- Decent race distance for early in the year? Check.
- Benefiting the Irish-American Heritage Center, and I am Irish-American (under all the German)? Check.
- On a free weekend? Check.
- After-race party at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (very cool place)? Check.
- Free Guiness to those over 21? Check.
- Opportunity to rase funds for the Special Olympics, an organization I already support? Check, check, and check.