Community gets in on the fun run

By on June 27, 2014

Photo: Kamryn Madsen, 3, of Cortland, runs the Kids 400m Friday night at Kaneland High School. Photo by Patti Wilk

KANELAND—Kaneland mom Sonya Hwang, a Sugar Grove resident, ran the 5k at last Friday’s third annual Kaneland Foundation Knight Run at Kaneland High School. And notched a personal record in the process.

“This was my best record so far,” Hwang said with a laugh.

Hwang placed third in the women’s category with a time of 28 minutes, 8 seconds. Her award was a blue-painted rock affixed to the Knight Run logo.

“(The Fun Run) is truly a family event,” she said.

Participants ranged from a grandmother to children. Hwang said she saw a boy toddler running a bit around the school’s track.

Kaneland Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schuler is the executive director of Kaneland Foundation. He said that about 150 Kaneland students, family and employees attended the event.

“I think the event certainly was a success,” Schuler said. “Obviously, we would have loved to have had more people there.”

Money raised from the event will go to the Kaneland School District. Staff will be able to apply for grant money to use in the classroom for things like technology or fine arts activities.

The Knight Fun Run offered different racing course options, including a 5k cross country race, 1-mile cross country race, and quarter-mile track race for children ages 6 and under.

The 5k had participants running next to cornfields and circling the soccer and baseball fields and actual track. Runners had the opportunity to grab bananas, granola bars and bottled water after crossing the finish line.

Schuler explained that the race planning included being sure to have water and electronic timing. Other tasks included organizing T-shirts, planning registration and trying to get sponsorship and advertising.

Elburn resident Ruth Vostal went to the event with her family and labeled herself as the picture taker and cheerleader. All of her children, twins Brennan and Lilly, 6, and son Hayden, 8, and husband, Reed, ran in the races.

Brennan and Lilly ran a lap around the track. Lilly ran faster than her brother this year. Meanwhile, Reed ran the 5k and came in sixth place with a time of 22 minutes, 50 seconds.

As for Hayden, he had his first experience of running the 1-mile cross country and came in third place with a time of 7 minutes.

“I felt like I was older than my age,” Hayden said.