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 

 

 

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’s Ridge Run Offers Paces and Races for All Runners; 

BAPA’s Ridge Run Offers Paces and Races for All Runners; 

Memorial Day Parade Follows Races to Ridge Park 

The Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) invites runners of all ages, paces and distances to participate in the 42nd Annual Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Mon., May 27Runners can compete for a share of the $1800 in cash prizes or simply race to place in age categories ranging from 6 to 80 or beat their personal best time.   

The Ridge Run, long considered Chicago’s favorite neighborhood race, takes participants through the Ridge Historic District to run the 10K run, 5K run and walk and Youth Mile run routesCheering spectators line the route, offering encouragement, water and energy to the runners. Races start and finish at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr.  

Runners who are training for the Chicago Marathon are also encouraged to sign up for the 10K since completing a 6.2mile race by June is a benchmark in marathon training. 

The Memorial Day Ceremony honoring the men and women in the U.S. armed forces who have given their lives in service to our country, will be held at 9 a.m. at Ridge Park. The ceremony includes the laying of the wreath, taps and a solemn remembrance of the true meaning of Memorial Day.  

The running events are followed by the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade, starting at 110th Place and traveling north down Longwood Drive to join the Ridge Run post-race festival at Ridge Park. Run and parade spectators and participants are invited to enjoy food, beverages, information from event sponsors, Team Town and more. The Kids Zone, sponsored by Marquette Bank, will feature a visit from Captain America, the popular Tot Trot, jump houses and more.  

The presenting sponsor of the Ridge Run is Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH)Evergreen Park, which generously provides the day’s health necessities including the Ridge Run doctor and first aid tent, as well as with general health information. The hospital has been a vital health resource for the community for nearly 90 years and continues to achieve accolades for quality through its revolutionary medical technologies and services both at its home and satellite locations. LCMH was recently named among best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. 

Ridge Run registration continues until race day for participants signing up for the 10K run, 5K run or untimed walk, Ridge Run Challenge 5K and 10K, and, for kids up to age 12, the untimed Youth Mile.  Register by May 1 to guarantee getting your Ridge Run t-shirt. Sign up online until May 20 at www.bapa.org, then sign-up and pick up race packets through May 26 (see www.bapa.org for complete registration schedule). Fees increase for race-day registration, which opens at 6:30 a.m.  

Volunteers are needed to help with the Ridge Run, and a variety of dates and tasks are available. Sign up at www.bapa.org on the Ridge Run page or call 773-233-3100 for more information.  

Memorial Day Parade 

The Beverly/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade, planned and presented by BAPA  steps at about 10 a.m. The parade features a variety of units including military vehicles, antique cars, floats, scouts, bands, the Jesse White Tumblers and the Bluesmobile 

Beverly/Morgan Park resident Tim Noonan, founder of the Chicago Council of Gold Star Mothers (CCGSM), will lead the parade as Grand Marshal. The Road Home Program Center for Veterans and their Families at Rush University Medical Center is the parade presenting sponsor.  

A few years ago, Noonan formed CCSGM with the mission of restoring and preserving a forgotten monument erected nearly a century ago to honor Chicagoans who gave their lives serving in World War I. His tireless efforts have led to the restoration of that monument, which was installed last fall in a place of honor in the Dan Ryan Woods and rededicated in an official ceremony in time for the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended WWI. 

The CCCSM relied on what Noonan called “blind faith” to get the project completed. They ordered a new bronze plaque from a Chicago manufacturer who, according to Noonan, used the same techniques employed on the longlost original plaque. The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers guided the hands of apprentice masons in rebuilding the monument, also using century-old techniques, with the original stones supplemented by local stones collected by Noonan. The Forest Preserves District of Cook County built the new concrete footing for the memorial.    

The CCGSM continues to raise funds to cover the costs of the restored memorial, and the costs of preserving the memorial as well as adding benches and amenities for visitors. For more information about the history behind the monument, the restoration effort and how you can make a donation, visit Chicago Council of Gold Star Mothers on Facebook.  

Parade presenting sponsor, The Road Home Program, provides individualized care to veterans and their families to help heal the “invisible wounds of war.”  The program helps 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; call her at 312-942-8354.  

Registration for participating in the Memorial Day Parade continues through May 20. Applications are available online at www.bapa.org  on the Ridge Run page or you can request a paper application by emailing bapa@bapa.org 

Thank you to all of the Ridge Run sponsors: Little Company of Mary Hospital, Mike Haggerty Buick-GMC-Volkswagen, Beverly Bank, Marquette Bank, Whole Foods, The Road Home, CIBC, Beverly Hills Animal HospitalSouthtown Health Foods, Berlshire Hathaway Home Services – Biros Real Estate, Smith Village, County Faor, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, Original Rainbow Cone, The Beverly Review, Running Excels, State Farm Insurance – Agent John Harrell, Home Run Inn Pizza, 670- The Score, Meijer, Beverly records, Calabria Imports, Chicago Park District,  

For more information about the Ridge Run or Memorial Day Parade, contact the Beverly Area Planning Association, 773-233-3100, bapa@bapa,org or www.bapa.org. 

Run, Walk, Trot or Cheer 

BAPA Hosts 42nd Annual Ridge Run on Memorial Day 

Expect some new challenges and fun changes at BAPA’s 42nd Annual Ridge Run on Mon., May 27. The race course has been recertified and will take 10K runners on a slightly different route, and the festival will offer new vendors and kid-friendly activities.  

We keep the event fresh and exciting for participants, but some things will never change for the Ridge Run,” said BAPA Executive Director Susan Flood. “The spirits of the runners will always be lifted by cheers from the spectators and beauty of our neighborhood, and participants will always be challenged by making it up Chicago’s highest hill.” 

The community’s signature event takes runners, walkers and marchers through the historic district to run the 10K, 5K and Youth Mile Ridge Runs followed by the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade down Longwood Drive. 

The Ridge Run is Chicago’s favorite neighborhood race because it expresses such a strong sense of community,” Flood said. “The cheering spectators all along the route are neighbors who have become friends and friends who have become family. It’s a symbol of belonging that, like the race, runs through the heart of our neighborhood. 

The presenting sponsor of the Ridge Run is Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH), which generously provides the day’s health necessities including the Ridge Run doctor and first aid tent, as well as with general health information.  

A Catholic, not-for-profit hospital, LCMH been a vital health resource for the community for nearly 90 years. LCMH continues to achieve accolades for quality through its revolutionary medical technologies and services both at its home and satellite locations and was recently named among best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. 

Presenting sponsor of the parade is the Road Home Program Center for Veterans and their Families at Rush University Medical Center (find more information on page ).  

Start Training Now! 

April is the time to get in the full swing of training for the Ridge Run. If you’ve never run before, check out the new 5K training at Running Excels, 10328 S. Western (read more on page __.) 

Students and families at local schools are also training to run as teams and compete for the 2019 school team trophy presented by BAPA. School teams are supervised by volunteers and training guides developed by Jenny Harkins of Treadfit Beverly are available for free from BAPA, contact Gary Jenkins, gjenkins@bapa.org 

Registration 

Ridge Run registration continues until race day for participants signing up for the 10K run, 5K run or untimed walk, Ridge Run Challenge 5K and 10K, and, for kids up to age 12, the untimed Youth Mile. (The wee ones can compete in the Tot Trot in the kids’ zone).  Register by May 1 to guarantee getting your Ridge Run t-shirt. Sign up online until May 20 at www.bapa.org, then sign-up and pick up race packets through May 26 (see www.bapa.org for registration schedule). Fees increase for race-day registration.  

Registration for participating in the Memorial Day Parade continues through May 20. Applications are available online at www.bapa.org  on the Ridge Run page or you can request a paper application by emailing bapa@bapa.org 

Race Day 

The Ridge Run begins with the 10K at 8 a.m. followed by the Youth Mile at 8:10 a.m. The Memorial Day Ceremony begins at 9 a.m. in Ridge Park and the 5K run and walk starts at 9:30 a.m.  

Make your way or stay on Longwood Drive once the 5K runners pass by! The Memorial Day Parade steps off immediately following the last runner at about 10:30 a.m., starting from 110th and Longwood Drive and proceeding north to Ridge Park.  

Post-race festivities at Ridge Park feature runner awards, food trucks and children’s activities 

Be a Ridge Run Volunteer 

BAPA’s neighborhood race travels through the heart of our community, and we need volunteers to help as course marshals at selected corners to make sure runners stay on the route, at aid stations where they hand out water and at Ridge Park. Volunteers get a great volunteer t-shirt. Interested? If you have questions, call BAPA, 773-233-3100.Sign up to volunteer at www.bapa,org on the Ridge Run page.   

 

Thank You Sponsors  

Ridge Run sponsors help to ensure the success of the event, and sponsorships are still available; for information contact Anna Fratto, 773-233-3100 or afratto@bapa.org 

Thank you to Little Company of Mary Hospital, Mike Haggerty Buick GMC Volkswagen of Oak Lawn, Beverly Bank, Road Home Program, Southtown Health Foods, CIBC, County Fair, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, Marquette Bank, Smith Village, Whole Foods, ExcellCare Physical Therapy, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Biros Real Estate, Beverly Hills Animal Hospital, Home Run Inn, Chicago Park District, 670 Score Sports Radio, State Farm Agent John Harrell, IMPACT Physical Therapy, Chicago Recovery Room, Calabria Imports, Running Excels, The Beverly Review and Beverly Records.  

For more information about participating in or volunteering for the Ridge Run or Memorial Day Parade, contact the Beverly Area Planning Association, 773-233-3100, bapa@bapa.org or www.bapa.org. 

 

 

 

 

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.