UPTOWN — A race to commemorate the 101st anniversary of Poland’s independence will take place at Montrose Harbor on Sunday, and will help raise money for an Uptown charity.
The second annual Polish Independence 5/10K run/walk will kick off at the harbor, 601 W. Montrose Dr., at 11:11 a.m. Sunday. The unusual start time is meant to honor Nov. 11, which is Poland Independence Day.
This year’s race will have two distances to chose from: a 10K run or a 5K walk or run, according to the event’s website. Last year was the first time the race was held in Chicago, and was organized to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Poland’s reemergence as an independent state on Nov. 11, 1918.
All participants will receive a t-shirt and a medal. Polish food and drinks will be served after the race, and Polish-American rapper Funky Polak will perform, according to WPNA, a Polish-American radio station that is organizing the event.
Participants and spectators are asked to bring donations of coats, hats, boots and other winter gear for adult women. The items will be donated to Sarah’s Circle, the Uptown-based non-profit that helps women who are experiencing homelessness.
The chip-timed race will award medals for winners in different age and gender divisions, ranging from 19-and-under to 70-plus. Registration for the event costs $40-$50 and can be done here. For a map of the race route, click here.
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