The Austin P.O.W.E.R. 5K will be held Saturday morning, starting at the corner of Chicago and Mayfield avenues. Among those participating in the sixth annual event will be a group of high school students, adult mentors and Cook County Sheriff’s office officers.
The students at Leslie Lewis Elementary have been preparing for Saturday’s race each week by doing exercises and running laps in the halls as part of a Chicago Run program operated at the West Side school.
“This was a growth year for us,” said Malcolm Crawford, race organizer and executive director of the Austin African American Business Networking Association. “We’re looking for bigger and better next year. We got a lot of good experience this year, so we are looking forward to next year.”