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40th Annual Ridge Run: Jog Back to the Seventies for Ridge Run Fun

 

Event includes Memorial Day Parade, Post-Race Festival, Kids Area and More

Dig out your tube socks, sweat bands and jogging shorts — Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) is reaching back to the seventies for the 40th Annual Ridge Run through the historic Beverly neighborhood on Memorial Day, Mon., May 29. Races start and finish at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago.

In commemoration of the anniversary, registered runners who participate in the races will receive a finisher medal. The post-race festival includes food, beer and family activities in Ridge Park, and the event includes the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade.

One of Chicago’s favorite neighborhood races, the Ridge Run is well-known for the thousands of spectators that line the route, cheering on the runners, offering water and playing music. Neighbors are encouraged to be part of this amazing event, add your voices to the cheering, and make your way to Longwood Drive for one of Chicago’s oldest community Memorial Day parades.

Race options include 10K run, 5K run or untimed walk, Ridge Run Challenge 5K and 10K, and the untimed Youth Mile. Participants can register online at www.bapa.org through May 24, but you must be registered by May 4 to guarantee receiving a T-shirt. Race details and registration are available at www.bapa.org under events. This year’s race is a CARA certified Runners Choice race.

Little Company of Mary Hospital Returns as Presenting Sponsor

Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers is presenting sponsor of the Ridge Run, and generously supplies the Ridge Run doctor and first aid tent as well as on-site free blood pressure checks and general health information. Children are invited to learn about good health and receive a free gift (while they last) from the Little Company of Mary volunteers.

Little Company of Mary Hospital has been tending to area patients since the 1930s. State-of-the-art medical technologies and services are offered at their Evergreen Park hospital as well as satellite centers. For information on the wide variety of medical services and health education opportunities or to find a physician, visit www.lcmh,org.

Road Home Program is Parade Presenting Sponsor

The Ridge Run event is a great morning for athletes and spectators alike. The Memorial Day Ceremony honoring the men and women in the US Armed Forces who have given their lives for our freedom will be held in the park at 9 a.m. The Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade steps off from at 110th Place and Longwood Drive and follows the last of the Ridge Run 5K participants, and marches north to Ridge Park. U.S. Army veteran Rich Doyle is Grand Marshal of this year’s Memorial Day Parade. Doyle served in the Vietnam War and rose through the ranks, ultimately becoming a sergeant during this three years on active duty.

The Road Home Program: The Center for Veterans and Their Families at Rush University Medical Center is presenting sponsor of the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade. The Road Home Program provides individualized care to veterans and their families to help heal the “invisible wounds of war.” The program is committed to helping all veterans returning home to address service and combat-related health and mental health issues as well as family challenges. Services are provided regardless of ability to pay. Beverly/Morgan Park neighbor Modie Lavin is the Community Outreach Coordinator, and she can be reached at 312-942-8354.

Among the many groups participating in the Memorial Day Parade are the Morgan Park High School State Champ basketball team, Mount Greenwood Special Olympics gold medalist in the recent Austria games Tommy Shimoda, Jesse White Tumblers, Beverly Bombshells, area Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, Ridge Historical Society, military groups, schools and teams. Anyone interested in marching can by calling 773-233-3100 or at www.bapa.org on the Ridge Run registration page.

Stepping Up the Pace for Fun

The Ridge Run begins with the 10K at 8 a.m. followed by the youth mile at 8:10 and 5K at 9:30. Mike Haggerty Buick, GMC, Volkswagen is sponsor of the 10K and provides the Ridge Run pace car.

The Ridge Run finish line takes runners right into the post-race festival area in Ridge Park. Runners and spectators are invited to enjoy food and beer, the Tot Trot, face painting, a visit from Nature’s Creatures and other activities. Beverly Bank is sponsoring the children’s area.

Running Club Challenge

Running teams, families, school running clubs will be well represented in this year’s Ridge Run! More than a dozen local schools are participating in the youth 5K training program. Last year, Clissold Elementary School at 110th and Western had the biggest running club with 100+ members. This year, BAPA and Clissold School are challenging other school teams to be bigger and better. The team with the best turn out will win a plaque and have special Ridge Run team T-shirts for next year’s race.

The Youth Mile, sponsored by Southtown Health Foods, is open to children age 6 to 13. Members of the Chicago Special Olympics at Mount Greenwood Park will be leading the Youth Mile and also volunteering.

Train with an Elite Athlete

Kate DeProsperis of Clarendon Hills, an elite runner who chose the Ridge Run to help train for her second trip to the Olympic Marathon Trials later this year, will offer a free Ridge Run training session Wed., May 17, 4 p.m., Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. DeProsperis’ latest marathon time clocked in at a speedy 2:42:49, and she’s running the Ridge Run 10K with the goal of achieving a personal best. Local runner who join her for the training session will learn from one of the fastest marathoners in the Midwest. For info, contact Margot Holland at mholland@bapa.org.

 

Registration and Race Day

Online registration closes on May 24, but advance registration continues at Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, May 24 through 27, and at Ridge Park, Sun., May 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Race day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. at Ridge Park. Race start times are 10K run, 8 a.m., Youth Mile, 8:10 a.m., and 5K run and untimed walk, 9:30 a.m. Race details and the schedule for advance registration and packet pick-up is at www.bapa.org under Events.

Event Sponsors

Sponsors of the 40th Annual Ridge Run are Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (presenting sponsor), Mike Haggerty Buick, GMC, Volkswagen, Beverly Bank & Trust, Road Home Program (Memorial Day Parade sponsor), Beverly Hills Animal Hospital, Southtown Health Foods, Marquette Bank, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, County Fair, The Private Bank, Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Pendo Advisors LLC, AT&T, PLS, Running Excels, 670The SCORE, AthleteX, Sports & Ortho Physical Therapy, WSHE 100.3, Marathon Sportswear, TreadFit, The Beverly Review, AlphaGraphics, Calabria Imports, Trace Ambulance, Beverly Records, Original Rainbow Cone, Cork & Kerry, Dino Jump, Chicago Park District, Mariano’s, Health Advocates and Special Olympics/Mount Greenwood Park.

The Ridge Run raises funds for the Beverly Area Planning Association, a not-for-profit organization serving Chicago’s Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood. Information: 773-233-3100 or http://bapa.org/events/ridge-run-parade/

 

 

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Village Viewpoint

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy Spring! As we welcome spring, we remember that this is a great time in our community! As our neighborhood trees and gardens come back to life, a new baseball season begins and graduation draws near for our students.

Here at BAPA spring is our most exciting time of year, packed with our biggest community events — the 46th edition of the Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour and 40th annual Ridge Run and Memorial Day parade. These events have been bedrocks of our community for more than a generation, and they keep getting better!

We are a community that takes great pride in our homes and the Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour on May 21st, gives us a lot to be proud about! The tour celebrates all the beautiful homes in our community, and this year will feature two of our neighborhood’s Frank Lloyd Wright homes as well as a tiny house built by the students at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, along with three other area homes that are each special in their own way and historic Ridge Park, where the tour begins.

We are so thankful to the committee of volunteers that plans this popular event and to the generous homeowners who open and share their homes with us. A special highlight is that there will be experiences at each home to enjoy, from mini golf to mead tastings and docents who specialize in Frank Lloyd Wright. Do not miss this event!

Those of you who know me, know I am runner and love to run in different races supporting different causes. The Ridge Run has long been my favorite race!  I remember being engaged to my now husband and feeling so much pride to bring him out to experience the Ridge Run and the community where I grew up. Now, our family is up and ready to go to Ridge Park and compete in different races — from the 10K and 5K to the youth mile, the Hollands will be there and soaking up the community and competition! This event is a must even if you are not a runner! You can volunteer on the course or in the park. Runners and walkers certainly don’t want to miss this awesome event — we have a 40th annual Ridge Run commemorative finisher medal, post-race festival for the whole family, and lots more! Sign your team up today at www.bapa.org

I am so thankful for the support of the Ridge Run committee but especially our presenting sponsor, Little Company of Mary Hospital.  Each year they come through with support from their amazing staff of doctors and nurses to ensure a safe run for all to enjoy, however more than that they are a pillar in this community providing health care to our residents 365 days a year! Thank you Little Company of Mary for your support of BAPA, the Ridge Run and all of Beverly Hills Morgan Park!

Don’t miss out on the fun and please join us for these great community events!  For more information on tickets and registration please check out our website, bapa.org or call my office at 773-233-3100.

— Margot Holland, BAPA Executive Director

Anita Snow is 2017 Ridge Run Race Director

Neighborhood resident and event management specialist Anita Snow has signed as Race Director for BAPA’s 40th Annual Ridge Run.

“I am truly honored and excited to be the Race Director this year,” Snow said. “The Ridge Run is one of the many ways we can showcase all the amazing people and homes we have in this neighborhood.”

Snow has 20 years of experience in planning and presenting special events with a focus on races. She has worked in many different capacities with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for 20 years. Other race clients include Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle; Chicago Polar Dash Half Marathon, 10K and 5K; Chicago Monster Dash Half Marathon and 5K;
Get Lucky Chicago; Midway Fly Away 5K; Running for Hope; Nike, Teach for America 5K; and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Snow has been a member of the Ridge Run Committee, providing important expertise to making the race run smoothly.

Snow and her husband Dwight have lived in the neighborhood for over 20 years. They have two children who attend St. Barnabas School. Snow is actively involved in St Barnabas, working on the Finance Board and serving as FSA Treasurer and girls volleyball coach.

The Ridge Run and Beverly/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade take place on Memorial Day, Mon., May 29. Ridge Run registration for the 10K, 5K and Youth Mile races is open at www.bapa.org. Neighbors interested in learning more about the race or Memorial Day Parade, or becoming an event  volunteer can email bapa@bapa.org.

Free Ridge Run 5K Training Clubs Open to Local Schools

By the time the 40th Annual BAPA Ridge Run arrives on Mon., May 29, your kids – whether they’re couch potatoes or budding athletes – can be ready to run the 5K.

BAPA’s free Ridge Run 5K Training Clubs created last year and 12 schools in Beverly/Morgan Park and surrounding communities participated. Clissold School had 100 members in their running club!

The free comprehensive 10-week training program was developed by Jenny Harkins, owner of Treadfit owner and an experienced runner.  Each school needs to recruit an adult to lead the program. Training guides offer proven techniques including running, cross training, nutrition and how to choose running shoes.

Clubs are encouraged to start training in March. “The Ridge Run is a really great family run. The running clubs give families a goal for doing something active together on Memorial Day,” said Margot Holland, BAPA executive director. “After the Run, we’ll have a festival in the park, with food and music; it’s sure to be a fun time for everyone.”

Kids ages five and up can participate in the Youth Mile fun run, and Harkins recommends those in 4th grade and above can train to run or run/walk the 5K. The Ridge Run offers a family registration discount for the 5K.

Since running is such an all-inclusive sport, people don’t need special skills to volunteer to coach the school teams, according to Harkins. “You can even have a parent who’s never run before coach the program; it’s so detailed and easy to follow,” she said.

To get started, Harkins recommends the club meets two times a week, and that members commit to an additional weekend run with a parent. Harkins recommends recruiting as many parent volunteers as you can, since it’s always nice to have extra bodies running with the kids along the route.

Practice is set up around a warm-up, workout, drills, a cool down game and a stretch. Besides finishing strong in the Ridge Run, the kids will get a lot out of the program. The practices are positive and encourage kids to cheer each other on; and the kids will gain confidence and learn about setting and achieving goals.

Ridge Run Running Club Training guides and more information are available from Margot Holland, mholland@bapa.org or 773-233-3100.