First Frank Lloyd Wright One Mile Run to be in Oak Park

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Bank of America Marathon, Sunday, October 11, 2015.

The Frank Lloyd Wright One Mile Run will be held on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio at 951 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park, IL.

“Everyone knows that “the kid” in gym class who runs the lap a few meters in front of everyone else will become a stud athlete. But is that kid always the track & field star of the school? Nope.

A sudden burst of speed equals power. Strength doesn’t come naturally, but in time, simple drills without weights can help anyone become fit. “I decided to develop a series of mile events throughout the country in the next three years at various cities rich in culture and architectural design and Oak Park just happens to be my first choice,” Evans said. Why Oak Park? That story will take some time.

Back in the day when physical education was compulsory, P.E. teachers would encourage students to run to increase their endurance. Today it was imperative that high school, college, and professional athletes train off season and running almost always is included in this regimen.


Aerobic training and conditioning vary from sport to sport; however, 20-minutes of aerobics three to four times a week is a national barometer for maintenance. The mile just happens to be a good length where performance can be measured.

In football, it was always the 40-yard distance, swimming 50 meters, in weight lifting consecutive bench press reps, basketball free throws, and all other events categorically as either training or punishment. A coach wouldn’t dare tell you to run a marathon — that would be considered harsh punishment.

The Inaugural Frank Lloyd Wright One Mile Run is neither punishment nor used a springboard for some form of adventure. It is just a mile, and you can run it individually or with a team. This event has waves for the variety of age divisions where you are all compared to others within a ten year age difference.

So, who is the fastest family in Oak Park, River Forest or Forest Park? Family Team Competition would require at least one person over 21 years old and everyone else between 14 and 20-years-old. Youth have their Team competition from 4 to 14-years-old, and adult open and corporate team competition have also been added, for 18 years and up. Team competition is one single fee of $150.00.

Five individuals run, three with the best times will score. All persons are eligible for individual awards. There are 14 waves in this event, and the last two are reserved for the USATF Illinois State Mile Championship.

Please check out the details for pricing and discounts online.

This is also the USA Track & Field Illinois Association State Championship. The final two waves, which are finals are dedicated to women and men who are USATF members.  The top three in each category will win cash awards.

This mile course is certified and the event sanctioned by USA Track & Field Association.

Walking and running short distances on a daily basis has a variety of health benefits — you don’t have to run a marathon to see health benefits.

Our sponsors include Wednesday Journal, Volvo of Oak Park, Oak Park Apartments, Fleet Feet Sports, Race Director University and Smart Digital Screen. We will add additional sponsors as they sign on for this inaugural event.

This event includes a dry-fit tech t-shirt for all participants, and medals for the top division winners. Goodie bags and snacks for all.

Packet Pickup will be at Fleet Feet Sports, 102 N. Marion, Oak Park, IL.