Runners of all ages grabbed their Halloween costumes and laced up their sneakers to help fight crime stride after stride. About 160 people ran and walked in the first annual “Running Scared” 5K race to benefit the Naperville Crime Stoppers. The group hosted the event to raise money so it could continue giving cash rewards to those who provide tips leading to the arrest of suspects in local crimes.
“Since we started over 20 years ago, we’ve stopped crimes and recouped over $7-million in money and personal items for people and we do stop a lot of crime with our tips,” said Nancy Quigley, the event’s chairperson.
The 3.1–mile race certainly included a who’s who of monsters and other costumed characters. Even the famous crime-fighting mascot himself, McGruff, was there to cheer on the racers.
“I’ve heard of other races like this but this is the first one I’ve actually seen or done,” said Katie Kahl. “I think it’s really cool. It adds extra spirit I guess and just makes it extra special.”
“I think it’s a good opportunity and a good cause and I remember growing up with Crime Stoppers,” said Anthony Nortell. “It’s a pretty important program to make a safe and pleasant community to live in.”
The Naperville Crime Stoppers hope to have at least twice as many participants for next year’s 5k.
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