Race Recap: Got2Run … For Education Event

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Despite it being a weekend, teachers, students and families gathered this Saturday to raise money for education by running.

Over 2,200 people participated in the fifth annual Got2Run … For Education Event near Downtown Arlington Heights. Two distances were available: a 2.62 mile kids race, and an 8K. There was also a separate Wheelchair Race in the 2.62 mile distance.

More than 1,000 of the participants were children, and 82 of them were pushed in strollers, according to the event website. For every person registered, at least $10 of their fees went towards a local school of their choice. Over 200 public and private schools that serve over 120,000 students were represented, and the money earned will go towards its activities that encourage wellness within students. Got2Run will announce how much money each school earned on their website at a later date.

Both courses looped around neighborhoods just south of Highway 14. With the warm temperatures and sunny skies, many runners were thankful for the flat routes and light winds.


“We are very pleased with how it went,” race director Jeffrey Chamberlin said. “The first year in 2012 we had 724 participants and Saturday we had 2,085 participants, which was 576 more than last year.”

After the race, several sponsors had giveaways and games, and food was provided for the runners. An awards ceremony was held as well, and results can be found at http://www.got2run.org/2016-race.html.

Northwest Road Runners, a local running club who strives to encourage kids to recognize running as a healthy lifestyle choice, hosted the event. They were established in 2011 and host a kid’s running race every year in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs.

“The event is set at the end of the school year which provides school running clubs something to train for, generally starting just after spring break,” Chamberlin said. “As we had hoped, schools are starting running clubs to train for the event and we have posted Case Studies on the Got2Run website detailing how they have done it as an example for others.”

Next year, the Got2Run race will take place on Saturday, May 20.

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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 5Ks, and completed her first half marathon in July 2015. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism.