BibRave: A Runner’s Resource

I don’t know about y’all, but I have spring fever to the max. My legs refuse to wear full length pants and my feet are so antsy to be outside and running that I literally have to anchor them under my desk chair to keep them from tapping unrelentlessly. Plus, I’m starting to get sooo excited for all the upcoming races Chicago has to offer this spring!


Luckily, I’ve found a new distraction at work resource to help focus my hyperactivity. BibRave has Yelp!-like runner reviews of races across the country, with ratings for expo quality, t-shirts/swag, aid stations, elevation difficulty, parking/access, course scenery and race management. It’s the perfect tool to help you prepare for any upcoming races or to help you decide which races are most worth signing up for.

Besides the ratings, the website also features reviews written by the runners themselves, which I find really fun to read. It’s inspiring to hear some people’s stories, especially for races like the Chicago Marathon. It almost makes me want to run the marathon myself… almost…

Of course, the only way this website remains helpful is if people contribute to it – so what are you waiting for? Jump on in and create a free account, and start reviewing! If you’ve ever had a really positive experience with a race or if you have a suggestion you think would be beneficial for next year’s edition, now’s your chance to make your voice heard. And if you want more information, BibRave just so happens to be hosting a post-run breakfast for anyone who attends the CRW’s Saturday morning run out of Road Runner Sports in Lincoln Park (run leaves around 8:30am, I’ll be there tackling 10-12 miles!).

Breakfast and bibs. Is there anything better? I think not. Now, off to review every race I’ve run for the past three years…

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About Kristen Geil

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Kristen moved to Chicago in 2011 and received her MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse from DePaul while trying to maintain her southern accent. Kristen grew up playing sports, and since moving to Chicago, she’s fallen in love with the lakefront running path and the lively group fitness scene. Now, as a currently retired marathoner and sweat junkie, you can usually find her trying new workouts around the city and meticulously crafting Instagram-friendly smoothie bowls. Kristen came on to A Sweat Life full-time in 2018 as Editor-in-Chief, and she spends her days managing writers, building content strategy, and fighting for the Oxford comma.