Disco Dash 5K benefits The Peapod Project | August 27
If you were supposed to harness your hippie for the Terrapin 5K, then you’re going to want to bring out your bell bottoms, platform shoes and best “Saturday Night Fever” playlist for the Disco Dash 5K on August 27. Its name has disco fever written all over it—just check the logo on the event’s website—but its purpose is more than about sweating through 3.1 miles of Lincoln Park’s trails and besting your time.
It’s a day-long party: The run starts at 9 am near Diversey Harbor but the disco’ing goes strong until 3 pm with live music, drinks, food and a raffle. It’s also about helping The Peapod Project, which provides memory keepsake boxes to help families dealing with the loss of a little one at Children’s Memorial Hospital and other area hospitals. Ted and Annette Stenstrom founded The Peapod Project four years ago after their daughter Moreland Grace, Gigi, died at 16 days old from complications of being unable to breathe on her own. The Stenstroms packed a lifetime of memories into those 16 days—photos with family and friends, keepsake footprints and handprints—and now they try to provide those gifts to other families who face a similar fate. Just try not to get teary eyed while running as I did when learning about this event: we’re taking steps in honor of the little ones who’ve passed.
Ready to get down? Learn more about the Disco Dash online, or head on over to packet pickup—Fleet Feet Piper’s Alley tonight and Guaranteed Rate (3940 N. Ravenswood) tomorrow. This weekend promises to be a nice one--you know you want to spend it outside--and you can always shake out your legs before Sunday’s long run or the Chicago Triathlon.