Last Call Race

Polish Independence 10K (729×90)

On Sunday, Silver Circle Sports Events hosted its annual Last Call race. The race featured a 5K, 10K and half marathon distance.

Rightfully marketed as the last race of the year, this is one of my favorites for several reasons. First, it is a fast and flat, out and back course which is a great way to end racing season. It’s just challenging enough and provides a scenic trail atmosphere, without the obstacles that can sometimes present themselves on a trail race since it is a paved route.

Second, Silver Circle Sports Events always puts on a great, well organized race. From the short sleeved, technical T-shirt to the hot chocolate bar, this race company definitely knows what they’re doing.

Finally, the Last Call race is a sister to race to the spring, First Call. Racers are challenged to beat their previous race time and the race company provides incentives for doing so, such as a discounted future race entry for those able to lower their times. It is a great motivation to work toward throughout the year.

This year’s Last Call race did not disappoint; the amazing weather and cheerful crowd made for a fun race morning. Free and plentiful parking was a great way to begin the day. The staggered race times allowed for plentiful room on the course and the many aid stations provided by course volunteers and staff were much appreciated.

First through third half marathon female winners were: Hope Hegman, Emily Raykovich and Lisa Turner. Male half marathon male winners were: Kyle Julian, Eric Dethloff, and Daniel King.

For the 10K, female winners were: Laurel Schulz, Emily Janowski and Lynn Sheka. First through third 10K male winners were: Michael Rospenda, Chris West and Andrew Sampson.

Kelsey Raddbicky, Christy Murray and Becky Vander Heiden took the podium for 5K females, and Ricardo Contreras, Ben Garbe and Dave Marsalli won for males.

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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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