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Gina's Gallop

Gina Giancola SAFE Foundation

Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM (CDT)

Gina's Gallop

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Kick off the summer with friends and family and enjoy a beautiful day at the most fantastical park in Illinois.  Gina's Gallop is a real reason to run, in memory of and in support of those who struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide.  Together we can make a difference to break down the stigma surrounding this indiscriminate, life threatening, yet treatable disease.  

Certified by USATF (IL-14053-JW) the fast and flat, newly designed course winds around Arlington Park's neatly manicured tree-filled estate.  The race is CARA certified with Chronomix Computerized Timing.  Soft drinks and two beer tickets for adults will be provided after the race in the well landscaped picnic grove area.  Take a seat close to the starting barriers near the band stage and enjoy live music, fun, and entertainment for the whole family.  After the 5K join the 10,000 spectators to cheer on 48 young runners (10-years-old and under) as they break out of the gates on the track and race towards the finish line in a 100-yard Dash.

Gear check available - ID required for alcohol

Register by June 1 to guarantee a 100% poly, short sleeve Marathon Technical shirt
On-line Registration
Remains Open until Thursday June 5 at 6:59PM - Thank you for your support $40
Race Day - Register at Arlington Park (June 8, 7:00a-8:00a) $45
Children 10-years-old and younger $15
First 24 Children to register for both categories participate in the 100-yard Dash

Packet Pickup Friday & Saturday
Friday - June 6, 2:00p - 7:00p
Runners High 'n Tri - downtown Arlington Heights
121 W Campbell Street
847 670-9255
Saturday - June 7, 11:00a - 4:00p
Runners High 'n Tri - downtown Arlington Heights
Race Day - June 8, 2014
6:30a Gates Open 
7:00a - 8:30a Registration at Arlington Park
9:00a Pre-race Presentation
9:30a Race Begins
Walkers Paced after Runners
10:30a Shuttle Bus Pickup along Course
Awards Ceremony at Band Stage
Prize Money given to top 3 Men and top 3 Women (18 years and over)
1st $250   2nd $100   3rd $50
Prizes given to top 3 male and female finishers (11-17 years old)
100-yard Dash - 2 categories 48 children break out of the gates
7 years & younger  and  8, 9, 10 year-olds
2 heats of 12 for each category
Free Parking, enter off Wilke Road (south of Northwest Hwy, north of Euclid)

Public Transportation
Metra Station steps from starting line!

Participant Benefits
After the 5K enjoy live music, bag toss, bocce ball, magician/juggler, moon bounce, caricatures, and the Shedd Aquarium interactive display.  In the nearby Festival tents, children can enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo making this an unforgettable day.  Photographers will be on site to capture the best photo op for tweeting or filling your scrapbook.

Chronomix Computerized timing results will be posted immediately on RaceTime
Have questions about Gina's Gallop? Contact Gina Giancola SAFE Foundation

When & Where

Arlington International Racecourse
2200 W Euclid Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM (CDT)

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Gina Giancola SAFE Foundation

Hope, love and friendship are things we wish for everyone to have in their lives.  In the fall of 2011, we experienced the most tragic loss imaginable.  We lost a friend, a teammate, a sister, and a daughter.  We lost Gina.  Many looked up to Gina, but her depression became unbearable.  The question is not why or how this happened, but what can be done to instill hope in everyone who feel the odious pain Gina had?

As a result, the non-profit Gina Giancola SAFE (Suicide Awareness For Everyone) Foundation was formed.  The foundation is committed to educating young adults to reach out to a friend, a teacher, to anyone, and talk; don’t carry your burdens alone.  Through hope, love and friendship we will strive to help teens see the good in life and encourage them to seek help when help is needed most.

Gina was about friendship.  She was nice to everyone and lit up every room she entered.  If we carryon a fraction of Gina’s “light" and cause one person to seek help, we've made a difference.

The Gina Giancola Safe Foundation, Ltd is a registered Illinois Not For Profit organization.  All donations are tax-exempt.  Proceeds raised from the 5K run/walk help support the SAFE Foundation's scholarship program started in honor of Gina Giancola, Catholic Charities LOSS program, and Erika's Lighthouse.

Thank you for your interest in supporting our organization and cause.

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