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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

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

Run/Walk for the Rec 5K

PERU — The 5K Race to benefit the Peru Recreation Summer Programs will be held Aug. 23 with check-in held at 7 a.m. at Parkside School in Peru. Entry fee is $20 before Aug. 18 and $25 on day of races.

Checks made payable to the City of Peru may be sent to City of Peru, Run for the Rec, 1901 4th, Peru, Ill. 61354.


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


Red Cross invite

PRINCETON — The Bureau Valley Red Cross is playing host to its annual golf invitational on July 26 at Chapel Hill Golf Course in Princeton. Registration and lunch will begin at 11 a.m. and the shotgun start for the four-player team scramble formatted event will begin at 12:30 p.m. The fees are $30 for dinner and meet and greet only and $300 for a foursome to golf and $75 for an individual. The sponsorships range from $100-$500.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, as well as bidding on a chance to golf with a former Chicago Bears such as Steve “Mongo” McMichael, Emery Moorehead or D’Wayne Bates.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Frankie Wolsfeld at 708-514-5135 or by email at or Katy Olds at 815-509-1005 or

IVCC Foundation Outing

OGLESBY — The 18th annual Illinois Valley Community College Foundation Golf Outing, “Fairways to Flags,” will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Deer Park Country Club. Check-in and lunch is noon to 12:45 p.m. Cost of the four-person scramble is $65 per golfer and includes lunch, nine holes, contests and flight prizes.

A $25 “no-hassle” party package includes 25 raffle tickets, a chance at two hole-in-one prizes, a chance to be the golfer who attempts a 50-foot putt for $2,500 and other non-golf games.

Hometown National Bank of LaSalle is the event’s title sponsor. The Foundation welcomes tee and cart sponsors as well. Cash gifts and donations of items for the event are appreciated. Check-in is at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The outing is $65 per person; call Monroe at (815) 224-0253 for information. Payment and registration is appreciated by June 21. For information, call Susan Monroe at (815) 224-0253.

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 Outing

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 12 p.m. 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

SVWC golf outing

SPRING VALLEY – The Spring Valley Walleye Club 4-man golf scramble will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at Spring Creek Golf Course. The event includes cart, drinks and walleye lunch. Visit for more details.

Summer camps

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. Register by June 1 to receive a $15 discount. Payment may be sent to PYSL, P.O. Box 247, Princeton, IL 61356.

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.

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. The camp is designed to improve each camper’s basketball skills and provide a fun week of basketball. Coaches in the Putnam County basketball program will be helping out along with many of the high school varsity players and former players. Both boys and girls are welcome.

Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt and prizes will be awarded for contest and game winners during the camp. 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, “Soccer is truly a global event and this year we have staff from over 17 nations. 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. This really is a cultural soccer extravaganza for all involved.”

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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