First Call 5K and Half Marathon

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First Call 5K and Half Marathon - April 9
 

Silver Circle Sports hosted its annual First Call race on Sunday. A 5K and Half Marathon distance were offered, as well as a Kiddo’s 1K that was free, if a parent was running.

The distances had different start times allowing runners adequate space at the start line and trail entrance. The course began at the EB Shurts Environmental Education Center in Waukesha, Wisc.  After a short distance, runners entered the Glacial Drumlin Trail for an out and back course.

The Glacial Drumlin Trail is one of my favorites, as it is wide and paved with very little elevation change.  The path is lined by trees but at this time of year, the leaves are not plentiful, allowing runners to view various subdivisions and business developments that border the trail. This trail is also a rail to trail course, meaning that railroad tracks follow the path, allowing runners to occasionally chase a train.

This race is a partner to the Last Call 5K and Half Marathon offered in early December; both races are run on the same course, giving participants have the opportunity to beat their previous time. I had the opportunity to race in the Last Call last December and ran through one of the first snows of the season. First Call boasted one of the most beautiful days we have had this spring with temperatures in the mid-70’s and abundant sunshine. These races are a great way to kick off and wrap up a Midwest runner’s season.

First through third Half Marathon male finishers were: Tim Zellmer, Ethan Doherty and Ben Koconis. First through third Half Marathon female finishers were: Jennifer Ward, Jeannette Bahr and Mandi Florip. First through third 5K male finishers were: Matt Nie, Dan Sievert and Brian Udovich. First through third 5K female finishers were: Lisa Turner, Avery Lemm and April Rauwald.

Silver Circle Sports is a race and event management company and hosts several races throughout the year. You can learn more and register at their website –  http://silvercirclesportsevents.com/.

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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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