12th Annual Run for Reading

The rain didn’t keep more than 1,300 runners from heading to 5th Avenue Station tonight for the 12th annual Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund 5K Run for Reading.

“I wore glasses because I thought of the Run for Reading and I thought of nerds, and I like reading,” said Gwen, one of the runners.

This year, the race moved to that location instead of at Riverwoods Elementary School, it also went from a morning to a night run, and this time around it was called the Glow 5k where all runners wore something lit up.

Just at the runners took to the starting line, the skies cleared.

“[Jeanine] has always brought a lot of sunshine into our lives,” said Pat Nicarico, Jeanine’s mom. “This was unusual to have some rain, but I felt since it was raining there was a reason it was raining. She was giving them all a special blessing, so they could run better and run faster.”

Money raised benefited the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy. The fund was established in 1996 within the Naperville Education Foundation.

In 1983, at 10-years-old, Jeanine Nicarico was taken from her home and murdered. During her short life Jeanine grew to love reading.

Since spring 1996, the fund has awarded over $200,000 in grants to Districts 203 and 204 and to area private schools.

The 2013 grants will go towards students at Riverwoods & Mill Street Elementary, Jefferson Junior High, Ranger Middle School, All Saints Academy, and District 203’s Born to Read program.

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