East Lake Academy
Updated: January 14, 2013 2:27PM
Family fun run
East Lake Academy hosted its first Family Fun Run and 5K Race for families and friends Oct. 22.
More than 40 East Lake families participated in the races at Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville. The day started with a one-mile Fun Run with 34 runners ranging from ages 4 to adult. That race was followed by a 5K race with 55 runners.
The idea for the Fun Run and 5K races came from ELA teachers and families who had watched the newly created ELA Cross Country team practices this fall.
East Lake Academy fifth-grader Sami Burkett of Libertyville won the 5K title with a course time of 24:02 minutes, while seventh-grader Anna Wojcik of Vernon Hills finished first in the one-mile Fun Run with a time of 8 minutes.
The highlight of the day was the “Beat the Principal” portion of the 5K Race. East Lake Academy Principal Jennifer Patel, also an avid runner, gave awards out to all students and parents who were able to beat her time in the 5K race. Twelve runners were able to beat Patel in the 5K and she awarded each of them a certificate for their efforts.