Northern Illinois University College of Law held its fourth annual Race NIjUdicata: 5K Run/Walk and BBQ on April 20 beginning at Swen Parson Hall in DeKalb.
NIU Law alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the law school packed the field with more than 100 racers who completed the 3.1 mile course through DeKalb and the heart of the NIU campus.
Participants, ranging from ardent runners to health-conscious joggers, walkers and even recreational strollers all joined in.
Leading the charge to the finish line were the overall male and female winners of the race: NIU Law alumnus Eric Leninger (’10) with a time of 18:08 and second-year law student Kate Guensburg with a time of 21:25. The top male and female law students were third-year student Matt Bauer with a time of 20:34 and Kate Guensburg.
Motion for a Speedy Finish once again took the top team honor with members Alex Geocaris (’11), Rob Hanauer (’11), Matthew Jakobsze (’11), Eric Leninger and Omar Salguero (’12) and an average time of 19:06. Although just recovering from a recent ankle injury, Dean Jennifer Rosato contributed greatly to the Dean’s Team’s strong third-place finish. Joining Dean Rosato’s team this year were alumnae Katie Haskins-Becker (’11) and Claudia Kliment (’83), along with NIU Law professors Mark Cordes and Robert Jones.
The race, as in years past, comes together with the generous help of volunteers from all around the NIU Law community as well as the contributions of individual, legal firms and corporate sponsors. Thanks go out to the NIU Police Department, who kept all participants safe by monitoring the course and controlling traffic throughout the race.