A Space Race at the Riverfront Museum

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The Peoria Riverfront Museum hosted its 22nd annual Interplanetary 5K Race on Saturday.

According to curator of science and director of the planetarium, Renae Kerrigan, less than 200 participants of all ages were able to follow the routes of interplanetary explorers through the solar system.

“Runners run through our community solar system model from the sun, which is in our planetarium, to Mars orbit and back,” Kerrigan said.

She said it is the world’s most complete large-scale model of the solar system.

“There is no other race like this. There is no other race where you race planet from planet. It gives us a chance to get a little education, talk about the scale of the solar system, but also have a lot of fun,” Kerrigan said.

David Nordhielm, a local runner, said he ran in honor of his father, who was a 5k runner and loved supporting the community.

“I know he would be here, so I’m doing it in his honor, and you know all the Peoria support,” Nordhielm said.

After the race, participants were able to enjoy refreshments in the museum’s auditorium and receive awards for their performance.

Kerrigan said she appreciates the result every year.

“It’s so fun to see the runners coming back every year and then all the new runners getting to run their first 5k, it’s just a really fun morning,” Kerrigan said.

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