Hinsdale Rotary run for the community
Gail Miller of Hinsdale warms up on the curb as her dog Haley waits. Miller, who has kept in shape running for more than 20 years, plan to run the 5k in the Rotary Race Charity Classic on Sunday. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Rotary Run Charity Classic Sunday, Oct. 14
10k, 5k and 3k runs (starting at 8 a.m., 8:20 a.m., and 8:25 a.m., respectively)
5k walk, starts at 8:30 a.m.
A 50-meter walk and roll for slow walkers and people in wheelchairs, at 8:35 a.m.
Doings Mutt Strut around Robbins Park, starts at 8:45 a.m.
Races begin and end at the Community House, at 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale
Cost is $30 for 5k events and $40 for 10k
Awards ceremony between 9:45 and 10 a.m.
Participants who want a chip for a certified time may register online through Friday, at www.rotaryruncharityclassic.org, or through Saturday at the Community House, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
People may register beginning at 6 a.m. Sunday, but their races will not be timed.
Proceeds of the race benefit The Community House, District 181 Foundation, Hinsdale Hospital Foundation, Hinsdale Humane Society and Rotary Club charities
Updated: December 10, 2012 1:56AM
HINSDALE — Both casual and competitive runners will compete in Hinsdale’s Rotary Run Charity Classic on Sunday.
Gail Miller of Hinsdale has run eight marathons, but she also is a regular at the Rotary’s charity classic. She will run the 5k race with her husband, Jim Wagoner.
“It’s in my hometown, it goes by a house I used to live in, and it’s a social event,” Miller said. “I like seeing people I know.”
Miller, 53, ran for Hinsdale Central High School the first year the school had a girls track team.
“I wasn’t any good, but I was there,” Miller said.
She dropped running in favor of racquetball, until just before she turned 30.
“My peers were doing it, and we decided to challenge ourselves,” Miller said.
She ran her first marathon when she was 39. The last one was about 10 years ago. As she has gotten older, Miller has scaled back to half-marathons and shorter races.
“I run when my daughters want me to run with them,” Miller said.
Her daughters, 20 and 26 years old, ran a half-marathon with their mother along the Fox River in Batavia Aug. 26.
Miller chooses a 5k when she wants to push herself for speed. “You can go harder, it’s a different kind of workout.”
Kate DeProsperis is another seasoned marathon runner who will run the 5k in Hinsdale.
“It’s a great way to sharpen your speed as well as reconnect with your community,” DeProsperis, 33, said.
She and her husband, Ryan, live in Downers Grove, but her husband grew up in Oak Brook and she grew up in Burr Ridge, running on the Lyons Township High School track team.
Kate ran her first marathon in 1999 and now has 10 to her credit. She competed in the Olympic trials in Houston in January.
“Less than 200 women nationally are allowed to compete in the trials,” DeProsperis said. “I was the only girl from Illinois to qualify.”
Women had to run a certified 26.2 mile marathon in 2 hours 46 minutes or faster to qualify. DeProsperis had made three other attempts before she ran the California International Marathon in Sacramento in 2:45:16 in December.
Her time in the Olympics trial was not as fast, but she did not mind.
“It’s an incredible honor to qualify,” DeProsperis said.
Race director Janet Klotz expects 4,500 people will attend the event. Typically, 1,900 to 2,000 people total participate in the runs and walks, with more than that coming to watch and cheer, Klotz said. Teams from Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills middle schools compete to see who has more participants. Between 250 and 300 volunteers organize the event, many coming from the Hinsdale Hospital Auxiliary.