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The race’s unique setting was what drew many of the competitors.
“It was kind of a joint idea between the airport manager and the parks and recreation department,” said Alex Zewde, recreation supervisor for the department. “He [the manager] approached us about a year ago with the idea and we’ve spent the last year planning and figuring how it was all going to work.”
Participants ran out onto the runway, then took two laps to complete the race.
Lake in the Hills residents Scott and Sandy Henke said they wanted to run because it was the first event of its kind in Lake in the Hills.
“It’s the inaugural run,” Scott said.
Rosalyn Cooper, also a Lake in the Hills resident and avid runner, wanted her niece and nephew to run in their first 5Ks with her.
“We thought we’d try it,” Rosalyn Cooper said.
Cameron and Bryleigh Cooper, 8-year-old twins, seemed a little nervous but enthused about the upcoming race. Their mother, Jackie Cooper, was not too enthused about the weather.
“It was 43 [degrees] and sunny when we signed up,” Jackie Cooper said.