Wednesday, April 15, 2009

28th The Race That's Good for Life

The CARA Runners' Choice competitive points series for individuals and clubs continues on Sunday with the 28th running of The Race That's Good for Life 5K in Oak Park. More than 700 runners are signed up, and there will be NO race-day registration. Online and walk-up registration remain available. I won't be there this year because I'll be in Boston, but this race is one of my all-time favorites. The fast course and the separate women's and men's races make the Oak Park Runners Club race extra special. Prize money of as much as $1,500, depending on whether course records are set, brings out top talent from Chicago and beyond. Course records are 14:25 and 16:31, both set in 1998. New records are worth $100. Other touches like flowers for female finishers, clydesdale competition, a youth mile and junior jog make this a complete package. Last year, Chicagoan Greg Costello and Colleen Newhart of Oak Park won in 14:50 and 18:12 respectively. The race also is a CARA Best of Chicagoland (not a competitive circuit) event. For information, click on:


Kathy said...

Actually, the Race That's Good For Life is indeed a competitive "circuit race" - it is the 2nd race on our Runners' Choice Series which is the old CARA Competitive Circuit. Runners will indeed score points towards year end awards by running this race. Please visit the Racing section at for more information!

Kathy Daniels
Communications Coordinator
Chicago Area Runners Association

Bob Richards said...

Kathy, I say up top it's a Runners' Choice race and point out that RC is the competitive circuit and at the bottom, I point out it is also Best of Chicagoland, which is not the competitive circuit as far as I know.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bob and Kathy!!

I say this is going to be an utter SPEEDFEST!! There will not be any faster times ran in the 5k distance in or around Chicagoland this season. Many sub 15's for the men and quite a few sub 17's for the woman on Sunday. Come watch shoe fires be put out at the finish line! Super Daaaawg! AKA..Flash Gordon..opens it up at mile two! Fleet Who??