Race Recap: Elmhurst Running Club Four on the Fourth

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Elmhurst 4 on the 4th Race (7/4)

For a day that’s usually in the high 80’s or 90’s, the cloudy skies and lower temperatures was greatly appreciated among runners on the Fourth of July.

The 12th annual Elmhurst Running Club Four on the Fourth race was held Monday on Elmhurst College’s campus. The four-mile out-and-back race looped in and out of surrounding neighborhoods and cut through parts of Downtown Elmhurst.

Aside from the highly anticipated hill right before the finish, the course remains predominately flat, allowing runners to focus specifically on their times. Nearly 900 competitors showed up on the holiday-themed running, many sporting red, white and blue apparel – tutus’ were a popular choice among runners.

In addition to the four mile race was a kids 1K Fun Run, which was a part of the Chicago Area Runner’s Association’s Youth Circuit. The kids were set off in five waves based on age.


After the race, participants were able to enjoy a plethora of food from different vendors; there were muffins, fruit kabobs, snow cones, popcorn, bagels and many other options to choose from. An award ceremony recognized the top three males and females in each age group, as well as the top three finishers overall.

As one of the most competitive races in the area, it was a great start to a festive holiday, and definitely a nice substitute for a day at work.