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7th annual Fort 2 Base race challenges military and civilian runners

From Fort Sheridan to Great Lakes

Runners from all over the Chicagoland area and active duty military ran two separate races on Sunday during the 7th annual Fort 2 Base race. The first race was a 10-nautical-mile run from Fort Sheridan ending at Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL). The second, a three-nautical-mile run, started and ended onboard the installation.

According to race organizer Beth Salinger, 2,200 runners registered in the race here. "We also had a virtual race with another 100 people who participated in Japan, Hawaii, Florida, San Diego and everywhere in between," said Salinger.

For ABE1 Alicia Corona, NSGL career counselor, the race was an opportunity to challenge herself and to inspire her children. "This is the first time I have participated in the run, and I did so much better than I thought I would! I even placed 1st for Navy-Female," she said.

"Completing this run was very important for me--to not only prove to myself that I could do it, but to show my kids that staying active is important as well. I want them to see their mother taking chances and challenging herself to reach personal goals. It was a very rewarding experience all around!" said Corona.

Sister Stephanie Baliga, a nun from Our Lady of the Angels in Chicago who runs for charity, finished first for women in the 10-nautical-mile race with a time of 1 hour 11 minutes and 38 seconds.

The overall winner of the 10-nautical mile run was Emisael Favela from Berwyn, Ill. He clocked in at 1 hour 59 seconds.

The overall winner of the three-nautical-mile run was Michael Connolly from Schaumburg, Ill., who ran it in 18 minutes 59 seconds. The top woman in that race was Colleen Lill from Lake Villa, Ill. who ran it in 22 minutes 27 seconds.

Salinger was grateful to all who helped with the race. "Thank you to all our military volunteers, especially a huge thank you to our volunteers from Naval Station Great Lakes, and the folks at Fort Sheridan Reserve Center."

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