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On the Run with the Northbrook Park District

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  • Children race during the Liberty Lap Fun Run with the Northbrook Park District on July 4, 2013.Northbrook Park District

      Children race during the Liberty Lap Fun Run with the Northbrook Park District on July 4, 2013.Northbrook Park District

Start the Fourth on your feet! The seventh annual Liberty Loop 5K Run/Walk returns to Techny Prairie Park and Fields on July 4 at 7:30am, followed by a one-mile Liberty Lap Fun Run for ages 4-10.

The scenic, certified 5K course begins and ends near the Techny Prairie Center. Overall male and female winners receive medals, and all preregistered participants receive Dri-Fit T-shirts and goodie bags. A supervised activity area is available for children ages 4-10 during the race.

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Produced by the Northbrook Park District, the Liberty Loop has grown steadily over the years. Last July, about 450 runners and walkers participated, ranging in age from 6 to 70 and including people from more than a dozen suburbs as well as out-of-town visitors.

"This is a fun, healthy way to kick off the 4th of July celebration," said John Wilhelm, Leisure Services Supervisor with the Park District. "Northbrook is a running town, and the residents appreciate the opportunity to participate. The reputation of a well-run event also attracts people."

Since the 4th of July is a day for family activities, young children can race on a one-mile, modified Liberty Loop course, starting and ending at the same location as the 5K and winding along the Trail Through Time. This year, the junior joggers will receive a T-shirt in addition to a miniature American flag after finishing the course. The Liberty Lap Fun Run begins at 8:30am, and all children in the race will have a number 1 on their race bibs.

Entry forms are available online at and at Park District registration Offices. Race-day registration will be available on-site from 6:30-7am. The Park District plans to have about 18-20 staff and volunteers coordinating the event.

The early registration fee for the 5K (before June 22) is $18 for ages 13 and older or $10 for ages 6-12. Children 5 and under can race at no charge but need to be registered. The fee for the Fun Run is $5.

For more information, visit or call 847•291•2980.

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