September 27th, 2023
Tenth Annual Chicago Full Moon Run
Wednesday July 21st, 2021
Bill & Michelle Thom
2021 Chicago Full Moon Run
Tenth Annual 5-Km and 1-Mile Charity Race Under the Full Moon
... our tenth year, and
Due to the languishing worldwide pandemic of Coronavirus/COVID-19 we were once again off the roads of Norwood Park, and back to cross country racing on a 5-kilometer grass loop that scenically winds the tree-lined forest preserve groves of Bunker Hill and Caldwell Woods. In accordance with guidelines of
Forest Preserves of Cook County - COVID-19 Precautions
, permitting allowed 99 in attendance for our afternoon/evening of racing. Taking safety precautions further we set up runner-preferred-spacing wave starts, which commenced at 3:00 pm, and concluded at 6:30 pm with our
Big Dog Wave
Official statistics for our 2021 Chicago Full Moon Run...
Weather Statistics at 6:30 pm CDT
NE 7 mph
Race Registration Statistics
1-Mile Lunar Orbit Count:
5-Km Featured Event Count:
Registered Runner Total Count:
We marked the racecourse on Tuesday, from 2:30 - 5:00 pm. In direction of running... Orange wire flags on runners' right, Yellow/Pink wire flags on runners' left.
Come race day... random wire flags were uprooted/repositioned by saboteurs, which necessitated replacing, and called for
our first three waves to ensure runners would
stay on course
. Volunteers, Michael Glennon and Claudia Boyle arrived early for set up and
Runner Check-In / Packet Pickup
. Meanwhile, the Maurer family travelled down from North Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin with Jason managing equipment of the start/finish area, and Margaret, Clare, Sean, and Grace registered in the 5-Km featured event.
Post race... participants enjoyed the evening's early moonrise, along with refreshments of bottled water / sports drink, local beer, and mini Moon Pies.
Congratulations to our top runners...
1 Mile Lunar Orbit
1st Place Female:
Isabelle Gutierrez, 13 of Park Ridge - 8:42.4
1st Place Male:
Elias Yurick, 61 of Chicago - 9:22.0
Chicago Full Moon Run 5-Km
1st Place Male:
Jonnathan Fernandez, 22 of Chicago - 16:10.1
3-Consecutive Year Defending Champion
2nd Place Male:
James McGlashon, 18 of Chicago - 16:22.9
2-Consecutive Year Runner-Up
3rd Place Male:
Allen O'Connor, 34 of Chicago - 18:43.4
4th Place Male:
Ryan Zimny-Schmitt, 22 of Chicago - 18:48.9
1st Place Female:
Natalia Bobak, 24 of Chicago - 24:27.8
2nd Place Female:
Donna Mills, 56 of Orange City, IA - 24:43.3
3rd Place Female:
Alisha Welc, 30 of Schaumburg - 25:46.9
4th Place Female:
Mary-Gherese Derama, 17 of Chicago - 29:06.0
Special Pint-Glass Team Awards - 5-Km 3-Runners Combined Time
Dick Pond Racing - 1:03:57.8
Riis Park Striders - 1:09:49.3
Victory Run Club - 1:35:43.3
Niles West Oakton Running Club - 1:38:02.2
Evanston Running Club - 1:47:04.3
Timing, webcasting and finish-line scoring was published in near-real-time on RunRace.net. Check out complete Results through the link...
2021 Results on RunRace
Many thanks to the primary supporters of our Tenth Annual Chicago Full Moon Run
Dick Pond Athletics of Park Ridge and the friendship of managers, Chris and Angela...
: 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.
Fearless Leader, Chris Precht, celebrating 45 years as Club Director of the Riis Park Striders
(our brothers & sisters in running)
Let's give a rousing "shout out" to our race volunteers, all of whom performed "
beyond the call
" and looked fabulous in the waxing moonlight
Racecourse flagging and marking: Tom Kohler, Bill Thom.
Knocker on Doors and Purveyor of Raffle Prizes: Erin Bastian
Runner check-in / packet pickup management: Claudia Boyle, Mike Glennon, Erin Bastian.
Finish Line management: Jason Maurer, Mike Glennon, Bill Thom.
Course centurions and traffic control marshalling: Chris Wilhite, Michelle & Bill Thom.
Lead Bike-Pacing: Bill Thom.
Photography: Michelle & Bill Thom.
Racecourse clean-up and deflagging: Bill Thom.
Post-race party and raffle coordinators: Erin Bastian, Michelle 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 this summer's Full Buck Moon at our Tenth Annual Chicago Full Moon Run
Scroll down for a gallery of photos 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 Tenth Annual Chicago Full Moon Run. Please plan to attend our 2022 edition, which is targeted for the date of Wednesday July 13th. Woo hoo... that'll be next year's
Full Buck Moon
on the exact day
Here's to racing under the glow of a Chicago Full Moon,
Relive the excitement of past Chicago Full Moon Runs...
2020 Report w/ Photos
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
(left -to- right)
Erin Bastian, Bill Thom, Michelle Thom
Links to expanded coverage of Chicago Full Moon Run...
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