Event welcomes runners, walkers
by Lynn Meredith
Maple Park—Maple Parkers like competitions, but they also like their fun. The Romp in the Park, which features a two-mile walk and a 5K run, combines them both. For the 14th year, racers will line up for an 8 a.m. Saturday race to compete for fun and prizes.
The course starts at North Park, runs down Washington and out of town on County Road 23. For the walkers, the course goes out for a mile and comes back. The 5K runners will go to Howard Road, turn around and come back.
Most years the races attract 75 to 85 competitors. One of the Romp organizers, Helen Olsen, said they have had over 100 racers some years.
“We get a lot of locals, but we also get some from Elgin, West Chicago. This year we’ve even got one form Wisconsin,” Olsen said.
The fee to race for the 5K is $10 when pre-registering and $13 the day of the race. For the two-mile event the fee is $7 when pre-registering and $10 the day of the race. Winners collect medals.
“It’s just a fun thing,” Olsen said.