A Safe Place EmpoweRun 5k

This race came up for me somewhat last minute as I was supposed to be out of town; but I am sure glad it did. What a great race! 

The race itself began seven years ago to benefit A Safe Place, which is an organization that provides affordable transitional housing, emergency shelter, a crisis line, legal help, counseling, outreach, education, and more, aiding those that are victims of domestic violence. We learned at the race that now because of the event, they are able to help victims of human trafficking. 

With plenty of early and race day packet pickups, plus an affordable price, and a great cause, this race is a do-not-miss. The scenic CARA-Certified 5k course on a near perfect asphalt path winds around a beautiful lake in the Lake County Forest Preserve Independence Grove in Libertyville. Parking and facilities are abundant at this family friendly event. The course itself had two aid stations. 

It was a perfect day for a race after all the wet and cold weather we have had this spring. The warm-up with trainers from OrangeTheory Fitness in Vernon Hills was a great way to get ready. The snacks including bagels, donuts, bananas, a variety of beverages, and cookies at the finish line made it even better. This is all in addition to the generous bag of race swag and goodies. 

Medals were given to top 3 male and female overall finishers as well as top 3 in each age group. Of the 500+ participants, Daniel Mattson was first overall male and Marilyn Rehmer was first overall female. Over 30 teams participated along side many individuals in fundraising for over $60,000 for this event! 

Looking forward to this race already for next year! Join me? 
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Terri was not an athlete growing up. Maybe a bit “athletic” and definitely awkward. Now she is not only a runner and triathlete, but a Coach as well! She has been a part of the Chicago “sport” community for 25 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Movement Specialist. She has her own business, Urban Wellness Chicago, in the city, works with the Northwestern University Athletic Department. As a Coach with Chicago Athlete Coaching and the Chicago Manager for Running Tours USA, she does now consider herself an athlete, and regularly competes in races of multiple distances. Oh and yes, still a bit awkward!


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