January 18th, 2018
Pairing up to Beat Lung Cancer 5K/1mile -- As Reliable as Rain
Saturday November 4th, 2017
Rain was predicted and rain it did! The event starts near Campbell and Highland in downtown Arlington Heights. This was a unique event with the Mayor of Arlington Heights, Tom Hayes, Illinois Senator Tom Rooney, and Dave Ungurean, Director of the NCH Foundation sharing a few insightful and encouraging words with us. Ella Palffy sang our National Anthem beautifully! And the brave runners were off to walk or run 1 mile or 5K in a steady stream of rain that became a downpour. Nobody quit - some people are as reliable as rain - once they start something, there is no choice but to finish! Many of the Northwest Community hospital staff and some cancer survivors either participated or volunteered for the event. Despite the rain, all seemed to enjoy themselves and even talked to some people they had never met before while out on the course. What a great way to get out on a Saturday morning, get some exercise, get drenched, and support a great cause. Almost 200 signed up for the event, and with the weather, it was amazing that 140 completed either the 1 mile or the 5K. 18 "pairs" finished, with Anastasia paired up with her cute little dog, Piper, who was registered and wore a bib and chip for the run! For the 1 mile event, eight year old Edward Nieman was overall male winner and Kelley Fricthl was overall female winner. For the 5K, Eric Sopp was the overall male winner and Kelly Tinnes, of the American Cancer Society, was the overall female winner! Thank you to the many people who helped make this event happen or who supported the cause by participating, volunteering or donating!!!
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Visitor Feedback & Commentary:
Awesome inaugural 5K race. The Starbucks coffee along with the prerace welcome and warm up was so nice. Course was good - out and back through the AH neighborhood. The cold rain just made me run faster! Thanks so much for organizing and providing such a beneficial event.
Nov 6, 2017
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