Here in Chicago we are not used to running a holiday-themed race in 50 degree weather, but nobody seemed to mind leaving hats and gloves behind to run the Santa Hustle 5k last weekend! On a bright and sunny (and completely un-December like) Saturday morning, 18 Residential Members and over a dozen NonResidential Members made the trip down to Solider Field and found themselves among 8,000 other Santas, all in red shirts, hats, and even beards. It was a sight to see, with one Member– who couldn’t run because he had to catch a train out of town– reporting he could see “the millions of Santas filling the street” as he waited for the Amtrak.
Runners were able to enjoy a new course through the Museum Campus area and on the lakefront path, and in accordance with the holiday theme, there were not just your average water stops but also cookie stops along the route. Our members were just as focused on finishing as they were on fun, as everyone spent time together taking pictures in their costumes and even met a reindeer at the post race party.
Our top three finishers were Joe from St. Leonard’s (21:08 minutes), Al from Lawson House (24:35 minutes) and Carney from Lawson House (24:55 minutes). It was Carney’s first official race with Back on My Feet, as well as Rex’s, from Team Lake View. Rex was proud to cross the finish line with teammates Peter and Kyla.
Without a doubt, we enjoyed all our Santa time together and now look forward to enjoying the holidays, waiting for the real Santa to appear!