Palatine's Fleet Feet Draws An Inspired Crowd
350 plus runners, walkers hit the road during Palatine's Feet Fest.
More than 350 people converged on Towne Square Sunday for Feet Fest, a 3k family fun run and walk and one of the centerpiece events of Palatine’s Downtown Street Fest.
Sponsored by the Palatine Park District, the walk/run started at Towne Square and the course wound its way through downtown before finishing at American Legion Post 690.
Stretching before the race, Jen Lang said she was inspired by her girlfriend, Jennifer McDevitt, a Palatine resident, who ran eight marathons in seven years while being treated for brain cancer.
“Anytime I run, that’s Jen on my shoulder,” she said.
McDevitt garnered national attention because of her plight. She and her husband, Glen, formed a national foundation to advocate for brain cancer victims. She died in November.
Feet Fest was Lang’s first race with her 9-year-old God child Savannah Paisley, who said she trained at a camp at Wheeling High School.
“As I get older, we are going to try to do more,” Savannah said.
Gavin Falotico, a freshman at Palatine High School, was the first runner to cross the finish line, outdistancing the rest of the field by a comfortable margin.
Covered in sweat as he downed a bottle of water after the finish, Falotico said his performance might push him to try out for his school’s track or cross country team.
Pushing a walker and wearing straw sun hat, Ken Bunce drew applause as he crossed the finish line.
“I start last,” he said with a grin, “and try not to let anyone pass me.”