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Edgewater Back To School 5K Run/Walk Will Raise Necessary Funding For Local Schools

5k-1Once again this year, on Sunday, September 25 at 8 a.m., the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and the 48th Ward will welcome our students by honoring our schools at the annual Edgewater Back to School 5K Run/Walk.

Of the beneficiaries, the Chamber web site says: “The 48th Ward is home to nine elementary schools and two high schools, collectively serving more than 6,000 students. Reflecting the incredible diversity of Edgewater, kids in our local schools represent hundreds of countries around the world and speak over 75 different languages. Despite great challenges, our local schools have achieved marked success through the highest CPS level 1 ratings to the National Blue Ribbon Award with expanded IB programs and innovative arts partnerships. Funds raised by the Edgewater 5k Run/Walk will go toward providing expanded educational opportunities such as arts and sports programs.”

The run/walk is open to all, says Katrina Balog, Executive Director of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. “We had about 700 participants last year; we would like to have a lot more.”

The route will begin and end at the Loyola University’s new St. Ignatius Community Plaza at Rosemont and Kenmore. It will then proceed east to Sheridan Rd. Runners and walkers will have the opportunity to go south on Sheridan, as there will be no vehicular traffic along the street during the event.

The web site further explains: “The route turns east at Ardmore to the northernmost part of the scenic lakefront path, heading south past Kathy Osterman Beach. The run will take participants back in time to the Roaring ‘20s, past the famed Edgewater Beach Building. Rounding the corner near the Foster Beach concessions, the route meanders along the lakefront before turning around and heading back through the park.”

Katrina Balog encourages participants to register early for several reasons. “The rate will be lower,” she says, “and they will have the opportunity to select the school they would like to benefit. But this year we have two new partnerships if people would like to receive some free training sessions to prepare for the event.”

Orange Shoe Personal Fitness, which will open its location in Andersonville in the fall, will offer the 5K registrants complimentary training sessions at Peirce Elementary School at 1423 W. Bryn Mawr. Classes will be held on Monday evenings at 6:30 PM from August 1 to September 19. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Orangetheory Fitness will offer three free training sessions at their Granville location.

“This will give people the opportunity to get to know these local businesses,” Balog says, “and for the businesses to get to know them.”

For more information or to register, go to Edgewater.org or call 773-561-6000.


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