Saturday, April 9, 2011

Local Race Report: Nutrition 5K, Carbondale, IL

The thunderstorms stopped, the band played and the runners and walkers took over Evergreen Park for the 13th annual Nutrition 5K Run/Walk and Kid K. This fun, family-focused event was sponsored by Carbondale's Neighborhood Co-Op Grocery. The weather was hot and hazy after a rash of early morning thunderstorms, but that did not deter the 107 runners and the 45 walkers from completing the fast, flat 5K course on the edge of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus. An added adorable feature of this race was a one kilometer race for little kids (the kids were accompanied by a tuba player!). A definite sense of whimsy to this race--instead of the usual t-shirt, pre-registered runners were given a beautiful ceramic soup bowl--and a race for a very good cause (Good Samaritan Food Pantry). Massage students from John A. Logan College provided post-race massages, students from the local ROTC chapter helped steer runners in the right direction and provided water at the aid station, and a local band provided pre- and post-race tunes. All in all, a fun afternoon in the park for a very good cause!

Race Results:
Overall Finish List
Age Group Results

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