Santa Hustle Chicago Race + TrailHeads Giveaway

Are you running any festive races to stay healthy during the holidays this year? My friend S and I ran the Santa Hustle 5k race on Saturday morning at Soldier Field. It was a chilly morning, but a great run to start the holiday season in the first full week of December. Thanks to TrailHeads for sending me new winter running gear to review and giveaway today – the TrailHeads ponytail headband and convertible mittens. Scroll to the end of this post to enter {giveaway closes at midnight on December 19}!

The Santa Hustle is an extra festive race, with red shirts, Santa hats, and beards for all. I opted not to run with the Santa headgear, but most of the other runners stayed in the holiday spirit.

The 5k race started and ended south of Soldier Field and looped back north along the lakefront path. More than 4,000 runners finished this year! The race featured huge blow-up holiday favorites and even a pair of reindeer.

Real reindeer and pretend. S and I obviously posed with this:

Even though we skipped the hats and beards for the run, we did wear matching holiday socks {which were thin and freezing – note to self}.

5k Race Results:
Time: 29:36
Pace: 9:32/mile
Place: 780 out of 4,160 runners

It was a great race, and I would run it again. My only criticism from the morning is the packet pickup. We waited in line for over 40 minutes – I hope they add more packet pickup options and volunteers next year. We finished the morning with breakfast sandwiches and coffee at Starbucks. I tried the Holiday Spice Flat White with coconut milk and I’m hooked!

Temps were in the low 30s to start the race, so I was glad to have new warm gear from TrailHeads to try. The ponytail headband is snug and keeps your ears warm + hair in place while running. I just got a shorter haircut last week with a bang trim, so this headband was perfect for the race. The convertible mittens also kept my hands super warm. My favorite part of these mittens is the thumb sleeve and finger sleeve – simply flip the sleeve back and your fingers are free to change music, find your keys, etc. There is even a magnet on the thumb sleeve to keep it in place.

Because I loved trying the TrailHeads gear, I’m hosting a holiday giveaway for one reader to win a set of winter gear from TrailHeads – one ponytail headband and one pair of convertible mittens! This giveaway is open from December 8 to midnight on December 19 for U.S. residents only. The winner will be contacted by email on December 19 for sizes and a mailing address, and TrailHeads will mail the products directly from their office.

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 {Disclosure: As I mentioned above, I received a free TrailHeads ponytail headband and pair of convertible mittens to review and giveaway to readers. All opinions / text are my own.}

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