It was Shiver Weekend at Broken Oar Marina Bar & Grill in Port Barrington. On Saturday, the Shiver 5k benefitted the Alexander Leigh Center for Autism. Then on Sunday, the main event, the River Shiver, saw people dive into the cold waters of the Fox River to benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Saturday’s 5k had something that has become seldom seen in the area now, a $25 pre-registration price ($30 for race morning). With the cheap price, excellent weather, and incredible breakfast buffet, it was easy to see why this race increased in participation again, and why it may continue to do so.
The race itself was billed as a “5k’ish” distance of 3.25 miles, but after the race ended, many of the runners I talked to found it to be a little closer to just under 3.2. Though the surrounding area of Cary and Fox River Grove is known for hilly terrain, the Shiver 5k course actually managed to be fairly flat and fast. The lollipop style course went east, away from Broken Oar, into the residential areas for about a mile, where it looped and then came back. Many neighbors were out on their lawns cheering on the runners as they went by, though whether they knew the race was going to take place or not might be up for debate.
After the race ended, participants were treated to an amazing breakfast buffet with eggs, sausage, fruit, hash browns, and muffins. There was plenty of food to go around and Broken Oar’s heated tent and seating area provided a wonderful opportunity for runners to sit and relax before awards were handed out.
The Shiver Weekend is a weekend all about raising funds for good causes and if this year’s race is any indication, the 5k will soon be on the race calendars for even more runners in the northwest suburb area.
1- Freddy Garcia, 17:20
2- Leo Jimenez, 17:28
3- Jonathan Cain, 18:09
1- Jenny Ellis, 19:36
2- Erin McCarthy, 22:47
3- Breanne Miller, 22:57