Top of the Morning, July 20, 2014

Top of the Morning, July 20, 2014

I'm not much into running.

But after hearing what the clever kids at Cissna Park High School are giving the fastest finishers at the upcoming Old Settlers Run 5K, I'm thinking of trading in the hightops for a pair of cross-trainers.

Forget about medals, ribbons and trophies. The winners get something much better, unless you're into counting calories:

Homemade pies.

Chocolate, cherry, pecan, rhubarb, apple ... taste value is even better than face value ($10 to $15). Where do I sign up?

"Everybody likes pies," co-class president Ben Jennings said. "We thought it'd be neat to try something different."

There's a lot at stake. The 5K will go a long way to funding the senior class' trip to Washington D.C. All 20 seniors need to raise about $800 to cover flight and hotel expenses — and keep the school's tradition of visiting the nation's capital intact.

"When you're in junior high, you hear about the seniors going to Washington, D.C. and you think 'That sounds kind of boring,' " Jennings said. "But then every year when the seniors get back, you hear how cool it really is. We're really excited."

The idea of handing out pies was hatched at a recent meeting of class officers and their sponsor, Gail Lober. As the group tossed around ideas, Gail's husband Vince interrupted.

"He was eavesdropping," Gail said. "We talked about doing medals and decided that wasn't very fun. He piped up and said 'How about pies? If I were running, I would want a pie.' "

It was a two-for-one deal: a great idea and the 5K's first entry.

"Needless to say," Gail said, "he will run in the race, hoping to win a pie."


It's $20 before Aug. 1 and $25 after to register for the 5K on Aug. 16 in Cissna Park. Read this story at to sign up online or call Gail Lober at 815-867-6831.

To register, visit using keywords "old settlers run."

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