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The inaugural Pairing Up to Beat Lung Cancer 5K race and 1 mile run or walk will take participants through the streets of beautiful downtown Arlington Heights. Both races will start and finish at Runners High ‘n Tri at 121 W. Campbell Street, Arlington Heights. For the 5K only, there is the option of competing as part of a 2-person team.

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 & 1 mile run/walk event 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.

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

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 and 1 mile run/walk 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.

Team up with Lung Cancer Alliance to Shine a Light on Lung Cancer
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and whether you are an individual, healthcare provider or company it’s easy to promote the national movement for lung cancer awareness. Check out the options and order your free Shine A Light kit today!  

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The Race & Walk

Starting Line
Runners High ‘n Tri at 121 W. Campbell Street, Arlington Heights.

Schedule on Race Day
7:00 to 8:00am – Race day registration, late packet pick-up and timing tag pickup
8:00am – Windy City Hit Man DJ Gary Templin starts music and NCH Wellness Center personal trainers lead warm-up
8:10am – Race Directors Juli & Valdis Aistars – the cause, race instructions
8:15am – Mayor of Arlington Heights, Tom Hayes
8:20am – Ella Palffy sings our National Anthem
8:30am – 5K start
8:35am – 1 mile run & walk start
9:30am – approximate start of awards and raffles
10:00am – Event ends

Packet Pickup
Packet pickup will be located at Runners High ‘n Tri at 121 W. Campbell Street in Arlington Heights. Race packets include a race day bib, colorful shirt and other goodies. Race packets will be available for pick up during the following days and hours:

  • Friday, November 3 from 12 pm to 7pm
  • RACE DAY – Saturday, November 4  from 7:00 am – 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.

Chip Timing & Results
All registered participants will be provided with a shoe tag timing chip that will ensure an accurate finish time. Shoe tag timing chips will be given out on race day at the race site and must be returned in the finish chutes immediately after the race. Race results will be posted on the runrace.net within 2 days 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.

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
  • Three 361 branded caps and winter hat
  • Three month membership at Northwest Community Wellness Center ($375 value)
  • $15.00 Armand’s Restaurant gift certificate
  • Four $20.00 Road ID gift certificates

Gear Check
There is no gear check station at the race site.

Race Shirts
All participants will receive a blue moisture-wicking long-sleeve shirt which will be available in sizes especially tailored for men or women. Women will receive a v-neck style shirt and men will receive a crew neck style shirt. All volunteers will receive a gray long-sleeve T shirt.

Safety First
Baby strollers will be allowed on the course – please stay towards the back for safety. Dogs are not permitted on the course unless you check with the Race Director so that we know what to expect. Again, be careful with dogs leashed and keep them close to you. Participants may use headphones (a low volume is suggested!). Always be aware of  your surroundings.

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 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.

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 through the paved, tree-lined streets of downtown Arlington Heights. Although all efforts will be made to close the course to traffic, please be aware of your surroundings.

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 Friday, November 3, 2017. 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.

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

I apologize for the error stating that everyone in the 5K received a finisher’s award. Someone brought it to my attention on 11/8/17. If you finished the 5K on 11/4/17 and did not already receive an award, please contact Juli Aistars at jaistars@yahoo.com. You will get a discount off next year’s 5K.

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Handmade awards for age group places and pairs.

The award ceremony will take place immediately following the 5K race at approximately 9:30am. Beautiful one-of-a-kind awards will be designed and handmade by artisan and ultra-runner Tracy Thomas, owner of Marvelous Mud.

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)
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Handmade awards for the 5k overall winners will look similar to the mugs above but with Pairing up to Beat Lung Cancer artwork!

1 Mile Run & Walk Information

1 Mile Run & Walk Course
The 1 mile event features a flat, fast course perfect for novice as well as experienced runners and walkers. The looped route will take participants through the paved, tree-lined streets of downtown Arlington Heights. Although all efforts will be made to close the course to traffic, please be aware of your surroundings.

1 Mile Run & Walk Registration
Registration is open now at RunRace.net. Online registration closes at 8pm on Friday, November 3, 2017. 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.

1 Mile Run Awards
The award ceremony will take place immediately following the 5K race at approximately 9:30am. For the 1 mile race, a gift certificate for a pair of 361 running shoes redeemable at Runners Hi ‘n Tri will be awarded to:

  • 1st place – top overall male and female
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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
Arlington Trotters
Alpine Runner of Lake Zurich
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.

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. Online registration closes at 10pm on Friday, November 3, 2017. 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.

Packet Pickup
Packet pickup will be located at Runners High ‘n Tri at 121 W. Campbell Street in Arlington Heights. Race packets include a race day bib, colorful shirt and other goodies. Race packets will be available for pick up during the following days and hours:

  • Friday, November 3 from 12 pm to 7pm
  • RACE DAY – Saturday, November 4  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
Streets along the race and walk route will be closed to traffic and parking prior to and during the race/walk. However, there are a number of covered or underground parking lots in downtown Arlington Heights that are near the race site and offer free parking:

Evergreen Avenue Underground Garage
Entrance is on Evergreen Avenue Between Sigwalt and Northwest Highway

Vail Avenue Garage
Entrance is on Vail Avenue or Highland Between Sigwalt and Campbell Streets

North Garage
Entrance is on Evergreen Avenue between Miner and Eastman, or Eastman Street west of Arlington Heights Road

Municipal Garage
Entrance is on Sigwalt, east of Arlington Heights Road

Public Transit
The race site is just a short walk from the Arlington Heights Metra train station which is located at 45 W. Northwest Highway. 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.

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 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.

 

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Support Us

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

Volunteer to help at the packet pickup at Runner’s High n’ Tri on November 3, 2017. Volunteers are also needed on race day at packet pick up, on the race/walk 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 go to RunRace.net to sign up as a volunteer.

Donate to the Northwest Community Hospital Foundation. It is easy to donate and your tax-deductable 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 page.

Become a sponsor and we will proudly display your company name/logo on our race shirts and website.  Contact us for more information. Or print and complete our Sponsor Form.

Sponsorship Levels
Gold – $1,000

Includes name/logo on 5K event shirts, any advertising included in event packets, company link on website, and 5 free 5K entries
Silver – $500
Includes name/logo on the 5K event shirts, any advertising included in event packets, company link on event website, and 2 free 5K entries
Bronze – $250
Includes advertising in event packets, company link on event website, 2 free 5K entries

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!