Arlington Heights,a suburb northwest of Downtown Chicago and filled with plenty of corporate housing options,recently held a Mayor’s Challenge race that raised $4,600 in just a few hours. Hundreds of runners in the community decided to get up quite early one Saturday in May to embark on the challenge,something that has become a bit of a tradition in the small community. This year marked the 16th Annual Salute Inc. 5K and 10K race,and it’s safe to say that it won’t be going away any time soon at this rate.
Many residents of Arlington Heights’ business apartment complexes took part in the event,as did many city officials and children of all ages. Aside from all the money raised by entrance fees and corporate sponsorships,the Mayor of the city was able to raise an additional $4,600 by issuing a special challenge that aimed to add on to the already impressive total raised by runners in the community. The mayor of the city is Tom Hayes.
Mayor Hayes considers himself to be a solid runner,and he decided once again this year to donate $5 for every person who beat his 5K time in the race,something he was probably hoping was not going to be done by very many people. Many local businesses decided to match the donations raised by this challenge,bringing the number as high as it got.
“I can assure you I ran as hard as I could,” Hayes said.
Many other great runners from around the community took place in the event,with some of them putting up some seriously impressive numbers. Bradley Wells,an Arlington Heights resident,even decided to pick up his three year old daughter and take her through the race as well,which made the family-friendly event all the more entertaining and fun.