The Race & Walk

Please click here to register. 
The cost of the 5K or 1 Mile run/walk is $30 + plus a small processing fee. Online registration is currently open and closes by end of day, November 6, 2021. All registrants who sign up by end of day 10/1/2021 will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt with race logo. This deadline was extended to 10/10/21. All registrants who submit a time on the website before November 6, end of day, will receive a finisher’s medal with race logo and year. If you are part of a twosome, please submit your time by 10/23/21.  If you have any trouble entering your finish time, please contact the the Race Director, Juli, at or through the “Contact” button on this website.

Pre-race Packet Pickup – None for 2021, same as last year! You will get a race packet at the November 6, 2021 post-event celebration, or we will mail it to you at the address provided at registration. All registrants will receive their event T-shirt if they registered by 10/1/2021. If you submit your results by 10/23/21, you will receive your finisher’s medal, whether you are part of twosome or solo. If you submit results after 10/23, you will get a “solo” medal, but it may be delayed. For the “twosome” medals, please submit results by 10/23/21. 

Parking – Anywhere legal!

Starting Line – Participant’s choice – run anywhere outside, the distance of your choice. Run alone or “pair up” with someone and enter the race as a “twosome” by emailing the Race Director at, indicating “I am Pairing up for Lung Cancer” in the subject line and indicating your partner for the walk or run. 

Schedule  – Up to you, no worry about being late… Register and run or walk up to and including 11/6/2021. Please register by end of day 10/10/2021 to get an event T-shirt.
November 6, 2021, 10AM to 12PM – Post-event celebration and Lung Cancer Survivor Event at Deer Grove East, Picnic Grove #4, Palatine, IL.

Gear Check – Somewhere safe, make sure you can remember where you left it!

Results — You submit your own results. Directions on how to submit result are on the registration website at Follow this link for further instructions to submit virtual results. If it is still not clear, contact the Race Director, Juli. 

Water Stations – Bring your own water, preferably in a reusable bottle or cup. Please keep our environment clean!

Race Shirts
All participants who registered for the event by end of day 10/10/2021 will receive a race shirt with the event logo.  We have ordered additional shirts for those registering late. Please contact me if you did not have the option for a shirt at registration. We will do our best to make sure everyone who registered gets one. They can be picked up at the November 6 post-event celebration in Deer Grove East, Palatine. If not picked up on that date, your packets will be mailed unless you request pickup at Northwest Community Hospital. Please email the Race Director at to request in person pickup. It will save mailing cost so it can benefit patients applying for the NCH Lung Cancer Fund assistance instead of going postal :). If you have an address change after you sign up for the race, please be sure to update it so your shirt and medal go to the correct address.

Safety First
Please be safe, for example, run or walk during daylight hours. If you are going alone, let someone know where you are, carry your phone, and take any other reasonable precautions to ensure your safety.

Refunds/Rain Checks
No refunds, person-to-person transfers, rain checks or deferrals to a future year. 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. Weather should  not be an issue since you have from August 1 through November 6 to plan and execute your run or walk.

5K Race Information – Run or walk anywhere you choose outdoors. You can use the 2019 courses in deer grove east, Palatine, if you wish. The course description is below.

5K Race Course
The 5K race course we have used in past years 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. 

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. If you wish to have a cone marking the halfway point, feel free to place one. Or simply use your Garmin to measure 1/2 mile out and then return.

For either the 5K or 1 Mile event, you have two options:
You may run or walk alone 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. Please email me at to let me know who you are pairing up with – state “We are Pairing up for Lung Cancer” in the subject line. Twosomes can be any gender combination. So grab your neighbor, BFF, child or spouse and have fun pairing up to beat lung cancer!

Race Awards – A finisher’s medal can be picked up either at the post-event celebration or at Northwest Community Hospital (NCH). Otherwise, it will be mailed to all registrants who submits their results online to the address you provided with your registration.  Everyone who signs up by end of day 10/1/2021 will receive an event T-shirt which will be available at the post-event celebration on 11/6/21, can be picked up at NCH or it will be mailed. We do have some frisbees left as pictured below. Let us know if you would like one. They will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Make your requests by contacting us.


  • Solo Division – There will be a “solo” medal for all runners and walkers who complete their distance and submit results on by 11/6/21.
  • Twosome Division – Walk or run with a partner in the same location, either the 1 mile or the 5K. You will get a special “twosome” award if you let the Race Director know you are entered in a twosome, and you both submit finish times before 10/23/21. Your times should be identical if you “paired up”. Please email the Race Director at with “I am Pairing up to Beat Lung Cancer” in the subject line and the name of your partner. You can also hit the “Contact” button to let us know. 

Event T-shirt vote results in!!! Inquiring minds want to know…
The T-shirt you will receive is #4! Shirt designs by The Screen Machine, Elk Grove Village.