Embrace the Race


May 8, 2016

Over 300 runners gathered in downtown Highland Park for the 5th annual Embrace the Race 5K.  The race, which was on Mother’s Day, focused on awareness and fundraising towards Breast and Ovarian Cancer. Some runners did additional fundraising towards the cause.  Many families came out for the event and the participants ranged from competitive runners to leisure walkers.  The focus seemed more about being together on Mother’s Day than PR-ing for most participants.  Pre-race events included music from 101.9 The Mix along with a group warm up from the Gym Guyz.  Race started at 9 am with perfect weather and a safe course thanks to police and volunteers. The 5K featured the beautiful neighborhood streets of Highland Park along with infamous Beach Hill in the last mile of the 5K.  Many of the runners enjoyed the downhill with views of the lake more than the uphill climb.  Runners crossed the finish line and were greeted with a medal, refreshments and lemonade from NorthShore Hospital.  Families mingled while they cooled down and enjoyed Mother’s Day morning celebrating their health and being together.

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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.