Written by News Bulletin News Sources
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:00
Officers from the Aurora Police Department are inviting runners to mark their calendars for November 2 to participate in the annual “Run for the Athletes 5K” to help raise money for Special Olympics Illinois. This year’s event also marks the 4th annual “Police vs. Fire 5K Challenge”.
The events run simultaneously and will take place rain or shine on the Gilman Bike Trail around Blackberry Farm’s Lake Gregory, 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora. Runners will take off at 8 a.m., with registration beginning at 6:30. The run raised over $2300 last year for Special Olympics.
The USATF-certified course is situated on blacktop and gravel terrain. The race will be professionally timed and awards will be given for overall male and female winners along with the top-three winners in 13 different age groups. All finishers will also receive a medal.
The “Police vs. Fire 5K Challenge” is a team race pitting teams of police officers against firefighters and is open to all police and fire departments.
The winning team will receive a traveling trophy for display at their respective agency for the next year.
The donation for the “Run for the Athletes Sunset 5K” is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the race. The “Police vs. Fire 5K” is $25 per team member. Complete information including race maps, entry forms, and waivers are available at www.runfortheathletes.com, or by calling Aurora Police Sergeant Doug Podschweit at (630) 256-5772.
The events are sponsored by the Aurora Police Department, Fox Valley Park District, Blackberry Farm, and Special Olympics Illinois.
Fund raising events spearheaded by the Aurora Police have raised $18,000 this year for Special Olympics Illinois. The organization provides year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
--News Bulletin news sources
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 13:57