Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bonfield Express 5K

Today, as a family, we will be running the Bonfield Express 5K. On Saturday, we ran as a family at the Oldfield Oaks Forest Preserve as a training run and new entry into the Trail Running Project. It worked out pretty well.

The 5k race starts on Main Street in downtown Downers Grove.  It loops around the downtown area for the first mile before entering the beautiful, wooded neighborhood of Denburn Woods.  After exiting Denburn Woods, the course completes another small neighborhood loop before returning to downtown for the finish. 

The race is run in memory of Jim Bonfield who passed away in 2003 due to complications of Hodgkin’s Disease, Leukemia, and Rheumatoid Arthritis.  His accomplishments in life were many, as a father, teacher, coach and dean of students for more than three decades at Downers Grove South High School.  He was an example to the children he encountered on the playing field and in his office, always encouraging with positive motivation.  But his influence as a person went far beyond his professional career. His students became his friends for life and his lifetime friends became his fans.  He is remembered for his smile and optimistic nature, for his love of family, for his appreciation of our community and for his devotion to wringing every moment of value from life.  Jim danced until his feet could no longer hold him up.

The Bonfield Express Foundation is a fast-growing local charity working to build character and community commitment in high school students.  The foundation does this by hosting programs and providing scholarship assistance to high school seniors, building future community leaders.


Interested in participating in a bloggy gift exchange? Head over to Run With Jill, who is organizing one in lieu of posting more often! I believe that whoever is partnered with Em gets her buckle! I prefer a RUN IMEZ shirt. Offer valid thru December 8th or until all blogger buddies are taken. Open to residents of planet Earth.

Julie at Hotlegs Runner is having a Thanksgiving Blog Hop! Head over to her blog to share your Thanksgiving Day posts of greetings and gratitude.



  1. The entire family earning their Thanksgiving meal together - that rocks!

  2. Hope you have a wonderful run and day! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Super fun! I hope the rain holds off!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Have a good time, sounds like there is way not to though...

  5. Happy Thanksgiving! Some of my favorite races are ones I've done with my family! Have fun!

  6. I hope you guys had a great run this morning. The rain held off for us here in MD.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  7. Sweeeeet - I'm making sure I get Emz so I get her buckle, then I don't have to run the 50 next year. YAY!

    Have a blast today!!!

  8. Sounds fun, K. How about a family pic?

  9. Thanks for joining my blog hop and for linking me up here. wow, my sig actually looks nice on black background! =)

    Happy Thanksgiving Kovas! =)

  10. I love that you ran as a family. Happy turkey day!

  11. The family run sounds like a blast! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! :)

  12. happy thanksgiving! hope the fam had a strong showing at the race! :)

  13. Happy thanksgiving. Nothing better than getting out into the nature with your family!


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