I’ve been a member of the Naperville Bicycle Club going on 10 years now. Since that time I have become a better cyclist, and I have made many good friends. A couple of years ago on an NBC ride led by Michelle LeBlanc, I met Dave Savini (Investigative Reporter for CBS 2 Chicago). Dave was just getting into cycling then, and he recently completed his first century a couple weeks ago during an NBC ride.
Anyway, during one of NBC’s weekend rides, Dave and Michelle asked if I would like to help out with the 360 Youth Services Run. It sounded like fun, cycling was involved and it was something I had never done before, so I agreed to do it.
The 360 Spring Ahead Run, takes place every year, at the Calamos campus. There’s a Kids Fun Run, a 5K and a 10K. The 360 folks needed some cyclists to ride out front of the runners. So, that’s were NBC came into play. Even though the courses were well marked, including closed roads, and police escorts, they still wanted cyclists to lead the way too.
The first race was at 8 a.m. It was the Kids Fun Run and there was a bunch of kids, all ages too. They would run one mile around the Calamos campus. Tom Nawara (an NBC member) and his son Max led the Kids Fun Run. Michelle and I were there to watch the start. We soon learned, cyclists need to be pretty far out from the starting line, as runners, even young kids, move very fast. Because Tom and Max got over taken by the kids, but soon they were able to get out in front. Pretty funny to watch though.
The next race was the 10K, at 8:15 a.m., my turn to lead, along with the two police on motorcycles. I made sure I was well out in front of the starting line. By the time we got to Ferry Road, the runners out in front were running at 10mph. Very impressive. From Ferry Road, we turned onto Raymond Drive, over the bridge and onto McDowell Woods. The 10K runners continue on into the woods, and I waited at the entrance. That’s were I saw Dave Savini working. Once they complete the woods course, they head back to the Calamos campus. At this point they didn’t really need me anymore, but I wanted to see the fast runners cross the finish line.
The two leaders Kyle and Marisa, were still running at about 10 mph, heading back. When they crossed the finish line, they had a final pace of 6:06, wow!
I looked for Michelle when I got back to the Calamos campus, but she must have ridden home after she led the 5K race.
All in all, it was a good experience. Glad the Naperville Bicycle Club could help out.
If you’re interested in riding with the Naperville Bicycle Club, please check out our Ride Calendar. Anyone is welcome to ride with the club. You don’t have to join, to do so. You can find our Ride Calendar here: http://napervillebikeclub.com/ride-calendar/index.php
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