Edgewater Back to School 5k Run/ 1mi Walk
Join us for the annual Edgewater Back to School 5k Run/1mi Walk! Celebrate our community and view historic sites along the lakefront path while raising money for local schools in the 48th Ward. Many graduates from our schools stay in the community; invest in our future! Last year we raised nearly $6,000 for Edgewater schools with over 350 students participating in the run!
Whether you want to get moving with your family, your friends, or your dog, the Edgewater 5K is for you. Gather post-race for snacks and massages, then head to brunch at one of our local spots and return to Granville Avenue for the Edgewater Fall Art Fair featuring 90+ artists, two stages and a beer garden.
There is no shortage to post-race brunch options in Edgewater! Stay close and dine on Granville, or stretch your legs and head south to Bryn Mawr. Either way, you won’t be disappointed!
The 48th Ward is home to nine elementary schools and two high schools, collectively serving more than 6,000 students. Reflecting the incredible diversity of Edgewater, kids in our local schools represent hundreds of countries around the world and speak over 75 different languages. Despite great challenges, our local schools have achieved marked success through the highest CPS level 1 ratings to the National Blue Ribbon Award with expanded IB programs and innovative arts partnerships. Funds raised by the Edgewater 5k Run/Walk will go toward providing expanded educational opportunities such as arts and sports programs.
The race route begins at Loyola University’s new St. Ignatius Community Plaza at Rosemont and Kenmore and heads east to Sheridan Road. Runners will head south on Sheridan Road, a rare opportunity to run in the street, as they are dwarfed by the towering lakefront high rise buildings! The route turns east at Ardmore to the northernmost part of the scenic lakefront path, heading south past Kathy Osterman Beach. The run will take participants back in time to the Roaring ‘20s, past the famed Edgewater Beach Building. Rounding the corner near the Foster Beach concessions, the route meanders along the lakefront before turning around and heading back through the park.
If running or walking the race isn’t for you, you can also volunteer! We’re looking for people to help us with everything from assembling the race participants’ packets to marking the course, to supporting our sponsors and vendors at the post-race event or handing out refreshments and medals to the participants as they finish. For volunteer shifts and details, please contact Melissa Franada at email@example.com or 773-561-6000.