2007 News

 

Weather can't stop runners

March 4, 2007

BY AMY LAVALLEY Post-Tribune

Nothing like cold, snow and a slippery trail to bring local law enforcement agencies together.  "It's nice to have all the agencies together and interacting like this," said Joe James, a member of the fire department serving the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  Running Saturday in the 5K Foot Pursuit at Sunset Hill County Park, James said he liked the event's "cohesive atmosphere," and the chance to raise money for the American Red Cross and Concerns of Police Survivors, or C.O.P.S.  In all, 250 people -- including police and fire representatives from communities throughout Lake and Porter counties as well as Chicago -- participated in the second annual trail run and walk, sponsored by the Porter County Sheriff's Department.  After Friday's blustery weather, and with sporadic flurries Saturday, there was no doubt runners and walkers were in for an adventure. Temperatures in the 20s didn't help.  "The course is snowy, icy, muddy -- just about all the conditions you could ask for," said Scott Hartz, a sheriff's department corporal who organized the event.  The conditions didn't quash the spirit of the participants. Supporters for Porter's fire department wore red plastic fire hats; a handful of sheriff's department runners had on black- and white-striped inmate shirts. One runner wore a metallic foam beer keg.  Most, though, stuck with gloves and stocking caps.  "I'm just trying to keep in shape," admitted Aaron Pollock, a patrolman with the Griffith Police Department. He'd done other 5K runs, but not the Foot Pursuit. "I've never done a trail run. It will be more challenging, especially with the snow and ice. You have to be a little more careful."  Sheriff David Lain came out to show his support for the event -- dressed in jeans, not running gear.  "Maybe next year. I'm just getting back to my routine. The last 18 months, I didn't have time to get to the gym," he said, referring to his successful campaign for office.  He joked about the "perfect weather" the department has had two years in a row for the run.  "We think this is a great family event," he said. "The worse the weather is, the more it gives people to talk about."

 

 

2007 Shirts

 

Yes the course is deep deep in snow.  But not to worry, if it doesn't melt down enough with the weather then I already have some "mechanical options" to remove it down to a runable level. 

 

 

Practice run Saturday Feb 17 at 10:00 am.  Come out and preview the course!  All skill levels welcome, and both a "fast" group and "slow" group will be lead.  Meet in the parking lot at Sunset Hill by 10:00 am.

 

 

To help cope with the possible cold weather, three types of hot soups have now been added to the post race food.

 

 

The Foot Pursuit has been added to both the local

XYZ Trail Series,

and the Nationwide Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series.

Click here for the XYZ entry forms

 

 

The 2007 FP5k supports the 10th Annual SpiritRun,

a fantastic local 5k road race.  Spiritrun is held Feb 24th at St Paul Catholic School

 Click here for the Spiritrun entry forms

 

 

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