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RUNdezvous puts survival skills to the test

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  • Chris Ivers of Crystal Lake carries a bag of water from the pond to fill a bucket at the RUNdezvous Saturday in Lippold Park in Crystal Lake. Racers must complete 14 skills, such as fire building, hatchet throwing, knot tying and water carrying, during the five-mile event.

       Chris Ivers of Crystal Lake carries a bag of water from the pond to fill a bucket at the RUNdezvous Saturday in Lippold Park in Crystal Lake. Racers must complete 14 skills, such as fire building, hatchet throwing, knot tying and water carrying, during the five-mile event.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Mark Frane of Mundelein shows how to tie a knot to Rob Sedor of Palatine, Katie Crites of Lakemoor and Jennifer Mangers of Lake in the Hills, from left, at Saturday's RUNdezvous Race in Lippold Park in Crystal Lake.

       Mark Frane of Mundelein shows how to tie a knot to Rob Sedor of Palatine, Katie Crites of Lakemoor and Jennifer Mangers of Lake in the Hills, from left, at Saturday's RUNdezvous Race in Lippold Park in Crystal Lake.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Gloria Kreider of Woodstock secures a rope to make a small shelter Saturday at the RUNdezvous Race in Crystal Lake's Lippold Park.

       Gloria Kreider of Woodstock secures a rope to make a small shelter Saturday at the RUNdezvous Race in Crystal Lake's Lippold Park.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Jocelyn Frane of Mundelein, center, works on tying a knot with other racers at the start of the RUNdezvous Race in Saturday in Crystal Lake's Lippold Park.

       Jocelyn Frane of Mundelein, center, works on tying a knot with other racers at the start of the RUNdezvous Race in Saturday in Crystal Lake's Lippold Park.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Frank Celmer of Crystal Lake ties logs to carry up a hill Saturday at the RUNdezvous Race in Lippold Park.

       Frank Celmer of Crystal Lake ties logs to carry up a hill Saturday at the RUNdezvous Race in Lippold Park.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Eric Schwebach of Fennimore, Wisconsin, and Colleen Doyle of Wheaton attempt to start a small fire Saturday at the RUNdezvous Race in Crystal Lake.

       Eric Schwebach of Fennimore, Wisconsin, and Colleen Doyle of Wheaton attempt to start a small fire Saturday at the RUNdezvous Race in Crystal Lake.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

 
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Competitors in Saturday's RUNdezvous in Crystal Lake found out whether they had the skills to survive.

Hatchet throwing, knot tying, trap setting and fire building were among the 14 tasks racers had to complete.

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The five-mile event at Lippold Park in Crystal Lake was organized by Fred Kaiser Jr., a physical education teacher at Lundahl Middle School in Crystal Lake, and Brian Schweitzer, a physical education teacher at McHenry Middle School.

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