Deer Park St. Paddy’s Half Marathon Race Report – Vince Kwok

Race: Deer Park St. Paddy’s Half Marathon

Runner: Vince Kwok

Race Date: 03/19/2022

Location: Deer Park, IL

Results: 1:47:47.8

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

Parking was easy. Plenty of spots as it was in a mall area by the movie theater. I personally like smaller races so this fit me well. Only about 240 half marathoners.

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

For the half marathon, it’s 3 loops. Half marathon started at 7:15am. 5K and 10K started at 8:15am. Third time around the loop is when I ran into all the 5K/10K participants. Many of them are there just for fun and so they don’t necessarily know running etiquette. It required a lot of weaving in and out with all the 5K/10K participants. It threw my rhythm off a few times.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

I paced myself well and had an 8 plus minute PR!

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

Be mindful that the course has a number of sharp and narrow turns.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

Nope, it’s just pavement and roads in a Chicago suburb mall area.

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

It’s not difficult. Some minor elevation changes.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

It seemed fairly organized. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

It’s a smaller race so I don’t think there’s much competition. Winner ran 1:18:41.

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

Logistics were easy. Standard race sign-up.

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Standard fare – water and sports drink. There are 2 aid stations and so you hit them each lap.

Weather and typical race conditions

It was 37 degrees F and cloudy. It rained overnight but stopped before the race. Typical weather for Chicago suburbs this time of year.

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next runner?

Nothing special.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

Yes, this is spectator friendly as it is a 3 loop course. Multiple areas along the route where people can spectate.

How’s the Swag?

Standard – pint glass, medal, t-shirt, and sugar cookie.

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

I give it 3/5 stars. Average smaller race. Nothing special. I used it as a tune up race for my marathon in 6 weeks so I thought it was helpful.