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Runners begin the Patrick Mizwicki Strive for 5 Foundation 5K on Saturday, June 1, along the Old Plank Road Trail in Frankfort. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media
First-place finisher Ben Walczak, of Mokena, approaches the end of the Patrick Mizwicki Strive for 5 Foundation 5K on Saturday, June 1, in Frankfort. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media
JoAnne Mizwicki, of New Lenox, gets a hug from her former co-worker Gayle DeBono, of Ballwin, Mo., prior to the race. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media
Lincoln-Way East alumni Blake Winkler, Jon Claxton and Jake Aleck smile as they approach the finish line.
Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter
2:28 am CDT June 5, 2019

The more than 300 participants who signed up to run or walk the course of the Patrick Mizwicki Strive for 5 Foundation 5K were surrounded by inspiration Saturday, June 1, as they gathered at the starting line near Breidert Green Park.

Proceeds from the event, which benefited the Patrick Mizwicki Strive for 5 Foundation, provided $1,000 scholarships for four Lincoln-Way East seniors who all epitomize the five pillars – determination, sportsmanship, hard work, friend to everyone and do your best – of the foundation and its namesake Patrick Mizicki.