2018 I Love Forest Park 5K Recap + Photos

A record-breaking 1,010 people registered for the 2018 I Love Forest Park 5K & Kids Fun Run held in the Park on Sunday, August 26. Runners and walkers of all ages came out for the only run in Forest Park whose proceeds directly benefit the Park. Our eighth annual 5K raised the most money yet — over $34,000 to support necessary Park maintenance. We are grateful to everyone who registered for the event. A special note of thanks to our 2018 sponsors

We are also grateful for the energy and presence of KMOV’s Marielle Mohs, who emceed the special event. 

Prior to the race, trainer Mark Spewak led everyone in a warmup. DJ Shaggy was on-site to pump everyone up before the race started. Once the 5K was underway, runners and walkers enjoyed one of the most beautiful running routes in the region, passing by iconic locations including the World's Fair Pavilion, Emerson Grand Basin, Pagoda Circle and more.

After the race, people of all ages had fun climbing on the rock climbing wall provided by Upper Limits. Runners were also treated to snacks and beverages thanks to donations from Shake ShackStraub’s and Kaldi’s Coffee.

Click through the slideshow below to see a few highlights from the event!

Top Female: Consuelo Vargas
2nd Place Female: Christina Eddins
3rd Place Female: Kathe Myer
Female 0-19:  Keaton Ibendahl
Female 20-29: Laura Davis
Female 30-39: Mayo Amos
Female 40-49: Mary Druyvesteyn
Female 50-59: Mary Gleason
Female 60-69: Pamela Campbell
Female 70-99: Norma Schechter

Top Male: Steve Portis
2nd Place Male: Andrew Koziatec
3rd Place Male: Liam Condon
Male 0-19:  Anand Mysorekar
Male 20-29: Shane Emaus
Male 30-39: Nick Carpenter
Male 40-49: Jorge Garcia
Male 50-59: David Henderson
Male 60-99: Mike Kopsky
Male 70-99: Gordon Reiter

Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to Lululemon, Kaldi’s Coffee and Shake Shack for providing prizes for the top finishers!