Lake Forest’s Autumn classic funds Bears Care
Hundreds of employees from 14 companies participated in the Conway Park Autumn Classic in Lake Forest Sept. 25. They raised $5,000 for Bears Care, which supports breast cancer patients and their families. | Photo submitted.
Updated: October 9, 2012 8:06PM
LAKE FOREST — Seven hundred fifty employees representing 14 companies ran or walked in the Conway Park Autumn Classic to raise money for breast cancer.
The Sept. 25 event generated $5,000 for Bears Care, which supports breast cancer patients and their families, according to a news release from Trustmark, which hosted the 5K run and 1.5-mile walk.
Chicago Bears’ defensive tackle Henry Melton and mascot Staley were on hand at the 13th annual Autumn Classic. Melton signed “Real Bears Fans Wear Pink” shirts, helping to generate donations.
“The annual Autumn Classic promotes health and physical activity while strengthening the bond among Conway Park’s businesses and employees,” said Kelly Tybor, Wellness Manager at Trustmark. “This year, we had a record number of runners register for the event, which provides the freedom for any Conway Park employee to participate, whether an elite runner or casual walker.”
Bears’ mascot Staley warmed up the crowd with exercises and served as a 5k runner starter. Runners and walkers represented Abbott, Trustmark Companies, HealthFitness, Hospira, Brunswick, Pactiv, Omron, Reynolds, Solo Cup, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, city of Lake Forest, Tenneco, Chicago Bears and other companies.
Runners from Hospira won the corporate team trophy for the 5K. Medals also were awarded to the top three male runners: Bob LaRue (Hospira) 17:36, David Walsh (Brunswick) 17:39 and Jacob Seidelman (Brunswick) 18:32; and top three female runners: Katherine Weber (Hospira) 20:17, Cory McFadden (Tenneco) 20:33 and Patti Shuma (Trustmark) 22:58.
Supporting the Conway Park Autumn Classic were the Rosalind Franklin University Health System, Reebok, Crossfit Freedom of Libertyville, city of Lake Forest Fitness Center, Conway Park Owners Association and Conway Park businesses.