Wednesday, July 2, 2008
4 on the 4th . . . All Systems Go
Sorry I've been non-blogging lately. I've been neck-deep in race prep for Friday's Community Bank of Elmhurst 4 on the 4th. The weather certainly is cooperating. My biggest fear has been the safety issue, and I think we're catching a big break with temps expected to be in the 60s. The crowding issue at packet pickup will be unavoidable, but that's part of racing. If you're running, consider a Thursday packet pickup (3-7 p.m. at Elmhurst College). All runners must pick up Chips (PHOTO shows exact ankle-style Chips we will use) on race morning. The men's and women's fields are starting to look very strong. We just got an entry from Paul Jellema of the Hansons-Brooks team in Rochester Hills, Mich. Katie McGregor, a nine-time All-American from the University of Michigan and fourth-place finisher in last Friday's Olympic Trials 10,000 in Eugene, Ore., has just confirmed!! For me as co-director with Susan May, it's trying to make sure no stone is left unturned. We have a great committee, and I think we've got it right this year.