By: Rebecca Baker, All Community Events Ambassador
685 runners completed the Inaugural All Community Events Cocoa Classic 5K in Deer Park, Illinois. The 5K race started promptly at 8:30 am at a below-freezing temperature of 18F with the start and finish held in the Deer Park Town Center. The official race gear fleece hoodie was the perfect attire on this chilly morning. The 5K was preceded by the Kids Dash earning each child finisher a ribbon. Every 5K finisher was welcomed with piping hot cocoa with whipped cream as well as a chocolate covered pretzel and rice crispy treat in a commemorative mug.
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The Cocoa Classic 5K was a fast one, with the winner, Juan Carrera, 25 year old from Round Lake, finishing in 17:13.0. Followed just behind him was Jonathan Cain, 36 year old from Des Plaines, in 18:04.5 and Jay Renaud, 32 year old from Palatine, in 18:39.0. The top female finisher was Lauren Garriques, 18 year old from Lake Forest, in 19:52.0. Just a couple of minutes behind her were Ashley Hansen, 32 year old from Cary, in 21:09.7 and Dalissa Moser, 16 year old from Stillman Valley, in 21:42.4. All official results can be found at https://results.itsracetime.com/Results.aspx?CId=17095&RId=510
The temperature was not too cold for Vanessa Morales, 14 year old from Lake Forest, taking 2nd place in the 14 & Under division or for Mandi Florip, 38 year old from Waukegan, 1st place for female 35-39 division.