Five days before race day, John Kolman, Director of The Race That's Good for Life, sounded very upbeat: "The weather forecast looks good for racing, and with our race named as the Road Runners Club of America's State Championship 5K, some big guns may turn out.
Well before the OPRF wrestling team was racking up state titles, our own contributing columnist Paul Oppenheim was mixing it up on the mat for Doane College. Recently, he revisted his alma mater to remember the Tigers' past and celebrate their present.
The Race That's Good for Life was named as the 2013 Race of the Year by the Chicago Area Runners Association, repeating the honor from 2012. And this year the Oak Park Runners Club is hoping to earn a three-peat for its signature event.
Nick Willis (3:52) and Jenny Simpson (4:19) recently took top honors in the Fifth Avenue Mile race in New York City. Our running columnist Paul Oppenheim saw them run last April at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Both runners left quite an impression.
Too much running too soon can have pitfalls like injuries. When he started running, Paul Oppenheim was content with daily four mile runs, a modest mileage which allowed him to run an occasional 10K. He didn't incur a significant running-related injury for 25 years.
Ellen Pavlovic, a member of the Oak Park Runners Club, has been living in Dubai for the last couple of years where she is employed as a physical therapist and runs regularly with a group despite the extreme heat.