The Race & Walk

Please register online at
The cost of the 5K run/walk is $30 for adults and $20 for kids 15 years old or younger or adults 65 years old or older. The cost increases to $35 and $25 if registering after 10/31/19 at noon. Online registration closes at noon on 10/31/19. There will be paper registration at packet pickup during the daytime hours and on race day morning for $35 cash or check, shirts only if any are left.

The cost of the 1 mile fun run is $20.00, $25.00 if registering after 10/31/19 at noon. Online registration closes at noon on 10/31/19.

A long-sleeved T shirt is not guaranteed if registering after 10/25/19.  Please register as early as possible!

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 and a race bib. Race packets will be available for pick up during the following days and hours:

  • 11/1/19 – 6AM to 8PM
  • RACE DAY – Saturday, November 2 from 7:00am – 8:00am – Come as early as possible to avoid the rush! Please try to pick up before race day!
  • Race Bibs will be provided with your packet along with safety pins (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.
  • We went back to the shoe tag this year because we are a “green” race, no timing chips to throw in a landfill. The paper bibs can be recycled.

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! For NCH employees, packets can be picked up in Cancer Services in the lower level, X6572.

Parking – Important!!!
Please avoid parking in the Midtown Athletic Club parking lot since the club will be open for business. If you are a Midtown member, you may use the Midtown lot on race day. Parking will be available at the UPS lot located a short walk to the east of Midtown at 2050 N. Hicks Road in Palatine. We ask that school buses drop off at Midtown and park in the nearby forest preserve lot. You can get there by heading south on Hicks Road from Midtown, turning right at Dundee and entering the forest preserve on the right side. There may not be room at UPS for buses.

Starting Line
Midtown Athletic Club which is located at 1760 N. Hicks Road, Palatine, IL 60074. The event will start in the small parking lot just off of Hicks Road. Race day packet pickup  and shoe tag pickup will also be located here, along with race day registration.

Schedule on Race Day (approximate times) – Race will start on time!
7:00 to 7:45am – Race day registration if not pre-registered (please try to avoid this by registering in advance!)
7:00 to 8:00am – packet pick-up if you didn’t get your packet prior to race day, shoe tag pick-up for all runners
7:30am or before – Music starts
8:05am – Race Directors Juli & Valdis Aistars – the cause, race instructions
8:10am – a few words from Rebecca Grant, NCH Foundation
8:20am – 5 minute warmup led by Midtown and NCH group exercise leaders
8:25am – singing of the National Anthem by Ella Palffy – this is Ella’s 3rd year!
8:30am – 5K start – walkers and slower runner please start in back
This year, half of Hicks road will be blocked for the start for safety, a Palatine police officer will monitor traffic
8:35am – 1 mile start – runners in front, walkers behind – you will go half a mile out and half mile back, turning left as you enter the forest preserve path
10:00am – Event ends – Overall awards, female and male, will be announced for the 5K, weather permitting. All other awards can be picked up at the race if at the Awards table.

Post-race party/lung cancer survivor celebration immediately following event at Emmett’s Brewing Company, 110 N. Brockway Street, Palatine. This will be a get together to celebrate lung cancer survivors and honor those we have been lost to lung cancer, no speeches, just enjoying each other’s company! We will have raffle prizes and a silent auction.

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 few bins to leave jackets or packets at the start/finish so you won’t get too cold walking back to your car! If this happens, please have your name on any items you leave.

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 being dumped in landfills! Race results will be posted at  within minutes of the race finish. If you look up your result on your iPhone and see that you have an award coming, please go to the awards table and ask for it. They will verify and provide you with your age group medal. Awards only for the 5K open and the Twosome categories. No awards for the 1 mile event.

Water Stations & Amenities
On the 5K course an additional water station will be located at approximately the 1.5 mile mark with bottled water. A garbage can will be provided, or hang onto the bottle until you finish. Please do not litter! 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! If you are a member of Midtown, you may use the indoor restrooms and park in their lot.

Food and Raffle Prizes
Starbuck’s coffee will be served before the 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, raffle tickets to be purchased at the post-race event or prior to race day if you wish to be in the raffle, $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. You do not have to be present to win.

  • Jelly’s Cafe $25 gift certificate
  • Lynfred Winery Wine Tasting Certificate for up to 6 adults
  • Basket from Vitamin Shoppe in Arlington Heights
  • Santa’s Village passes for 6 people
  • Carlson’s basket – fish oil supplements
  • There will also be some larger raffle prizes to make it more interesting this year!

Race Shirts
All participants registering before October 25th will receive a long-sleeve T shirt. All volunteers will receive a  long-sleeve T shirt until we run out! If you are volunteering and running, you will get one shirt, since the volunteer shirt is the same as the race shirt.

Safety First
Baby strollers will be allowed on the course but we ask that you 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. There will be an electric wheelchair on the course as well as a wheelchair being pushed; they will start at the back of the 5K for safety.

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 our goal 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 to the left for approximately 2.8 miles, then turn again to the left onto the sidewalk 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. This year, one lane of Hicks Road will be blocked off for the start, in the interest of safety for all participants. A Palatine police officer will be overseeing the lane blockade to ensure safety.

1 Mile Race Course
The one mile course will turn left as you get on the Deer Grove red loop 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. The 1 mile is a fun run or walk, no awards, no water station. You may carry a bottle of water from the race start with you.

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 (ages of  partners added together)
29 and under
30 to 49
50 to 69
70 to 89
90 to 109
110 to 129
130 to 149

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
Only the overall male and female 5K winners will be announced, weather permitting. There will be no awards ceremony, rather, you can pick up your award at the Awards Table if you have looked it up online and know that you have one. Volunteers will be able to check for you if you don’t have your phone. The awards volunteers will verify and provide your award. 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)
  • 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. Please come and get one before we run out!


  • Twosome 5K Division
    1st place in each of the age groups (each runner in the pair receives a medal)
    2nd place in each of the age groups (each runner in the pair receives a medal)
    Awards in the Twosome category are not based on gender, it can be any combination male/male, female/female, male/female or other.

Below are the overall male and female 5K awards:


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


1 Mile Run or Walk – Fun Run, no awards