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5K Season: Plainfield Board to Vote on Races, Brewers Fest

The focus will be on summer events at Monday's meeting.

The Wounded Warrior 5K is scheduled to return to Plainfield in May. Credit: Patch file photo
The Wounded Warrior 5K is scheduled to return to Plainfield in May. Credit: Patch file photo
The freezing temperatures linger, but here's a sign of hope that summer is coming.

Plainfield trustees on Monday are scheduled to vote on whether to approve several 5K races and summer events that are returning to the village, along with the fourth Midwest Brewers Fest.

  • Organizers are seeking approval of the following events on Monday night:
  • Midwest Brewers Fest, Aug. 23
  • Plainfield North Fast Cat 5K/10K, April 5
  • St. Mary Immaculate 5K, May 17
  • Wounded Warrior 5K, May 24 (Memorial Day)
  • Cruise Nights, Tuesdays, May 27 to Aug. 26

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Ed Arter February 02, 2014 at 03:08 PM
All events are for a great cause, but is there any thinking about consolidation of 5K events to a common date/location that may help to reduce road closures / police costs / and alternate traffic flow complaints. A race on consectutive weekends may dilute participation.
Plainfield Independent February 02, 2014 at 03:39 PM
Ed - Will all of our elected officials be present to vote on this matter. Pay attention to who is in attendance but more importantly who is not.
sewbizarre February 03, 2014 at 07:15 AM
You can't consolidate races that support different groups. The Wounded Warrior project supports Bertrand that have been wounded while at war. The Fastcat supports the Plainfield North cross country and track teams. It is an excellent way for them to raise money while the community gets in shape. I wish we had more runs in Plainfield! I'm hoping some day there is a half marathon. It brings out-of-towners to Plainfield which in turn brings in a lot off revenue! So far, for the races we have, the street closures are kept to neighborhood streets for the most part, and they open back up by 10a.m.
sewbizarre February 03, 2014 at 07:18 AM
Sorry, bertrand was suppose to be veterans. I should have checked my auto correct.
Vicky Polito February 03, 2014 at 09:03 AM
I do wish they're weren't two walk/runs slotted for May, but I know that there are so many different ones all over the area drawing participants all summer long that the scheduling gets harder. I'd like to hear more this year on the possibility of moving Cruise Nights from downtown or maybe changing their frequency. Don't get me wrong, it can be a real pleasant event and I know it's long been a tradition in Plainfield, but as we've grown and changed, it's become a real resource and, no pun intended, road hog. Surely there are some modifications that could be made that wouldn't damage the enjoyment and success of Cruise Nights?
ScienceTeach February 03, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Love to see all these events in Plainfield...I wish there were more. I am sure 4 events won't disrupt too many are over by 10am ish. Does cruise nights hurt the businesses? If so, I concur that they should move...otherwise I love dinner and a car show!
Vicky Polito February 03, 2014 at 10:36 AM
I think that the businesses, mostly the restaurants including ones like this one really nice guy who came to the village last year with a hot dog food truck, etc, seem to do well with getting diners in, selling, and maybe some stores stay open later to get walk-in business, etc. And, the people there really like that they can have a nice meal in a variety of price ranges and enjoy not just the cars but spending time with neighbors, etc. So, I agree that part is nothing but good, but it does really make driving in and around Plainfield harder. Basically, you can't drive right through town and I just think that the population changes and mix in Plainfield now, in 2014, are so different from when this event started and as it grew. Again, I think it's a nice thing, we don't go to it every week, though, and it's sort of a "one note song", you know? I wouldn't want to see it go away, but maybe some shifting of where it's centered or perhaps even if it moved through a few locations for the whole summer season that would be good (although, I do understand that too many changes to the location could be a negative, hard for those who want to really participate). I've heard even some of the real car fans say they feel it's getting a little stale--that it's the same relatively few cars week after week after week and that even they don't go more than a couple of times each summer where they used to go nearly every week, etc. Good an event as it is, maybe there is need for some revamping, that's all.

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