July 19th, 2018
MSW Light Up the Night 5K
Saturday October 5th, 2013
Rich Limacher and Bill Thom
MSW Light Up the Night 5K
race detail and registration
2013... This was the first-ever running of the MSW Light Up the Night 5K Run & Walk, and it kicked off right around 6:30 pm, Saturday evening, from the parking lot behind the Mary, Seat of Wisdom School in Park Ridge. It was a two-lap course through the neighborhood with a beautiful balloon-arch finish-line set up on the back lot near the gym.
MSW race management secured adequate police marshaling for the nighttime run, and an amazing megawatt "light truck" provided adequate lighting for the finish area. Runners took to the streets while walkers were asked to stay on the sidewalks. From all overheard comments and other sources, it seemed the entire event was pleasing to nearly everybody. First-time nighttime events aren't always this successful, but the organizers and volunteers of Mary, Seat of Wisdom School did an excellent job of making this inaugural event very successful indeed.
Some even attributed divine intervention to the fact that just before the race, a torrential downpour engulfed the region under a broadcast "Severe Thunderstorm Warning" that lasted until almost race time. Then (miraculously?) the wind, rain, and lightning all stopped (thank you very much!) and allowed the race to go forward.
The Barry Gym inside the school provided a convenient (dry!) place for everyone to register, and it also served as a great (still dry!) place to hold a fun after-party. Click on "View Photos" to see what we mean!
A total of 252 timed runners finished the 5 kilometer run, while the total number of paid registrants went well over 680. The difference between those numbers accounted for all the walkers, who were not timed. This tremendous turnout surely resulted in a most successful fundraiser for the school.
Timing and finish-line instant scoring was provided by RunRace.net. Race results can be found on the RunRace website most easily by clicking on the colorful "MSW Light Up the Night 5K' logo on our Home Page.
Photos under the "View Photos" tab were taken by Bill & Michelle Thom and Rich & Beth Limacher who, along with Dan Blaszczyk, were the RunRace personnel on hand for chip-timing and scoring the race. All photos shown here have been optimized for display on the internet. If you'd like a "high-resolution" original, contact us and we'll send you a digital copy.
Congratulations to all who participated in the 2013 MSW Light Up the Night 5K Run & Walk!
Bill: email@example.com, and Rich: firstname.lastname@example.org
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