Mother’s Day: a great reason to have a 5k! The All Community Event’s 5k race was in Barrington on Mother’s Day.
This was the 10th year for this race; I have run several of All Community Event’s races, and they are typically great races, but this one really was top notch. The race has Wings charity as a partner. The organization provides housing, education, integrated services, and advocacy for adults and children to end domestic violence.
The 5k Run/Walk had over 1300 participants for the actual event. There was also a virtual option for the race for those unable to make it to the race itself. Sounds like a fun idea especially for families that all want to run together but aren’t all in the same town.
There were two options when registering for race shirts: MomStrong or Mother’s Day. It was great seeing people proudly wearing their shirts at this family-friendly event. Parking was in multiple public lots nearby, or easy walking distance on the streets just outside the race course.
The day started with packet pickup for those that didn’t do the mail option or pre-race pickup. Moving right into the Kids Fun Run 100 meter Dash, there seemed to be a bit of an issue with the self-corralled racers at the start of the race. The strollers and walkers were all intermixed with the runners, which is fine, however the space was limited until the race really got going. It helped keep people warm though, as it was chilly standing around. The event itself starts in a huge parking lot area, which is great — no cold wet grass to stand around in.
The course itself wound through the neighborhood. Despite the chilly weather the flowers were blooming and it was beautiful! There were even quite a few spectators on their lawns cheering as well as family members not racing at various spots looking for their loved ones. Every uphill on the course (several!!) had a nice reward of a downhill, including a big one right near the finish, making for a great 5k course.
Eddie Gibbons 27, of Indianapolis won the men’s race with a 17:03:09, and Marie Billen 38, of Barrington won the women’s race 20:27. The top three finishers, plus top three age group finishers, received medals for their accomplishments.
Everyone received a rose at the finish to keep or give. It was nice walking around seeing many Moms that had gathered pretty generous bouquets from their family of runners! Mom’s service never ends as some were also carrying all of the waters and other goodies gathered from the finish for their families. Another notable finishing treat was a cake pop for everyone. Yum!
I am glad I participated in this event. If the weather was warmer, maybe my daughter could have been talked into doing the walk and joining me with her fast little legs! (I did give her my shirt and cake pop!) Maybe next year. Happy Mother’s Day!