The Run with the Lions 5k takes place at Warrenville's scenic St James Farm forest preseve at the end of April and I was there for my fourth year. This year a few of my Bolingbrook Fun Run Club buddies joined me and kindly hiked the course with me due to a possible IT band issue.
Picked up my race stuff on Wednesday at Longwood Elementary school. The race is a benefit for the school's PTA so they can provide activities for the kids that attend the school. They also encourage the kids to be a part of the race, either volunteering or running. The race stuff was another awesomely designed tech T shirt, a race bib and a bag full of sponsor info and coupons. There was also to be a medal upon finishing followed by sponsor food for refreshment at the end.
I get to races early and found myself parked two cars from Gladys, BFRC Pres. Funny I found she was parked there due to social media. Kristen, another BFRCer joined us in Gladys car and we chatted about a spectrum of things before braving the chilly day to head over to the start line. Start area photos were taken before the announce told everyone to go to the start line
BFRCer's Kristen, me, Gladys (photo by Gladys)
Left feet first (photo by Gladys)
Gladys and I near mile 2 (photo by Kristen)
The course also took in part of the Illinois Prairie Path before rejoining the St James Farm trails for a loop by some of their famous buildings.
St James building (photo by Ian)
Gladys, Kristen and I finished strongly in a good time for three runners hiking the course. We high fived the school Lions mascot on the way in and a volunteer presented each of us a finishers medal, The medal is different every year and incorporated the race shirt.
After race food was provided by a number of the sponsors included soup, sandwiches, bagels banana, potato chips and water. There was also a fund raising silent auction which had many awesome items to bid on. Hopefully they raised a ton of funds for the PTA.
Year four was another fine event and a great success for all. Thanks to Longwood PTA, all the volunteers, sponsors and runners/walkers. I will be back for year five and recommend you join me.
Race course (via Run with Lions 5k website)
(All photos and logo owned by Gladys, Kristen, Ian or the race)