This was the scene near the start of last year's Run/Walk/Roll race in Lake Forest. | SUN-TIMES MEDIA FILE PHOTO
Updated: August 12, 2013 10:52AM
One of the most popular running events in this area is the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association-sponsored Twilight Run/Walk/Roll.
This will be the sixth year for the event, and it will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 starting at 5 p.m. at the Gorton Center in Lake Forest.
The event is special because it is one of a very few 3.1-mile races in which runners, joggers and walkers are sharing the course with handicapped racers who may be using special bicycles or wheelchairs in order to go the distance in support of the GLASA.
The reason for the race is two-fold: To spread the word about the work being done by the GLASA, and to give disabled athletes an opportunity to compete alongside regular runners and walkers.
The GLASA motto is “Let No One Sit on the Sidelines,” and this race is one way to assure that everybody who wants to compete can compete.
The start/finish is at the Gorton Center, which is located south of Deerpath Road and east of the train tracks on the southeast side of Lake Forest. The course winds through area neighborhoods and is very scenic.
There are all sorts of divisions and age-group awards for runners, as well as for manual wheelchairs, racing chairs and hand cycles, ambulatory, amputee and visually impaired.
After the race, there is a huge party with beverages, food and a live band.
Registration is now open at www.glasa.org/twilight/register.php. Cost is $25 before Sept. 1 and $30 after that date.
For more information, contact Cherie Hrusovsky of the GLASA at email@example.com. One of the event sponsors is the NorthShore University Health System, which includes hospitals in Highland Park and Glenview.
GLASA is a non-profit organization based in Lake Forest that provides athletic opportunities for disabled children and adults in our area.