through the beautiful suburb of Highland Park,” Nardomarino explains. “If you haven’t run this race before, you definitely need to add it to your list of must-dos.”
A few other race details:
- The race offers pacers for the half marathon from 7-minute miles to 15-minute miles.
- There is no packet pickup on race day, so plan accordingly.
- There’s gear check and they even include small zip ties in your goodie bag to secure your bags.
Since I can’t travel for at least the next year (two kids in college at the same time will do that), reading these race reviews has made jealous of those who can make the trip. If you’re interested, check out the race site for more details.
Have you run the North Shore Half Classic or 5K? Were the hills as tough as described in the race reviews? (You may have to click on “Continue Reading” to leave a comment.)