Over 8,000 runners Race to Wrigley

Over 8,000 runners Race to Wrigley

MILWAUKEE -- More than 8,300 runners participated in the fifth annual Race to Wrigley in Chicago on Saturday.

The record number of runners helped raise more than $150,000 to benefit Chicago Cubs Charities and Children's Memorial Hospital. Ernie Banks served as the official race starter.

"The annual Race to Wrigley has become one of the most popular 5K runs in Chicago," said Mike Lufrano, the Cubs' senior vice president of community affairs. "We're so grateful to the 8,300 runners who signed up and to those who made individual donations. These contributions help the race support so many in need throughout the Chicago area."

The course route began under the Wrigley marquee, and led runners through the Lakeview neighborhood and inside the ballpark's concourse before finishing at the corner of Clark and Addison streets.

Lars Juhl posted the fastest time at 15:25, while Christine Anderson claimed the top female time at 18:17.

On Tuesday, the Cubs and McCormick Foundation will host the annual Cubs Care grant luncheon. For the sixth successive year, more than $1 million will be donated to the community, shared among nearly 50 Chicago area nonprofit organizations.

Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, has donated more than $15 million to Chicago non-profit organizations since 1991.