Tinley Park Running O’ Green 8K


On Sunday, 172 runners braved the extreme cold to participate in Tinley Park’s annual Running O’ Green 5 mile race.  The Park District always puts on an excellent race, and despite the cold, the race was very organized and ran as planned.

The race began shortly after 8 a.m. on 80th avenue, east of the Bettenhausen Recreational Center.  The flat and fast course went through several neighborhood streets, and the course changed scenery often keeping the race interesting and fun.  The race finished the last half-mile on the bike path around the rec center with the finish line in the front.  Volunteers and fans were waiting to cheer the finishers. Volunteers were extremely friendly, helpful, and supported all of the runners.

Beautiful medals were given for top three finishers in each age group.  Top Finishers received a glass plaque, a gift certificate to Aurelios, and a Tinley Park pack of goodies.  Each race finisher received a long sleeve dri-fit green shirt in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  This low cost race ($22 for early sign-up) is well worth it.  The post-race party consisted of more food than anyone could eat and include bagels, cookies, fruit, snack bars, pizza, and Jimmy John’s sandwiches.

Brian O’Donnell won the race with a time of 33:11 and was the top Tinley Park finisher.  Finishing second was  Robert Booth, age 29, of Tinley Park finishing in 35:23.9. Calista Stefaniak of Chicago, age 20, won Top Overall Female Finisher with a time of 36:25.

Tinley Park hosts three racing events throughout the year for runners of all abilities.  The next race is its Fourth of July 5k and in the fall, the Tinley Park Turkey Trot.


  1. Brian O’Donnell (center of picture) won the race in 33:11. Calista Stefaniak is on the left and I’m the guy pushing my wife in the wheelchair on the right. We finished 10th in 36:46.


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