• On the First Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…the the MidWinter Cruise!

    Registration is now open for the (in)Famous Park Forest Running and Pancake Club’s 2016 MidWinter Cruise 5k. Get your Speedo […]

  • Just in time to start training for the Chicago Marathon (or others) here is our 2015 Marathon Training Plan!

    These 18 week plans include three experience levels for training mileage and each plan includes […]

  • ThumbnailA great turn out for such a damp, snowy morning!  While the weather has been reasonably mild winter can’t go on forever.  Keep thinking warm thoughts and we hope you enjoyed the run!

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    • It may have not been the biggest turnout, but it was a comparatively nice day to do a 5k cruise in winter! Ya it was dank and some light rain, but the snow held off for most part until after the race.

      We had 90 that ran and finished the race. There were 66 pre-registered…58 showed-up to run it so 8 no-shows. 32 showed-up race morning and registered…completing the field…and off they went two times around…then the sprint to the finish line on Wilson St.

      Kudos to the Village of Park Forest Police Department that should up with several units to escort the lead runners first lap and direct traffic at three of the most critical intersections. I sent Deputy Chief Maninno an email with big thanks for his contribution to keeping that race course a safe one to run on!

      Me being out there at the Start-Finish and monitoring traffic as best I could…encountered some glitches with traffic not ever experienced before. Won’t go into details but I know what the problem is and how to rectify it next time.

      And it is a great 5k to run in winter and can be a lot of fun for those that sign-up or come out on race morning. We continue to have some quite fast runners tackle this race and when a 30-yr old man can show up and take 1st place overall at 16:34 FT (5:21 min/mi pace)and not far behind another man 38-yr old at 17:17 (5:35 pace)…then there was 44-yr old fellow that finished 6th overall and was 1st male masters. All this says there are some really high performance runners that not afraid to take a “midwinter cruise!”

      Club member, Cindy Trotier, was technically the Female Masters Overall winner…but considering her heartful and caring character…she deferred award to tne next female that was not a club runner…and Eileen goes down in the books as number one female masters runner at 2:57 (9:01p).

      And that is what it is all about, in part, thinking of the other…the other run brother or sister out there…just trying to do their best and get to the finish line. We all run…we chase an antelope…speed is irrelevant…the outcome in terms of feeling and energy…is the ultimate goal…we catch nothing…but find ourselves in the process. At least I hope there are some or most…that walk away from that race feeling similar…not about time…just that you did it!

      I hope we can rebuild this race to its former glory. I want to live to the day and see 250 runners cruise to this race…the maximum allowable field size! Put it on your calendars for next January…to take a 5k cruise!

  • The final Mid-Winter Cruise 5k Planning meeting is coming up right after the new year.

    Any club members interested in volunteering at the event and finalize the details are welcome to come join the Race […]

  • Ready for a vacation yet?  Winter seems mild now but on January 25th surely all bets are off! Come join the Park Forest Running and Pancake Club for another annual Mid-Winter Cruise 5k!

     

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    • IMPORTANT…can’t find way I can post independent on this site…but I am co-race director on this race and done a lot of grinding it out to get this race on track. In past years I always volunteered and club never worried about the course being marked on race day or having it adequately marshalled with split timers and police to monitor intersections and/or volunteers to do same…if duty for police dictates elsewhere race morning.

      In other words…I have no official coordinator for race day course marshalling duties. I know I will be there early and mark out the course as I always do, but in past…I have always been out there at the start and did some one of the mile split timer positions and stayed out there until the last of the finishers came in.

      I can’t be expected to do that staying out there till last comes in thing since I am Co-RD and got much else to tend to inside with post-race facilities and awards and such. Sooo…I need someone to step up and volunteer to be race course marshall coordinator. And help with making sure you have the extra volunteers to not only call out mile splits, but more importantly monitor traffic at critical intersections and point the runners in the right direction. Sometimes there are extra VOPF Police to do those duties…but I cannot expect all to cover all those street intersections we need monitored. So I need at least 3 more in addition to the three independent mile split timers to be available.

      Hopefully membership will see this…or Webmaster Tony can post something independent based on the above.

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