December 5, 2015
December 6, 2014 –
The Wheaton Lions Club in conjunction with the Wheaton Park District held its third annual Wheaton Lions Reindeer Run. Over 820 runners participated on a very nice day. The 5K run/walk started in central Wheaton and wound around a series of streets ending up in front of the DuPage Historical Museum.
Coming in first place for the men was Daniel Woldesilassie and in first place for the women was Allison McGrath. Adults, teens and young people walked and ran through the route and were able to enjoy refreshments after the race.
Special thanks go out to our very generous sponsors and our volunteers, to Wheaton Mayor Mike Gresk for starting off the race and to Dr. Terri Lightbody for singing the Star Spangled Banner as well as getting over 80 volunteers to help with registration, route guides, beverages and food service. Also saying hello to the runners was Ronald McDonald. The Wheaton Park District did a wonderful job of helping in the success of the event including supplying the DuPage Historical Museum where the runners registered and exercised, marking the course, supplying barriers, police and safety personnel, personal hygiene and plenty of publicity for the event.
The Lions will be donating some of the profits to the new Ronald McDonald house being built in Winfield across from Cadence Hospital (CDH). The rest of the Lions Club’s profits go to help people and organizations connected with sight and hearing disabilities. The Park District uses its profits to maintain the DuPage Historical Museum. It was a great day with a lot of fun had by everyone.
Pictures from the 2014 Reindeer Run...
Wheaton Lion Terri Lightbody singing the National Anthem with Wheaton Lion, and Wheaton Mayor, Mike Gresk ready to start the race.
Ronald McDonald during the singing of the National Anthem.
This years 840 runners at the starting line.
Daniel Woldesilassie (left) was the men's first place finisher and Allilson McGrath (right) was the women's first place finisher.
A happy well dressed family and Santa after the 2014 Reindeer Run.
The Wheaton Lions Club would like to thank the following organizations for their sponsorship of the 2014 Reindeer Run.
December 6, 2014
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