St. Paddy’s Tradition

Before they indulged in Irish treats, many Naperville residents decided to burn off some calories at the annual St. Paddy’s Day 5K.

The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise hosts the event, and they were glad to see the sun shining on the big day.

“We had perfect weather this year and if we could have this every year it would be fantastic,” said Kevin Gensler, Race Director for the St. Paddy’s Day 5K. “Everybody should enjoy their St. Patrick’s Day.”

The event sold out with 2,200 runners.

“We’ve done it every year since I was five,” said Stephanie McHugh, a Naperville resident. “I’m really excited to do it again. I’m in college now. I’ve been running so I’m excited to see how I do.”

“I just really like to run,” said Trent, a Naperville resident.

“We did it last year and it was a blast so we had to do it again,” said Michele Baise, a Yorkville resident.

“At school I did really good running the mile so I thought I could try this,” said Matt Stasell, a Batavia resident.

“We just figured we’d all get together, a bunch of guys, and run for a good cause,” said Gary Fulena, a Naperville resident.

This year the money raised will go to Family Shelter Services, Samaritan Interfaith, and the Edward Foundation Kids Care Campaign.


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