For the past 13 years, Salute, Inc. has organized a 5K/10K in Arlington Heights. I have participated in the 10K for the past few years and have seen the race grow and become a great community event for Memorial Day weekend.
The event is filled with community support for Salute, Inc. who seems to go above and beyond every year to make sure that anyone that wants to participate in the event, can. Over the years, they have added in an Adaptive Challenge Division for wheelchair athletes and a Tactical Challenge for those that aren’t satisfied with just running a 5K and would like to finish the race with push-ups.
Both the 5K and 10K courses are very fast and can be a great end to your spring racing season. They are also well shaded, which usually comes in handy for a late-May race. One of the best parts is that you’ll see families all along the route out on their front lawns cheering you on.
At the end, there are plenty of goodies to snack on. So many, that it is almost impossible to take one of everything (a huge plus.) You see many families hanging out at the finish line area enjoying their weekend and it seems that this event has become an annual tradition for many people in the Arlington Heights area. (At one point this year, the announcer even asked if every Arlington Heights resident was participating as AHers were taking home a lot of age group awards.)
Salute, Inc. does a great job of keeping the spirit of the charity and the holiday at the forefront of the race, reminding everyone to remember the servicemen and women that paid the ultimate price. It is their sacrifice that allows events like this to go on, and for that, we are all thankful.