On Sunday, All Community Events hosted its Mother’s Day 5K and 10K race in Milwaukee, Wisc. It was a beautiful morning filled with sunshine and only a slight wind, which can be expected any time you run along the lake shore.

The scenic course began at McKinley Marina and ran along North Lincoln Memorial Drive before circling through Veteran’s Park. The 5Kers finished the loop along the lake front and crossed the finish line while the 10Kers ran miles three to six along the lakefront path. The last half of the 10K course was picturesque as runners lined the lake front. Although it was still a bit too chilly, the views certainly got this runner anxious for a summer beach day on the sand.

The course was entirely paved, with only a few small inclines. This fast and flat path was a great one to aim for a PR with very little course congestion and ample volunteers lining the course with water.

As racers crossed the finish line, they were handed a long stemmed rose in honor of Mother’s Day, as well as a cake pop and heart shaped cookie. It was a sweet finish to lovely race. All racers also received a short sleeved pink or white t-shirt to sport throughout the day.

The charity benefactor from this race was Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance. Volunteers from this organization provided water and cheers throughout the course.

First through third 10K male finishers were: Tyler Neuwirth, Kelly Wahl and Jesse Tolbert. First through third 10K female finishers were: Kristen Marticke, Cherise Remiszewski and Mandi Florip. First through third 5K male finishers were: Mike Yunker, Garett Sillanpaa and David Martin. First through third 5K female finishers were: Kate Bird, Katie Almquist and Allison Arndt.

All Community Events has several upcoming races in both the Chicagoland and Milwaukee areas.

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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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