The Rosehill Cemetery is the largest and oldest cemetery in Chicago and was chartered in 1895. War veterans from every war, including the American Revolution, are buried there in addition to many famous Chicagoans. (source)
We started right outside the entrance to the Rosehill Cemetery and ran through the stone archway as the race started.
It was really dark for most of the race, thankfully there was a full moon which shone a bit of light in areas not shaded by trees. The darkness made things difficult to see at times so I tried to be very careful about where I was running. I kept a slower pace because I did not want to twist my ankle a week before the marathon. If the race had started on time it would have been a bit lighter which would have made running a bit easier. I was looking at the ground a lot of the time.
|The moon shining through the tree cover.|
Around mile two there was a section that was lighter and was really cool to run. It was by a small pond in the cemetery and I got to see some of the cool crypts and statues. This was really cool, I just wish it would have been like that the whole way. That was really my only complaint about the race otherwise I thought it was really cool. Unfortunately my phone doesn't have a flash so all my pictures are pretty hard to see. I should have brought my digital camera.
My finish time was 40:23. Certainly not my best, but it's not a big deal to me; it was dark and the race was more for fun than anything else.
|Post race in front of a crypt in the cemetery.|
I hope they do the race again next year and fix a few things to make it even better. There is really so much potential! A few other local bloggers ran, but I missed them before the race and it was hard to find anyone after, hopefully next time we will be able to meet up though. I had a good time and I think it is really cool to say I have run through a cemetery!
What is one of your favorite non-traditional road races? Have you ever run in graveyard before?