Four years ago, Karen Lopez Lechtenberg needed to combine some of her true loves: running road races, raising kids and helping others.
And because she can get more done in a day than most of us can do in a week, her solution was to organize a stack of races to raise money for her son’s baseball team.
That’s how the Chilly Cheeks road races began. Now in their fourth year, the races – a 5K, 5-mile and 10-mile – draw hundreds of runners. This year, they are on April 8 at Riverdale Park.
Here’s what you need to know.
There you go. I don’t know about you, but I’ll do about anything for free childcare. “We try to make it a family friendly and fun event,” Karen said.
Here’s a link to the race, and here is more on registration. Hope to see you there!
About the race director
Name: Karen Lopez Lechtenberg
Family: Husband Nate, sons Jackson, 13, Keeton, 11 and twins Miles and Owen, 9
From: Raised in St. Louis, Mo., but has lived in Sioux Falls for six years
Occupation: Teacher at Cleveland Elementary School
Jacqueline Palfy is a longtime runner, reader and writer, marathoner, mom and board member of the nonprofit Sioux Falls Area Running Club. Her contributions to the 605 Running Co. blog will appear each Tuesday. You can follow her on Twitter @runnerJPK or reach her at email@example.com. Story ideas are encouraged.