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updated: 7/30/2017 4:49 PM

Receding river allows for Bob Leonard 5K/10K River Run

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  • Don Voelz, 63, of West Chicago crosses the Fox River on his way to the finish line during the Bob Leonard 5K/10K River Run Sunday in St. Charles.

      Don Voelz, 63, of West Chicago crosses the Fox River on his way to the finish line during the Bob Leonard 5K/10K River Run Sunday in St. Charles.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Silhouetted runners start the Bob Leonard 5K/10K River Run at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles Sunday to benefit the St. Charles Kiwanis Club and the River Corridor Foundation.

      Silhouetted runners start the Bob Leonard 5K/10K River Run at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles Sunday to benefit the St. Charles Kiwanis Club and the River Corridor Foundation.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • John Lang and Kim Hsu of St. Charles, along with daughter Katara Lang, participate in the Bob Leonard 5K/10K River Run at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles Sunday.

      John Lang and Kim Hsu of St. Charles, along with daughter Katara Lang, participate in the Bob Leonard 5K/10K River Run at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles Sunday.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Runners start the Bob Leonard 5K/10K River Run at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles Sunday.

      Runners start the Bob Leonard 5K/10K River Run at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles Sunday.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Runners in the Colonial Cafe Family 1K Color Run get doused with colored powder.

      Runners in the Colonial Cafe Family 1K Color Run get doused with colored powder.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Participants in the Bob Leonard 5K/10K River Run make the final turn along the Fox River in St. Charles.

      Participants in the Bob Leonard 5K/10K River Run make the final turn along the Fox River in St. Charles.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Dan Palmer of Rosco wins the Bob Leonard 5K River Run at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles Sunday.

      Dan Palmer of Rosco wins the Bob Leonard 5K River Run at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles Sunday.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Carrie Birth-Davis of Scottsdale, Arizona, who grew up in St. Charles, was the first woman to cross the finish line in the Bob Leonard 5K River Run.

      Carrie Birth-Davis of Scottsdale, Arizona, who grew up in St. Charles, was the first woman to cross the finish line in the Bob Leonard 5K River Run.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
 

The annual Bob Leonard 5K/10K River Run along the Fox River in St. Charles went on as planned after high water in the Fox River receded to the point the park and trail were usable for the race.

The race drew 115 participants for the Bob Leonard 5K/10K River Run and around 100 for the Colonial Cafe Family 1K Color Run.

The winner of the 5k was Dan Palmer of Rosco with a time of 18:41. "It was very hilly and challenging," he said.

Carrie Birth-Davis of Scottsdale, Arizona, was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time shy of 20 minutes. Birth-Davis is originally from St. Charles and participated in the race while in town visiting family.

Jennifer Leonard-Comperda, daughter the race's namesake said the event raised about $30,000 this year between runners, sponsors and donations. The money raised will go to the St. Charles Kiwanis Club and the River Corridor Foundation.

Geneva resident Mary Agness-Zellner of Chicago Race Management and a Kiwanian said the money raised "is for generations to come and not just today."

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