LIVE UNITED 5k a Race to Remember

On Saturday, May 5, United Way of DuPage/West Cook held its third annual LIVE UNITED 5K Run/Walk at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Kellogg Company, UWDWC’s top corporate citizen, was again the title sponsor of the event, and we were thrilled to have Tony the Tiger make an appearance! I’ve run a fair number of 5Ks in my life, but actually planning and managing a race is a very different experience. What makes races special are the people — those who sponsor it, those who plan it, those who volunteer to make everything happen that morning, and those who run and walk it. People have many reasons to participate in races — to exercise, to enjoy a nice park or neighborhood trail, to support a social cause, to be part of a team of colleagues or friends, and many others. For some, it’s the first time they have walked or ran a 5K, and the determination to finish and the joy after crossing the finish line are truly inspiring. I hope this was a memorable race for our participants. I’ll bet people will remember the nice weather, the beautiful gardens and old WWI tanks at Cantigny, or the wild turkeys you could hear gobbling along the course. They may remember their finish time, and they may post a picture of their family or team together with Tony the Tiger on Facebook (I sure did!). I hope they’ll remember the reason this race was created — to support United Way of DuPage/West Cook’s Southeast DuPage Health Initiative, a free clinic and medical home in Westmont for uninsured adults. I had a great time. Congratulations to everyone who placed; congratulations to our biggest team, OfficeMax; congratulations to all our first-time 5K participants; and THANK YOU to all our volunteers and sponsors, especially Kellogg Company. You all LIVE UNITED and are our inspiration. Submitted on behalf of Esther Hicks, Director of Community Investment at United Way of DuPage/West Cook  

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