Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk May 21 at Maple School

The 21st Annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run will be held on Saturday, May 21 at Maple School, 2370 Shermer Rd., Northbrook. The 5K takes place at 8:00 a.m. The 1 Mile Run starts at 9:00 a.m. and the new Little Lew 50-yard dash (for ages 6 and under) starts at 9:30 a.m.

Other new additions to the event this year include an online silent auction and a “Smile Mile” at Mile 2, sponsored by Dentistry For Kids, Ltd., where a photographer will take photos and post them to the website. Lew Blond Run’s Instagram.

District 30 has partnered with the Lew Blond Memorial 5K Organization, a non-profit organization, to host the 5k, 1 mile race for the past 20 years. The Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk is held in honor of Lew Blond, a Maple School teacher who died of Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) in February 2000. He was a dedicated applied arts educator and was cherished by his students, colleagues and the parents of the children he served. Blond’s family has participated and helped support this race since its inception.

The event benefits ALS research through the Les Turner ALS Foundation, supports high school scholarships at Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South high schools, and District 30 special projects.

The 5 km route passes through various subdivisions of the Northbrook community and ends on the south side of Maple School. A police officer will be present to block traffic and allow the safe crossing of Techny Road. A significant portion of proceeds benefit ALS research through the Les Turner ALS Foundation, scholarships for future Glenbrook High School teachers, and District 30 special projects. To date, 40 scholarships have been awarded, which helps support student education and honors the memory of Lew Blond.

“We are proud of our continued commitment to the scholarship program and to helping find a cure for ALS, the disease that cut Lew Blond’s life short,” said Samuel Kurtz, school principal. Maple and president of the Lew Blond Memorial 5K Organization.

Package pickup is from 4:15-6:15 p.m. Friday, May 20 at Maple School. Packages will also be available for race day pickup at Maple School. More details will be shared closer to race day. Registration will also be available when collecting packages. Riders can only retrieve packages for other riders if they have a copy of each rider’s confirmation email or receipt.

This year, there is no parking permitted in the south parking lot at Glenbrook North High School. Parking will be available in the parking lots on the north and east sides of Glenbrook North. Additional parking is available at Highland Baking Company on the east side of Shermer Road. No parking will be permitted on Maple School property. Parking will not be permitted on the race course.

Register at: lewblondrun.org. Volunteers are also always needed for the Lew Blond Run. Contact Samuel Kurz at [email protected]

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Jeremy S. McLain