The New Lenox Chamber of Commerce and the New Lenox Community Park District hosted the 2014 Chasing the Sun 5K Race & Fitness Walk on Thursday, June 5. In partnership with Valedictorian Sponsor, Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, this year’s event welcomed 249 runners and walkers.
Race participants lined up in the New Lenox Village Commons for the 7 p.m. race start and took off on the USATF certified course. Overall Male Medalist Jackson Waters, age 17, completed the race with a finish time of 17:45.6, and the Overall Female Medalist Vanessa Kenny, age 27, finished with a time of 19:54.1. Other big winners included the Frankfort New Lenox Running Club as the Community Team Challenge winners and Integrated Physical Medicine as the Corporate Team Challenge winners. William Gebhardt and his daughter Brynna claimed the Stroller Challenge with a finishing time of 25:11.3.
Following the race, participants and their families enjoyed a post party with pizza provided by Chicago Dough Company, beverages sponsored by Lakeshore Beverage and Michelob Ultra, and music provided by The Mix, 101.9 FM. Children also competed in the Kids Dash and were awarded sunshine sunglasses and ribbons.
"The Chamber and Park District would like to thank all of the race sponsors, volunteers, and participants for a successful and fun event," organizers said in a release.
For a complete list of this year’s sponsors, visit
www.newlenoxchamber.com. Photos from the race are available on Facebook.