North Suburban YMCA Hosts Annual Healthy Kids Day 5K Run/Walk on April 24

  • Runners and walkers start the race at the North Suburban YMCA's Healthy Kids Day 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 24th.North Suburban YMCA

    Runners and walkers start the race at the North Suburban YMCA's Healthy Kids Day 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 24th.North Suburban YMCA

Updated 4/27/2021 2:55 PM

To celebrate Healthy Kids Day, the YMCA's national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families, the North Suburban YMCA held its fourth annual 5K Run/Walk at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 24th. The USATF Certified 5K race started and ended at the Y's parking lot in Northbrook.

The winners included Leo Jimenez in 18:10 (men's category); Lisa Harper in 26:14 (women's category); John Tirpak in 22:50 (under 19 boys category); and Kaitlyn Fielding in 31:37 (under 19 girls category). A full list of results can be seen at


A virtual option was also available where participants created their own course and self-reported their results.

"We're so pleased that we can provide a safe, in-person 5K race that attracted adults and kids of all ages," noted Kathy Fielding, NSYMCA CEO. "At the Y we're all about making fitness fun and accessible for everyone."

"The support we received this year from local business for sponsorships was amazing, and we feel we broke records on partners wanting to support our mission and event," said NSYMCA Director of Community Investments Kim Nyren. "We were very humbled by the outpouring of support."

The Heathy Kids Day 5K sponsors included:

• Premier Sponsors: Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, Northwestern Medicine, Wintrust, Allstate

• Community Sponsors: Baird & Warner of Glenview, Covenant Living, Culver's Northbrook, Gilbert Orthodontics, The Northbrook Herald, The Manual Touch, Northshore Health Systems, Waterway Carwash

• Friend Sponsors: AA Service, Co, @ Properties-The Trux Team, BankFinancial, BTB Financial, Field's Automotive, The Fuller Force-Baird & Warner, My Personal Bookkeeper, Russian School of Mathematics

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• Food and drink donations were made possible from Sunset Foods, Target-Glenview, Jewel-Glenview, and GoGo Squeeze. Tropical Smoothie Cafe of Glenview/Northbrook handed out fresh blended smoothies to all participants and staff after their race. Dairy Queen of Northbrook supplied winners with free blizzards coupons, and Bach to Rock played music during the event, keeping everyone energized and excited.

About the North Suburban YMCA

The North Suburban YMCA services Northbrook and 14 surrounding communities with programs and tools that help its residents become healthier, more connected, and confident, ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. The NSYMCA focuses on Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility and is a charitable organization, inclusive and welcoming to all in our community. Learn more at

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