The Race & Walk

Please register online at
The cost is $35 with no additional registration fees if registered on or before Monday, October 15. The cost increases to $38 on October 16 through registration closing at noon on 11/2/18. The cost is $40 to register on the morning of the race, November 3 before 7:45am. Registrants 12 years old or younger on or before November 3 will get an automatic $5.00 discount upon registration. If an immediate family of four is registering 4 people or more, contact me at or 847-343-9522 for a discount code for $30.00 off registration. A T shirt not guaranteed if registering after Wednesday, October 31st. 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. Race packets will be available for pick up during the following days and hours:

  • During Midtown’s regular hours the week of the race starting Monday, October 29, 2018 – please check website for hours
  • RACE DAY – Saturday, November 3 from 7:00am – 8:00am – Come as early as possible to avoid the rush!
  • Race Bibs are chipped and will be picked up on race morning (so that no one forgets their chip at home!) You must wear your race 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. Just be sure they come with a copy of your registration confirmation or a copy of your license.

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 Senator Tom Rooney and an NCH Representative
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
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, 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
Bill Thom at RunRace will once again provide the timing for the event. RunRace is also one of our sponsors this year! Disposable timing chips will be attached to the race bibs to ensure an accurate finish time.  Race results will be posted at  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. 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 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
  • Will post more as we get them!

Race Shirts
All participants registering before October 31st will receive an ash gray long-sleeve T shirt. All volunteers will receive a  long-sleeve T shirt while they last.

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, 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. 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 good. 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 and $25 gift card to Runner’s Hi ‘n Tri in Arlington Heights)
    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.


  • 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 and 2nd place in 5 year age groups and the Twosome awards, first and second in each Twosome age category: