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Amidst Massive Work and School Closures and Banned Playdates, Outdoor Physical Activity Important

According to Dr. Jack Maypole, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center and a father of three, social distancing may be a necessity to prevent the spread of the corona virus but physical activity outdoors is not.

In fact, allowing children to play or exercise outdoors can be mental and emotional health boosts for them and their parents. In addition to a constructive activity, playing and exercising outdoors offers these benefits: improves the mental and emotional wellbeing in children; helps them soak in Vitamin D, which contributes to children’s growth and strengthens their bones. Vitamin D also stimulates serotonin (the hormone that regulates mood and happiness) in the brain. Also, outdoor activities and exercise allow children to experience normalcy and give them a break from the worry and bombardment of news regarding the threat of the corona virus. Though experts do encourage outdoor activities as a family, they discourage use of playground equipment (unless parents are willing to sterilize or wipe down equipment prior to their children’s use.)

A less stressful alternative might be to offer children an outdoor activity that links to a future event for which they can participate. BAPA’s annual Memorial Day Ridge Run occurs May 25, 2020, and elementary school aged children can participate under the banner of their school. Parents, whose children wish to participate, do not have to rush to sign their children up for the race, nor do they have to wait for students to return to school to sign up. However, they can use BAPA’s 2020 10-Week 5K Youth Training Program as a constructive outdoor activity that will both prepare youth for the Ridge Run and give them something positive to anticipate.  Click here for a PDF of the training program.

The training program offers constructive week-by-week activities in which youth can engage individually, in two-person teams, or as families. Parents can connect to our Facebook page, entitled BAPA’s Ridge Runners, to share their children’s progress and training experiences as well as be cheered on by a larger community of Beverly area runners. These activities will hopefully give students something for which to plan and anticipate.

For more information, contact Tina Jenkins Bell, School Liaison

 

Ridge Run Team Spotlight: Pat Mac’s Pack 

 

Patrick Thomas McNamara was only 13 years old when he died following an 11+ year battle with recurrent brain tumors. During his battle, family and friends – his “pack” — began raising funds and awareness for pediatric brain tumor researchIn 2014, Pat Mac’s Pack officially became a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to assisting young cancer patients. 

Through annual events like Pat Mac’s Pack St. Patrick’s Day Party at St. Barnabas (coming up on Mar. 6) and the Pat Mac’s Pedaling Pack 100 mile bike ride in summer, the organization has raised significant funds for pediatric brain cancer research and treatment at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. In January, Pat Mac’s Pack presented a check for $200,000 to the hospital in honor of Patrick 

This year, the group is adding a new fundraiser by organizing Team Pat Mac’s Pack to run in BAPA’s Ridge Run on Memorial Day 

This is a good connection between two really strong neighborhood organizations, both doing good things for our community and Chicago,” said Tom McNamara, father of Patrick and founder of Pat Mac’s Pack with his wife, Dee. “Helping BAPA is good for the neighborhood, and if BAPA can help us, that’s good for Pat Mac’s Pack.”  

The Ridge Run team is also a good fit for Pat Mac’s Pack. As McNamara observed, the Pat Mac’s pedalers are “fitness minded” and for organization supporters who are not, a lot of people who do the Ridge Run are not runners, “they do it because it’s a fun day.”  

Memorial Day is also a day of remembrance, and for Pat Mac’s Pack and many of the other Ridge Run teams, remembrance is at the heart of their charity.  

Patrick was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor when he was 26 months old. Patrick’s struggle entailed 12 surgeries and many treatments, clinical trials and even experimental therapiesbut new, more devastating tumors developedTom and Dee learned that pediatric cancer research and drug development were critically underfunded, and often children are treated using protocols for adults. They committed to help find and fund better treatments for children.  

During Patrick’s illness, his “pack” rallied around him and his family for fundraising and awareness events. A lover of life and family, Patrick attended many of the events in his short life. According to his story on the Pat Mac’s Pack website, “He loved participating in these events and . . .  always had a soft spot for sick children but never saw himself as one. 

Family and friends, St. Barnabas schoolmates and people touched by Patrick McNamara from throughout our community and beyond are invited to participate in the Ridge Run as members of Team Pat Mac’s Pack. If you can’t join the team, you can support Pat Mac’s Pack at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Party, Fri., Mar. 6, 7 p.m., St. Barnabas, 10121 S. Longwood Dr. Tickets start at $20. Get details at patmacspack.org. 

Team Sign Up  

BAPA is a proud supporter of Pat Mac’s Pack. To sign up for Team Pat Mac’s Pack or another team, go to www.bapa.org and click on the sign up button under the Ridge Run photo. That takes you to Race Roster; select the View & Pledge Teams option under Event Details on the left.  

BAPA’s registration service does not have a functionality for individual team fundraising, so Ridge Run teams will participate in a pre-race fundraiser through which teams will earn contributions to benefit their charities, raise awareness through networking with other organizations and at the race, and enjoy a party. Stay tuned to The Villager for details. 

The Ridge Run offers five participant options: 10K run, 5K run, 10K + 5K Ridge Run Challenge, 5K untimed walk and 1 mile untimed youth run. Groups interested in learning more about forming teams or who have questions can contact Mary Jo Viero, 773-233-3100 or mjviero@bapa.org 

School Teams Invited to Compete in Ridge Run  

 

Now is the time to start training for BAPA’s 43rd Annual Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Mon., May 25, and a great place for kids to start is right at school. 

BAPA’s popular free 5K training program for schools provides a detailed training schedule of group and independent training goals as well as exercises that help the kids build up skills, strength and health. School team members receive a discount on Ridge Run registration fees and the team geta Team Town meeting spot in Ridge Park on the day of the event.   

Teams also engage students in friendly competition to see who can get the most (per capita) students to run under their school’s name.  

Clissold Elementary School earned the first place trophy in the competition’s inaugural year of 2016. The trophy went to Christ the King (CK) School in 2017 and 2018, and to Sutherland School in 2019.  

Who will take the trophy this year? 

The free training program was created by Treadfit owner Jenny Harkins specifically for young athletes prepping for the Ridge Run. Parent and school volunteers oversee the running teams at each school, and do not have to be runners themselves.  All of the exercises outlined in the training program are simple to follow.  

The scalable training program consists of 10 weeks of preparation, and it also includes information on how to cross train, what to eat, and even how to choose a running shoe. Running teams typically meet twice a week, with a third run encouraged on their own over the weekend. Practices begin with a warm-up and move onto a practice run, drills and a cool-down game, and end with a group stretch. 

Ridge Run running team training guides and more information are available from BAPA. Email mjviero@bapa.org or call Mary Jo Viero at 773-233-3100.  

Remembering and Raising Funds: Ridge Run Has Place for Teams   

Remembering and Raising FundsRidge Run Has Place for Teams   

Teams have been participating in the Ridge Run for a long time, but it wasn’t until about four years ago – with the creation of the school running teams – that BAPA made an effort to recruit groups running as teams.  

“We organized school team training and set up Team Town at Ridge Park, giving groups a place to meet and call ‘home base’ during the event,” recalled BAPA Executive Director Mary Jo Viero.  Teams did not have a way to raise funds or awareness to support their causes. 

That’s all changed. 

A few months ago, Viero was approached by a group of people whose dear friend, Jessica Bryar, lost her life to leukemia last February. Bryar was an avid runner and longtime Beverly/Morgan Park resident. She loved the Ridge Run, and her friends wanted to set up a team, run in her memory, and raise funds for their newly created Jessica Bryar Legacy Fund.  

Like most running events, Ridge Run registration is handled by a serviceThat service does not have a functionality for individual team fundraising, so Viero came up with a new plan. “The idea is based on an event held through another organization I was associated with,” Viero said, explaining that Ridge Run teams will participate in a pre-race fundraiser through which donations will be shared 

“It’s a win-win,” Viero said. Teams will earn contributions to benefit their charities, raise awareness through networking with other organizations and at the race, and enjoy a party.  

Team Jessica Bryar was in. 

Team Jessica member Joe Murphy shared his friend’s story. The two became friends in the 4th grade at St. John Fisher School and remained close through their teen years, college years, and as adults. They celebrated their 40th birthdays together in Puerto Rico.  Bryar had a career in the Cook County Public Defenders Office, serving some of the county’s families who needed help the most. “To say Jessica was an awesome person is an understatement,” Murphy said.  

Bryar was diagnosed with leukemia Thanksgiving week, 2018. She fought for three months 

Murphy is among a group of Bryar’s friends who feel that running the Ridge Run as a team is a great way to remember their friend, bring attention to leukemia, and start raising funds for the Jessica Bryar Legacy Fund. “Running was so special to her,” Murphy said. “She loved the Ridge Run.”  

Murphy said it’s easy to sign up a team for the Ridge Run, and that he and the team look forward to the fundraising event to be held in spring. The team will be having T-shirts made, and, following the race, will gather at their tent in Team Town at Ridge Park to celebrate their accomplishment and honor Bryar’s memory.  

The youngest of seven kids, Bryar was always active, and one of her favorite things was doing the Ridge Run on Memorial Day. One of her sisters lives on the route, and everyone in the family who’s not running goes there to cheer on everyone in the family who is running. They will be cheering for Team Jessica when Murphy and friends run by this year on May 25.  

We’re really encouraging teams to come together for the Ridge Run this year,” Viero said. “Teams can fun to raise funds or raise awareness, or just to have fun as a group of friends or family members. 

The Ridge Run offers five participant options: 10K run, 5K run, 10K + 5K Ridge Run Challenge, 5K untimed walk and 1 mile untimed youth run.  

All area schools are invited to form teams and take advantage of BAPA’s free 5K training for students. Schools can also compete win the school trophy awarded for most running team participants based on school enrollment.  

Ridge Run registration is open now at www.bapa.org. Groups interested in learning more about forming teams or who have questions can contact Mary Jo Viero, 773-233-3100 or mjviero@bapa.org 

 

 

Gear Up for Winter Running 

Gear Up for Winter Running 

The Ridge Run is six months away, but that doesn’t mean you should spend the winter hibernating.  

Bev Lynch, owner of Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, encourages people to keep up with a running schedule so they don’t lose strength, pace and fitness.  

Winter weather does pose some challenges for runners and walkers. Lynch offers the following tips for braving the cold, snow and ice.  

General Safety 

Run with a buddy or a group. Having someone waiting for you keeps you motivated to maintain a running schedule, and it’s more fun and safer when you’re not running alone.  

Keep it light. If possible, run during daylight hours. If not, make sure to wear reflective clothing or accessories in the dark, and bright clothing when it’s snowy. Run against the traffic so you can see vehicles coming toward you, day or night.  

Keep drinking. Hydration is just important in the winter as it is in the summer.  

Warm up. The colder the weather, the longer it will take your muscles to warm up. Before you start running, walk for at least five minutes.  

Adjust your stride. To reduce the chance of slipping on snow and ice, shorten your strides and keep your feet closer to the ground.  

Add traction. You get more traction running on fresh snow, but around here, snow gets packed down and icy pretty fast. Consider running in trail shoes or using traction accessories. 

Take it inside. When the weather gets too cold, train indoors. Treadmills, spinning bikes and indoor running tracks are excellent optionsWinter is a good time to add in disciplines like weight training and yoga that enhance strength and flexibility. Check into local fitness places for a variety of options.  

Dress for the Weather 

Better a little cold than too hot. The general rule is to dress for 10 to 20 degrees warmer than the temperature (make sure to factor in wind chill!). Consider that the longer the run, the faster the pace and the larger your body mass, the warmer you’ll get 

Layer. You want to be warm enough but not too sweaty. Choose clothing and accessories that can be unzipped, adjusted or removed, if needed. Runner’s World magazine offers this as a guide: 

30–39 degrees: long sleeve tech shirt, shorts or tights, gloves and headband 

20–29 degrees: two shirts layered (i.e. long sleeve shirt and jacket), running tights, gloves and headband or hat. 

10–19 degrees: two shirts layered, tights, gloves or mittens, headband or hat, and wind proof jacket and pants. 

0–9 degrees: two shirts layered, tights, wind proof breaker jacket/pants, mittens, headband or hat, ski mask or neck gaiter to cover face. 

Fabric matters. Choose tech fabrics or merino wool for layers closest to your skin and for socks to reduce moisture. Avoid cotton – it holds moisture, which can make you cold and more vulnerable to hypothermia.  

Running Excels sells winter running gear, accessories, shoes and more. They also organize free training groups and other runner activities. Info: runningexcels.com. Hours:  Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 12 to 5 p.m.  

Set Your Sights on Ridge Run 2020 

Set Your Sights on Ridge Run 2020 

Sign up by January 12 and save 

Is this the year you do your first Ridge Run?  

Is this the year you beat your personal best time? 

Is this the year you organize a team? 

Is this the year you march in the parade? 

The 2020 Ridge Run and Memorial Day Parade are filled with opportunities for personal challenges, fundraising and just plain family fun.  

The Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) invites runners of all ages, paces and distances to participate in the 43rd Annual Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Mon., May 25. Through Jan. 12, take advantage of discounted registration fees when you sign up online at www.bapa.org 

The Ridge Run, long considered Chicago’s favorite neighborhood race, takes participants through the Ridge Historic District for the 10K run, 5K run and walk and Youth MileCheering spectators line the route, offering encouragement, water and energy to the runners. Races start and finish at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr., where little runners compete in the annual Tot Trot and everyone is invited to the post-race festival.    

This year, BAPA will be expanding team sign-up, encouraging people to foster awareness and support for charities, compete for the elementary school Ridge Run trophy, or simply run or walk together as clubs, families or friends.  

For the people and groups that prefer marching, the event features the annual Memorial Day Parade honoring the men and women in the U.S. armed forces who have given their lives in service to our country 

The Ridge Run and Memorial Day Parade are supported by sponsors and planned and presented with the help of volunteers. For more information on how you get involved or become a sponsorcontact BAPA, 773-233-3100 or bapa@bapa,org. 

BAPA News

O’Brews & Views & YOU! 

Join BAPA to raise a pint on the Open Outcry rooftop, cheering our community and watching the South Side Irish Parade, Sun., Mar 17 

The 21 and over party begins at 10:30 a.m. and features eats, beats, brews and an exclusive birds-eye view of the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade from the new rooftop seating area at the brewpub, 10934 S. Western. The ticket price includes a delicious spread of Irish favorite foods, two complimentary drinks plus drink specials, Irish coffee bar, live Irish music by Bohola, Irish dancers, and a wrist band that gives revelers the option to roam and then return to the rooftop.  

Call your clan and make a date to enjoy the festive South Side Irish atmosphere. Wondering about the weather? Don’t be! All rooftop guests are invited to drop in downstairs at Open Outcry if parade day is chilly or damp.  

Tickets are $75 for BAPA members or $85 for non-members and available at www.bapa.org. Sorry, no children. Proceeds will benefit BAPA’s work in Beverly/Morgan Park. Many thanks to Compass – Jeni Nelson Real Estate, O’Brews and Views Sponsor. 

Slainte 

 

Alexa, Did You Just Say ‘Visit the Village in the City?’  

BAPA and the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association have partnered on a year-long campaign to promote The Village in the City, Beverly/Morgan Park. Geared to encouraging people to visit for the neighborhood’s wide variety of events and entertainments, audio spots will stream on the digital formats of WXRT, WBBM, SCORE and B96. Spots will change frequently, but messaging will focus on Beverly/Morgan Park as a great place to visit, live, play, shop and open a business. All spots will direct listeners to learn more at VillageintheCity.org. March spots will promote Irish culture events including the South Side Irish Parade and Liz Carroll concert at the Beverly Arts Center. Tune in to any of the participating stations on your streaming devices to hear the spots.  

 

 

Get in Step for the Ridge Run. BAPA and Running Excels offer Walk to Run Training that can take you from the couch to the finish line for the Ridge Run 5K on Memorial Day. Weekly training sessions begin Sat., Apr. 6. Details and sign-up https://www.eventbrite.com/o/beverly-area-planning-association-2888906775  or call 773-233-3100.  

 

March to Remember 

The Beverly/Morgan Park Memorial Day Parade is one of the oldest neighborhood parades in Chicago, and its purpose is to remember the men and woman who fought and died for our freedom. Be a part of the event that brings our community together to honor our United States Armed Forces. For an application or information, contact Grace Kuikman, 773-233-3100 or gkuikman@bapa.org. 

 

42nd Annual Ridge Run is May 27 

Registration is underway for BAPA’s 42nd Annual Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Mon., May 27. Choose from the 10K run, 5K run/walk, 10K/5K Ridge Run Challenge or 1 mile youth run to challenge your athletic skills or just have fun. Sign up is easy online at www.bapa.org. Register by May 1 to guarantee getting your Ridge Run t-shirt.  

The Ridge Run is one of the best days to be in Beverly/Morgan Park! Whether you’re running or walking in the races, marching in the Memorial Day Parade, or lining the route cheering on the racers and the parade, don’t miss the fun! Join in the fun at Ridge Park too! Food, beverages and family activities continue until 1 p.m.  

For more information about the Ridge Run or Memorial Day Parade, call 773-233-3100 or email bapa@bapa.org. 

 

Help Us Honor Our Veterans 

Ald. Matt O’Shea, State Sen. Bill Cunningham, State Rep.Fran Hurley, BAPA and the Mount Greenwood Community and Business Association, will host the 19th Ward Veterans Day Breakfast in November to honor all those who have served or are currently serving our country. The organizations request that 19th Ward veterans or their families contact Margie Olsen, 773-238-8776 and provide the veteran’s name, address, phone, email and branch served. Information can also be submitted at www.the19thward.comHelp us honor the men and women who have given so much for our country.  

 

Home Tour Doors Will Be Opening Soon! BAPA’s Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour will be held Sun., May 19, 12 to 5 p.m. One of Chicagoland’s longest running Home Tours, the event will bring visitors into private homes and an historic church and feature a variety of tastings and experiences.  

 

School Teams Invite Students to Compete in Ridge Run  

Now is the time to start training for BAPA’s 42nd Annual Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Mon., May 27, and a great place for kids to start is right at school. 

BAPA’s popular free 5k training program for schools provides a specific training schedule of group and independent training goals as well as exercises that help the kids build up skills, strength and health. School team members receive a discount on Ridge Run registration fees and the team get a Team Town meeting spot in Ridge Park on the day of the event.   

Teams also engage students in friendly competition to see who can get the most (per capita) students to run under their school’s name. Clissold Elementary School earned the first place trophy in the competition’s inaugural year of 2016, but the trophy went to Christ the King (CK) School in 2017 and 2018 

Who will take the trophy this year? 

The free training program was created by Treadfit owner Jenny Harkins specifically for young athletes prepping for the Ridge Run. Parent and school volunteers oversee the Running Clubs at each school, and do not have to be runners themselves.  All of the exercises outlined in the training program are simple to follow.  

The scalable training program consists of 10 weeks of preparation, and it also includes information on how to cross train, what to eat, and even how to choose a running shoe. Running Clubs typically meet twice a week, with a third run encouraged on their own over the weekend. Practices begin with a warm-up and move onto a practice run, drills and a cool-down game, and end with a group stretch. 

Ridge Run Running Club Training guides and more information are available from BAPA, 773-233-3100.  

BAPA and Running Excels Launch Ridge Run 5K Walk to Run Program   

BAPA and Running Excels are launching a Ridge Run 5K Walk to Run program designed to get non-runners from the couch to the starting line on Memorial Day, Mon., May 27.   

Specifically designed by Running Excels for walkers, the eightweek plan starts Sat., Apr. 6 and breaks down, week by week, a walker’s journey to becoming a runner. Participants will meet at Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, on Saturdays for group walk/runs led by experienced running specialists, including Running Excels owner Beverly Lynch and nine-time marathon finisher, Stephanie Ramirez.   

The power of a program combined with the support of a group is unstoppableand this plan will get walkers started off on the right foot, according to Ramirez.   

Running can be intimidating, she explained, but this program is specifically designed for beginners and includes information sessions, weekly encouragement emails and Q&As, along with local business partnerships and discounts.   

People interested in joining up for the chance to improve their fitnessparticipate in Beverly/Morgan Park’s iconic Ridge Run and have some fun along the way can sign up at www.bapa.orgThe cost is $100. Sign up with a friend and save $10 each by using the code Buddy.  

Runners Beat Heat for a Great Ridge Run

Despite record high temperatures, more than 2000 runners participated in the 10K, 5K run, 5K walk, 10K-5K Challenge and Youth Mile on Memorial Day morning, and everyone received a finisher’s medal, and the top three winners in each age group in the 10K and 5K run received an additional award. The 5K walk and Youth Mile are not timed.

Leaderboard winners and their finish times are:

10K men –  1st, Eric Hofmann, 35:42; 2nd, Anthony Truman, 35:50; and 3rd, Dave Janet, 36:57.

10K women – 1st Erin Heenan, 36:11; 2nd, Emily Gleason, 40:16; and 3rd, Cecilia Light, 42:24.

10K wheelchair – 1st, Mary Kate Callahan, 34:44

5K man – 1st, Matthew Olech, 16:56; 2nd, Jake Christiansen, 17:04; and 3rd, Kyle Hauser, 17:21.

5K women – 1st, Eleanor Odom, 21:55; 2nd, Jessica Dorgan, 22:54; and 3rd, Kaila Konecki, 23:10.

5K wheelchair – 1st,Mary Kate Callahan, 18:48.

Challenge men – 1st, Anthony Truman, 54:11; 2nd, Dave Janet, 56:23; and 3rd, Kevin Malloy, 1:02:42.

Challenge women – 1st, Callista Stefaniak, 1:16:55; 2nd, Marnie Milakovich, 1:17:00; and 3rd, Molly McInerney, 1:17:22.

 

Find complete race results at http://results.active.com/events/ridge-run–20/