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School District Holds Resurrection Mary Themed 5K Run

RezMaryIndian Springs School District 109 is holding a “Resurrection Mary 5k Run” on October 20, 2013. The 3-mile race will kick off at 9am at Commissioner’s Park in Justice, Illinois. According to the event website, “This nationally certified course will wind through the village’s scenic streets, taking runners on Archer Avenue made famous by the legend of Resurrection Mary. Whether you are an experienced runner or a novice, we encourage you to partake in this exciting event.” This is a fun and unique idea.

The Chicago Tribune ran the following story on Tuesday, Sept. 10th. Click here to read the entire article.

School district isn’t running from ghost story
By Jennifer Delgado, Chicago Tribune reporter

A suburban school district is building a 5K race next month around one of the Chicago area’s most well-known ghost stories: Resurrection Mary.

Legend has it that a young blonde in a white party dress was killed on Archer Avenue in the 1930s by a hit-and-run driver. Since then, her ghost allegedly has been spotted hitchhiking on the busy street. When she reaches Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, she vanishes, or so the story goes.

Indian Springs School District 109 in Justice decided to embrace the popular tale this year for its fundraiser 5K, which was previously called the Resurrection Run. Now in its second year, the event raises money for college scholarships for students who have graduated from the district.

“Right now, there are so many different 5Ks out there that have different themes,” said Angie Krejci, assistant principal at Brodnicki School, who is helping to organize the race. “We thought we’d key on (Resurrection Mary) to make this race pretty popular.”

…The event will feature people dressed up as Resurrection Mary, and a life-size cutout of the ghost will be available for photos. Runners are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes.

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