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Title:3rd Annual Chicago Full Moon Run
Date:Wednesday August 6th, 2014
Author:Bill & Michelle Thom with photos by Frank Donato
Report:
2014 Chicago Full Moon Run
[Logo: Chicago Full Moon Run]
3rd Annual 5-Km and 1-Mile Road Race Under the Full Moon!


For the third year in a row pleasant Chicago-conditions, ideal for road running, greeted eager runners in our neighborhood of Norwood Park. Volunteers began set up for our 3rd annual Chicago Full Moon Run at the hour of 5:00 pm. Soon participants arrived and bustled through check-in, packet pickup, and over to our starting areas.
Official weather statistics at 7:00 pm...Lunar geeks only...
Temperature: 74F, cloudy
Humidity: 43%
Wind: ENE at 7 mph
Sunset: 8:04 pm
Moon phase: waxing gibbous, 83%
Moonrise: 4:21 pm
Moonset: 1:24 am

Michelle provided last-minute instructions to 5-Km Featured Event participants then turned over control to Corrine Schreiber, our official race starter. With a "Runners set," and a blast of the air-horn Corrine sent runners westbound along Hurlbut Street at 7:33:04 pm.

Five minutes later, 132 meters farther west on Hurlbut Street, co-race director Michael Bastian sounded the air-horn again, this time sending 1-Mile Lunar Orbiters to the roads on their adventure at 7:38:05 pm.

Congratulations to our top runners...
  • 1 Mile Lunar Orbit...
    1st Place Male: Will Fuller, 14 of Wood Dale - 7:04.9 * New course record!
    1st Place Female: Grace Maurer, 11 of North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin - 8:19.0 * Two-year defending champion!
  • Chicago Full Moon Run 5-Km...
    1st Place Male: Henry Mierzwa, 17 of Park Ridge - 15:53.7 * New race record!
    2nd Place Male: Bulcun Anaclet, 15 of Chicago - 17:10
    3rd Place Male: Shea Bastian, 18 of Batavia - 17:21.9
    1st Place Female: Stephanie Hughes, 25 of Chicago - 18:37.3 * New course record!
    2nd Place Female: Eileen Skisak, 55 of La Grange Park - 22:02.6
    3rd Place Female: Danielle Schurman, 37 of Chicago - 22:23.7
    Top Masters Male: Piotr Janczyk, 42 of Elmwood Park - 17:36.8 * New masters race record!
    Top Masters Female: Cathy Krawitz, 54 of Park Ridge - 24:39.2
Timing, webcasting and finish-line scoring was provided by RunRace. Check out complete Results through the link...
Results: 2014 Results on RunRace

Many thanks to primary supporters of our 3rd Annual Chicago Full Moon Run!
  • Dick Pond Athletics of Park Ridge and the friendship of manager, Joko Greenberg...
    Website: dickpondathletics.com/CSParkRidge.asp
    [Editor's note: RDs Mike & Bill made frequent trips and purchases from the original Dick Pond garage / showroom in the late 1970's while competing as distance runners in Cross Country & Track at Wright Junior College, Chicago. It's quite possible that Mike still has a pair of suede Tiger Oboris stashed somewhere in a sentimental treasure box.]
  • Mo Dailey's Pub & Grille and owner, Megan Dailey, who warmly welcomed runners with refreshments, decorations and the perfect setting for our post-race party...
    Website: modaileys.com/
  • Coach Melissa Savage and our track teammates of Niles West Oakton Runners Club...
    Website: nworc.com/
  • Fearless Leader Chris Precht and the Riis Park Striders (our brothers & sisters in running)...
    Website: rpstriders.org/
  • Our running teammates of Rejects Softball (steroid-free co-rec softball since 1990)...
    Website: www.mysportweb.com/softball.php
  • Social media gurus who helped with "digitally spreading the word" of our Chicago Full Moon Run, for which we "trend to like"... Ian Stevens and Mariposa Brant
    In addition, Mariposa is race director of Oriole Park's Sunshine Run...
    Website: OrioleParkSunshineRun.com/
  • Lieutenant John Garrido who arranged & provided pre-race course parking control, then suprised us with extra race-day bike patrol!
    In addition, John is race director of Gladstone Park's Run With Debby 3K annual fundraiser...
    Website: RunWithDebby.com/
  • Corrine Schreiber for serving as Celebrity Race Starter. It was Corrine with the vision, who brought back racing to the streets of Norwood Park, when in 2006 she founded and directed the inaugural "Going in Circles" 5K!
Let's give a rousing "shout out" to our race volunteers, all of whom performed "beyond the call" and looked fabulous in their bright-orange reflective vests!
  • Runner check-in and packet pickup: Gayle Ryan, Rebecca Lind, Clare Garrity, Paula Donato, Elyse Donato, Nora Bastian.
  • Start / Finish line set up: Mike Vlasak, Bryan Cleal, Joe Bastian, Nathan Bastian, Jason Snyder.
  • Course centurions and traffic control: Stuart Gootnick, Jim Savage, Melissa Savage, Gayle Ryan, Clare Garrity, Rebecca Lind, Jackie Thom, Jim Thom, Paula Donato.
  • Bike Patrol: Paul Gerlach, Michael Pellikan.
  • Photography: Frank Donato.
  • Post-race party coordinator: Jim Thom and Jackie Thom.
[Did I miss anyone here?... if you notice a missing or misspelled name please let me know.]

Finally... thanks to all dedicated runners who came out, contributed generously to our cause of the battle against Multiple Sclerosis, and took on the challenge of racing under the glow of the supermoon in our 3rd Annual Chicago Full Moon Run!

Click the "View Photos" tab above to see a gallery of photo images taken at our 3rd Annual Chicago Full Moon Run. These photos (under the "View Photos" tab) have been optimized for display on the internet... if you'd like a "high-resolution" original (suitable for printing) contact me and I will email you with the original digital image... be sure to specify which photo(s) you'd like.

Congratulations to all who participated in our 3rd Annual Chicago Full Moon Run. Please plan to attend our 2015 version, which will fall on the date of Wednesday July 29th. Woo hoo... that's going to be a Blue Moon!

Here's to running in the glow of a Chicago Full Moon,
Bill: bill@runrace.net

Relive the excitement of past Chicago Full Moon Runs...
Results: 2013 Results, 2012 Results
Run Report: 2013 Report w/ Photos, 2012 Report w/ Photos


Chicago Full Moon Run Race Committee
(front row) Mike & Erin Bastian
(middle row) Michelle & Bill Thom
(back row) Bryan Cleal
[image: Chicago Full Moon Run Race Committee]


Comments, Observations, Suggestions, Feedback...

Thanks, Bill. Just wanted to say that I wasn't a runner until this race. A friend prompted me and I am forever indebted to her. This was a great venue and very well put together. "I got from Rufus more than I knew Rufus had to give."
Kudos to you and your associates for putting this together. Thanks again.

- Rufus Stephens #645

I loved the race. Was so happy to see Ian and Eileen there too.
When I was in college I worked at Norwood Park a couple of summers with their day-camp. Nice to be back!

- Penny McCreight #595

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