On Sunday, February 12, Lighthouse Events hosted the fifth race in its winter race series, The Cupid Shuffle. A Valentine’s Day themed race, the Brookfield, Wisc. based course offered a 5K or 10K distance option. Like all races in the series thus far, the race was completely sold out hosting 1,300 runners.

The course began and ended at Brookfield Central High School, where ample parking was provided. Packet pick up was available both prior to, and on race day, in the high school gymnasium.

This flat, fast road course wove in and out of neighborhoods and circled out and back from the high school. The 10K runners made the loop twice, while the 5K-ers only once.

Although the rain ended by the start of the race, there were several small hills and a slightly aggressive wind gust that made the course challenging. The race directors had the course clearly marked with cones and signs and numerous volunteers throughout the course.

Speaking of race volunteers, we runners really have to give a huge shout out to them. I love seeing the smiling faces and waving orange flags of race volunteers giving their time to cheer us on. Aside from the essential tasks of steering us in the right direction and passing out water cups, I have also seen volunteers lend their phones to runners, assist runners with gear, pick up sticks in the raceway and even stand over a hazard such as a pothole or ice, alerting runners to be cautious. We could not run these races without volunteers, and Lighthouse has some of the best.

Race finishers received a high five and words of encouragement at the end of the course from the race owner. All racers received a bright blue short-sleeved tech t-shirt and finish line goodies, including candy hearts and cookies, just in time for V-Day. A unique characteristic of Lighthouse events, medals were provided to first through tenth finishers in all age groups.

First through third 10K male finishers were: Matthew Jungers, Matt Barcus and Charles Zingheim. First through third 10K female finishers were: Kelli Grundmann, Julia Borel-Donohue and Jennifer Yee. First through third 5K male finishers were: Brian Jacques, Scott Loftus and Eddie Gnewuch. First through third 5K female finishers were: Lisa Johnson, Jackie Giacalone and Susan Buerger.

Lighthouse is hosting the final race in the Winter Race Series on March 12, 2017 in Hartland, Wisc. The Luck of the Irish race offers a 5K, 10K or 15K distance option. You can register for this race and check out the rest of their upcoming races at their website, http://www.racelighthouse.com/.

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Mandi began running in middle school and never stopped. As a high school and college cheerleader, running was the exact athletic counterpart to keep her fitness levels high. While attending The John Marshall Law School in 2007, Mandi ran her first Chicago Marathon, the final year it was partnered with title sponsor, LaSalle Bank. Mandi has continued to run several marathons and half marathons each year. An Illinois licensed attorney, Mandi is currently the Executive Director of the Lake County Municipal League, a council of government representing 42 municipalities in Lake County. An avid weekend race warrior, Mandi tries to run 2-3 races each month from Milwaukee to Chicago and loves the opportunity to report about her experiences in Chicago Athlete


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