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posted: 6/26/2012 3:28 PM

5K Freedom Classic held for 33 years in Mundelein

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Mundelein Park & Recreation District

Challenge yourself, celebrate our nation's independence and get a healthy start to summer with Mundelein Park & Recreation District's Freedom Classic 5K Run/Walk and free Kids' Run.

This year's event is sponsored by community partner and corporate sponsor Medline Industries Inc.

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"From providing a new, free on-site fitness center, healthy options in our cafeteria, and an outdoor walking path, to supporting events like the Freedom Classic, at Medline we work hard to be a healthy health care company," said Andy Mills, president of Medline.

"We're proud to sponsor events like this that provide our employees and their families an opportunity to get out, get active and enjoy the community."

All ages can share their pride and get on the road to fitness at these special events Saturday, June 30. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. at Keith Mione Community Park, 1401 N. Midlothian Road, between Route 176 and Winchester Road, in Mundelein. Free parking is available.

Registration can be done online at www.signmeup.com or by visiting the Mundelein Community Center, 1401 N. Midlothian Road.

The fee is $25 until noon Wednesday, June 27, or $30 afterward. Medals are awarded to the top three finishers in age categories. Details are also available at www.mundeleinparks.org.

The free Kids' Half-Mile Run begins at 9:15 a.m., also at Keith Mione Community Park. No registration is required for this kids-only, age 4-10 event. Kids receive a special medal for participating.

In its 33rd year, the challenging, fast and flat, professionally-timed course takes ages 8 to adult through Mundelein's quaint Cambridge Country North neighborhood (new route) and along Midlothian Road.

"The Freedom Classic has become a tradition for Mundelein," Parks & Recreation Director Margaret Resnick said. "It's great to see all ages enjoying the activities. I've run the race the past few years and find it a challenge and a great way to start the holiday."

The long-standing event brings together more than 500 participants of all skill levels, from competitive runners to those enjoying a leisurely walk.

"So many help make this a summer favorite. Thanks to all that lend their support," Resnick said.

The first 500 to register get a free event T-shirt and the first 400 receive a free race goody bag with coupons for discounted swim and more. Free child care is available for registered participants with children ages 3 and younger.

For details, visit www.mundeleinparks.org.

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