BRONZEVILLE — There’s still time to sign up for the most fun race on the South Side as the Bronzeville 5K Run/Walk returns to Armstrong Park next month.
The race, now in its fourth year, kicks off 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at the park, 4433 S. St. Lawrence Ave. Runners and walkers are encouraged to arrive at 7:30 a.m. to join a warm-up led by Brandon Watts of 1000 Watts. A live DJ will spin some adrenaline-pumping tunes as well. All levels of experience are welcome.
Participants can register online, with proceeds going to athletic departments at four area schools: Wendell Phillips High School, 244 E Pershing Rd.; King College Prep High School, 4445 S. Drexel Blvd.; Wells Elementary School, 249 E. 37th St.; and Woodson Elementary School, 4444 S. Evans Ave. In previous years, the race has raised money for warm-up suits and other gear for student-athletes.
“it’s very important for our kids within our community to ‘look the part’ when getting ready to participate. We want them to be confident. We want them to feel good about their performance. Sometimes you just need that extra ‘thing’ and in whatever it is that you’re wearing,” said LaTrina Spaulding, who co-organizes the event with her husband.
Over 100 registrants have signed up so far, and Spaulding expects a hundred or so more in the days ahead. She said many folks join the week before, some seeing it as good practice for the Chicago Marathon held the following week.
Participants will receive a T-shirt, goody bag and medal.
The family-friendly event will also host a kids’ race for younger runners ages 2-10 at 8:30 a.m. A surprise mystery guest will be running with the kids, said Spaulding.
Participants can pick up their packets from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Sip and Savor, 528 E. 43rd St. — one of the race sponsors.
Registration is available online: Both the 5k run/walk and the virtual 5k run/walk are $45. The Bronzeville Kids Dash for ages 10 and under is $25.
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