New Lenox Chamber News & Notes

Contact: Emily Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
New Lenox Chamber of Commerce (815) 485-4241

Chasing the Sun 5K Run and Fitness Walk a Success!

New Lenox, IL (June 16, 2015) — The New Lenox Chamber of Commerce and the New Lenox Community Park District hosted the 3rd Annual Chasing the Sun 5K Race & Fitness Walk on Thursday, June 11, 2015, in partnership with Valedictorian Sponsor, Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center. With 261 runners and walkers registered to compete, this was a record-breaking year for the race! 

Race participants lined up in the New Lenox Village Commons for the 7:00 p.m. race start and took off on the USATF certified course. Overall Male Medalist Jackson Waters, age 18, completed the race with a finish time of 16:58.4, and the Overall Female Medalist Kristin Kotara, age 37, finished with a time of 20:01.4.

Team challenges were back again this year with a number of teams vying for the Community and Corporate Challenge titles. The AV Running Team was crowned the Community Team Challenge Winner, sponsored by Kathy Miller, State Farm Insurance. And the Corporate Team Challenge, sponsored by Total Roofing & Construction Services, Inc., was claimed by Integrated Physical Medicine. This is their third win as a team! William Gebhardt and his daughter Brynna claimed the Stroller Challenge for the second year in a row with a finishing time of 26:15.0.

Following the race, participants and their families enjoyed a post party with pizza provided by Chicago Dough Company, beverages sponsored by Lakeshore Beverage and Michelob Ultra, and music provided by The Mix, 101.9 FM. Children also competed in the Kids Sun Dash, sponsored by Pulse Training Systems, and were awarded sunshine sunglasses and ribbons.

The Chamber and Park District would like to thank all of the race sponsors, volunteers, and participants for a successful and fun event. For a complete list of this year’s sponsors, visit Photos from the race are available on Facebook at

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