Threatening weather, with thunder clearly heard, didn’t prevent 649 people from completing the Oak Brook Park District’s annual Pink 5K Walk/Run Saturday at Central Park West.
“Around 7:20 a.m., there was audible thunder, and we starting moving people inside to dodge the impending rain and to keep our patrons and volunteers safe,” said Jessica Cannaday, the park district’s marketing & communications manager.
She said personal trainer Jackie Yu led some stretching in the gym during the delay.
With 976 people registered, the scheduled 8 a.m. start was pushed back only about 5 minutes because of the weather.
Most importantly, enough money was raised to allow the park district to make a $10,000 donation to the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation Open Arms Breast Cancer Outreach Fund.
The foundation will use the donation for its 40-40-40 program in October, which will provide 40 free mammograms for 40 women over 40 years of age.
AMITA Health and Evergreen Bank Group sponsored the race. Weber Grill was onsite supporting the event and provided complimentary, fresh grilled chicken skewers to participants.
The top three finishers among the men were Kenneth Hootman (19 minutes 48 seconds), Sean Hayden (20:51) and John Staerk (20:54).
The top three women were Allison Webb (21:08), Kristina McMurray (22:11), and Kristen Kelly (24:13).
Complete race results are available online at www.obparks.org.