ABC Gibbons 5k

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The ABC Gibbons 5k was humid and muddy, but at least it did not snow!

This was the 24th anniversary for this local Thursday evening race supporting Leukemia Research Foundation in the fight for a cure for all blood cancers. Many organizations participated including Susan’s squad penny’s Angels and Heroes of Hope honoring those touched by a blood cancer and remembering those lost to these diseases.

In true Chicago fashion, the weather went from high 90’s early in the week to rain and cooler temps. Earlier in the day, the race director was concerned about the possibility of severe thunderstorms in the evening; despite the questionable weather, the race went on and it was a successful and fun evening for all participants and volunteers. Big thanks for keeping everyone informed and saved.

The run started at Grant Park, and ran south onto the Lakefront Trail. It’s a beautiful course and the view of the skyline is priceless. They had one water station half way and  we turned at the 1.5 mile mark and ran back to Grant Park. They had several photographers on the course and participants received free photos immediately after the race.

At the finish line, they had plenty of snacks, recovery drinks and fruit.

I had family visiting this weekend and I had convinced my brother and cousin, who were visiting from Mexico to run with me. We all had a fantastic time; I finished third overall female, my brother had a strong finish, and my cousin completed her first international 5k. Congratulations to all who braved the humidity and muddy conditions.

My family and I stayed for awards and enjoyed the post party with some food and beer. The had music by DJ Dan Luna and refreshments after the run/walk.

Sean Gibbons and his three daughters were there to present awards and thank everyone who continue to support his father’s efforts to support cancer research.

Males Overall Winners:

  1. Roger Pinon
  2. Ryan Gooding
  3. Owen Rennich

Female Overall Winners:

  1. Vanessa Righermer
  2. Francesca Sikorski
  3. Erika Ostrander
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Erika has been an endurance athlete for over 20 years. She fell in love with running in her 20’s in graduate school, working full time and being a single mother. Running became time for reflection. She has run over 30 marathons and countless triathlons; qualified for 70.3 World championships. To qualify for Kona is her next goal! She loves being a mom to a wonderful young lady and a fur puppy (cocker spaniel). Travel and exploring new places to train around the world is a passion. She is a licensed clinical counselor who specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression and trauma. She spent 15 years in academia and has recently taken a role as a clinical director to focus on her clinical work. Erika believes in the therapeutic benefits of endurance training for people who struggle with mental health illness and stress. She is patiently waiting until we can all travel and race safely again, until then she recommends staying active, healthy. and consistent.

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