The 2nd Annual St. Gerald Giant Pumpkin 5K Run, in memory of Colette McGinnis, will be held on October 29, 2016. The Giant Pumpkin 5K winds through the streets of Oak Lawn surrounding St. Gerald Parish. St. Gerald is located at 9310 South 55th Court, Oak Lawn, IL.
There are different age groups and awards for the three top finishers in different categories. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Runners and walkers who are not able to currently make that 5K run are invited to join in what organizers are calling the “Couch 2 5K Group” that will prepare you to meet the physical demands of a 5K. It is a free support group designed to turn anyone from a couch potato into a “finisher” of this 5K. The group will meet twice a week, Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 a.m. from August 27th to October 22nd. If you have a water bottle and gym shoes, you can participate and become a finisher for a good cause. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to join this group.
Collette McGinnis was a “teacher and friend” and is in her memory that the St. Gerald Giant Pumpkin 5K Run is held. Collette passed away in 2015. She was described as someone who made St. Gerald a great place to be and made everyone who knew her and love her better people.
You have a chance to help even if you can’t run. The race needs volunteers. If you can help contact Debbie Janicke, by email at: email@example.com.
Some of the volunteers needed are as follows:
- At least 30 Course Monitors
- 10-15 for each Water Station ( 2 stations )
- Volunteer nurses for First Aid Stations ( 2 stations) & 4 additional adults for each
- 6 adults for Registration Table
- Awards Table
- 6-8 for Refreshment Table for participants
- Gear check table
- Information/Lost & Found Table
- 2 adults with vehicles to set up and tear down water stations, transport water, Gatorade, supplies, set up cones an collect after race
- Other duties not yet determined
For more information, visit the website http://giantpumpkin5k.com
The event also had many sponsors in 2015 including The Private Bank, The Oak Lawn Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 3405, St. Gerald’s Holy Name Society, St. Gerald’s Mother’s Club, Dr. Van K. Koinis DO, St. Gerald’s Athletic Club, All-Tech Decorating, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Biros Real Estate, Blake Lamb Funeral Home, Canon Solutions America, Clancy’s Pizza Pub, Crafters Showcase, First Merit Bank, Hawk Ford, Kelly Nissan, Janice A. Lubas, DDS PC, Martin and Martin Jewelers, Oak Lawn Raiders S.A.C., Oak Lawn Restaurant, Palmer Collision, Reardon Appraisals, The Olejniczak family, Great American Bagel, and the Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home. Once again, organizers are looking for sponsors to support the run.