Due to the nature of the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, the Lew Blond Run Board of Directors will be working closely with the IDPH and the CDC to ensure that when racing, the safety and well-being of race participants, event staff, and the community remain our highest priority. Specific race details and guidelines will be shared with participants in the weeks leading up to the race.
The Lew Blond Run Board of Directors appreciates everyone’s continued support of the 20th Anniversary Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk event, which benefits ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research, and supports high school scholarships and special District 30 projects.
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 family has attended and helped support this race since its inception.
This flat, scenic course goes through the Wescott 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 2018 race drew over 1,000 participants and volunteers. A significant portion of the funds raised from the Lew Blond Run has been donated to the Les Turner (ALS) Foundation.
Start Location - Wescott School | 1820 Western Avenue | Northbrook, IL
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
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 will be available on site.
Parking: Currently, parking will be available in the Wescott School parking lot, as well as on area streets. Parking will not be allowed on the race course (see map below).
Registration: Race day registration will be available at Wescott School.
All pre-registered participants receive a t-shirt. T-shirts are guaranteed for those who register by September 25, 2021. T-shirts will be available while supplies last.
Packet Pickup: Packet pickup is on Friday, October 15, 2021, from 4:15pm to 6:15pm at Maple School - 2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook
Packets will also be available for pickup on race day at Wescott School. More details will be shared closer to race day.
Registration will be available at packet pickup.
Runners may only pick up packets for other runners if they have a copy of each runner's confirmation email or receipt (email is acceptable)
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 will receive a gift certificate, courtesy of Heartbreak Hill Running Company, as well as a medal from The Lew Blond Race.
The top age award winners will be based on chip times. Overall winners will not be included in age group awards.
In lieu of an awards ceremony, race directors will contact those who have won to coordinate the distribution of medals, beginning October 18th. If unavailable to be picked up, awards may be mailed to participants.
Any additional questions? Call 847-400-8902 or 847-498-4190. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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