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Cougars 5K: Honoring First Responders





Join us on Saturday morning, June 3 for the Cougars 5K: Honoring First Responders presented by Planet Fitness! 

A perfect event for the entire family, all participants will cross the finish line on the Cougars field at home plate while children up to age 12 can particpate in the "Insdie the Park Dash", a roughly half-mile run just for kids. 

Why is our race one of the most unique and fun events in Chicagoland?

FOOD AND DRINK. Enjoy great refreshments including a post-race brat or hot dog. Participants 21 and older can enjoy a post-race beer!

FUN! High-five Ozzie and Annie as all participants cross the finish line at home plate! See yourself on our giant videoboard and celebrate on the field with family and friends!

GIVING BACK. A portion of the race proceeds will benefit local first responders including the TriCity (Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles) Police & Fire Departments, the Kane County Sheriff's Office and the Forest Preserve District of Kane County Police Department.

GOODIES. Each 5K participant receives a ticket voucher for a 2017 game. 5K participants who register by May 24 are guaranteed a commemorative race shirt featuring our new logo!

AWARDS. The top 3 male and female 5K finishers in 14 age categories will receive a custom Cougars 5K medal, courtesy of Image Awards, Engraving & Creative Keepsakes, Inc.

CONVENIENCE. Enjoy free, up-close parking with restrooms conveniently located next to the 5K start line.

THE COURSE. The 5K out-and-back course features several types of terrain such as grass and paved surfaces both inside Northwestern Medicine Field as well as Kirk Road and Fabayan Parkway with the finish line located at home plate. 


Friday, June 2: Advance packet pick-up from 9 AM-5 PM at Northwestern Medicine Field

Saturday, June 3: Race Day Registration from 6:45-7:45 AM. Cougars 5K, presented by Planet Fitness begins at 8 AM. Inside the Park Dash takes place following 5K. 5K Awards Ceremony to follow completion of Inside the Park Dash.


Take advantage of early bird pricing! Between now and March 24, 5K registration is just $28 ($15 for 5-18 year olds). Pricing is $33 ($20 for 5-18 year olds) from March 25-May 31 and $38 ($25 for 5-18 year olds) from June 1-3. Both advance and raceday registration is just $5 for the Inside the Park Dash presented by Planet Fitness!