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Title:Seventh Annual Chicago Full Moon Run
Date:Wednesday July 25th, 2018
Author:Bill & Michelle Thom, w/ Photos by Frank Donato
Report:
2018 Chicago Full Moon Run
[Logo: Chicago Full Moon Run]
7th Annual 5-Km and 1-Mile Road Race Under the Full Moon of Norwood Park!


Wednesday, July 25th... race day arrived with idyllic seasonal weather. Official statistics for our 2018 Chicago Full Moon Run...
Weather Statistics at 6:51 pm CDT
Temperature: 85F
Dew Point: 61F
Humidity: 44%
Pressure: 29.2 in
Wind Dir: W
Wind Speed: 9 mph
Wind Gust: 0 mph
Precip: N/A
Sunrise: 5:37 am
Sunset: 8:17 pm
Moon Phase: 97.6% illumination
Moonrise: 6:51 pm
Race Registration Statistics
Pre-registered 5-Km Featured Event Count: 166
Pre-registered 1-Mile Lunar Orbit Count: 28
Pre-registration Subtotal Count: 194
Race-day 5-Km Featured Event Count: 22
Race-day 1-Mile Lunar Orbit Count: 5
Race-day Subtotal Count: 27
Registration Total Count: 221

At 5:00 pm volunteers began race set up along Hurlbut St, on the southeast side of Norwood Park. Soon participants arrived and bustled through check-in, packet pickup, and over to our starting areas. Greetings and last-minute instructions were provided to 5-Km featured event participants. Serving as our official race starter, Chris Precht, 42-year President of Riis Park Striders called the field "To your mark," then blasted the air-horn at 7:33:52.5 pm. Runners burst westbound, along Hurlbut Street for their two-lap race.

Five minutes later, 132 meters farther west on Hurlbut Street we sounded the air-horn again for the start of our 1-Mile Lunar Orbit, precisely at 7:38:52.86 pm.

Congratulations to our top runners...
  • 1 Mile Lunar Orbit...
    1st Place Male: Daniel Schmidt, 40 of Chicago - 6:55.0
    1st Place Female: Isabelle Gutierrez, 10 of Park Ridge - 8:44.8
  • Chicago Full Moon Run 5-Km...
    1st Place Male: Jaime Marcos, 19 of Chicago - 15:47.6 * New Chicago Full Moon Run Race Record!
    2nd Place Male: Jeremy Bekkouche, 18 of Chicago - 15:47.9 * 2017 Defending Champion!
    3rd Place Male: Jonny Fernandez, 19 of Chicago - 15:57.4
    1st Place Female: Veronica Laureano, 33 of Chicago - 20:04.3 * Three-time Past Female Champion!
    2nd Place Female: Sydney Partyka, 16 of Chicago - 20:06.4
    3rd Place Female: Sarai Vargas, 18 of Chicago - 20:46.4
    Top Masters Male: Jose I Vargas, 45 of Chicago - 18:06.6
    Top Masters Female: Emily Serb, 44 of Chicago - 22:25.2 * 2017 Defending Champion!
  • Special Team Plaque Awards - 3-Runners Combined Time...
    Fastest School Team: Von Steuben Athletics - 51:10.5
    Fastest Running Club: Riis Park Striders - 1:05:17.8
Timing, webcasting and finish-line scoring was provided by RunRace. Check out complete Results through the link...
Results: 2018 Results on RunRace

Many thanks to primary supporters of our 7th Annual Chicago Full Moon Run!
  • Dick Pond Athletics of Park Ridge and the friendship of managers, Chris and Angela...
    Website: dickpondathletics.com/CSParkRidge.asp
    [Editor's note: Race founders, Mike Bastian & Bill Thom made frequent trips for 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.
  • 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, celebrating 42 years as Club Director of the Riis Park Striders (our brothers & sisters in running)...
    Website: rpstriders.org/
"Thank you" to the community of local businesses and families for their contributions of raffle prizes!
  • Dick Pond Athletics of Park Ridge
  • Margaret & Grace Maurer and their family from North Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin... with this year's most-coveted hand-made runners' blanket
  • Gordon's Ace Hardware of Norwood Park... mini cooking set
  • Dino's Pizza & Italian Restaurant of Norwood Park
  • Richard and Mary Ann Beddome... Chicago Marathon care package
  • Starbucks of Park Ridge (Prospect Ave)
  • Zia's Trattoria of Edison Park
  • Galvin's Public House of Chicago
  • Illinois Nails on Lawrence Ave in Chicago
  • AcuBalance Wellness Center of Norwood Park
  • Potbelly Sandwich Works of Park Ridge
  • Phil's Pizza D'Oro of Norwood Park
  • Norwood Park Historical Society
Let's give a rousing "shout out" to our race volunteers, all of whom performed "beyond the call" and looked fabulous in their brightly-colored reflective vests!
  • Runner recruiting: Melissa Savage, Vincent Santucci, Ian Stevens.
  • Runner check-in and packet pickup: Erin Bastian, Gayle Ryan, Ian Stevens, Mike Vlasak, Marin Shimkus, Kate Schnatterbeck.
  • Finish Line management: Mike Vlasak, Erin Bastian, Gayle Ryan.
  • Course centurions and traffic control marshals: Tim Ryan, Jackie Thom, Melissa Savage, Daniel Donato, Paula Donato, Bob Thom, Brittany Thom, Jack Kohler, Lisa Williams, Kate Schnatterbeck, Vincent Santucci, Ian Stevens, Chris Precht.
  • Bike Patrol: Officer Steve of 16th District, Chicago Police Department.
  • Photography: Frank Donato, Greg Roberts, Mahrou.
  • Post-race party and raffle coordinators: Erin Bastian, Michelle Thom, Greg Roberts.
[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 warm glow of this summer's Full Buck Moon at our Seventh Annual Chicago Full Moon Run!

Scroll down to see a gallery of photo images taken at our 7th Annual Chicago Full Moon Run. These photos (below) 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 Seventh Annual Chicago Full Moon Run. Please plan to attend our 2019 edition, which is targeted for the date of Wednesday July 17th. Woo hoo... that'll be next year's Full Buck Moon!

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


Relive the excitement of past Chicago Full Moon Runs...
Results: 2017 Results, 2016 Results, 2015 Results, 2014 Results, 2013 Results, 2012 Results
Run Report: 2017 Report w/ Photos, 2016 Report w/ Photos, 2015 Report w/ Photos, 2014 Report w/ Photos, 2013 Report w/ Photos, 2012 Report w/ Photos

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



Links to expanded coverage of Chicago Full Moon Run...

Check out this additional gallery of action pics as captured by photographer, Mahrou Senobar at: Chicago Full Moon Run - Google Drive


Click any thumbnail below for its larger image.
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Chicago Full Moon Run Finish AreaChicago Full Moon Run Finish AreaChicago Full Moon Run Finish AreaRace Directors Michelle Thom, Bill Thom, Erin Bastian

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