A few hundred runners and walkers came out to the Sixth Annual Breathe Deep Busse Woods 10K/5K with proceeds going to the LUNGevity Foundation. The brisk morning brought out many families and groups that fundraised towards lung cancer research.  It was nice to see this race be a family affair, including dogs, for many.

The 10K started first with the 5K following. Both distances were out and back courses on the paved bike path, and while it was a bit congested in the first quarter mile, the course thinned out quickly.

A race through Busse Woods wouldn’t be complete without a glimpse of the Elk in the preserve.  It was fun to see children along the course yell out to the surprise of the elk grazing alongside the course.

Racers were welcomed to the finish with cheers from family and friends along water, bagels and granola bars at the refresh area. While the race originally began to honor the director’s mother, it now honors all of those that have been affected by Lung Cancer spreading awareness through generations.

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Nicole once thought that the timed mile in high school was a form of torture. In an ironic turn of events, racing is now part of half her weekends in a given year and would take an early Saturday race over a Friday night out everytime. A self-proclaimed “back of the packer”, Nicole loves triathlons and run races with her favorite distances being the half marathon and olympic distance triathlon. She works full time as a health care administrator and lives in Skokie with her husband, son and spoiled dog. You can find her race reports, musing and other random thoughts on her blog.


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