Summertime in Chicagoland means community festivals and 5k races, and the Dash Thru Des Plaines 5k has combined the two to make for a great weekend for the community.
The 5k has gone through several different names over the years, but the course through some of the residential streets of Des Plaines has remained mostly the same. Starting at the Des Plaines Historical Society building, the course features many long, straight sections with not many turns, which allows runners to really stretch out their legs and get into a good rhythm. It would probably be a PR-worthy course for many people if it wasn’t for the fact that it is June in Chicagoland and 80-degree temps and humidity are the typical race day conditions. That said, it is still a great way to test out your fitness level and just enjoy a quick race. There were a handful neighbors along the course that put out sprinklers, too, which was a welcome sight.
The post-race party provided a great reprieve from the sun and heat, being held at the Tap House Grill just down the street from the start line. Being inside with the A/C on made the awards ceremony that much more relaxing and enjoyable and participants were able to enjoy their two- yes, two!- free drink tickets while watching the Iceland/ Argentina World Cup game.
Events like the Dash Thru Des Plaines 5k provide a great way to get out and enjoy the morning with friends and neighbors. Races like this help to promote overall fitness in each local community by providing a friendly and positive environment for hard-core runners and first-timers alike. They show that it doesn’t matter if you are first or last, as long as you go out and do it for yourself and your lifestyle.