Ed Packel

How did you first get involved with CARA and become a member of the Race Committee?

I got involved with CARA in the early 1980s while running on an early version of the CARA race circuit. I became a member of the Race Committee in 2010 or so.

What is your experience with running?

I played soccer throughout high school, college, and graduate school. I started running in 1978. My first race was the Chicago Distance Classic and my second was the 1978 Mayor Daley Marathon.

What is your favorite race on the CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit Race calendar or CARA certified race?

Favorite races: The Lake County Marathon, which existed from about 1983 to 1999. I ran it about 8 times. Four on the Fourth would be my top choice for current circuit races.

What has been a very memorable CARA moment for you?

OThe event was the 2011 running of the Extreme 10 at Waterfall Glen, then a CARA Circuit race. It was a wet and strenuous race and I was desperately trying to stay ahead of my age group rival, Ron Thomas. As I approached the finish I started to wobble and veer off course, but I managed to keep my balance until I crossed the finish line, at which point I fell forward and knocked over the scorer's table and crashed into the clock (I think). I was then led over to an emergency medical truck, urged to go to a local emergency room (I said "no way"), and quizzed to see if I had a concussion. I managed to pass the test question which was "What is today's date?" for the simple reason that it happened to be precisely my 70th birthday. This has stuck with me as a most memorable running experience and for the 7 stitches (from the Lake Forest Hospital emergency room) and their scar which is still visible on my forehead

Why are you proud to be a CARA member as well as a member of the Race Committee?

My involvement with running has been an immensely satisfying and rewarding activity for me and I owe much gratitude to the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Running Club (my wife and I are 1981 cofounders of the club) and to CARA, its race circuit, and the experience of serving on the Race Committee.