On Sunday, the Five-O 5k by the Lake County Municipal League was held at Independence Grove in Libertyville. This race was focused on raising money for charity while keeping the event simple.
All participants in this stroller and headphone friendly event received a tech t-shirt and chip timing. The race raised money for the 100 Club of Chicago which provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. To kick off the event, there was a guest appearance by Congressman Brad Schneider.
The race started at the Independence Grove Visitors Center with participants running along the Overlook Trail Loop before completing a loop of the North Bay Trail. The first two miles were paved before entering the Lakeside Trail Loop and running on crushed gravel. The final sprint to the finish was a slight uphill before finishing back at the Visitors Center. The scenery and sunny weather made for a great running experience on the trails surrounding the 115-acre lake.
The simplicity of the event let runners enjoy the beautiful scenic views and appreciate nature while raising money for a good cause. There is something special about running in a nature preserve free of outside distractions and being reminded about why we enjoy running and being outside. Despite running on trails, the course was never crowded and walkers started after the runners.
Overall the event was well managed and the course clearly marked. With around 100 participants this year, there is plenty of room to grow and still maintain a lot of the aspects which make this event great.
The top overall male was Dave Schlagman in 23:45 and top female was Colleen Konicek Hannigan in 24:34.