Silly Race Recap: Elvis is Alive 5K

August 15th, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments

The 2011 version of the Fleet Feet-sponsored Elvis is Alive 5K took place in Chicago on Thursday, August 11th, and the concept – as will become quite evident in the accompanying photos – is to celebrate “The King” in all his glory. But the Elvis 5K is an exceptional event not just for its kitsch; several factors make this the quintessential downtown-style road race:

  • The race is always held at 6:45 pm on a Thursday – perfect timing for people working downtown to finish off that last meeting of the day, change clothes, and be ready to race.
  • The out-and-back course is flat, fast, and among the most scenic you’ll find anywhere – following the public running path right at the edge of Lake Michigan, with the renowned Chicago skyline to the west.
  • The post-race party is fueled with – of course – and Elvis Presley cover band and copious quantities of beer – this year’s sponsor was Chicago’s own 312 – and as the sun sets over the city it’s a great place to mingle with your fellow athletes.
  • Proceeds went to Girls on the Run, a charity that promotes learning and social development in girls 8-13.

Paul Rollet was the 2011 Elvis is Alive 5K champion, finishing in 15:45. He was followed by Brent Alexander and Matt Blume in 15:49 and 15:51, respectively. On the ladies’ side, Christina Overbeck (17:44), Heather Prekop (17:46), and Cari Knapp (19:16) paced the field. The first male Masters finisher was John Wiberg (17:44), and the  first female Masters finisher was Tricia Marks (21:10).

The King got his due in a family affair; the fastest finisher meeting the Elvis dress code requirements was Mark Lutrell (18:22) – and Pauline Lutrell was the first lady Elvis (23:29). John Sheehan took the award for best costume.

(All photos by Ric Gazarian of Dusk to Dusk Travel.)

Author: FasterThanForty

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