The Moraine Valley Halloween 5K race, won by Oak Lawn’s Mike Stanek, saw record-breaking numbers with participation doubling and more money being raised for student scholarships than ever before.
Stanek finished first overall in 18:16:4 while Lindsey Schmidt of Morris Illinois was the first woman coming in at 21:46:4.
The Halloween 5K, 1K and Pumpkins Patch (children’s area) had a collective 300+ registrants, almost double from last year and the most in the event’s five-year run. In addition, nearly $7,000 was raised for student scholarships. Last year, the event raised $4,800 and school officials credited the “almost perfect weather” of October 27th.
Roughly 50 Moraine Valley and community volunteers, including students from area high schools, and several event sponsors supported this successful event.
“Everything went off without a hitch. The goal of this year’s event was to raise greater awareness of our campus community, support our student scholarship fund and provide a fun and inviting atmosphere to all runners, walkers and families. With beautiful weather, a scenic loop through and around Moraine Valley’s campus, a multitude of family activities in the Pumpkins Patch, a live band, raffle prizes and a competitive Halloween costume contest, we exceeded these goals and had a record-breaking day all around,” said Jana Terborg, race director and assistant director of Fitness Programs at the Health, Fitness & Recreation Center.
Next year’s event is set for Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 and anyone interested is warned to put it on your schedule.
PHOTO CAPTIONS: (Above)Moraine Valley Community held a record-breaking Halloween 5K walk/run on Oct. 27th. (Below) Mike Stanek (Oak Lawn) finished first overall in Moraine Valley’s Halloween 5K.