by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Gene Stern of Elburn has participated for the past several years in the Dewey Dash, a 5K event that Town & Country Public Library sponsors each spring.
Stern said he likes that the race is early in the year.
â€œIt’s a good motivator to get started,â€ he said.
Stern runs many different Chicago-area races from spring through fall. Elburn’s terrain is good training ground for the race season, he said. Since he runs on his own regularly in the village, he knows that it’s just not flat farmland.
â€œThere are some pretty big hills in Elburn, which might surprise runners who are not from here,â€ Stern said.
The routes for the Dewey Dash and for the Elburn Days 5k, which Stern runs in August, both include plenty of those inclines, he said.
Stern rose to the challenge last year, coming in second in his group (men 30-39) in the Dewey Dash, with a time of 20:53.7.
This year, Stern is battling a minor injury, but still would like to take part in this year’s event on April 11.
â€œI’m really hoping I will be there,â€ Stern said.
He said the Dewey Dash will help him gear up for the Rockford marathon in May.
6th Annual Dewey Dash
5K run to benefit
Town & Country Public Library
Sunday, April 11
7:30-8:30 a.m. Race-day registration
8:30 a.m. 5K starts
9 a.m. 1-mile run/walk
320 E. North St., Elburn
USATF-certified 5K course
Register online at
Proceeds will help the library
purchase three electronic