Summer in the Chicago suburbs means city festivals and neighborhood 5ks, and the Des Plaines Parks District does a great job of combining both.
Held on the same weekend as the annual Taste of Des Plaines, the Dash Through Des Plaines 5k has become an annual tradition for many residents and an impressive, friendly event for runners from the surrounding ‘burbs.
With a field of about 200 participants and a race site that it organized in an area about half a block long, all runners are able to get to know their fellow competitors before, during and after the race in a very friendly and festive atmosphere. The park district staff on site does a great job of keeping everyone smiling throughout the morning and, when the race takes place on a fairly pleasant spring morning like it did this weekend, the pancake flat course provides a nice race option for the completive runners and an easy-enough 3.1 miles for area residents who are looking to spend the morning in a healthy way.
After all the participants have finished, everyone walks a couple blocks to downtown Des Plaines and the Tap House Grill for the post-race party, where they can get a free drink and sit down a talk to their friends, old and new while awards are being handed out. Overall wins went to Christopher Schiel in 17:48 and Katarzyna Przekop in 22:02.