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Windmill Whirl 5K brings runners to Batavia fest

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  • Alex Diverde, 20, of Batavia coasts to first place during the Windmill Whirl 5k race Friday at the Windmill City Fest in Batavia. Live entertainment will continue throughout the festival, which runs through Sunday. Visit windmillcityfest.org for information.

       Alex Diverde, 20, of Batavia coasts to first place during the Windmill Whirl 5k race Friday at the Windmill City Fest in Batavia. Live entertainment will continue throughout the festival, which runs through Sunday. Visit windmillcityfest.org for information.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Racers turn the first corner during the Windmill Whirl 5k race Friday at the Windmill City Fest in Batavia. The festival runs through Sunday. Visit windmillcityfest.org for more information.

       Racers turn the first corner during the Windmill Whirl 5k race Friday at the Windmill City Fest in Batavia. The festival runs through Sunday. Visit windmillcityfest.org for more information.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Mary Elisabeth Kapusta of Algonquin picks up her order of freshly made chips Friday at the Windmill City Fest in Batavia. The festival continues through Sunday. Visit windmillcityfest.org for more information.

       Mary Elisabeth Kapusta of Algonquin picks up her order of freshly made chips Friday at the Windmill City Fest in Batavia. The festival continues through Sunday. Visit windmillcityfest.org for more information.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Amanda Jones, of North Aurora holds her daughter Isabella Melgoza, 4, on Friday as they slip their way down a slide at the Windmill City Fest in Batavia. The festival continues through Sunday. Visit windmillcityfest.org for more information.

       Amanda Jones, of North Aurora holds her daughter Isabella Melgoza, 4, on Friday as they slip their way down a slide at the Windmill City Fest in Batavia. The festival continues through Sunday. Visit windmillcityfest.org for more information.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Rides at the carnival spin in background as people enjoy a concert Friday at the Windmill City Fest in Batavia. The festival runs through Sunday. Visit windmillcityfest.org for more information.

       Rides at the carnival spin in background as people enjoy a concert Friday at the Windmill City Fest in Batavia. The festival runs through Sunday. Visit windmillcityfest.org for more information.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 

The threating weather couldn't keep the avid runners from their date with the Windmill Whirl 5K Race Friday night in Batavia.

With the sound of music and carnival rides filling the air, about 150 people took to the Fox River Trail for one of the few nighttime races in the area.

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"It's a nice race, and it's put on well," said Alex Diverde, 20, of Batavia, who finished first.

Diverde, a runner at Bradley University in Peoria, said that he enjoys regularly running on the Fox River Trail.

The Batavia Windmill City Festival runs from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday along the Batavia Riverwalk, on Houston Street at Island Avenue. Visit windmillcityfest.org.

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