Victory in 5-Kilometer Race Is Special to Spivey

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Byline: Reggie Gorski Daily Herald Correspondent

Since making his third Olympic appearance in Atlanta this summer, Glen Ellyn resident Jim Spivey has been making great strides for a 36 year-old racing veteran.

While busy coaching at North Central College, he's won four road races in the area and rung up a 3:59 mile in New York three weeks ago.

But somehow Sunday was special.

With about a half-mile to go in the LaSalle Banks 5-kilometer race, Spivey broke from a pack of five to cruise to an eight-second victory over runner-up Jim Westphal in 14:13.

Spivey's first victory in the sister race to the Chicago Marathon earned him first-place prize money of $1,000.

He last ran there in 1991 while his best finish was sixth in 1990.

"I was really surprised no one came with me when I made my move," said Spivey. "I've been racing well lately, and I knew I was in pretty good shape.

"And it's always great to win in Chicago. It's my home."

As for his plans for the future, Spivey says it's likely he'll scale back his competition to regional races. …