22nd Annual Lew Blond Run


May 20th, 2023

Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2022 race. It was a great day for running and a terrific event! View results above..

The Lew Blond Run Board of Directors appreciates everyone’s continued support of our event, which benefits ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research, and supports high school scholarships and special District 30 projects.

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

Race Location -The race begins and finishes at Maple School (2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook IL)

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023
Rain or Shine: read The Lew Blond Run weather policy here.

Start Times: 8:00 am (5K) / 9:00 am (1 Mile) / 
9:30 am (Little Lew)

Race Course: USATF Certified/CARA Certified Race (IL-10116-JW)

General: The 5K course winds through various subdivisions of the Northbrook community finishing on the south side of Maple School. A police officer will be present to block traffic and allow for the safe crossing of Techny Road.

Markers: Each mile will be marked with signage and timers to indicate elapsed time.

Smile Mile: Look out for the “Smile Mile” at Mile 2 sponsored by Dentistry for Kids. We’ll be snapping pictures and posting them to our Instagram account.

Terrain: Mostly flat course. Running on concrete and cement streets.

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.

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: Parking will be available in the Glenbrook North north and east parking lots. Additional parking is available at Highland Baking Company on the east side of Shermer Road. No parking will be allowed on Maple School property. . Parking will not be allowed on the race course (see map below).

Registration: Race day registration will be available at Maple School.
All pre-registered participants receive a t-shirt. T-shirts are guaranteed for those who register by April 30, 2022. T-shirts will be available while supplies last.

Packet Pickup: Packet pickup is on Friday, May 19th, 2023, from 4:15pm to 6:15pm at Maple School - 2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook
Packets will also be available for pickup on race day at Maple 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)

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 top three men and women, children 6 and under, 7-9, 10-11, and 12-14.

Top three overall winners will be based on start 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.

Post Race

After finishing, participants may collect refreshments (food and recovery beverages will be provided at the finish line). Entertainment will be provided followed by our awards ceremony.

Course Map

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

Enjoy These Photos from the 2022 Lew Blond Run

Thank You To Our 2022 Race Sponsors


Many thanks also to...

Above and Beyond Entertainment
ABT
Arcon and Associates
Code Ninjas
Elements Massage
Fastsigns of Northbrook
Goldfish Swim School
Grill House
Little Louie's
Photo Booth Time
Lauren Schulman
Superior Optical
The Wegley Family

Sponsor Us

Become a part of the action by supporting this community tradition. <br> Several sponsorship levels are available:

Diamond Level: $3,500+ contribution

  • Large logo and name on T-shirt and all promotional materials up to time of final printing
  • Distinguished as Diamond 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

Platinum Sponsor: $2,500 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
  • May provide any promotional material, subject to suitability and 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

Gold Sponsor: $1,500 contribution

  • Small logo and name on T-shirt and all promotional material 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
  • Four free registrations

Silver Sponsor: $500 contribution

  • Name only on T-shirt
  • 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.
  • Two free registrations

Bronze Sponsor: $100 contribution

  • Name on website
  • May provide any promotional material, subject to suitability and approval by Race Executive Committee.
  • One free registration