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Inaugural Christmas in July Races coming to Lisle

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 4:16 p.m. CDT

LISLE – Santa will visit Lisle early this year for the village's first-ever Christmas in July Races.

The event, which includes of a variety of holiday-themed running competitions, will take place Friday and Saturday at Community Park.

It will be hosted by the Palatine company Runners 4 Wellness, which was established to encourage active and healthy lifestyles.

“The whole race is a Christmas theme,” said Runners 4 Wellness partner Ed Kelly.

The event will include two kids Santa runs, a 5K and a 10K, as well as 6-, 12- and 24-hour ultra races.

An ultra race is a run that is longer than a marathon, during which participants compete within a certain time frame and whoever runs the farthest wins.

Kelly predicts the winner of the 24-hour ultra race will clock in at more than 100 miles.

The ultra runners will race in a one-mile loop decked out in holiday trimmings. All told, the event's Christmas decor includes two miles of Christmas lights, 2,500 ornaments, 22 Christmas trees and 1,200 luminaries.

Competitors are encouraged to wear Santa hats, beards and other apparel as part of a costume contest. Winners in the races' various categories will be awarded with nutcrackers.

The event will also include a wellness expo Friday featuring chiropractors, dentists, massage therapists and other professionals. Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute band Denial 3 will play Christmas music Friday and Saturday evenings.

A portion of the gross proceeds from the races will benefit Action for Healthy Kids, an organization devoted to battling childhood obesity.

Kelly anticipates the event will draw about 300 participants. Race day registration is available.

He said he and fellow Runners 4 Wellness founders Brian Gaines and Terry Madel were drawn to Lisle because of Community Park's appeal as a venue and the support they received, particularly from Lisle Park District, Lisle Community Unit School District 202 and the Lisle Police Department.

“It will attract people into Lisle,” said village Director of Marketing and Communications Catherine Schuster of the Christmas in July Races.

She said the event will promote health and community while drawing visitors to the village who could potentially patronize local businesses.

“It's just a win for everyone,” she said.


Event schedule


• Wellness expo to take place throughout evening

• 7:30 p.m. – Santa run

• 8 p.m. – 5K

• 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Denial 3 performs

• 10 p.m. – 24-hour ultra race begins

• 11 p.m. – 12-hour ultra race begins

• Midnight – 6-hour ultra race begins


• 7 p.m. – Santa run

• 7:30 p.m. – 10K

• 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Denial 3 performs


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