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Title:Ninth Annual Chicago Full Moon Run
Date:Wednesday August 5th, 2020
Author:Bill & Michelle Thom
Report:
2020 Chicago Full Moon Run
[Logo: Chicago Full Moon Run]
Ninth Annual 5-Km and 1-Mile Charity Race Under the Full Moon!


Wow... our ninth year, and whoa... what a year! Due to the worldwide pandemic of Coronavirus we moved off the roads of Norwood Park and into the woods of the forest preserves for cross country racing on a 5-kilometer grass loop that scenically winds the tree-lined groves of Bunker Hill and Caldwell Woods. In accordance with the guidelines of Restore Illinois Phase 4, permitting allowed 50 in attendance, 100 total for our two evenings of racing, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Taking safety precautions further we set up daily runner-preferred-spacing wave starts, which commenced at 4:00 pm, and concluded at 6:30 pm with each day's Big Dog Wave.

Official statistics for our 2020 Chicago Full Moon Run...
Weather Statistics at 5:51 pm CDT
Temperature: T- 73F
W- 78F
Dew Point: T- 44F
W- 53F
Humidity: T- 35%
W- 42%
Pressure: T- 30.06 in
W- 30.08 in
Wind: T- N 12 mph
W- NW 6 mph
Precip: T- 0 in
W- 0 in
Sunrise: T- 5:48 am
W- 5:49 am
Sunset: T- 8:07 pm
W- 8:06 pm
Moon Phase: T- 99.5%
W- 97.1%
Moonrise: T- 9:10 pm
W- 9:38 pm
Race Registration Statistics
1-Mile Lunar Orbit Count: T- 4
W- 8
5-Km Featured Event Count: T- 38
W- 41
Registration Total Count: T- 42
W- 49

We marked the racecourse 10:30 am on Tuesday. In direction of running... Yellow flags on runners' right, Orange/Pink on runners' left. By Tuesday's Big Dog Wave some flags were uprooted by picnicing kids near grove #5, which caused confusion and required immediate attention by course marshals. All things considered... both days of racing went well and we're grateful for the chance to host Chicago Full Moon Run, cross country style in this bizarre year of 2020.

Congratulations to our top runners...
  • 1 Mile Lunar Orbit...
    1st Place Female: Evie Thom, 17 of Chicago - 8:13.8
    1st Place Male: Chuan Pongstaporn, 73 of Chicago - 14:27.1
  • Chicago Full Moon Run 5-Km...
    1st Place Male: Jonnathan Fernandez, 21 of Chicago - 16:25.6 * 2019 Defending Champion!
    2nd Place Male: James McGlashon, 17 of Chicago - 17:03.5
    3rd Place Male: Ryan Zimny-Schmitt, 21 of Chicago - 18:59.1
    4th Place Male: Ken Schuch, 55 of Darien - 19:45.7

    1st Place Female: Madelyn Youngren, 16 of Chicago - 23:35.5
    2nd Place Female: Michelle Thom, 50 of Chicago - 23:40.2
    3rd Place Female: Eliza Lust, 15 of Chicago - 23:56.8
    4th Place Female: Stacy Markopoulos, 16 of Chicago - 24:26.6
  • Special Pint-Glass Team Awards - 5-Km 3-Runners Combined Time...
    1st Place: Taft Eagles - 58:55.1
    2nd Place: Riis Park Striders - 1:07:57.8
    3rd Place: Von Stueben Flying Squirrels - 1:09:27.5
    4th Place: Niles West Oakton Running Club - 1:38:38.9
Timing, webcasting and finish-line scoring was provided by RunRace. Check out complete Results through the link...
Results: 2020 Results on RunRace

Many thanks the primary supporters of our Ninth 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 70s while competing as distance runners in Cross Country & Track at Wright Junior College, Chicago.]
  • Coach Melissa Savage and our track teammates of Niles West Oakton Runners Club...
    Website: nworc.com/
  • Fearless Leader, Chris Precht, celebrating 44 years as Club Director of the Riis Park Striders (our brothers & sisters in running)...
    Website: rpstriders.org/
Let's give a rousing "shout out" to our race volunteers, all of whom performed "beyond the call" and looked fabulous in their facial coverings!
  • Racecourse flagging and marking: Tom Kohler, Bill Thom.
  • Runner check-in and packet pickup: Michael Glennon, Erin Bastian, Bill Thom.
  • Finish Line management: Tom Kohler, Jack Kohler, Mike Glennon, Bill Thom.
  • Course marshaling: Michelle & Bill Thom.
  • Photography: Michelle & Bill Thom.
  • Racecourse clean-up and deflagging: Ken Schuch, many runners on their "cool down", Bill 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 warm glow of this summer's Full Sturgeon Moon at our Ninth Annual Chicago Full Moon Run!

Scroll down to see a gallery of photo images taken at this year's Chicago Full Moon Run. If you'd like a "high-resolution" original, suitable for printing, contact me and I'll send via email... be sure to specify which photo(s) you'd like.

Congratulations to all who participated in our Ninth Annual Chicago Full Moon Run. Please plan to attend our 2021 edition, which is targeted for the date of Wednesday July 21st. Woo hoo... that'll be next year's Full Buck Moon!

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


Relive the excitement of past Chicago Full Moon Runs...
Results: 2019 Results, 2018 Results, 2017 Results, 2016 Results, 2015 Results, 2014 Results, 2013 Results, 2012 Results
Run Report: 2019 Report w/ Photos, 2018 Report w/ Photos, 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...


Website:
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