Loyola Announces Results of Inaugural Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital 5K Race/Walk

News Archive June 14, 2012

Loyola Announces Results of Inaugural Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital 5K Race/Walk

Approximately 1,300 runners, walkers, kids and characters gathered at Loyola University Medical Center for the inaugural Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital® (RMCH) 5K Race/Walk and Children’s Character Competition on Sunday, June 10.

“The race was an overwhelming success," said Patricia LeKacz, race director and a Loyola Children’s Committee member. "We registered more than double the amount of runners and walkers than we had expected. The generosity and support of our participants and volunteers will make a difference in the lives of our smallest patients who receive world-class care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit."

We are happy to offer an album of great event photos on our Facebook page.

Friends of Loyola can still demonstrate their support for the race by visiting loyolamedicine5k.org. Race proceeds will be calculated later this week.
Read the complete list of race results

The top male finishers included:

  1. Lars Juhl
  2. Damian Bendorz
  3. Thomas Zero

The top female finishers were:

  1. Eileen Skisak
  2. Lisa Vander Veer
  3. Valerie Laniosz

Resident Bernardino Mendez, Department of Surgery, was the fastest Loyola employee to cross the finish line. He completed the race in 21 minutes and 17 seconds. Mendez, who served as captain of the Department of Surgery’s team, raised $1,565 for the neonatal intensive care unit renovation.

The event had several team challenges. The winners included:

  • 5K Team Fundraising Award: Team NICU
  • 5K Team Award/Most Participants: Team Keira
  • 5K Team Spirit Award: Team Liam


Nora Plunkett

Media Relations

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Anne Dillon

Media Relations

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