Summerfest Rock ‘n’ Sole Run
Thousands ran through drizzling rain and fog. Our photos capture the action, from the lakefront and city streets to the summit of Hoan Bridge.
Despite drizzling rain and a lot of fog, thousands of runners took to city streets Saturday for the 5th annual Summerfest Rock ‘n’ Sole Run. The lakefront race pits runners against numerous hills, including the Hoan Bridge, but cheers them along (and some of us needed it!) by featuring numerous bands and humorous signs along the way.
Kicking off at 7 a.m., runners went from the Historic Third Ward to Walker’s Point and ultimately Bay View before turning north onto the Hoan Bridge and Interstate 794. Quarter marathon runners finished shortly after crossing the bridge, but half marathon runners kept trucking up N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. Half marathon runners made their way through Lake Park, before turning around, heading south through Lakeshore State Park and finishing near the intersection of E. Erie St. and N. Marshall St.
From the starting line to the finish line, our photos capture the fun along the way. Highlights include photos from the summit of the Hoan Bridge, the free beer handed out by Andy Nunemaker at his Northpoint home and fun signs at the finish line.
Unfortunately the event was not without tragedy: a 20-year old male passed away after he collapsed following finishing the half marathon. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
I was able to capture the photos while running thanks to an unusually slow pace. Despite a training regimen completely waylaid by a months-long illness, yours truly managed to finish, albeit with a personal worst time of two hours and 34 minutes. But heck, I did get these photos: