9th Annual Jim Gibbons 5K run, 3K walk & Survivors’ Strut

9th Annual Jim Gibbons 5K run, 3K walk & Survivors’ Strut


“It’s More Than a Race.”

The 9th Annual Jim Gibbons Memorial 5K Run, 3K Walk and Survivors’ Strut to benefit The Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) of Evanston will take place downtown at a new location where Randolph meets the lake on Thursday evening, June 19, with a live start on ABC7 at 6:25 p.m. Registered by the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA), the event features a 5K Men’s Run and a 5K Women’s Run sponsored by Peregrine Financial Group (PFG) of Chicago, and a 3K Walk. Proceeds will support the vital work of LRF in finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, and related blood cancers.

For a second year, the “Survivors’ Strut” will honor those who are living with blood related cancers and will again be sponsored by SFO—Stocks, Futures & Options magazine. Leukemia and lymphoma survivors will lead the 3K Non-Competitive Walk at 6:45 p.m. and strut their stuff!

After the run and walk, participants can mingle with their co-workers, friends and running buddies while enjoying free food provided by Allen’s—The New American Café, free drinks and live New Orleans rhythm and blues music for all. Q101 and Michelob Ultra are sponsoring the post-race, summer-fun festivities.

The event, co-chaired by Janet Davies and Frank Mathie of ABC7, was created to honor the memory of Jim Gibbons, an investigative reporter at ABC7, who succumbed to leukemia in 1994.

Register on-line today!

Registration fee is $22 in advance, or $27 on race day, and includes the best goodie bag in Chicago, a race T-shirt, Champion socks and post-race party. CARA members who pre-register receive a $1 discount. All participants are encouraged to register on-line at www.leukemia-research.org. To have your registration form mailed, find out how to raise pledges and win cash prizes, and/or to volunteer at the race, please call the Jim Gibbons Hotline on (847) 424-0780.

Registration and packet pick-up will be available at both Chicago Fleet Feet Sports store locations: 4555 N. Lincoln Ave. on June 14 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and June 15 from noon-5 p.m.; and at 210 W. North Ave. (Pipers Alley) on June 7 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., June 8 from noon-5 p.m. and June 16-18 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Participants can also register for the race and then enjoy the free “Elite Feet Party,” Thursday, May 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Joe’s Bar, 940 W. Weed St. in Chicago.

The Evanston-based Leukemia Research Foundation is composed of more than 1,500 volunteers from 22 regional chapters who have joined together to conquer leukemia, lymphoma, and myelodysplastic syndromes by funding research into their causes and cures, and to enrich the quality of life of those touched by these diseases. For more information about LRF, visit www.leukemia-research.org or call (847) 424-0600.

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