Race Recap: Elmhurst Running Club Four on the Fourth

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.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.