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Walnut 5K for ALS Research

WALNUT — The Walnut 5K Run/Walk for ALS Research (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) will be Saturday, July 5. The race/walk starts at 8 a.m. in front of Bureau Valley North Junior High. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. at the tent located just south of the school. The entry fee is $20 after June 28 and on race day.

Trophies awarded to the top three male and female finishers and medals to top three in each of the 15 age groups (male and female). Walnut water tower trophies will be given to the first Walnut male and first Walnut female to finish the race.

Results will be done by a road race scoring team this year. This event is a Rock River Road Runners Circuit event. Last year, 399 people crossed the finish line.

For more information, contact Julie Von Holten at 815-379-2269 or

Reagan Run 5K

DIXON — Nearly 2,000 participants are expected for the annual Reagan Run 5K on Saturday, July 5 in downtown Dixon. The traditional race that is part of Dixon’s Petunia Festival draws runners and walkers alike and has developed into the premier 5K race in the Sauk Valley area.

The race begins at 8 a.m. with the start line located just steps away from Ronald Reagan’s Boyhood Home, 810 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. The unique course takes runners through downtown Dixon, across the Rock River, through wooded paths and finishes in Haymarket Square in the downtown. Racers continue to rave year after year about this classic and fun course that offers a changing landscape as you run.

The race is a benefit that helps several groups in Dixon including: The Dixon Athletic Boosters, Dixon Main Street, Dixon Park District and the Dixon YMCA Strong Kids.

Online registration is available at Early race packet pickup will be Thursday, July 3 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Dixon Family YMCA. Race Day Registration can be done up until 7:30 a.m. on the morning of the race at Haymarket Square. No registrations will be available at the start line at the Reagan Home.

For more information, call Dixon Main Street at 815-288-2308.

Olds-Bohm 5K

WYANET — The Nancy Jo Olds-Bohm 5K Fun Run, 1-Mile Memory Walk and Kids’ Fun Run will be held at Wyanet Memorial Park Saturday, July 12 at 8 a.m. in conjunction with the Wyanet Summer Festival.

Registration is $20 after July 1. Pre-race packet pickup and registration at Wyanet Memorial Park will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 11. Packet pickup and registration will be held from 7-7:45 a.m. Saturday, July 12. Entry fee for the Kids’ Fun Run is $5, held immediately following 5K.

For more information or to download registration or course route, go to or call 815-866-1146.

DePue Celebration 5K

DEPUE — The fourth annual DePue Celebration will be held July 26 in conjunction with the DePue Boat Races. Registration will be held from 7 to 7:45 a.m. with the race to start at 8 a.m. at the DePue North Fire Station.

Entry fee is $20 before July 14 and $25 after. Trophies will be awarded to the overall male and female 5K winners and the top DePue male and female finishers. Awards will go to the 5K winners in the 10 age divisions.

Checks payable to the DePue Men’s’ Club may be sent to Michael Rodriguez, P.O. Box, DePue, Ill, 61322. For more information, contact Rodriguez at 815-878-9024 or by email at

BV 5K Color Run

MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley Booster Club will hold a 5K color run starting at 8 a.m. Aug. 2 at Bureau Valley High School. There will be a color run for kids ages 13 and under immediately following.

Entry fee for the 5K is $35 after July 1. The kids color run will be $20. Entries including payment and shirt size may be sent to the Bureau Valley Booster Club, PO. Box 387, Manlius, Ill. 61338-0387. For more information call 815-445-4711.

Cornapalooza 5K/10K

MENDOTA — The seventh annual Cornapalooza 5K/10K will start and end at Lake Mendota on Aug. 9. The course will run on the west side of Mendota to take on the rolling hills and sights of rural Mendota. The 10K course will include a 1-mile stretch of compacted gravel road. Runners will experience a mile or more of Lake Kakusha Trail.

Preregistration opens at 6:30 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $20 if postmarked by July 25 and $25 after. Awards will be presented to the male and female runners in the 5K and 10 K.

Checks may be sent to Mendota Community Hospital Foundation,1401 E. 12th St. Mendota, Ill. 61342. For more information, contact JoEllyn Gahan at 815-539-7461,ext. 3209 or email


Z-Tour Bike Ride

PRINCETON — The Z-Tour Bike Ride will ride in Princeton again on July 19. There are courses available for all levels of bikers, including 10 miles, 30 miles, 50 miles, 62 miles and 100 miles throughout the Princeton and Bureau County area.

The course features well-marked bike routes, well-paved, low-traveled roadways, maps and cues for all routes, radio-dispatched SAG until 3 p.m.

All riders must start between 6 to 9:30 a.m. with the 100 milers out by 8 a.m.

All proceeds benefit the Zearing Child Enrichment Center in Princeton. To register or for more information, visit


Jimmy D Golf Outing

SPRING VALLEY — The 32nd annual Jimmy D Golf Outing will be held July 13 at Spring Creek Golf Club and Deer Park Country in Oglesby. The event is named for James A. “Jimmy D” DeAngelo, who died in 1983 at the age of 37 after fighting cancer. It was the wish of Jimmy and his family to raise funds to help cancer patients.

Last year’s event raised $18,000 for area patients, and throughout the past 31 years, it has raised more than $638,000. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Esophageal and Colon Cancer Center under construction at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley. The committee is seeking hole sponsors for $100 and cart sponsors for $25. For more information about sponsorships, or to sign up to play golf in the event, call Diane Janz at 815-664-7260.

Jay Braida Golf

PRINCETON —The 2014 Jay Braida Golf Outing will be held July 12 at Chapel Hill Golf Course in Princeton. The event is sponsored by friends and family of Jay Braida, who passed away June 19, 2005, from melanoma. He was an avid golfer and sports fanatic.

The event was created in 2010 to help area residents in need. There is a need for hole and T-shirt sponsors.

This year’s recipient is Abbie Cochran of Princeton, poms coach at Princeton High School and an instructor at Main Street Dance Academy in Princeton. The mother of two young children was recently diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer and underwent a bilateral mastectomy. She is married to Matt Cochran.

All golfers must preregister for the four-person scramble. Cost is $60 which includes dinner. Check-in is 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. with non-golfers welcome at a cost of $15 per person. There will be a silent auction.

For more information or to register, visit or find their Facebook page. You may also call 815-878-1861 or send an email to

Miracles Happen III Outing

LASALLE — The fifth annual Miracles Happen III Golf Outing will be held Saturday, July 26 at Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Course. Entry fee is $65 per golfer prior to July 19 and $75 after. Registration will start at noon with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. A chicken dinner and awards will follow at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Jennifer or Steve Sines at 815-228-1574 or email at

Summer camps

PHS Girls camp

PRINCETON – The Princeton High School girls basketball camp will be held July 7-11 for incoming Grades 3-12. Brochures are available at PHS and online at Cost is $55. For more information, call PHS at 815-875-3308 or coach Kevin Hieronymus at 815-866-9402.

PC Softball Camp

GRANVILLE — The Putnam County Lady Puma All Skills Softball Camp will be held July 21-24 at Putnam County Junior High in McNabb for girls entering Grades 4-9. The camp will stress fundamentals and techniques and for all facets of the game, with a separate session for pitching. Cost of the camp is $40 and open to all students in the Illinois Valley. For more information, call coach Chris Walker at 815-452-2965.

PYSL Soccer Camp

PRINCETON — The Princeton Youth Soccer League will host a summer camp from July 14-18 for kids entering preschool through eighth grade. Registration fees are $45 for preschool and $55 from K-8. Payment may be sent to PYSL, P.O. Box 247, Princeton, IL 61356.

PC Youth Basketball Camp

GRANVILLE — The Putnam County High School basketball program will be hosting a Youth Basketball Camp on July 6, 9-12 for students entering grades 1-9. Both boys and girls are welcome. Cost per camper is $50. If there is more than one child per family, the cost will drop to $40 per camper. For information and to register, contact PCHS head basketball coach Josh Nauman at 309-361-0606.


AMBOY — Amboy Area youth soccer program will host AYSO Soccer Camps from July 28 - Aug. 1 at the Amboy Sports Park.  Anyone interested in learning more about soccer is welcome to come out and participate in this week-long training featuring soccer instructors from UK International Soccer, who hail predominantly from the United Kingdom and Europe. All players age 4-16 are welcome to attend the week long program. A free parent and coach clinic is scheduled for the Saturday morning following the camp. You do not have to be a member of AYSO to participate.

AYSO Soccer Camp Regional Director Stuart Barlow said, “Combining their international passion for soccer and cultural perspective, along with our specialized AYSO training, creates a very unique and dynamic camp program, which goes far beyond the soccer field.”

For more information on the AYSO Region 1581 soccer camp, visit, then search for Amboy, or call 1-888-857-6222.

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