ST. CHARLES – Fresh off the course following his three-hour, six-minute trek through the Fox Valley half marathon, Mayor Ray Rogina reflected on his racing career and the event on Sept. 16.
"It's a great race here," Rogina said. "We're very happy to have it in St. Charles. I'm happy to participate. It's a wonderful event for the city and for visitors. I think people come here and have a good time, they should. This race is run very well."
Rogina has run four half marathons, one full marathon and one 20-mile race at the Fox Valley event alone, including 15 career overall marathons.
Phoenix, Arizona native Carol Reeve runs 95th Marathon:
One dare made to 54-year-old Carol Reeve back in January, 1991 to complete a marathon – her first, the Phoenix Marathon – has now ballooned into 94 more over 26 years later.
Reeve finished the marathon in five hours and 30 minutes.
Reeve, born in Chicago, is set to run 100 marathons by January, 2019 – finishing in Phoenix. Her goal is to reach the century mark before she turns 60.
"Never give up. If I can do it, anybody else can do it," Reeve said.
Three Fires Council Boy Scout Chief and team run half marathon:
Three Fires Council Scout Executive Joe Wiltrout had never run a half marathon before, but the Scout Oath creed of "a scout is physically strong" was only a portion of his drive to complete a half marathon on Sunday.
"I thought it would be fun to use social media to get a little more presence about what scouting can do, [and] put my actions behind what we’re trying to do," Wiltrout, an Eagle Scout recipient in 1987, said on Sept.15 before the race.
Alongside both his family and teammates on staff at the St. Charles-based Three Fires Council office, Wiltrout had been raising funds to raise awareness for the Boy Scout program in the area. He finished the 13.1-mile race in just shy of three hours and two minutes. His daughter, Ashley, also competed in the half marathon and finished in two hours and 47 seconds.
Per the council's fundraising page, the group raised $4,222 for local scouting programs.
"Scouting is truly woven into the fabric of our daily life," Wiltrout said. "Scouting is one of those organizations that builds our young people into the leaders that are going to lead [into] tomorrow."
Three Fires Council is seeing recent positive growth in the area, as Wiltrout says the program's "Blast into Scouting" initiative last Sept. 14 helped recruit 1,486 new families into the program. Furthermore, Wiltrout says the council has seen 17 months of consecutive membership growth.
As a part of the council's plan for growth, the Elgin-based Camp Big Timber, owned and operated by the council, is undergoing a massive renovation camp-wide. The renovation projects include repairing and painting buildings for Scout-related events, clearing brush for future campsites and more.
"All of our funding is used to reach more families and build greater programs [for] kids," Wiltrout said.