Fun Runs + walks

Hustle s'more 5k/10k + kids mile

LOCATION | Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Rd, Geneva, IL​

DATE | September 25, 2021 | 8am

COST | $15 - $40

DETAILS | Run through the prairie of Peck Farm Park at the Hustle S’more 5K! On-site registration and check-in begins at 8am. Kids mile begins at 8:30am, followed by the 5K at 9am. Free s'mores and hot chocolate at the end of the race!


donut dash 5k

LOCATION | Gunnar Anderson Forest Preserve, 719 S Batavia Ave, Geneva, IL​

DATE | September 25, 2021 | 8am

COST |  $30 or $35 with t-shirt for 5K / $10 or $15 with t-shirt for 1 mile run / $15 for munchkin fun run

DETAILS | RUN, WALK, EAT DONUTS!! DONUT DASH 5K!! Calling all runners, walkers and donut lovers! The Geneva Community Chest is hosting its 5th annual Donut Dash 5K on Saturday, September 25, 2021. This year the planners will be adding a chip-timed one-mile run. The end result is a family-friendly event that will delight adults and children, alike. The Donut Dash will be a scenic 5K walk/run along the Fox River trails and along with the 1-mile run for children ages 7-12 and a “Munchkin” run for children under age 6. And most importantly…donuts at the finish line for all participants!


run, walk & Roll

LOCATION | Marklund Hyde Center: 1S450 Wyatt Dr, Geneva, IL

DATE | October 17, 2021 | 8am

COST |  5K w/ Hoodie: $50 | 5K w/ Beanie: $40 | 1 Mile w/ Hoodie: $40 | 1 Mile w/ Beanie: $30

DETAILS | Join Marklund this Fall as we return in-person (and virtual!) for our 9th Annual Run, Walk & Roll-Geneva 5K/1Mile event, Presented by Fisher Nuts! Finisher medal, Race bib, Chipped timing for live 5K participants & online timing entry for virtual 5K participants, Sponsor product samples and goodies, Entry into the "Party in the Park Celebration"- including Pal Joey's pizza, Buona hot dogs & italian sausage, Live music from 101.9... The Mix and much more!


mummy mile fun run

LOCATION | Riverbend Community Park, 6N517 Geneva Ave, St. Charles, IL

DATE | October 9, 2021 | 9am - 10:30am

COST |  $10, 3 and under free

DETAILS | Have a hocus pocus GHOUL time with a little exercise and a SKELE-TON of fun this SPOOKY season! For all or part of your run/walk, try morphing into a MUMMY with arms and legs stretched out. No bending your knees! Trick or Treat at the candy/prize stations and learn some silly Halloween jokes along your way. Take home a special Halloween DIY craft. Advance regsistration required. After your 1-mile walk/run, sit for a SPELL and enjoy a BREW (pre-packaged snack & beverage) while waiting for the awards presentation. Awards presented for Best Halloween Costume.

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drumstick dash 5k run + walk

LOCATION | Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Rd, St. Charles, IL

DATE | November 13, 2021 | 8:30am

COST |  $45 after October 13 | Early bird by Oct. 13: $35

DETAILS | 5K Fun Run & Walk! Gobble! Wobble! Before you stuff your face on Turkey Day, it’s time to run this race! Oh, what fun it is to run with everyone! A family & petfriendly event. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Kids. Finisher awards given to all participants. Medals presented to the Top Finisher in each age group. This chipped timed course features various terrain including gravel, grass and a paved trail. Two water stations will be placed strategically along the course. Proper stretching techniques led by the Stretch Lab. Pre- and post-race snacks provided.

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fo valley 5k and full + half marathon

LOCATION | First St. and Illinois St., St. Charles, IL

DATE | September 19, 2021 | 7am

COST |  Varies depending on race length

DETAILS | Join us for the annual DuPage Medical Group Fox Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and Fall Final 20™ and the Fox Valley 5K! The Fox Valley Marathon Races is one of the premier fall running events in Chicagoland.The Fox Valley 5K includes the same great Fox Valley Marathon Races runner amenities including finisher medal, race shirt. Come run, or enjoy watching and cheering from the sidelines!

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hot cocoa 5k

LOCATION | Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave, St. Charles, IL

DATE | October 24, 2021 | 8am

COST |  $50

DETAILS | The Hot Cocoa 5K is coming to St. Charles at Pottawatomie Park! The event will feature a beautiful scenic 5K run along the lake, a sweet giveaways and treats, and of course, UNLIMITED HOT COCOA! The race is geared toward all ages and competition levels! All proceeds will go back to directly benefitting the community and local charities. Costumes are encouraged for all in attendance. There will also be food, music, and beer booths. Whether you are a serious runner, or just love Chocolate, the event will bring together running enthusiasts, supporters, neighbors and party-goers of all ages.

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hops for hope 5k

LOCATION | Mount Saint Mary Park, St. Charles, IL

DATE | October 2, 2021 | 10am - 3pm

COST |  $35 - $55

DETAILS | Project Mobility is hosting our 5th annual 5K beer run. Hops for Hope 5K is a twist on the traditional 5K! The event is timed and the course is certified, whether you are a serious runner or walker who loves beer, this event is for you. We have 4 different options this year; In-Person 5K with Beer Stops, In-Person 5K with No Beer Stops, Virtual 5K and Awards Ceremony Only. The In-Person 5K will start at the beautiful Mount Saint Mary Park in St. Charles and head towards Geneva on the scenic path through Wheeler Park and ends back at Mount Saint Mary Park for the Award Ceremony!

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bat run 5k/10k + kids fun run

LOCATION | River St. & State St., Batavia, IL

DATE | October 31, 2021 | 8:30am, 9:30am for Fun Run

COST |  $5 - $35

DETAILS | Batavia United Way hosts the Halloween-themed Bat Race 5K/10K every year in conjunction with Batavia’s BatFest. The 8th Annual 2021 Bat Race will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021. This chip-timed race draws runners from all over the Chicagoland area to the beautiful Fox River Trail bike path. The race begins and ends on River St. and State St. in downtown Batavia. Costumes are encouraged but not required and we have a costume contest for those who do come in costume!


hot cider hustle

LOCATION | 3S580 Naperville Rd, Wheaton, IL

DATE | October 30 OR October 31, 2021

COST |  $36.99 - $75

DETAILS | Run the Wheaton Hot Cider Hustle 8 Mile and 5K on October 30th or October 31st. Everyone gets hot cider, a caramel apple and finisher mug at the finish line!


gourdy's pumpkin run

LOCATION | Keller's Farmstand, 2500 Johnson Rd., Oswego, IL

DATE | October 2, 2021 | 7am - 11am

COST |  $39 - $44

DETAILS | Escape the city with a quick drive west of Chicago and you’ll quickly find yourself amongst fellow fall-lovers at Keller’s Farmstand. The course meanders through the orchard on soft, flat paths. You’ll breeze by hundreds of apple trees unveiling dozens of varietals. As you carry on, you’ll pass through the pumpkin patch before finishing your run amongst autumn-hued rows of corn. Cool down with crisp apple cider and snap a photo with your medal at the finish line! ALL AGES WELCOME


fall color 5k Run + Walk

LOCATION | Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL

DATE | October 2, 2021 | 8am or 9:30am

COST |  $45

DETAILS | Satisfy your inner champion on the Arboretum’s scenic, rolling course through the fresh autumn air. Celebrate your finish with live music and a complimentary beer (participants age 21+) at the post-race party. Participation supports the Arboretum’s work to plant and protect trees. New this year! On-site participants can choose from a Shotgun Start or Open Start. Participants may also choose a Virtual 5K.


holiday lights 5k walk/run for mooseheart

LOCATION | Mooseheart Child City and School, 255 James J. Davis Dr, Mooseheart, IL

DATE | November 20, 2021 | 5:00p

COST |  $10 - $40, depending on age and when you register

DETAILS | Run, walk or stroll in-person through the beautiful Mooseheart campus on November 20th and get a sneak peek of this year’s Mooseheart Holiday Lights Display too. Create a team, join a team or just participate for the fun of it whether you’re in-person or participating virtually! Help spread the word to get others to join the fun too while FUNdraising for Mooseheart Child City & School. The holidays are the perfect time to do good for others and our Mooseheart kids need your support. They too deserve a chance in life and you can help give that gift! Awards for top times will be given. 


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