The Cupid Shuffle 5k and 10k


On Sunday, February 18, Lighthouse Events hosted the fifth race in their six-part winter run series. The Cupid Shuffle, a Valentine’s Day themed race, featured 5k and 10k distance options for runners of all abilities.

Both distances began promptly at 9 a.m. in Hartford, Wisc. The course was tough but the weather cooperated, giving runners blue sky and sunshine. There were steep hills throughout the course allowing runners a great chance for elevation training early in the season.

The challenging course did not stop many runners from dressing up in their Valentine’s Day best. I saw pink tutus, glittery heart headbands and even a gentleman running with red lipstick kisses scattered across his cheeks. This racing company always provides a fun, festive atmosphere for runners to enjoy.

As with all Lighthouse races, parking was free, volunteers and police professionals were scattered throughout the clearly marked course and the owner of the race company, Craig Braun, was at the finish line giving everyone high-fives as they crossed. I always leave these races in a great mood!

Finishers received a Valentine’s Day themed medal and a short or long sleeved technical T-shirt. First through tenth place medals were awarded to all age group winners.

First through third female 10k winners were: Jamie Klose, Jori Galles and Ally Frase. First through third male 10k winners were: Matthew Jungers, Griffin Schroeder and David Markle.

First through third female 5k winners were: Lisa Johnson, Mega Stelljes and Samantha Foster.

First through third male 5k winners were: Alex Betances, Ryan Michalski and Zach Andreski.

The last race in the winter race series is on March 25 and is a St. Patrick’s Day themed race. Luck of the Irish features 5k and 10k distance options and you can register here –

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Mandi began running in middle school and never stopped. As a high school and college cheerleader, running was the exact athletic counterpart to keep her fitness levels high. While attending The John Marshall Law School in 2007, Mandi ran her first Chicago Marathon, the final year it was partnered with title sponsor, LaSalle Bank. Mandi has continued to run several half marathon and shorter distance races and looks forward to running in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. An Illinois licensed attorney, Mandi is currently the Executive Director of the Lake County Municipal League, a council of government representing 42 municipalities in Lake County. An avid weekend race warrior, Mandi tries to run 2-3 races each month from Milwaukee to Chicago and loves the opportunity to report about her experiences in Chicago Athlete


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