I joined over 400 people on Saturday, March 30 at the eighth annual Fast Cat 5k and 10k at Plainfield North High School in Plainfield, IL. In addition to the 5k and 10k, the Fast Cat offers a kid’s Fun Run one mile, which started at 8 a.m.
“Our boys don’t have to knock door to door to sell cookie dough, chocolate bars and magazines. Instead we’ve taken the approach of doing something that will promote health and fitness in the Plainfield Community,” said Tony Holler, Plainfield North High School Boys Track and Field Coach. “Proceeds from Fast Cat go directly to support the boys track and field program at Plainfield North High School. The team relies on this race to buy new uniforms, warm ups, and travel expenses.”
Shireen Hussain of Plainfield has been one of the supporters of this race since it first started. This morning, she brought four of her six daughters to participate in this race. She currently has two daughters in PNHS track and field and cross country teams. “Many Track and field and cross country girls participate in this race every year to support boys team,” she said.
This was my third time participating in Fast Cat races; I love local races where I can park right by startline and stay warm inside of the building until 10 minutes before the race begins. The other element I love about spring races is unpredictable weather. You may be lucky to have 60’s and sunny spring weather or could be upper 20’s with snow. Despite the 80 percent chance of rain in the forecast, rain stopped just in time to start the Kids Fun Run one mile and stayed dry for the duration of the event.
The race course is mostly flat and run through neighborhood, and the traffic control was well-managed by the Plainfield Police Department. The 10k route is two loops of the 5k course, which can mentally be challenging for some runners. “It’s Race Time” sent the results via text to all registered participants immediately after crossing the finish line.
Packet Pickup was held at the Naperville Road Runner’s store on Thursday and Friday, and race day pick up was also available. This year’s race shirt, which came in both a men’s and women’s cut, was a vibrant red.
Fast Cat also collected gently used running shoes, spikes and gently worn running clothes to donate to Winged Foot Foundation. Bombas donated socks to runners in support of the same foundation.
This year’s Fast Cat was especially special for me because my 12-year-old son and his friend participated. They both ran 5k while I tortured myself with two loops.
The post-party is probably the best in the area. They open the warm gym for all runners, their friends and families, and there are massage therapists and chiropractors available. Plenty of donuts, bagels, granola bars, pizza and bananas were provided.
All Kids Fun Run one mile participants received finisher’s medal as well as 5k/10k top three age group winners.
The top male and female in the 5k were Matthew Olech 17:24 and Lauren Walczak 21:34, in the 10k were Jeff Purdom 32:59 and Sarah Conley 43:15, respectively.