For a race that has been going on for 25 years, the Roselle Run for the Roses 5k can still be considered a hidden gem of an event for the Chicagoland area.
The 2019 version of the race benefitted from a beautiful, spring morning and the flat course with its long straightaway sections through the residential areas of Roselle helped many runners to fast times. Runners were also aided by the cheers of residents that came out and sat on their front lawns to cheer them on. This was beneficial to both the race leaders and also the back-of-the-packers, many of which were running their first 5k as part of Xtra Mile Running’s couch-to-5k program.
The race ended with a final sprint into the parking lot of Lake Park High School. Surrounding the finish line, aside from the traditional post-race treats, were tables with pizza, hot dogs, coffee, and Jimmy John’s subs. With the sunny skies and perfect temperatures, many of the participants hung around afterward, enjoying the morning, the company, and the music provided by DJ Rixmix.
They were also entertained by the competitive kids races that took place shortly after the last finisher came through the line. Kids as young as three dashed around the Lake Park track and towards the finish line, running past any spectators yelling encouragement as they sprinted by.
There have not been too many non-humid, non-rainy race days in the Chicagoland area this spring, but the runners at the Run for the Roses managed to take full advantage of a beautiful Sunday morning at this community friendly, longstanding event.