On Sunday morning, 160 Runners plus a team of Dick Pond volunteers and staff from local organizations including Graham’s Chocolate in Geneva gathered in the forest preserve across from the Fabyan Windmill to hold the first ever Windmill Trail Challenge 5K/10K trail race.
By all accounts the race was a huge success. Race director Brent Runzel expected 30 -50 people for the first running of the race and was honored to have a sold out field of 160 to share the course with.
Amid a light dusting of snow and crisp cold conditions perfect for trail running, runners set out at 9am for a course hand picked by Runzel based on his frequent loops through the area. There were many experienced trail runners as well as several first timers running the course which included obstacles from rocks to fallen trees to four seperate water crossings.
Top overall 5K finisher for the men went to Chris Desilva of Oak Park with a time of 20:56.9, with the winner of the women being Christine Bell of Naperville finishing at 25:27.4. Joanna Schwartz of Clancy, Montana won the women’s 10K with a time of 49:50 and Jim Kuch of Wheaton took the male prize coming in at 41:47.
Dick Pond would like to thank everyone who volunteered, ran and otherwise helped support this event. We look forward to continuing to support trail running in the Chicago area through events just like this for years to come. As said best by Brent Runzel “to be able to share this preserve with 160 other runners is… it’s magic.”