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Olds-Bohm 5K to run July 12

WYANET — The sixth annual Nancy Jo Olds-Bohm 5K run/walk will be held July 12, and will carry on the tradition of benefiting local nonprofit organizations.

The event is held in memory of Nancy Jo Olds-Bohm, who died of breast cancer seven years ago, started by four of Nancy’s Wyanet High School girlfriends – Margaret DeVenney, Julie Farraher, Lori Graham and Karen Russell.

“Nancy was always active with the Wyanet Summer Festival. We wanted to continue her legacy while helping others in the area at the same time,” said Karen Russell, race director. “The race serves as an opportunity for us to honor our friend, Nancy, while raising money for two good causes – ultimately giving back to the community. The NJOB 5K committee will donate all race proceeds this year to the Believe Foundation and the Wyanet Community Club.”

The Believe Foundation was founded in Princeton in 2008 as a non-profit local foundation that provides local cancer patients with expenditures such as wigs, surgical needs, and other related items to individuals of all ages from the Bureau, LaSalle and Putnam counties. This foundation is totally funded through donations, to learn more about Believe visit them on the web at

The Wyanet Community Club is an organization that provides free family entertainment and support in the Village of Wyanet. Among many of their activities, some of their annual events include the carnival and entertainment at the Wyanet Summer Festival, the Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween party, Senior Citizens Christmas dinner and Secret Santa gifts to area needy families.

The Event consists of the 5K run/walk, a 1 mile memory walk, kids’ fun run and raffles. In the first five years of the Event, the NJOB committee has been able to donate over $26,000.

Raffle tickets will be sold in advance and on the day of the race for the following items: an overnight stay at the Embassy Suites plus $100 gift certificate to a fine dining restaurant in Peoria; a Perfect Spa Day package at Sophisticuts Salon and Spa; and two tickets to the White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins baseball game on Sept. 12. Raffle tickets are available at the Wyanet Locker or you may contact Margaret DeVenney at 815-866-1146.

Before, during, and after the race the public is invited to view a fantastic assortment of additional raffle items such as wine baskets, Anytime Fitness 3-month membership, Peoria Chief tickets plus a $50 gift certificate to Kellehers Irish Pub and a variety of other great items. Tickets for all raffle items may be purchased on the day of the race under the Wyanet Park Pavilion. Winners will be drawn following the kids’ fun run.

The race will start and end at the Wyanet Memorial Park. The course loops through the streets and is fast with mostly flat terrain and only a few gentle hills. The race is electronically timed and features water stations, splits at the first and second mile markers and refreshments after the race. The kids fun run will be held immediately following the 5K and consists of a half block run that is electronically timed.

Customized T-shirts are only guaranteed to participants who register by July 1. Race results will be available within 48 hours of the race at

Trophies will be awarded to the overall male and female 5K winners as well as the top male and female Wyanet resident 5K winners. Medals will be awarded to the first, second and third place male and female winners in each division. The age divisions are: 13 and younger, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over. Ribbons and treats are awarded to all kid fun run participants.

The entry fee is $15 for the 5K and 1 mile memory walk prior to July 1 and the kids fun run fee is $5. Participants can obtain a registration form at Race registration and packet pickup will be at the Wyanet Memorial Park on July 11, from 5-7:p.m. and on race day from 7-7:45 a.m. The 5K and 1 mile memory walk will begin at 8 a.m. The kid’s fun run will begin immediately following the 5K at approximately 9 a.m.

For more information to participate, purchase raffle tickets or to become a sponsor, call Russell at 815-699-2474 or DeVenney at 815-866-1146 or email at

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