David Olson, President of the Berwyn Historical Society, participated in the 5K for Earth Day “Walk – Run – Recycle” event at Humboldt Park , sponsored by Green Choice Bank on April 27. The BHS has its checking account and mortgage through Green Choice, which supports many “green” initiatives.
Participating on the day before his 68th birthday, Olson was the oldest participant of 341 runners and walkers. The next oldest was 62. Choosing to walk the entire route, he placed 289th, at a pace of 15 minutes and 2 seconds per mile. Normally, he says, he walks at a 20-minute more leisurely pace.
Olson noted that there were four other participants from Berwyn , and others came from all over the Chicago area. Eight other states were represented as well.
The T-shirts worn by participants paid tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and a moment of silence was held in their honor before the event.