The Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) invites runners of all ages, paces and distances to participate in the Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.
Runners can compete for a share of the $1,800 in cash prizes, simply race to place in age categories ranging from 6 to 80 or beat their personal-best time.
The Ridge Run takes participants through the Ridge Historic District to run the 10K run, 5K run and walk, and Youth Mile Run. Cheering spectators line the route, offering encouragement, water and energy to the runners. Races will start and finish at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr.
The 10K will begin at 8 a.m. The Youth Mile Run, which is for kids up to age 12, will be at 8:10 a.m., and the 5K will be at 9:30 a.m.
Runners who are training for the Chicago Marathon are encouraged to sign up for the 10K, as completing a 6.2-mile race by June is a benchmark in marathon training.
The top three men and women in the 10K and the 5K will be recognized as winners.
The Youth Mile Run is untimed, but the top three boy and girl finishers will be recognized as winners.
The Memorial Day ceremony honoring the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who have given their lives in service to our country will be held at 9 a.m. at Ridge Park. The ceremony will include the laying of a wreath, Taps and a solemn remembrance of the true meaning of Memorial Day.
The running events will be followed by the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mt. Greenwood Memorial Day Parade, starting at about 10:30 a.m. at 110th Place and Longwood Drive and marching north to join the Ridge Run post-race festival at Ridge Park.
Run and parade spectators and participants are invited to enjoy food, beverages and information from event sponsors, Team Town and more. The Kids Zone, sponsored by Marquette Bank, will feature a visit from Captain America, the popular Tot Trot, jump houses and more.
The presenting sponsor of the Ridge Run is Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH), Evergreen Park, which provides the day’s health necessities including the Ridge Run doctor and first-aid tent, as well as providing general health information. The hospital was recently named among the best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.
Ridge Run registration continues until race day. Fees increase for race-day registration, which will open at 6:30 a.m.
Volunteers are needed to help with the Ridge Run, and a variety of dates and tasks are available.
For more information, call (773) 233-3100 or visit the website at bapa.org.