Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4.7
(3 Ratings)  (3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
5
SWAG
4.7
Fort2Base is a monumental race through Illinois’ most impressive, historic and contemporary military command and training centers. Participants will have a choice of two race distances, a 10 Nautical Mile or 3 Nautical Mile event (11.5 miles or 3.45 miles). Every REGISTERED participant who finishes the 10 Nautical Mile (NM) … MORE
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    aubreynetzel FIRST-TIMER '22

    Have nothing but great things to say about this event. While the distance is a bit different (10 nautical miles = 11.5 miles), it's great to use as a training … MORE

    Have nothing but great things to say about this event. While the distance is a bit different (10 nautical miles = 11.5 miles), it’s great to use as a training run, or just to race a different mileage. They bus you to the start and from the finish line, so parking was a breeze. Lots and lots of pacers and very well planned and executed. Finish line was very well stocked, and they were equally supportive of the runners at the back of the pack which isn’t always seen. Definitely have on my radar for future years!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    pollygolightly2 FIRST-TIMER '16

    This race is amazing. The course is 10 nautical miles, which is 11.5 land miles. It runs on a bike/running trail for the most part. Lots of water stops, pacers … MORE

    This race is amazing. The course is 10 nautical miles, which is 11.5 land miles. It runs on a bike/running trail for the most part. Lots of water stops, pacers all the way back to 16mm. The medal was amazing, plus the cold towel to take home made for great swag. Lots of food left for the back of the pack. Hero’s Hill is no joke. I’m going back next year so I can run the entire hill. The guys running the hill with everyone were fabulous, running on the Naval Base was really fun too. Great race

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5
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    dansolera FIRST-TIMER '15

    Given its late August date, the weather can be unpredictable. This year, it was in the upper 60s and overcast, with the occasional threat of a thunderstorm. In other words, … MORE

    Given its late August date, the weather can be unpredictable. This year, it was in the upper 60s and overcast, with the occasional threat of a thunderstorm. In other words, to my liking. This race starts in Highland Park’s Fort Sheridan and finishes in Waukegan’s Great Lakes Base, hence the name “Fort2Base.” It is billed as a 10-nautical miler (with a shorter, 3-NM distance), which translates to about 11.5 miles.

    The race is mostly run on a bike path surrounded by trees, with the occasional train station to bypass and main road to cross. Aid stations are approximately 1.5 miles apart and the organization is pitch perfect … with one exception. The first mile was, by all accounts, very long. This isn’t normally an issue unless it throws everyone’s pacing into a tailspin because they believe it’s a Nautical Mile (about 1.15 miles). If you don’t have a GPS watch, you’ll likely spend the entire race thinking you just have to stop at 10. Until you don’t. So, a note to the organizers: please fix the distance of your first mile. While a deviation of 0.1-0.5 is expected, seeing the first mile marker at 1.18-1.2 miles across multiple devices is an error.

    Besides that, I can see why this race has a small, but devoted following. With about 1,200 finishers, it was the perfect balance of large event and intimate gathering. Its point-to-point course and mostly flat course can allow for very fast times. I myself PR’d at 10 miles and then continued chugging along past Hero Hill at 10.5 miles to reach the finish.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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