The Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk is held to honor Lew Blond, a Maple School teacher who passed away from Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) in February 2000. He was an exceptional and dedicated educator of the applied arts and was revered and cherished by his students, his colleagues and the parents of the children he served. Lew Blond’s wife Therese, his mother Marietta Blond and sister Barbara Blond all attended this year’s race, as they have done since its inception.
This flat, scenic course goes through the Maple School neighborhood. Proceeds benefit ALS research through the Les Turner ALS Foundation, scholarships for prospective teachers at the Glenbrook High Schools and special District 30 projects.
The Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk receives extensive media support and coverage. The event is among the top running events in the north suburban area. The 2017 race drew over 1,000 participants and volunteers. Total funds raised over 17 years exceeds $425,000. A significant portion of the funds raised from the Lew Blond Run have been donated to the Les Turner (ALS) Foundation.
Start Location - Maple School | 2370 Shermer Road | Northbrook, IL
Date: Saturday, May 18th, 2019
Rain or Shine: read The Lew Blond Run weather policy here.
Start Time: 8:00 am (5K) / 9:00 am (1 mile)
Race Course: USATF Certified/CARA Certified Race (IL-10116-JW)
Bicycles, roller skates/blades, skateboards and dogs are not permitted on the course.
Strollers and Baby Joggers will be permitted in the One Mile Fun Run only, and should start from the back of the race field."
Split times: Digital clocks at mile 1, mile 2 and the finish line. Split times at miles 1 and 2 only.
Race cutoff time for the 5K is 55 minutes. Cutoff time for the 1 mile is 20 minutes.
Water will be available at the start, midway through the race and at the finish line. First Aid station, gear check and post-race refreshments available on site.
Parking: The best option for easy out access is the Highland Baking parking lot, 2301 Shermer Road, which is on the east side of Shermer Road and directly across the street from the event. Limited parking is also available in the Glenbrook North High School south parking lot, located at 2300 Shermer Road. Enter and exit on Shermer Road, as Sherman Drive entrances will be closed for the race.
Registration: All pre-registered participants receive a t-shirt. Dri-fit T-shirts are guaranteed for those who register by April 26, 2019. T-shirts will be available while supplies last.
Costs: Before April 26th, Adult $32 (CARA member $27) / Youth $22 (CARA Youth $17)
After April 26th, Adult $35 (CARA member $30) / Youth $25 (CARA Youth $20)
** No refunds for race registrations.
Packet Pickup: Packet pickup is on Friday, May 17, 2019, from 4:00pm to 6:30pm
and on race day, Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 6:45am to 7:45am.
Pickup is at Maple School - 2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook
Race day registration will be offered during packet-pickup
Overall male and female 5K winners and the top three men and women in each category of 9 and under, 10-11, 12-14, and 5 year age groups from 15-19 to 65 & over will receive awards. One mile run awards for children 6 and under, 7-9, 10-11 and 12-14.
Top three overall winners will be based on gun time and the top age award winners will be based on chip times.
Unclaimed awards will not be mailed.
Any additional questions? Call 847-400-8901 or email email@example.com
Platinum Level: $3,500+ contribution
Gold Sponsor: $2,500 contribution
Silver Sponsor: $1,500 contribution
Bronze Sponsor: $500 contribution