Sunday, October 28, 2012

Strollers in the Front 5K, Chicago

A group of stroller-pushers completes their 5K while the festival area teems with finished (and famished) racers.

I've covered plenty of races...but I've never seen one like this before.

The Strollers in the Front 5K is exactly what it sounds like: a race where people pushing strollers automatically start at the front of the pack, and strollerless runners have to begin in the back. The event was organized by the Neighborhood Parent Network and Event360 on a cool but gusty morning during Halloween weekend at Chicago's Montrose Beach, and hundreds of parents of infants and toddlers came out for a "stroller derby."

The pre- and post-race festival included youth soccer...

...and face-painting.

Four-wide groups like this may have been hard to maneuver around...

...but Dan "Mr. Incredible" Cushman managed to. Seen here near the end of the starting pack, Cushman beat every other runner to the finish. 

The kiddie races had plenty of exciting finishes...

...but Danny Shuck did not think the awards ceremony was much to look at.

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