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Lycee Francais' 5K 'Oui Run' Is A Go For September

 The French school's Oui Run race through Ravenswood has been approved for 2016.
The French school's Oui Run race through Ravenswood has been approved for 2016.
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RAVENSWOOD — Time to start training, Ravenswood.

Lycee Francais' proposed 5K "Oui Run," which will snake through neighborhood streets, has been approved for Sept. 25, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) announced in his weekly newsletter.

A community picnic on the grounds of the French school will follow the race, and will be open to runners and their families.

The 5K will kick off at 8 a.m., with Lycee Francais serving as the starting line at 1929 W. Wilson Ave. The route will largely stick to major arteries — Wilson, Lincoln, Lawrence, Montrose, Ravenswood and Sunnyside — to keep runners from clogging side streets.

[Oui Run website]

Lycee Francais has posted a detailed breakdown of street closures on the Oui Run website. All affected streets should reopen by 9:30 a.m.

Registration is now open online; the cost is $30 for adults. Kids races for youngsters ages 3 to 10 will be held on school grounds at 9:30 a.m. and will range in distance from 50 to 400 meters. Cost to register a child is $10.

At a community meeting held in June, representatives from Lycee Francais said they expected approximately 500 runners to sign up for the race.

The run has been approved for 2016 only. The alderman said he would consider feedback from residents on the inaugural race before giving organizers the OK for 2017 and beyond.

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