Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Bubble Run Chicago/Joliet 2015 Recap and National Running Day

On Saturday I participated in the Bubble Run in Joliet, IL at the Chicagoland Speedway. I had an amazing time despite the on and off rain and the few problems that I had encountered with this event. Rain was in the forecast for Saturday and the likelihood of rain was 90% and didn't change for the entire week. I woke up at 7:30 on Saturday morning and it was raining! -___-  I was monitoring Bubble Run's Facebook for any updates and cancellations or delayed start times. Many racers on the Facebook page were distraught about the lack of communication from Bubble Run. Many of them had an hour's drive or longer to the race location and didn't want to make the drive only to find out that it was cancelled. Around 8:20 AM I was still undecided as to whether I should get my family up and going, so I ventured onto Instagram after I got dressed and looked up the hashtag for Bubble Run. I discovered that there was a good crowd already at the starting line and waiting to start the 9 AM wave. That's when I decided to get my family up and going. The rain had let up as we were getting ready to leave the house and I see a comment on the Bubble Run page saying that the 9 AM wave had already taken off and were on the course and that it was still drizzling outside, but they were going to stay for as long as they could as long as there was no lightning or other dangerous weather situations. So, that got me really excited.  

At the starting line.
When I got to the race location, there was a HUGE traffic jam and everybody was arriving and waiting to park. It took us 45 minutes just to get into the race location to park!!! So, parking pretty much sucked! We had to pay $10 just to park in the field. 

Right before we parked it started pouring rain for 10 minutes and then it went back to a drizzle as we were approaching the starting line. 5 minutes into the race, the rain finally let up and it stopped raining for the remainder of the race. WOOT WOOT! There were a TON of walkers, kids and strollers, which was to be expected though. That really made it hard to run a lot of the course, so I just did a slow jog for parts of the course where it was wide enough to not have to dodge kids, strollers, and walkers.

The race started at 9 AM with the first wave and then a new wave every 4-5 minutes. After passing the starting line, Harlie Jade was getting a bit irritated, so we had to move aside and stop to attend to her. She was getting used to her weather shield we had on the stroller. After 10 minutes, she didn't seem to mind it. She would start freaking out when we went through a bubble bog/station and the weather shield was covered in foam. She didn't like that at all! She fell asleep half way through, so we got to enjoy the bubble bogs a little more and didn't have to rush through it.

Bubble bogs/stations are where you pass through the bubbles and foam. There was a wait for EVERY bubble bog we had to go through. The wait was between 5-10 minutes when I reached each bubble bog. Some of the bogs had a huge buildup of bubbles and it was as tall as me, or even taller when there was a good buildup. I'm 5' 4". Others were pretty shallow. I'm assuming because we missed the buildup of the bubbles whereas with other bogs, we had perfect timing! The bubbles don't burn your eyes, or at least they didn't burn mine or my hubby's. It wasn't slippery and it was totally safe. I felt that walking in the mud was more dangerous than walking or running through the bubbles. I was doing nothing, but slipping and sliding in the mud walking in the field where we parked to get to the starting line.
Pink bubble bog

I had the most fun in the blue and yellow bubble bogs! I had a freaking blast in them! Not only were they super deep, but the yellow one had a larger area opened up in that bog for people to step aside and take pictures, play a little longer, meet up with others from your group, etc. It was also the very last bog of the event. 

The finish line. And Harlie Jade covered in bubbles (the part she DIDN'T like). Luckily, she was sleeping.

After the race we stuck around for a little bit before it started raining again. They had a bubble bog area at the finish line festival to play in and I thought it was really cool! Harlie Jade was awake by then, so we decided to take her out to play in it and get some fun photos. I think they should of had two bubble bogs instead of one. We had a good time though. I didn't want to leave just yet, but it was getting ready to pour again and the temps were dropping, so we had to leave sooner than we wanted.

I wasn't too fond of parts of the course because some of the course had gravel and someone could have easily hurt themselves running on it. I've landed wrong quite a few times while running on gravel in the past. The scenery wasn't all that great. The only thing that made it interesting were the dark clouds lingering in the sky.

The cotton t-shirts and the headbands were of great quality. This is a very family-friendly laid back event. Overall, they need to improve on parking, customer service response, bubble bog backup, wave times, and organization with packet pickup. In the end, I still recommend this race because it's so much fun, despite the problems and it was so much fun playing in the bubbles/foam and watching kids have the time of their lives :) I do feel that this race could of been better executed. Hopefully they take the feedback from the customers to heart and work on making this race better because it really is a fun race, but it can be better. I will definitely be doing it again next year if they come back.

I usually don't post too many photos with my race recaps because usually there is no need to, but with this event... I had so many cool photos that are just too awesome not to share on here. I might start adding photo albums to my posts, but first I need to figure out how to do it.


Happy National Running Day!!!!!!!! This is such a fun day to celebrate! I run because it's my therapy. It makes me a happier person all around and it makes me love life to the fullest. I am blessed to be able to run because I know that one day, there might come a time when I can no longer run, let alone walk. I am blessed to have found running and fitness and to say that I was finally able to welcome both things with open arms. Running pushes me out of my comfort zone. It pushes me to try things I never thought I would try and to do things that I never thought I would or could do. Talking about running makes me happy and gives me a good tingly feeling. :) 

Those are just some of the many reasons on why I run. So, let me ask you....

Why do you run? 


  1. I haven't run in forever but this looks like so much fun!!

  2. What an amazing thing to do!

  3. Looks like a fun race! I'm glad the rain didn't hold you back!

  4. Oooh. I don't think I would like that either. Could you TASTE the bubbles? Didn't it get in your eyes? I am such a wimp.

    1. I couldn't taste the bubbles. Surprisingly, none of it made it's way into my mouth. Some of it got into my eyes when I opened them, but it didn't sting. It was all good. :)

  5. One of my friends ran this with her daughter. She had a blast. Not my thing tho...was it slippery? I'd be afraid of falling.

  6. I did a similar race last year called Foam Fest but yours looks more bubbly. Ours ended up being very muddy and not so foamy. I also thought there were dangerous parts to our course but looks like you had fun. Great photos!

  7. Omygoodness I love all the pics of your sweet family in the bubbles! Looks like a fun event, although I understand it can be frustrating when all the details aren't worked out smoothly. Glad you had a great time though!

  8. Ugh, you had to pay to park at a race that you paid a registration fee for, and had to wait in that awful traffic? I'm sorry, but at least it sounds like the race experience itself made up for it!

  9. Saturday's weather was atrocious. Glad you got the race in. Bubbles look fun! Especially for the kids!

  10. What a neat event! I'm glad they were still able to host even event with the questionable weather.

  11. Oh, wow! That looks super messy but really fun! And I love your sparkle athletic skirt! So glad your family had a good time.

    Parking issues drive me insane. I always arrive super early because I can't handle the stress of not knowing how the parking is going to be. Sorry the experience there wasn't so fabulous.

  12. That actually looks like loads of fun! And those are really great pictures - you look so happy!

  13. This looks awesome! one of my friends is running his first 5k ever and it's actually a bubble run - I'll have to send him your race recap so he knows what to expect!

  14. Such a fun race experience! Look at all of those bubbles. Love that you did it with your daughter too!

  15. I've never heard of the bubble run! I've only done the color run down here in florida, but the traffic is horrible! Especially in downtown orlando where they end up having the race.