I thought you might like to see some pictures from the Run to Remember that our son and his friend participated in last Saturday. It was a 5K run along the Chicago lakefront. Any of you who have visited Chicago can attest to how beautiful it is. The morning was simply spectacular and since the race started at 8 a.m. there wasn't much traffic to contend with.
There was a good turnout for the race, over 1,700 people who ran and walked the course.
The starting line was just in front of the police memorial site, directly to the east of Soldier Field.
This is two photos that I've badly stitched together in Photoshop. The old stadium structure is the Roman looking part on the bottom. The stadium was remodeled/updated several years ago. It's probably the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. Evidently the architect simply couldn't come up with a solution so they decided it would be a good idea to just land a new spaceship stadium on top of the old classical design. Ugly.
People ran as individuals or as a team effort. Many of the teams were formed to run in memory of certain officers. Here's one of the teams.
Our guys seemed pretty serious before the race. That's Charlie on the left and our son Evan on the right.
Someone sang the National Anthem. I was ahead of the starting line taking some photos and the Farmer was further back. When I met up with him I mentioned that I was perhaps the only person with their hand over their heart during the anthem. He assured me that was not true - he did also! Is it a generational thing because I didn't see anyone else doing this.
The Chicago Police Department bagpipers piped the runners off the starting line.
Members of the New York City Police Department Running Club made the trip to Chicago to participate. They looked like serious runners.
The announcer told the crowd that only those who ran a 5 minute mile or less should be at the front of the pack. Right at the front was a young man with no legs! He had these high tech prosthetics which is totally amazing to me. My stepfather lost his leg at a time when none of this technology was available.
I especially loved these two team members who grabbed hands just before the finish line so that they could cross together.
Here's our guys immediately after the race, looking happier and more relaxed. They finished in the top 170's out of 1,700. In the last stretch they were able to pass the SWAT team runners and they were happy about that.
After the race there's drinks and snacks for the runners. I've never seen so many bananas in my life.
Chowing down and celebrating.
It's really wonderful to see people get together for a good cause and to remember those men and women who serve.
Thanks for coming along to the city with us. Any runners in your family?