Mistwood Golf Club did it again; it’s second annual Hole in Run 5k was an amazing success.
This year, race directors used funds from the event to help raise money for Autism Speaks. Despite a little rain, runners came in full force to race a challenging course and raise money for a good cause. The race travels through the scenic Romeoville golf course on the rolling path. There are slight inclines weaving through the property to provide a little challenge; it is a beautiful and scenic race.
This was my second time running this race at the invitation of Mike Delrose, one of the race coordinators. I was able to bring a few friends along this time including legendary Joliet Catholic Academy Cross-Country Coach Mark Clarke, who finished first in his age group for 70 and older. Four runners (Isaiah Ditta, Trevor Swanson, Christian Ladehoff and Caden Chamness) from the 1A State Champions Clifton-Cross Country Team participated making the race even more competitive as friendly banter was exchanged at the start line between the team and other fast runners. The race definitely had something for every runner no matter their age of ability. The race volunteers were helpful, friendly, and excited about the event.
This year, 242 runners and walkers participated in the event, an increase from last year’s race. The top finishers were fast! Isaiah Ditta, 17 of Chebanse, won the overall race with a time of 16:55. Robert Duncan, 36 of Braidwood, placed second overall with a time of 17:04. Trevor Swanson, 17 of Chebanse, placed third in 17:05. Overall female winner was Andrea Clark with a time of 23:20. Tyler Slowinski, age 37 of Shorewood, finished second with a time of 23:46. Andrea Nitsche of Plainfield placed third for the women with a time of 25:44.
Runners and walkers of all kinds were able to enjoy this race. Race winners received wooden plaques and age groups awards of wooden medals were given to the top three finishers. Every participant received a long sleeve drift shirt. Runners received a beer ticket for the after race party with snacks. A unique touch to the race was the after-party doughnut bar; there were a variety of doughnuts to choose from and toppings to add to your own personal creation!
Mistwood Golf Club is to host several racing events. Mistwood Golf Club event planner Brittney Johnston is excited about their upcoming events. In August, they will host the Taco Trot 5k and in the fall the Ruff Run 5k and dog walk.