About Our Race
A family-friendly community race to fundraise for Chicago-based nonprofit Expanding Lives. For more information check out expandinglives.org. Our event includes a 5K race for both adults and children and lots of other kid's activities.
July 8th - check-in and race day registration opens at 7:00am. The 5K race starts at 8:00am for runners and at 8:15am for families and children. Strollers are allowed on the course for the 8:15 start.
5K Race Course
The Expanding Lives 5K Run/Walk has a course that is run primarily on the asphalt path that winds through Erickson Woods Forest Preserve and finishes back at the start line. For a look at the course map, please see: www.expandinglives.org.
On or before June 24th, registration fee is $30 for adults and $25 for children (12 or younger). After June 24th the fees are $35 for adults and $30 for children. Race day registration fees (exact cash only) – $35 for adults, $30 for children.
Packet Pick Up
TBD - Due to the closing of Sports Authority, our packet pick up location has not been decided yet. Packets can still be picked up starting at 7am at the race.
Amenities and Prizes
Breakfast and water will be provided for all participants. T-shirts are ensured for all those (adult and children) who register before June 24th. Prizes are available for top finishers in each category and raffle prizes from local businesses are available for all.
Directions and Parking
From the south: take the Edens north and get off at the Willow Road East exit. Erickson Woods is on the left as you get off the highway. There is a parking lot at Erickson Woods. If you arrive a little later and there is no parking, there are a number of small side streets on the opposite side of Willow Road about a half block east of the Erickson Woods parking lot. There are also a few strip malls and office complexes with parking lots on the other side of the Edens (west of Erickson Woods).
If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please contact our volunteer coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are expected to help set up, facilitate, and clean up the race, from 5:30am to 12:00pm on July 8th. Volunteers will be given a free T-shirt and free breakfast for their help. We welcome volunteers that are not available for the entire time, but the T-shirt and breakfast will not be guaranteed.