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posted: 7/18/2014 10:04 PM

Runners, walkers raise money for Lazarus House

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  • Rich McKenna of Geneva hugs his son Ryan, 9 before the start of the July 4th Great Western Freedom 4 to benefit Lazarus House at the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. McKenna came in second in his 45-49 division.

       Rich McKenna of Geneva hugs his son Ryan, 9 before the start of the July 4th Great Western Freedom 4 to benefit Lazarus House at the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. McKenna came in second in his 45-49 division.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

 
Submitted by Lazarus House

On July 4, 332 runners and more than 100 walkers participated in the Great Western Freedom 4 Run and Walk for Lazarus House at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles.

Fastest time for a female was Alyssa Schneider from Bartlett with 24:07.08. Followed by Denise Hefferin of St. Charles, 24:32.69 and Elena Shemyakina of Geneva, 25:03.22.

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Fastest time in the male division went to Graham Bultema of San Luis Obispo, Calif., formerly from St. Charles, with 21:09.33. He was followed by Alex Arman of St. Charles, 21:18.47 and Ed Izaguirre of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., 21:46.86.

Awards also were given in several age categories for both female and male runners for first through third place. All results are available at www.realtiminginc.com. Pictures and sponsor list are available at www.lazarushouseonline.com.

Lazarus House thanks everyone who participated, donated pledges, volunteered and sponsored the event. All proceeds benefitted Lazarus House, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides emergency shelter, transitional living and rental/utility assistance to persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and are connected to Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, or western rural Kane County.

Save the date for next year as the Great Western Freedom 4 will be held once again on July 4 at LeRoy Oakes along the Great Western Trail.

Call Darlene Riebe at (630) 587-2144 for more information.

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