Wednesday, April 30, 2008

On the Waterfront

Across Lakeshore Drive from the Ravenswood Run, close to 1,500 runners competed in the Universal Sole Lakefront 10-miler on Sunday. As is usually the case, the quality was oozing in the lead pack as local elites Jeff Jonaitis, Greg Costello and Jack Kafel kept red-lining at sub-5 pace right to the chute. Jonaitis, of Tinley Park, won it in 49:40.5 to Chicagoan Costello's 49:42.4. River Forest's Kafel was right there with a 50:04.6 for third. The women's field was strong as well with Nell Shields of Chicago winning in 1:02:49.6, Any Thomas-Elder of Downers Grove second in 1:03:47 and Jules Rakow of West Chicago third in 1:06:05. It is a common thread among runners that Ravenswood and Lakefront unfortunately are run at the same hour on the same day each year. It can be frustrating. Congrats to all you Lakefront 10 runners and to Paul Peters at Universal Sole for another great event. If someone has a photo, e-mail it to me at

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