Junior League plans fundraising race — in heels

Junior League plans fundraising race — in heels

CHAMPAIGN — Instead of the gentle patter of running shoes, a new fundraising race instead will have competitors clop-clopping down Neil Street.

The Junior League is planning its first-ever Stiletto Sprint the evening of Saturday, Oct. 13. It will start at the intersection of Neil and Church Streets, and the race course will run south to Chester Street.

There will be races for men and women, and everyone who competes must run in heels.

Registration begins at 8 p.m. The race for women begins at 8:30 that evening and the men's race will begin at 9 p.m.

The entry fee for an individual participant is $20, and a team entry fee is $200. A maximum of 15 people can run on a team.

Advance registration is available online at http://www.juniorleaguecu.org and the first 250 participants receive T-shirts. All proceeds will benefit Junior League Locker, which is a school supply store that provides free supplies to local teachers.

Junior League President Sam King said the stiletto run is one way the organization is diversifying its fundraising efforts.

"This is probably the most fun and relaxed of all of them," King said, referring to Junior League's six fundraisers, especially because it's downtown and gives runners a chance to do so down Neil Street.

In particular, they've targeted University of Illinois students to participate, and the race will feature music and a radio personality from WQQB-FM running the race.

"It will be a really fun environment," King said, while at the same time teaching a younger crowd of residents about Junior League and its League Locker.

And as for men looking for heels to run in, King said: "Probably the Internet is your best bet, and any of the shoe stores in town carry larger sizes."

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concernedchampresident wrote on October 14, 2012 at 9:10 am

The Champaign Public needs to know that in order to host this event the Junior League had to have multiple cars towed away from a public street. Don's towing company charged $140 per car to be towed so the Junior Women's league actually took money from the people of Champaign last night. i hope your fundraiser made more for the teachers than what you took from Champaign residents. Interesting that you cost my family $140 last night by towing our car in a spot that was not marked and I am an educator. This was a very poor decision by Junior league and the City to agree to tow these cars. Also it must be pointed out that the Junior League members we spoke with told us the Director is friends with the owners of Don's towing! Very noble of you Junior League...

communitygirl wrote on October 21, 2012 at 8:10 am

It is unfortunate that "concernedchampresident" parked illegally on the night of the Stiletto Sprint against posted parking signs. Unfortunately, when you park illegally you get your car towed. The Junior League of Champaign Urbana had a legal permit to shut down that street.  They also had parking meter covers up and signs posted. Additionally, the Junior League of Champaign Urbana hired an off-duty police officer to handle all of the security measures on the night of the Stiletto Sprint. That off-duty police officer enforced the no-parking zone and had that car towed. Instead of blaming an organization who had a legal right to be there "concernedchampresident" should take responsibility for their own failure to follow parking regulations.