April 20th, 2021
Inaugural Chicago Full Moon Run
Wednesday August 1st, 2012
Chicago Full Moon Run
Inaugural 5-Km and 1-Mile Road Race Under the Full Moon
A wonderful blue-sky-late-afternoon with lazy summer breezes hung over Circle Avenue while enthusiastic volunteers gathered for our inaugural Chicago Full Moon Run. As afternoon surrendered to evening in Norwood Park our volunteers donned bright orange vests and reported for duty... some at the check-in tables, some at road crossings, a couple for bike patrol, others at our finish line area. Eager runners arrived and made their way through packet pickup to our starting area. The start of our race
would not be delayed
Because she was first to register and because she's loved at all running events... Riis Park Strider Eileen Ferguson was issued the coveted "bib number 1".
At precisely 7:45 pm
... Race Director Emeritus Michael Bastian sounded the air horn and sent 111 participants on their way, in a clockwise direction to cover 5 kilometers / three laps of Circle Avenue in our inaugural "Chicago Full Moon Run". Five minutes later Mike blew the horn again... this time starting 20 participants in our first-ever "1 Mile Lunar Orbit".
Congratulations to our top runners...
1 Mile Lunar Orbit
1st Place Female:
Samantha Ryan, 21 of Rolling Meadows - 7:51.2
1st Place Male:
Tae Won Lillig, 7 of Chicago - 8:13.2
Chicago Full Moon Run 5-Km
1st Place Male:
Michael Bukszar, 19 of Riverwoods - 17:35.7
2nd Place Male:
Brian Sweney, 54 of Chicago - 18:17.1
3rd Place Male:
Vincent Santucci, 38 of Chicago - 18:53.5
1st Place Female:
Columba Montes, 33 of Chicago - 18:21.1
2nd Place Female:
Stephanie Hughes, 23 of Chicago - 19:35.5
3rd Place Female:
Mariana Trejo, 22 of Chicago - 19:46.6
Timing, webcasting and finish-line scoring was provided by RunRace. Check out complete Results through the link...
Result on RunRace
Many thanks to primary supporters of our inaugural Chicago Full Moon Run
Dick Pond Athletics of Park Ridge and the Dick Pond Shoemobile captained by Chris...
: 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
stashed somewhere in a sentimental treasure box.]
Mo Dailey's Pub & Grille, gracious hosts of our post-race party...
Coach Melissa Savage and our track teammates of Niles West Oakton Runners Club...
Fearless Leader Chris Precht and the Riis Park Striders
(our brothers & sisters in running)
Our running teammates of
(steroid-free co-rec softball since 1990)
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: Sue Thom, Cathy Krawitz, Bryan Cleal, Lori Klein-Blazek, Erin Bastian.
Finish line set up: Bryan Cleal, Mike Vlasak.
Course centurions and traffic control: Kathy Pawlowski, Stuart Gootnick, legendary coach Patrick Savage, Daniel Donato, Bob Thom.
Bike Patrol: Michael Pellikan, Paul Gerlach.
Post-race party coordinators: Jim & Jackie Thom.
Did I miss anyone here?
... if you notice a missing or misspelled name please let me know.]
Finally... thanks to all 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 moon in our inaugural Chicago Full Moon Run
Click the "View Photos" tab above to see a gallery of photo images taken at our inaugural 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 Chicago Full Moon Run
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