Living

Annual Law Day Run will help poor and elderly get legal assistance

The starting line for the 2014 annual Law Day Run through downtown Belleville. This year’s event is Saturday.
The starting line for the 2014 annual Law Day Run through downtown Belleville. This year’s event is Saturday. tvizer@bnd.com

Dan Trapp has been running in the St. Clair County Law Day Run 5K for 10 years, and he’s signed up again this year.

“It’s a big race,” he said. “It’s enjoyable because the course is somewhat challenging, and it’s very pretty. Some of it goes through the historical district, and it’s always in the spring so the trees are blooming.”

This is the 14th year for the race, which starts at 9 a.m. Saturday on North High Street between East B and C streets in Belleville. It loops around and ends on High between Main and A.

Trapp, 40, of Belleville, is vice president of Belleville Running Club, which has been helping local residents train for the race with its nine-week Couch to 5K Program. More than 80 people signed up this spring.

“The 5K (3.1 miles) is a good distance for beginning runners, and it’s a good distance for experienced runners,” Trapp said. “You can just compete against your own personal record.”

This year for the first time, the 5K course was certified by U.S.A. Track and Field. Saturday’s activities also will include a 1K youth fun run for children 13 and under.

The purpose of the Law Day Run is for people to get exercise and have fun while commemorating Law Day.

“It celebrates all aspects of the legal system in this great country,” said race board member Brendan Nester, an attorney with Donovan Rose Nester in Belleville.

“That includes law enforcement, probation officers, lawyers, judges, (judge advocate general corps members) at Scott Air Force Base — anybody involved in the legal community.”

The race is sponsored by the St. Clair County Bar Foundation. Last year, about 700 people participated. Proceeds benefit Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation.

“It helps lower-income families who need legal assistance throughout Southern Illinois, especially the elderly,” said co-race director Pam Gallagher.

Entry fees are $30 for adults and $15 for ages 18 and under for the 5K; $12 for ages 13 and under for the 1K.

“Anyone who competes the Law Day Run ... Their name goes into a drawing for an iPad Air,” Gallagher said.

Those who also complete in the Tour de Belleville and Gingerbread Run attain Triple Crown status and get four chances to win.

People can register for the Law Day Run from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Belleville Parks and Recreation at 510 E. Main St. and 7 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot at North High and A streets.

“We like to encourage people to pick up packets early,” Gallagher said. “It makes things a lot easier on race day.”

At a glance

What: St. Clair County Law Day Run 5K

Where: Downtown Belleville

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Start: North High Street between East B and C streets

Finish: High Street between Main and A streets

Entry fees: $30 for adults and $15 for ages 18 and under

1K Youth Fun Run: Ages 13 and younger; $12 entry fee

Information: Visit www.lawdayrun.com

  Comments