Barrington Mother’s Day 5k

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For many, Mother’s Day is a time to appreciate all that our mothers have done for us and that appreciation is often shown with brunch and flowers. On Sunday, that appreciation was shown a little differently in the form of the Barrington Mother’s Day 5k.

It was reminiscent of a lot of the things that make the holiday so great but allowed runners and walkers to do something special together with their families while celebrating the special day. Hundreds of pink clad participants gathered in the Barrington Metra lot for the start, knowing there would be tasty treats waiting for them at the finish line. Before the main race there was a 100m Kids Dash, with awards for all kids. The event offered race day packet pick up and registration which was a nice bonus.

The 5k race took runners along the rolling hills of Barrington, running an out and back course through the surrounding neighborhoods. The runners lined up by pace in the large start corral and began ahead of the walkers. The lanes of the neighborhood streets were divided with cones so it never felt too congested, a common issue with out and back courses.

There were a few hills that provided challenges on the uphill but they were complemented nicely by the downhill portions of the course. It was an amazing site running the return leg of the course and seeing the sea of pink clad walkers. After finishing this chip timed run, all participants were given a rose to either give to their mother or keep if they were a mother. The highly-anticipated refreshments included cookies and gourmet cake pops, a very popular treat.

It was great to see so many people bonding with their families by doing a fun activity together rather than just a traditional meal. With such a bright and sunny day, it was the perfect activity to do to celebrate the holiday. The event celebrated all mothers: from grandmothers to new mothers pushing strollers. Everyone was encouraged to share pictures on social media with the hashtag #RUNWITHMOM and Instagram photos will be shared on the race website. Participants at the event raised money for Gateway for Cancer Research.

Despite the slight hills and warm temperatures, there were some fast times. The top male finisher was Bryce Woollard in 18:48 and the top female was Jamie Blenner in 20:20.

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Rick has competed in over 150 races including stair climbs, road races, trail races and triathlons. A former soccer player turned long distance runner, he quickly fell in love with running as more than just training for other sports. While attending University of Illinois for his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, he competed on the triathlon team, favoring the international distance. With a lifelong passion for fitness, Rick currently works in product development of new fitness equipment including treadmills, ellipticals and bikes.

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