Sunday, April 13, 2008

Newhart, Costello Oak Park's Sparks

It's always hard not to run a race, but only watch it. But with a bad knee (from too much skiing?), I did just that on Sunday and was treated to a nice fix of racing in the land of Frank Lloyd Wright.

A pair of 27-year-olds, Colleen Newhart of Oak Park and Greg Costello of Chicago, proved to be best in show as top dogs at the Race That's Good for Life 5K on the wind-chilled streets of eastern Oak Park. The CARA Circuit opener was in two parts, with Newhart taking the 9 a.m. women's race in 18:12.9 and Costello hot-footing the 9:50 a.m. men's race in 14:50.8.

Temps were in the 30s for both races, but runners did have the wind mostly to their backs for the last three-fourths of a mile on slightly downhill Scoville Avenue. Newhart bested Emily Dewald, 24, of Bloomington (18:20.2) and Heidi Sarna, 25, of Chicago (18:30.3), while Costello had to break Jack Kafel, 32, of River Forest (14:56.8) after both had broken away from third-place Joe Parks, 31, of Crystal Lake (15:11.6).

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