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The 3rd annual Pairing Up to Beat Lung Cancer 5K run or walk will be held at Midtown Athletic Club, 1760 N. Hicks Road in Palatine, Illinois, on Saturday, November 2, 2019. There are two options. You can run or walk solo, or enter as part of a “twosome” where your ages and times are combined but you don’t have to run together. This year, we are bringing back the one mile walk, by popular demand.

100% of the profit from this event goes to Northwest Community Hospital’s Foundation Lung Cancer Fund to provide assistance for people diagnosed with lung cancer.

 

 

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Our Cause

 

The “Pairing Up to Beat Lung Cancer” 5K race was created to:

  • help raise awareness about lung cancer;
  • honor both survivors and those who lost their lives to lung cancer;
  • raise donations to help patients struggling with the financial burdens associated with fighting the disease.

Lung Cancer Quick Facts
Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women – about 1 out of 4 cancer deaths are from lung cancer. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Overall, the chance that a man will develop lung cancer in his lifetime is about 1 in 14; for a woman, the risk is about 1 in 17. These numbers include both smokers and non-smokers. For smokers the risk is higher, while for non-smokers the risk is lower. However, about 15% of people  diagnosed with lung cancer never smoked! Smoking and second-hand smoke are the top cause of lung cancer, but there are many factors, including radon as the #2 cause.

Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) in Arlington Heights is a leader in the prevention, detection, treatment and care of those with lung cancer or those at high risk for lung cancer. They offer:

Life after Lung Cancer: A Survivor’s Story
Despite the serious prognosis of lung cancer, some people with earlier stage cancers are cured. More than 430,000 people alive today have been diagnosed with lung cancer. Many of the stories of these survivors are inspiring! Though Colleen’s lung cancer was diagnosed in a later stage, it was successfully treated and she got her life back. NCH would like to share Colleen’s story.

Racing and Walking to Bring Hope & Awareness
By registering for and participating in the “Pairing Up to Beat Lung Cancer” 5k race  you are showing your support for people living with lung cancer and remembering those we lost to lung cancer. You may have a family member or a friend who has traveled this road. If so, you know that the decisions are never easy.

If there is any profit from the race itself after expenses, 100 percent goes to the NCH Foundation Lung Cancer Fund, which provides compassionate financial assistance for those fighting lung cancer who need help with basic expenses while undergoing treatment at NCH. If you are not able to attend the event, you may still help by donating directly to the NCH Foundation Lung Cancer Fund. Please choose “Lung Cancer Fund” under the drop-down designation menu. In comments, write “Pairing Up to Beat Lung Cancer”. Thank you!!!

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The Race & Walk

Registration
Please register online at RunRace.net.
The cost of the 5K run/walk is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 15 years old or younger or adults 65 years old or older if registered on or before August 31, 2019. The cost increases after this date – check registration site for prices after August 31.  A long-sleeved T shirt not guaranteed if registering after 10/30/19.  Please register as early as possible!

Early bird registration from opening in February, 2019 until August 31, 2019 – $25 for adults and $15 for kids 15 years old or younger and adults 65 years old or older.

For one mile race, cost is $15 through August 31, 2019. See registration site for price increases after August 31.

Packet Pickup
Packet pickup will be located at Midtown Athletic Club at 1760 North Hicks Road, Palatine, IL 60074.  Race packets include information and goodies, along with a shirt. Race packets will be available for pick up during the following days and hours:

  • During Midtown’s regular hours 11/1/19 – please check website for hours
  • RACE DAY – Saturday, November 2 from 7:00am – 8:00am – Come as early as possible to avoid the rush!
  • Race Bibs will be in your packet (timing shoe tag to be picked up on race morning) You must wear a shoe tag that matches your bib if you want a time.

If you can’t make it to the Packet Pickup, you’re welcome to send a friend or family member to get it for you. For large groups registering together, please send one person to pick up all the packets for that group!

Parking – Important!!!
Please avoid parking in the Midtown Athletic Club parking lot since the club will be open for business. Parking will be available at the UPS lot located a short walk to the east of Midtown at 2050 N. Hicks Road in Palatine.

Starting Line
Midtown Athletic Club which is located at 1760 N. Hicks Road, Palatine, IL 60074

Schedule on Race Day (approximate times) – Race will start on time!
7:00 to 7:45am – Race day registration if not pre-registered
7:00 to 8:00am – packet pick-up if you didn’t get your  packet prior to race day, bib pick-up for all runnersRace
7:30am or before – Music starts with our Legal Beagle DJ, Scott Kummer, hailing from Chicago and donating his services!
8:05am – Race Directors Juli & Valdis Aistars – the cause, race instructions
8:10am – a few words from a lung cancer survivor or family member/friend
8:20am – 5 minute warmup led by Midtown and NCH athletic trainers
8:25am – singing of the National Anthem (Ella Palffy)
8:30am – 5K start – walkers and slower runner please start in back
8:35am – 1 mile start – runners in front, walkers behind
10:00am – Event ends – Awards can be picked up at the race if you will not be attending the post-race party

Post-race party immediately following event at Tap House Grill, 47 W. Wilson Street, Palatine, awards announced if inclement weather at the race site, raffle prizes, a get-together to celebrate lung cancer survivorship and honor those we have lost to lung cancer, no speeches, just enjoying each other’s company!

Gear Check
There will be no gear check station at the race site. Any items of value should be left in your car. Depending on the weather, we may have a place to leave jackets or packets at the start/finish so you won’t get too cold walking back to your car!

Chip Timing & Results — Going Green!
Bill Thom at RunRace will once again provide the timing for the event. RunRace is also one of our sponsors this year! Reusable shoe tags will be provided for an accurate finish time. This prevents disposable timing chips from going to landfills! Race results will be posted at  www.RunRace.net  within minutes of the race finish.

Water Stations & Amenities
On the 5K course an additional water station will be located at approximately the 1.5 mile mark. Porta potties will be available near the start/finish area. The club will be open but please try to avoid using the indoor restrooms if possible!

Food and Raffle Prizes
Starbuck’s coffee will be served pre-race. Pre- and post-race, water and food will be available at the finish line for registered participants and volunteers. Raffle prizes are as listed below and will be drawn according to your race bib number. You must be present at the post-race event to win and you will be asked to show your bib number. Don’t leave it in the car!!!

  • Breakfast for two at Egg Harbor Cafe
  • Lynfred Winery Wine Tasting Certificate for up to 6 adults
  • Basket from Vitamin Shoppe in Arlington Heights
  • California Pizza Kitchen certificate or basket
  • Carlson’s basket – supplements

Race Shirts
All participants registering before October 26th will receive a long-sleeve T shirt. All volunteers will receive a  long-sleeve T shirt until we run out!

Safety First
Baby strollers will be allowed on the course but will start at the back of the pack for safety. Dogs are not permitted on the course. Participants may use headphones (a low volume is suggested!). Always be aware of  your surroundings and watch your footing.

Refunds/Rain Checks
No refunds, no person-to-person transfers, rain checks or deferrals to a future year will be given. We understand that plans change, injuries happen, and situations arise, but it’s most fair to apply a uniform policy to everyone. All registrations are final. Refunds will not be issued based on weather conditions.

5K Race Information

5K Race Course
The 5K race course is USATF certified and sanctioned. It features a flat, fast route perfect for novice as well as experienced runners.  The looped course will take participants from Midtown Athletic Club onto the red loop bike path of Deer Grove East, follow the loop for approximately 2.8 miles and return to Midtown Athletic Club.  Although the run is off the roads except for the short section at the start, please be aware of your surroundings and your footing.

1 Mile Race Course
The one mile course will turn right as you enter the Deer Grove path, the same as the 5K course. There will be a cone when you have reached the halfway mark where you turn back to Midtown, the same way you went out.

5K Race – Choose from Two Options
You may compete as an individual in the open division OR as part of a two person team (lungs come in pairs after all!) in the “twosome” division. For this option, the two partners each register separately online and list the other person on their registration form. Twosomes can be male/male, male/female, female/female. Race results for twosomes will be scored by combining the finish time for both participants, awards will not be based on male or female but any combination. The twosome division will be divided into 20-year age groups and your age group is arrived at by adding both participants’ ages together. So grab your neighbor, BFF, child or spouse and have fun pairing up to beat lung cancer!

5K Race Age Groups

Open Age Groups
14 and under
15 to 19
20 to 24
25 to 29
30 to 34
35 to 39
40 to 44
45 to 49
50 to 54
55 to 59
60 to 64
65 to 69
70 to 74
75 to 79
80 and over

Twosome Age Groups (combined ages of  partners)
29 and under
30 to 49
50 to 69
70 to 89
90 to 109
110 to 129
130 to 149
150 and over

Race results for twosomes will be scored by combining the finish time and ages for both participants. You do not have to run together, only be signed up as a Twosome. It is possible to win in both the open category and the Twosome category.

5K Race Awards
The award ceremony will take place immediately following the 5K race at approximately 9:30am at the start/finish area if the weather is not terrible. Otherwise, awards will be announced at the post-race party at Tap House Grill. Awards are as follows:

  • Open 5K Division
    Top overall male and female (mug pictured below)
    1st place male and female in each of the age groups (photo below)
    2nd place male and female in each of the age groups (photo below)
    3rd place male and female in each of the age groups (photo below)
  • 5K Finishers, 12 years of age or younger
    A “Finisher’s Frisbee” with race logo – something you can use to have fun instead of storing it on a shelf or in a drawer! The frisbee is 9.5 inches in diameter.

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  • Twosome 5K Division
    1st place in each of the age groups (both runners in the pair receive an award)
    2nd place in each of the age groups (both runners in the pair receive an award)
    Awards in the Twosome category are not based on gender, it can be any combination male/male, female/female, male/female

Below are the overall male and female 5K awards:

Race Awards

Below are the open 5K age group awards, 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in 5 year age groups and the Twosome awards, first and second in each Twosome age category:

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1 Mile Race Award
Overall Male and Female only – A $25 store certificate

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Prepare for Race Day

Training
Preparing to run a race is more fun when you have a group to keep you motivated! Local running clubs offer scheduled fun runs, speed workouts and advice from members that will keep you on pace. Following are some running clubs in the northwest suburbs:

AMP’D Athletic Association
Alpine Runner of Lake Zurich
Busse Woods Running Club
Dick Pond Fast Track Racing Team (Schaumburg)
HIP Athletic Association in Palatine
Libertyville Running Club
Dr. Nick Nowicki / Arlington Trotter Speed Workouts
Running in the USA is a good resource to help you locate a running club in your area.

Public Transit
The Metra train station that is nearest the race site is located at 137 W. Wood Street in
Palatine. The train line is the Metra Union Pacific Northwest. It is located about 3 miles from Midtown. You would need to take a cab or Uber – unless you want to walk or run a 5K before a 5K! The post-race party at Tap House Grill is conveniently located a stone’s throw from the train station at 56 W. Wilson Street.

Dressing for the Weather
If you’re looking for a new pair of athletic shoes or the perfect gear to keep you comfortable during the race or walk, the professionals at Runners High n’ Tri have over 25 years of experience and are happy to help. The race/walk will be held rain or shine! Please be sure to dress for the weather. Forecast 6 days out is 33 to 41 degrees and a chance of rain.

Refunds/Rain Checks
No refunds, no person-to-person transfers, rain checks or deferrals to a future year will be given. We understand that plans change, injuries happen, and situations arise, but we will apply a uniform policy to everyone. If you feel you have an exceptional situation that is keeping you from participating, please contact the RDs and we will consider a deferral. Refunds will not be issued based on weather conditions.

 

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Support Us

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported this fundraising effort in 2017 and in 2018! Thank you to all sponsors, especially:

  • Northwest Community Hospital
    • Cancer Services, Administration & Marketing
  • Sodexo at Northwest Community Hospital
  • Jewel Osco
  • Midtown Athletic Club, Palatine
  • Farmer’s Insurance, Palatine
  • 3 individuals who I will not name without their permission, a dear man who has passed away, not from his lung cancer,  a generous man who has been a dear friend for many years, and an amazing lady who I have gotten to know over the past several months and who has worked tirelessly to support this fundraiser along with many in her family with time, donations, great ideas, and the list goes on!!!

It takes a lot of volunteers, donors, hours, dedication, and commitment to make an event like this successful — Val and I could not have pulled it off without all of you!!!

Thank You!!!

There are many ways you can help us in the fight to beat lung cancer:

Volunteers are needed on race day for packet pick up, number pick up, and race day registration, for early morning setup, on the race course to direct and cheer on runners, and at the finish line. Many hands are need to make the event successful! Volunteers will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt while they last. Please contact Juli Aistars for more information or to volunteer. Thank you to NCH employees, friends, family and a church group who I will name once I know the name of the church, for signing up to volunteer!!!

Donate to the Northwest Community Hospital Foundation. It is easy to donate and your tax-deductible contribution will help support those fighting lung cancer who are struggling to meet the financial burdens of care and treatment. Please choose “Lung Cancer Fund” under designation on the NCH Foundation “Give Now” page.

Become a sponsorContact us for more information. Or print and complete our Sponsor Form.

Sponsorship Levels
Gold – $500

Includes company logo on event shirts, company name & link on website, and 2 free run/walk entries
Silver – $250
Company name & link on event website; advertising in packet
Bronze – $100
Included in sponsorship listing on website

Spread the word about the race and about the fight against lung cancer. Reach out to family and friends on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms so they will be inspired to participate, too!