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Published on July 10, 2008

Gilmer Wins UP 5K Charity Run

July 10, 2008


Matthew Gilmer of Sycamore was the overall winner in the inaugural Unlimited Performance Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine 5K Charity Run with a time of 16:58. 

Gilmer led a group of Sycamore High School cross county team members, who were the 2007 Illinois High School State Cross County Champions. Team members finished with seven of the top nine times in the run, only to be broken up by Nathan Eagen of DeKalb and Ryan Cooper of Boulder, CO. 

The overall female winner was another local runner, Rebecca Schwantes of DeKalb, with a time of 21:18. 

The beautiful, sunny June day saw 151 runners and walkers take part in the 3.1 mile event that started and finished at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. The run coincided with the KishHealth Wellness Fair.  

All proceeds from the race, $2,722.06, are being matched by the hospital and given to the DeKalb County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

“Although the run was very competitive for a number of runners, it was also meant for each individual to test their personal fitness abilities,” said Chris Laurent, athletic trainer at Unlimited Performance and race organizer.

The number of runners far exceeded expectations with competitors ranging in age from 9 to 73. All runners received a goody bag and t-shirt prior to the run and were treated to post race food, water, stretching, massage and a number of raffle prizes. 

“The local community was very generous with financial sponsorships, product donations, time and effort that allowed us to present age group awards, raffle prizes and post race food and drink for all competitors and the 50 volunteers who donated their time,” said Cindy Tucker, physical therapist and director of rehabilitation services for Kishwaukee Community Hospital. Unlimited Performance is a department of the hospital.

“Without a strong commitment from both the local community and Kishwaukee Community Hospital we would have had a very difficult time in pulling this run together and making it as successful as it was. For this the staff at Unlimited Performance Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine would like to thank all those who helped with the event,” Tucker said.

Results and pictures are posted on the Unlimited Performance web site at

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