River Grove FOP 5k

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The sense of community at the River Grove FOP 5k cannot be understated as everyone involved from the organizers, to the sponsors, to the runners take great pride in the event and that is why they all return year after year.

This year’s race was held on a very pleasant spring morning, possibly one of the last in the area before the summer temperatures creep in. The nice morning made for a quick day for many of the runners while on course and a good time for spectating for the handful of fans that lined the residential streets. They witnessed Brixtan Rill of Chicago blaze to a winning time of 16:10, with Caroline Young of Chicago coming in as the first female in 20:27.

Well known by returning runners is the post-race party in the Moose Lodge, where finishers dine on pizza, hot dogs, bagels, and fruit in a relaxing and friendly setting where new friends are made by sharing tables and waiting for the awards ceremony to start.

The race is put on by the Fraternal Order of Police and many officers from the area come to help organize the event and participate. The bond shared by the officers spreads to all the other participants and everyone departs with a feeling of happiness, friendship, and accomplishment.

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Jonathan couldn’t run a mile before his sophomore year in high school but went on to run at Hope College. Now, he runs with the Fast Track Racing Team and races in almost 30 races a year, still managing to run some PRs. He couldn’t win a 100 meter sprint if his life depended on it, but still has a pretty good kick at the end of a 10k. He is the Local Advertiser/Sales employee on Chicago Athlete's staff, and also volunteers as an Assistant XC Coach at Elk Grove High School and has done that for the past 11 years.

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