Strike Out ALS 5k

Hey guys and happy Thursday! Only two more days until the weekend (and vacation for me!), we’re almost there!

Today I’m going to post about a great local 5k that is happening in Chicago on July 10, the 3rd annual Strike Out ALS 5k.

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The race starts at 6:30 p.m. on the home plate of Comiskey Park and runners will have the rare opportunity to run the grounds around U.S. Cellular Park including the warm-up track that was used by Chicago great, Bo Jackson. The race finishes on the warning track of U.S. Cellular Field and post-race, runners and can celebrate with their friends and family at the field as they watch the 2012 MLB All-Star Game on the Jumbotron. (The concession stands will also be open.) Sounds like a lot of fun right?

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Admission to the post-race party is free for adult and family, friends, and fans can make a donation at the door.

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The best part? All of the donations and proceeds from the Strike Out ALS 5k will benefit the Les Turner ALS Foundation* to help support research, services, and educational programs for individuals with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)**.

In addition, runners may also fundraise for the race (they are not required) and there will be prizes for the top five fundraisers as well as anyone who raises over $500. Pretty cool right?

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The entrance fee is $40 in advance and $50 on July 10. All runners will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

So I urge all of you Chicago runners, if you’re looking for a 5k in the next month or two to consider running the Strike Out ALS 5k. It’ll be fun and it’s for a great cause! The foundation is hoping to reach 750 runners this year and it would be great if you could help out. I’m going to be running*** and I hope to see you out there!

*The Les Turner ALS Foundation is one of the nations most preeminent organizations dedicated to the treatment and elimination of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The foundation is associated with Northwestern Medicine and includes two research labs and a multi-disciplinary clinical program.

**ALS is a terminal neuromuscular disease that attacks a persons muscles eventually taking away their ability to walk, speak, eat, and breathe while keeping their mind intact. At any moment there are approximately 35,000 people in the U.S. living with ALS and there is currently no cure.

***In full disclosure, I was given a free race entry; however, it was my decision to do some fundraising as well.

Note: All pictures above were provided to me by the Les Turner ALS Foundation

Aaand speaking of baseball. Yesterday when I got home from work, these were sitting on the table:

As many of you know, Ian and I are from Michigan and even though neither of us are huge baseball fans, we love to go to games. Ian figured seeing the Detroit Tigers play the Cubs would make a great surprise date night and well, I was extremely surprised!

The game was really fun. Both teams batted well so it was really exciting. It was also one of the most fired up games I’ve ever been to, there are sooo many Michiganders in the Chicago area!

I drank water and Ian had a beer AND this meatball madness sub.

There were three different kinds of meatballs (chicken with green chili, italian style, and an asian pork) and Ian loved it. Not too bad for ballpark fare.

We got home late and I snacked on a banana while we watched Mad Men (turns out I did get hungry) and then we crashed.

Do you like baseball? Which team do you follow?