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20th Anniversary Lew Blond Run - Rescheduled for October 16, 2021

Due to the nature of the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, the Lew Blond Run Board of Directors have decided to postpone the 20th Anniversary race. THE NEW RACE DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021. We are 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.

Registrants will receive a 40% off coupon for the May 21, 2022 race,
upon registering for the Oct 16, 2021 race.

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BlondGiffile_120_159The 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 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 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.

Race Information

Start Location - Maple School | 2370 Shermer Road | 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: 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 north parking lot and in front of the school on the east side, located at 2300 Shermer Road. Enter and exit on Shermer Road, as Sherman Drive entrances will be closed for the race.

Registration: No day of race / walk-in registrations this year.
All pre-registered participants receive a t-shirt. Dri-fit 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 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
Packets will also be available for pickup on race day. More details will be shared closer to race day.
Pickup is at Maple School - 2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook
Race day registration will not be offered
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)

Awards

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. Overall winners will not be included in age group awards.

In lieu of an awards ceremony, all awards will be mailed to recipients.

Course Map

Any additional questions? Call 847-400-8902 or 847-498-4190. Email us at blondrun@district30.org

Thank You To Our 2021 Race Sponsors

Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Itahara Graphic Design
Heartbreak Hill Running Club

Sponsor Us

Become a part of the action by supporting this community tradition and by lending a hand in the fight against ALS.

Platinum Level: $3,500+ contribution

  • Large logo and name on T-shirt and all promotional materials up to time of final printing
  • Distinguished as Platinum sponsor on official race materials and at race location
  • Ability to reach participants with exclusive promotional materials
  • May provide any promotional material, subject to suitability & approval by Race Executive Committee, on race day.
  • May set up informational booth on race grounds on race day
  • Signage at mile markers and/or start/finish line
  • Eight free registrations

Gold Sponsor:  $2,500 contribution

  • Large logo and name on T-shirt and all promotional materials up to time of final printing
  • Distinguished as Gold sponsor on official race materials and at race location 
  • May provide any promotional material, subject to suitability & approval by Race Executive Committee, on race day.
  • May set up informational booth on race grounds on race day
  • Signage at mile markers and/or start/finish line
  • Six free registrations

Silver Sponsor:  $1,500 contribution

  • Small logo and name on T-shirt and all promotional material up to time of final printing
  • Distinguished as Silver sponsor on official race materials and at race location 
  • May provide any promotional material, subject to suitability & approval by Race Executive Committee, on race day.
  • May set up informational booth on race grounds on race day
  • Four free registrations

Bronze Sponsor:  $500 contribution

  • Name only on T-shirt
  • Distinguished as Bronze sponsor on official race materials and at race location
  • Promotional materials in race packet
  • Two free registrations