Shannon McNamara Memorial 5k

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There are some races out there that truly bring a community together. The race itself may not really be important as much as the bringing together of families and communities for a worthy cause. Such is the case with the Shannon McNamara Memorial 5k.

Rolling Meadows High School has organized this 5k run and two mile walk for 17 years in honor of Shannon McNamara, a RMHS graduate that was murdered in her apartment while in college. The money raised from the event benefits the Shannon McNamara Scholarship Fund.

The 5k course runs around the high school and onto the school’s cross country course across the street. After winding through parts of the course, runners head back to the high school and finish with a lap around the track.

After the race, there is also a kids dash on the track, costume contests for kids, adults, and pets, plus a raffle with prizes donated from businesses all around the Rolling Meadows area.

The event is a true bringing together of the community for a worthy cause. The RMHS staff that organizes the race does everything they can to make sure the event is memorable and fun for people of all ages. (They also like to brag that it has never rained on race day in their 17 year history.) The Shannon McNamara Memorial 5k is a community building event in every sense of the word and a beautiful tribute to a fallen mustang.

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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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