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Published: Photo for The Doings by JEFF KRAGE The 5K and 10K runners start their race Sunday at the annual Rotary Run for Wellness House. Original: JEFF KRAGE/FOR THE DOINGS The start of Sunday's Wellness House Rotary 5K and 10K Run. Hinsdale 10/5/08

As autumn approaches, shake off the summer rest, get back to school, focus on the kids fall sports and take in the fall football season. It is also time for one of the largest and longest running races in the western suburbs: the 19th annual Rotary Run Charity Classic that will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20 this year. The Rotary Run — as presented by the Hinsdale Rotary Club and supported by Gold Sponsor, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, in tandem with Silver Sponsors: The Birches, Bukés Salon, The Doings, Hinsdale Bank & Trust and Morgan Stanley and many other — has now enjoyed 18 years of fun and success.

When a group of enterprising Hinsdaleans started the race at Monroe School to raise money for the Hinsdale Youth Center, they decided to ask the help of the local Hinsdale Rotary Club. Rotarians were quick to answer the call for the Rotary Club. Starting as a CARA certified race for community runners, the race took a large step when the Hinsdale Rotary Club teamed with the Wellness House to sponsor the Rotary Run for Wellness House. With the combined talents of Hinsdale Rotary and the Wellness House along with the leadership of members of the Hinsdale Rotary Club, the race continued to grow and became not only a run, but also an event.

After a successful five-year partnership, the race changed course again. The Rotary Club — along with new Community Partners: Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, The Community House, District 181 Foundation and the Hinsdale Humane Society — reestablished the event at The Community House where it has taken place since 2010.

The Rotary Run offers events for the entire family, including 10k, 5k and 3k Runs, a Walk, a Mutt Strut and the Walk and Roll, a short dash (or walk) for those who have difficulty at longer distances. The event will include tents and prizes, a mutt-strut activity area and, of course, the races where not only athletes compete for the medals, but also schools compete for the Mr. K and the Mrs. B trophies. These trophies will be given to the local middle school and grade school that has the highest percentage of participants.

The Hinsdale community does get involved! This year alone, an upward of more than 1,600 participants, 2000 spectators and 300 volunteers are expected to be involved on race day. Race proceeds support local non-profits: The Community House, District 181 Foundation, Hinsdale Hospital Foundation, Hinsdale Humane Society and Rotary Club of Hinsdale Foundation.

Hinsdale Rotary is proud to be a member of this team sponsoring the race as it exemplifies one of the tenants of Rotary: to get involved in the local community. Hinsdale Rotary is a member of the worldwide organization of Rotary International, which boasts 1.2 million members in 32,000 clubs and 200 countries with a focus on four avenues of service: international service, community service, club service and vocational service. Within that framework, the Hinsdale Rotary Club is able to help raise funds that support the elimination of polio worldwide, sun ovens in South America, a clean water system in Haiti, an eye clinic in India, reconstruction and recovery in the US after Hurricane Katrina and a Native American Indian School in Montana. Locally, the club supports scholarships for students in need, the local food pantry, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Merit Scholar students from our local schools and many other local charities.

You may wonder who your local Rotarian is; he or she is that AYSO soccer or Little League Coach, the group selling hot dogs at the Hinsdale Art Fair, the parade marshals and the turtle race sponsors at the fourth of July and you. Rotary is always welcoming new members, and Hinsdale boasts the opportunity to join one of the most active clubs in the Chicago area. With a roster 60 members strong, representing all types of business, the Hinsdale Rotary meets every Friday at noon at The Community House. Come visit Rotary and be a guest for lunch at a weekly meetings held every Friday at The Community House in Hinsdale. Meet your fellow Hinsdaleans and local merchants and decide for yourself if joining Hinsdale Rotary Club is for you.

Until that time, you can support the Rotary Club and its sponsors by registering online at to participate by running, walking or just donating to an event that helps support charities both locally and across the globe. The Rotary Club thanks you for your support and participation.