Posted on 08/07/2014

The Village of Orland Park Recreation Department promises complete pandemonium on Saturday, August 9 when the village hosts its inaugural PANDEMONIUM IN THE PARK 5K CHALLENGE for participants age 12 and older.

“The Village of Orland Park has two very popular annual runs --- the Liberty Run during the July 4th festivities and the Turkey Trot, which we’ve held for more than 25 years each Thanksgiving Day,” said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “Pandemonium is something new that the Recreation Department is offering and it sounds like it will be a great time for everyone,” he added.

Pandemonium in the Park begins at the village’s outdoor concert venue at Centennial Park West, at Somerglen Road and Park Station Boulevard near 159th Street and 108th Avenue and will include obstacles at nearby Centennial Park at 15600 West Avenue.

“This is a fun opportunity for families, friends and co-workers to form teams, choose a theme, dress up and race together,” said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village’s Recreation and Parks Committee. “It sounds like those watching the event will have as much fun as those participating,” she added.

Registration continues for the challenge with a course described as wet, muddy, slippery, possibly foamy and challenging obstacles. The cost through August 8 is $50 per person with all participants receiving technical t-shirts, a slice of Beggar’s pizza and each finisher receiving an official Pandemonium Finisher’s Medal. The day of registration fee is $55 per person.

Registered participants may pick up their swag bags, including a Pandemonium dri-fit t-shirt and race bib on August 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. or on August 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Boombah Store at 15758 South LaGrange Road. Photo identification is required for pick up.

“Obstacle, mud, foam and color runs have become very popular,” Ray Piattoni, facility administrator for the village and one of the event organizers. “As the mayor said, we wanted to add something new to the village’s run offerings. Most races offer a single feature like mud, foam or obstacles with some offering a few elements. We decided to offer all of them and more, feeding into the event’s theme of pandemonium,” he added.

Waves of participants begin at 8 a.m. with a new wave leaving every 15-20 minutes. Participants are encouraged to come in costume --- including tutus, super heroes, rock stars or whatever participants choose. The course includes more than 20 obstacles with each wave beginning with a count down and color explosion leading into areas called the bubble pass, slip and slide, sand bag hill, soapy water cannons, Mud Mountain, pillar killer, an inflatable obstacle course and more.

Advance registration and further information is available at the Village of Orland Park Recreation Administration Building, 14600 South Ravinia Avenue and at the village’s Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street. For more information, call 708/403-7275.

Additional details and online registration are available on the village’s website at