Punxsutawney Phil didn’t offer much relief for those of us dreaming about spring. Six more weeks of winter was the discouraging prediction to come out of Groundhog Day, but the good news is temperatures will eventually rise. When the thaw finally comes, be ready to hit the ground running.
Registration is now open for the Foodie 5K presented by Athletico. Organized to benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank, the chip-timed 5K fun run/walk will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 12 at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. All ages are welcome.
Awards will be presented to the top male and female finishers in each age group, but there is plenty of incentive to participate even if you’re not intent on setting a new personal-best time.
The Foodie 5K includes a post-run festival with music, food trucks (Babycakes, Cupcakes for Courage, Kona Ice, Toasty Cheese), activities for kids sponsored by My Gym and a special appearance by Ozzie of the Kane County Cougars. All registered participants will receive a $2 Food Truck voucher to be used at the post-run festival, and a ticket voucher for any 2014 Kane County Cougars home game. Those who register before March 1 will also receive a Foodie 5K moisture wicking, long sleeved t-shirt.
All participants are encouraged to fundraise. All funds will benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank, where $1 donated can provide $8 worth of groceries to a neighbor in need. Fundraising incentives range from a stainless steel water bottle to a chance to win domestic airline tickets.
The registration fee for the race is $30 before March 1 and $35 after March 1. The registration fee for ages 6-12 is $15. There will be no registration the day of the race.
The Foodie 5K presented by Athletico is made possible thanks to the support of Blistex, the Kane County Cougars, the Kane County Chronicle, Suburban Life, Taylor Bruce Design Partnership, 93.9 My FM, Ice Mountain, Fox Valley Ice Arena, Great Guys, Inc., General Mills, Grant Thornton, Orange Theory Fitness, the Daily Herald and My Gym.Visit www.SolveHungerToday.org/Foodie5K for more information.