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DuPage 'Human Race' grows in diversity

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Runners start the second annual Human Race, a 5K run and 2-mile walk hosted by Giving DuPage on Saturday morning in Downers Grove. The race allows supporters of small, local nonprofits to fundraise for the charity of their choice.

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Cynthia Johnson of Lisle is the first walker to cross the finish line Saturday during the second annual Human Race in Downers Grove hosted by Giving DuPage. Johnson participated as co-chairwoman of DuPage County ACT-SO, which stands for the Afro-Academic Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Walkers begin their 2-mile course Saturday morning in Downers Grove as part of the second annual Human Race hosted by Giving DuPage.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Patrick Austin of Plattville, Ill. wins the second annual Giving DuPage Human Race, a 5K run and 2-mile held Saturday morning in Downers Grove.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Patrick Austin of Plattville, Illinois congratulates a fellow New Balance team runner Saturday after finishing 5K run in the second annual Human Race hosted by Giving DuPage.

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Kristen Heckert of Lisle stops her timing watch as she becomes the first woman to cross the finish line in the Giving DuPage Human Race 5K on Saturday morning in Downers Grove.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

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Patrick Austin of Plattville, Ill., and Kristen Heckert of Lisle celebrate their wins in the men's and women's 5K Saturday morning at the second annual Human Race hosted by Giving DuPage.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Michael Lucchesi of Lisle congratulates his girlfriend, Kristen Heckert of Lisle, after the Giving DuPage Human Race 5K on Saturday in Downers Grove. Lucchesi finished second, while Heckert finished first among women runners.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

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More than a thousand people in Downers Grove on Saturday morning rallied for free yoga, promoted African culture and academics, worked to provide daytime activities for autistic high school graduates and supported two choirs and the historical preservation of Glen Ellyn. But to the untrained eye, all it appeared they were doing was running.
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    • Runners start the second annual Human Race, a 5K run and 2-mile walk hosted by Giving DuPage on Saturday morning in Downers Grove. The race allows supporters of small, local nonprofits to fundraise for the charity of their choice.
    •  Cynthia Johnson of Lisle is the first walker to cross the finish line Saturday during the second annual Human Race in Downers Grove hosted by Giving DuPage. Johnson participated as co-chairwoman of DuPage County ACT-SO, which stands for the Afro-Academic Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics.
    •  Walkers begin their 2-mile course Saturday morning in Downers Grove as part of the second annual Human Race hosted by Giving DuPage.
    •  Patrick Austin of Plattville, Ill. wins the second annual Giving DuPage Human Race, a 5K run and 2-mile held Saturday morning in Downers Grove.
    •  Patrick Austin of Plattville, Illinois congratulates a fellow New Balance team runner Saturday after finishing 5K run in the second annual Human Race hosted by Giving DuPage.
    •  Kristen Heckert of Lisle stops her timing watch as she becomes the first woman to cross the finish line in the Giving DuPage Human Race 5K on Saturday morning in Downers Grove.
    •  Patrick Austin of Plattville, Ill., and Kristen Heckert of Lisle celebrate their wins in the menís and womenís 5K Saturday morning at the second annual Human Race hosted by Giving DuPage.
    •  Michael Lucchesi of Lisle congratulates his girlfriend, Kristen Heckert of Lisle, after the Giving DuPage Human Race 5K on Saturday in Downers Grove. Lucchesi finished second, while Heckert finished first among women runners.
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