Special 5K event to run through Evergreen Park again
The Evergreen Park City Council approved a motion Tuesday night to allow the second annual Freedom Isn’t Free 5K event that starts at Brother Rice High School to run through portions of the city in October.
The race will again honor a local Marine who died March 1, 2012 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Marine Cpl. Conner Lowry, 24, of Chicago, served with the Marine Expeditionary Force while downrange during Operation Enduring Freedom — Afghanistan, according to the Military Times database and Department of Defense records.
Last year, Navy veteran and director of Freedom Isn’t Free 5K event Shawn Hughes helped to create the fundraiser to establish a scholarship in Cpl. Lowey’s name at Brother Rice High School.
“Conner’s motto was always ‘live life large’ and although this event is only once a year we can honor Conner for the sacrifice he made and keep his name alive,” Hughes said. “Usually on the South Side there is a lot of support for Chicago police and fire so with this event we are bringing more support to the military.”
At the first annual Freedom Isn’t Free event, held at Brother Rice High School, 10001 S. Pulaski Ave, nearly 700 members of the community were greeted by retired and active servicemen and women to honor a local hero. A unique sidebar to this event is 40 Marines ran the 5K in full fatigues while singing Marine cadences.
This year’s walk/run event is scheduled for 11 a.m., Oct. 27 at Brother Rice. Brother Rice’s band and the Chicago Police Department Pipes and Drums will provide music. Hundreds of Brother Rice and Mother McAuley students volunteer to work the event, Hughes said.
Registration is $35, which includes a T-shirt, post-race food and drinks, and other entertainment. For individuals who only wish to attend the post-race celebration and awards ceremony the cost is $10. Anyone who wishes to donate to the Freedom Isn’t Free foundation, visit the nonprofit’s website.
In addition to Freedom Isn’t Free 5K event, the Evergreen Park City Council approved event requests from three local parishes.
Most Holy Redeemer parish will host its annual Mass in the Park at Duffy Park Sunday. The parish will also host the annual homecoming parade at Most Holy Redeemer, 9525 S Lawndale Ave, on Sept. 28.
Queen of Martyrs parish, 10233 S Central Park Ave, will host its annual Walk-a-Thon on Sept. 20, weather permitting. a rain-date is set for Sept. 23.
St. Bernadette parish, 9343 S Francisco Ave, will host its annual Rib Fest on Saturday from 3 to 11:30 p.m.
“I recommend that you get over to this event for some great food, great people and an overall great event,” EP Mayor Jim Sexton said. “If you get a chance I hope you all make it out for Rib Fest this year.”