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Annual run starts Saturday’s fun

Elburn Days 5K returns for another year
by Hope Zegiel
Elburn—As summer comes to an end, Elburn Days will be upon the Kane County community. Saturday, Aug. 18, marks the day of the traditional Elburn Days 5K or 1 mile fun run.

According to the Lions Club website, those who sign up early, before Aug. 15, registration will be $20. Otherwise, registration fees will be $25.

“We want to generate revenue for Lions case charities,” said Mark Eddington, Lions Club chair of the event. “In conjunction, we also want to bring people to Elburn and Lions Park. We want to get people to go to other Elburn Day things as well, like the Boy Scout pancake breakfast.”

Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the race will step off from the south pavilion of Elburn Lions Park.

“The path will wind around the southwest quadrant of Elburn, starting at the park and going around the park using side streets, such as Parkside and Stetzer,” Eddington said.

Although there will be two events going on at one time, both running paths will start from the same place. The one-mile fun activity will just take a faster route to get back rather than going the whole three miles.

There will be eight sponsors this year for the race: Alice’s Place, Elburn Chamber of Commerce, GTP Printing, MWF Mortgage, Pound 4 Pound Fitness, Richwrap, Inc., Spring Bluff Nursery and Trotter and Associates, Inc.

Eddington said that the new sponsors for the event are Pound 4 Pound Fitness and Elburn Chamber of Commerce.

Overall, the Lions Club cannot wait until the event and has high hopes for this year’s turn out.

“We are looking forward to another good year,” Eddington stated.

New day for 5K at Elburn Days 2011

Elburn Days 5K
Saturday, Aug. 20, 8 a.m.
Check-in 7 a.m. at Lion’s Park
Online registration $18
Pre-registration (check by 8/15) $20
Day of race $25
For more info, e-mail:
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New course layout just one of the changes to August staple
by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—It’s fitting that the new course for the 2011 version of the Elburn Days 5K Run and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk begins and ends at Lions Park.

The hub of most everything Elburn Days will be the start and finish point for this year’s version of the competition. It’s just one of the modifications put forth by Lions Club Chairman of the 5K Mark Eddington.

“We did some homework and we’re making modifications that a lot of the area races have already done,” Eddington said on Wednesday. “We’ve wanted to do some of these things for a couple of years and are finally pulling the trigger.”

The first change was the course itself.

“We had done it at the fire department, and while designing a new course, you can’t do Route 47 and across the train tracks. Then you look at the four different quadrants of the town and we looked at Lions Park in the southwest quadrant. You can get more people to participate around there,” Eddington said.

The other changes set to impact the race in 2011 include the program of chip timing, which electronically records start and stop times for individual racers by a timing company.

“It takes the human error out of recording times, and makes the race more sophisticated,” Eddington said.

In addition to trophies, the Lions Club also has cash prizes in store for the first-, second- and third-place finishers in the men’s and women’s groups.

“We have cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 and it should make things more interesting,” Eddington said.

Online registration is also newly available for the 2011 gathering.

No stranger to long-distance running himself, Eddington offers helpful advice to fleet-footed participants.

“It’s going to be significantly flatter, so those that hate hills will probably enjoy it more. I’d make sure to stay well hydrated, as well,” he said.