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Rosehill Cemetery Crypt 5K Run & Walk

Rosehill Cemetery Crypt 5K Run & Walk

Date: Saturday night, October 4
Time: 7:00 p.m. Start
Location: Rosehill Cemetery (5800 N. Ravenswood Ave. -- just north of Bryn Mawr) | Chicago
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Beneficiary: American Diabetes Association


Just in time for Halloween! The 3rd annual fall 5K on the grounds of the north side's historic Rosehill Cemetery. Run or walk on the sprawling 350-acre Victorian-era cemetery that opened in 1864. It's by far the largest cemetery in the City of Chicago (and second largest in Illinois).

Monuments! Scenic paths! And then there's the eternal spirits who reside in Rosehill. Among them: more than 10 Chicago mayors, Oscar Mayer, John G. Shedd, Cubs' announcer Jack Brickhouse, legendary adman Leo Burnett, Sears founder Julius Rosenwald and scores of Civil War vets are just a few of the souls who call Rosehill home.

In addition, there will also be a post run/walk party.

How to Register
Register Online Now! Online registration closes on Wednesday, October 1 @ 12 Noon.

Race day registration is available starting at 5:30 p.m.

Packet Pick-Up & Pre-Registration
Pick up your packet (T-shirts, bib number/chip and information sheet) at The Runner's Edge - Andersonville at the following dates/times:

The Runner's Edge - Andersonville
5243 N. Clark Street (map)
Chicago, IL 60640

Thursday, October 2: 11-6 pm
Friday, October 3: 11-6 pm


Participation Fees NO INCREASE IN 2014!
Pre-Registration
5K Chip-Timed Run: $35
5K Fun Run/Walk: $30

Race Day
5K Chip-Timed Run: $40
5K Fun Run/Walk: $35

Timing & Awards
Official times will only be taken for individuals who register for chip timing. Time clocks will be provided at the finish with split times at miles 1,2 and 3. The top overall male and overall female winners and the top three men and women in the following age groups will be awarded: 14 & Under; 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over. Results will be available the day after the event at www.chicagoevents.com.

Post Race Party @ Fireside Tavern
This year's post-race party will be located in Fireside Tavern & Grill located just outside the cemetery entrance on Ravenswood and Rosehill Drive.

All participants will receive a complimentary Lagunitas beer or soda (just bring your bib number)!

Also, for only $15, participants can opt in to enjoy a post-race food package of various Fireside specialties (definitely enough for dinner!). The food package can be purchased when registering or anytime prior to Thursday, September 25 @ Noon. Non-participants are welcome to enjoy the food package too! Click here to register.

What Makes This Race So Unique?
In addition to a fully-candle lit course as well as the lighting of spooky monuments throughout the cemetery, participants will enjoy the sounds of a DJ at the start and finish lines.

Plus! At the post-race party, a live band will be performing to get you in the spooky spirit!

Post-Race Band Announced!
They're wild, they're crazy -- and completely fitting for the Crypt Run! The Late Night Lunatics are a four-piece group consisting of guitar, bass guitar, drums, and keyboards. Every member of The Incognitos plays and sings, so they sound like much more like an 8 piece group would! The instruments provide the perfect backdrop for the rich three and four-part vocal harmonies that The Late Night Lunatics are known for.

About Rosehill Cemetery
Rosehill Cemetery is a Victorian era cemetery on the North Side and at 350 acres, is the largest cemetery in the City of Chicago. The name "Rosehill" resulted from a City Clerk's error  the area was previously called "Roe's Hill", named for nearby farmer Hiram Roe. He refused to sell his land to the city until it was promised that the cemetery be named in his honor.

Check out these interesting structures and monuments throughout the cemetery (find out even more at graveyards.com/IL/Cook/rosehill/:




The road into the cemetery passes under a railroad overpass that obscures the view of Rosehill's beautiful main gate. This castellated Gothic structure of Joliet Limestone was built in 1864, designed by architect William W. Boyington.


These abandoned stone stairs lead up from the area just outside Rosehill's main gate to the train tracks. When the tracks were first constructed in the previous century, the operators of the Chicago and North Western line had a special funeral car, built to hold a casket. Rosehill, Oak Woods, Waldheim and Concordia were all several miles from the city, but convenient by train. An elevator would lower the casket from the train platform to ground level.


This incredible sculpture is protected from the elements by a glass box. It dominates its small section, surrounded by a few flat headstones (including that of Horatio O. Stone, who commissioned the work when his young wife died in childbirth). The sculpture is signed "C.B. Ives, Roma 1866" The Pearce monument is said to be haunted-- supposedly, on the anniversary of Frances' death, the glass box will be filled with a mysterious white mist.




The mausoleum of railroad president Darius Miller was constructed with an Egyptian motif - note the ornate column capitals, and the winged scarab above the doorway. Miller's tomb is in one of the more prestigious sections of Rosehill, near the lake and chapel.



This underground tomb, belonging to "E.A. Fisher" and apparently constructed in 1902, has been sealed - the stairs down to the entrance filled in with dirt, and the windows on top plugged with cement. This is commonly done to reduce maintenance costs, after an old in-ground mausoleum is filled to capacity and unlikely to receive visitors.

Chip Timing Instructions
This year's event features the latest in timing technology: ChronoTrack B-Tag, a single use bib tag.! The computer chip comes attached to the back of your bib number. You do not need to remove the chip, just follow the instruction below to ensure your chip will work properly.

In order for the chip to properly work, please note the following instructions:
  • Clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Pinned in all four corners
  • Not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)
Download this document instructions to learn more about the B-Tag Chip.

About the Beneficiary: American Diabetes Association
Founded in 1941, the Alexandria, Va. -- headquartered American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation's leading organization working to fight the consequences of diabetes and help those affected by the disease. ADA, with a satellite office in downtown Chicago, funds research to manage, cure and prevent diabetes. This includes both Type 1 as well as the far more commonly diagnosed Type 2. To learn more about ADA visit www.diabetes.org.

Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities
Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

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