NAPERVILLE – Of the nearly 5,000 runners who participated in Edward-Elmhurst Health’s Healthy Driven races in 2016, three can say they crossed the finish line at all three locations – Naperville, Oswego and Plainfield.
Mark Walker, 44, a computer programmer from Plainfield, was one of the three.
The 2017 Healthy Driven Running Series includes:
• Plainfield Harvest 5K Run/Walk & Kidz Miler on Sept. 24. For information, visit www.plainfieldharvest5k.com.
• Naperville Half Marathon & 5K on Oct. 22. For information, visit www.runnaperville.com.
• Fraidy Cat 5K, Ghost Run 10K & Meow Mile (Oswego) on Oct. 29. For information, visit www.fraidycat5k.com.
For information about the Healthy Driven Running Series, visit www.eehealth.org/healthy-driven/running-series.
Walker, a computer programmer from Plainfield, enjoys sharing the Healthy Driven experience with his son. Joey Walker, 8, ran the Plainfield Kidz Miler in 2016 and plans to do so again in 2017.
In addition, Walker has reaped the benefits of a “Healthy Driven” lifestyle. Since he began entering races in 2015, he’s lost about 35 pounds and lowered his blood pressure from borderline hypertension to normal. Beyond the health advantages, Walker aims for personal records in his races.
Walker will run the 5K in the Oswego and Plainfield Healthy Driven events, and the Naperville Half Marathon, along with the Chicago Marathon in October.