The Cove School 5K Run/Walk One Step at a Time


Students, alumni, family and supporters of The Cove School gathered this past Saturday in Glenview forest perserve for The Cove School 5K Run/Walk.  Race proceeds benefit the school that “serves children with complex learning disabilities from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Cove is located in Northbrook, Illinois and serves approximately 150 students from over 50 different districts throughout the Chicagoland area. Ample parking and same day packet pickup made the family focused event easy for everyone.  Participants received a tech shirt with their registration along with a Cove School sack pack filled with sponsors goodies.

Before the race, some background about the school was shared along with their “unique approach to the ‘whole child,’ and how all aspects of learning from academic to social and emotional development are addressed when a child enters Cove.”

There were two waves at the start to decrease congestion but thankfully the path had limited congestion with bikers being courteous to racers.  Runners and Walkers utilized the forest preserve path the entire time and completed two out and back sections for the 5K.  The event was timed by J3 Timing and organized by Carpe Diem Racing.

The event was well supported by sponsors and a wonderful pre and post race refreshment area was enjoyed by all.  Age group medals were presented to winners and students were presented with medals from the Medals4Mettle (M4M) organization.

As the Chicago coordinator for this organization, I was honored to be asked to present these medals for the second year in a row.  M4M is a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers’ medals to those that demonstrate courage/mettle throughout their life.  Students were able to pick out the medals they liked at the finish with Music themed medals being a favorite among many.

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Nicole once thought that the timed mile in high school was a form of torture. In an ironic turn of events, racing is now part of half her weekends in a given year and would take an early Saturday race over a Friday night out everytime. A self-proclaimed "back of the packer", Nicole loves triathlons and run races with her favorite distances being the half marathon and olympic distance triathlon. She works full time as a health care administrator and lives in Skokie with her husband, son and spoiled dog. You can find her race reports, musing and other random thoughts on her blog.


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