On Saturday, August 25th another Chicago Now Blogger, Smart Savvy Style, gathered a group of friends and bloggers to support Traffick Free by running their second annual Run Against Traffick 5K fun run at Diversey Harbor.
The run was not an officially timed event but they did have clocks at the start and finish line.
I've run a lot of races in Chicago and the Chicago area. This one definitely had a low-key vibe but sometimes that's the perfect way to run a race. Especially on a warm Saturday morning. One of the bloggers who was participating was doing her very first 5K race. A small event like this is the perfect way to dip your toe into the waters of the racing world.
The volunteers were wonderful and everyone was very friendly. They did a great job making sure everyone knew where to go on the course and even had volunteers standing along the route holding signs with information about Traffick Free. For example, did you know that unfortunately Chicago is a hub for human trafficking? And that there are approximately 27 million people around the world that fall under one of the definitions of a modern slave?
If I hadn't done this event I wouldn't have even know about this organization. So in addition to putting on a fun event they were wonderful as giving the attendees information about the organization itself.
Sure, it wasn't one of those big Chicago races that gets the entire lakefront path to itself. Sure it didn't have any official timing. And there was no big post-race party (although you did 20% off your bill at Duffy's Tavern if you went in for brunch after the race). But not every event needs that stuff to make an impact or be enjoyable. Why not just pin a bib on your chest, cross that start line, and be a part of something fun for a good cause?