The 2nd 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. There are two options. You can run or walk solo, or enter as part of a “twosome” where your ages and times are combined.
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.
The “Pairing Up to Beat Lung Cancer” 5K race was created to:
help raise awareness about lung cancer;
honor both survivors and those lost 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 much higher, while for non-smokers the risk is lower.
A Survivor’s Story
Despite the very 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 at some point. Many of the stories of these survivors are inspiring! NCH would like to share one of the success stories with you.
Racing and Walking to Bring Hope
By registering for and participating in the “Pairing Up to Beat Lung Cancer” 5k race you are helping to fund the NCH Foundation which provides compassionate care for those fighting lung cancer. If you are not able to attend the event you may still help by donating directly to the NCH Foundation.
Schedule on Race Day 7:00 to 8:00am – Race day registration, late packet pick-up
8:00am – Music starts and NCH Wellness Center personal trainers lead warm-up
8:10am – Race Directors Juli & Valdis Aistars – the cause, race instructions 8:30am – 5K start – walkers and slower runner please start in back
9:30am – approximate start of awards and raffles
10:00am – Event ends
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.
Food and Raffle Prizes
Starbuck’s coffee served pre-race. Post-race, water and food will be available near the finish line for registered participants and volunteers. Raffle prizes are as listed below and will be based on your race bib number. Must be present 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
Gear Check There will be no gear check station at the race site.
All participants will receive an ash gray long-sleeve shirt. All volunteers will receive a teal long-sleeve T shirt.
Baby strollers will be allowed on the course – please stay towards the back 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 (certification pending) and 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 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, please be aware of your surroundings and your footing.
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. If registering as a twosome, 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. The twosome division will be divided into 20-year age groups and your age group is arrived at by adding your two ages together.
5K Race Registration Registration is open now at RunRace.net. Online registration closes at 10pm on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Race day registration will be offered at the race venue for an increased price, and a shirt is not guaranteed.
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
5K Race Awards All finishers age 12 and under will receive a finisher’s award! The award ceremony will take place immediately following the 5K race at approximately 9:30am.
Race results for twosomes will be scored by combining the finish time for both participants. Awards will be given to:
Open 5K Division Top overall male and female
1st place male and female in each of the age groups
2nd place male and female in each of the age groups
Twosome 5K Division 1st place in each of the age groups (both runners in the twosome receive an award)
2nd place in each of the age groups (both runners in the twosome receive an award
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:
Race as a Twosome This race gives you the opportunity to run with a friend as a team. So grab your neighbor, bestie, child or spouse and have fun pairing up to beat lung cancer!
Registration Please register online at RunRace.net. There are no registration fees this year. Registrants 12 years old or under on race day will get an automatic $5.00 discount. If an immediate family of four is registering 4 people or more at one time, contact me at email@example.com for a discount code for $30.00 off registration. Online registration closes at 10pm on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Race day registration will be offered at the race venue for an increased price, and shirt availability will be limited to the sizes on hand.
RACE DAY – Saturday, November 3 from 7:00am – 8:00am
If you can’t make it to the Packet Pickup, you’re welcome to send a friend or family member to pick up your packet. Just be sure they come with a copy of your registration confirmation.
Plan for Parking The parking lot at Midtown Athletic Club will be available as well as the UPS lot located nearby at 2050 N. Hicks Road in Palatine.
Public Transit The Metra train station that is nearest the race site is located at 137 W. Wood in
Palatine. The train line is the Metra Union Pacific Northwest.
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 appropriately for the weather.
Gear Check There will not be a gear check station at the race site.
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 feel it’s most fair to apply a uniform policy to everyone. All registrations are final. Refunds will not be issued based on weather conditions.
There are many ways you can help us in the fight to beat lung cancer:
Volunteer to help at the packet pickup at Midtown Athletic Club on Friday, November 2, 2018. Volunteers are also needed on race day at packet pick up, on the race course, and at the finish line. Many hands are need to make the event successful! Volunteers will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt. Please contact Juli Aistars for more information or to volunteer.
Donate to the Northwest Community Hospital Foundation. It is easy todonate 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.
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!