Halloween Monster Dash


Yesterday I cheered on some friends that were running their 1st Half Marathon at the Chicago Monster Dash! Jenna, Laura & I went out to cheer on Jen, Courtney & Heather. This is my Princess 1/2 Marathon group.

Although we (the cheerleaders) had been out late the night before, we rallied to meet at 8:20 to go cheer the other girls on.  We headed down to 47th Street where we thought the runners would pass mile 6 & 8, but we found… no one there. No one.  Luckily, iPhones let us check the website for the race, and we saw an update that the course had been changed THE DAY BEFORE!  Supposedly Mr. President needed to leave his Hyde Park home, although I don’t think we saw him out jogging along the lakefront to get to Air Force 1.

So, back into the car and rushing back up north toward Chicago Ave & the Lakefront. And a bridge was raised. I got out of the car for a few minutes to cheer runners on from way above the course. And then back into the car to zoom over to Chicago, find parking immediately (that’s never happened before for me in the Streeterville neighborhood!) and a dash out to the lakefront path for cheering.

We cheered and watched as the runners came by in costumes.  I saw many costumes. We kept a look out for our runner friends, and I think we missed the first runner – Courtney. We were around mile 10 but had been delayed due to our mishaps of the morning. 

Then we spent some good time cheering people on and also enjoying the scenery. Below are Jenna & Laura, with wonderful signs that Jenna made for us to hold.

We saw Heather come by, and cheered for her!  Then a little while later we saw Jen.  Jen’s the one wearing kitty ears.

We cheered for Jen – she was doing a great job with such a cool & windy day out! And once she was off again, we went back and strategized for next steps.  Brunch was next on the schedule, and we needed to make our reservation at the Kit Kat Lounge.

So after doing an auto-cheer by the finishing line for Courtney & Heather, we went up to Lakeview for our Diva’s brunch.  Free-flowing mimosas & bloody martinis, along with some bright halloween fangs: 

And then our lovely running ladies showed up in time for the drag show! And we ordered food. I had a lobster BLT sandwich, which was very delicious. There was a 2nd slider, but I ate that before the photo.

After brunch, we headed home. Everyone needed to rest & recover, whether from cheering, running, and from a busy day!  Great job Jen & Courtney & Heather! May you have great times & less wind at Disney!

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3 thoughts on “Halloween Monster Dash

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  2. Jenna

    LAUREN! You are an excellent cheerleader!! I got tired after the first 50 or so runners, but your energy (AND VOICE!) stayed with it until we left! Great job!!! The runners really appreciated it.

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  3. Pingback: Disney Princess Half Marathon Race Recap | Lauren Runs

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