All Community Events hosted its annual St. Paddy’s Day Race through the Village of Deer Park Saturday. The race offered a 10K and 5K distance option, as well as a kid’s dash.

The scenic course wrapped through downtown Deer Park, allowing runners to experience the charm of the village. The course wove through the shops and restaurants of the Deer Park Town Center and led out to surrounding trails. Racers circled back through an office complex parking lot to the start/finish line. The 5K racers completed the loop once, while the 10K-ers doubled the loop. Signs were abundantly clear and All Community Events staff and volunteers were stationed throughout the course to guide racers along the way.

The course with entirely paved, cleared of any remaining ice or snow, and with only a few slight inclines. The course had the potential to be a very fast road race, however, in the words of the Irish, “oh how the mighty wind doth blow.” At the exact moment the horn blew to signify the start of the race, a huge wind gust blew through the crowd, alerting runners that there would be an added challenge to the morning. Despite the wind gusts, racers were in high spirits decked out in their St. Paddy’s Day gear and ready to brave the course. Additionally, the volunteers, staff and supporters along the course were full of encouragement and smiles to move racers along.

As racers crossed the finish line, they were handed a super cool St. Paddy’s Day glass pint glass and shamrock sugar cookie, as the music of a live Irish band relaxed the group. Swag included a dark gray short sleeved T-shirt and samples of BAI Antioxidant Infusion Drinks and Kind Granola Bars at the end of the race.

All Community Events partnered with two great organizations on this race. The Lake County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Unit was on-site collecting non-perishable foods items and runners were asked to bring items to donate. Funds were also raised for WINGS Program, Inc., an organization that provides housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence.

This is a great holiday themed, family friendly race that I would highly urge you to check out next year; All Community Events does a great job providing timely race updates, hosting a safe and secure course and giving out amazing swag and finish line goodies.

First through third 10K male finishers were: David Patch, Josh Wittenberg and Vincent Domier. First through third 10K female finishers were: Becky Patch, Mandi Florip and Sophie Mayschak. First through third 5K male finishers were: John Majerus, Cory Flood and Maciej Konczewski. First through third 5K female finishers were: Ashley Espinoza, Christine Pacewicz and Elizabeth Niedert.

 

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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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