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IVCH 5K added to Starved Rock Runner Circuit

PERU — Now in its fourth year, the annual Illinois Valley Community Hospital Healthy Choices, Healthy You Fall Fitness 5K has been added to the list of official Starved Rock Runner Ltd. circuit races.

Sponsored by the hospital’s Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Aquatics, the race will get underway at 9 a.m. Sept. 6 at Washington Park in Peru.

The IVCH 5K, which is listed as SRRL Circuit Race #15, also features computerized chip timing meaning runners can get their times as soon as they finish, technical T-shirts for all entrants who pre-register by Sept. 3, cash prizes for setting a new course or age group record and a pie feast immediately after the race.

Non-competitive walkers are also invited to enter and there will be a free kids’ challenge run following the race.

Awards will be presented to the overall male and female winners and to the top three finishers in each male and female age group. The age groups start at 9 years old and under and continue through age 80 and older.

The entry fee is $18 if received before Sept. 1 and $22 after, including on race day, when registration will start at 7 a.m.

Runners and walkers can register online at or download an application form at Entry forms are also available at the IVCH rehab center next to the Illinois Valley YMCA and at the West Street information desk at IVCH.

For more information, call Jim Schaefer at 815-780-3208 or send a message to

Red Cross Walk: Mark your calendars now for the 22nd annual Red Cross Walk, Run, Bike on Sunday, Aug. 24 at Baker Lake in Peru. Registration begins at noon with the event kicking off at 1 p.m. All registered participants will receive a T-shirt.

It’s not too late to get a team together through your workplace, club and organizations or with friends and family. Walk Run Bike is a fun, family-oriented celebration that includes food, drinks, raffles, music and outdoor games participants look forward to year after year.

Kids will enjoy the Bike Rodeo which offers fun educational training and includes a free bike helmet (while supplies last).

Money raised support the local Red Cross’s local programs, including fire, flood, tornado and other disaster services training and response and mobile meal deliveries.

For more info and to register, visit, call 815-223-0922 or email

Gateway 5K: Gateway Services will hold its first Gateway 5K at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 starting at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. This 5K is for awareness of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The theme this year is Superhero Showdown. Runners can choose to dress up as a superhero of their choice. There will be “villains” along the course with squirt phasers cooling the runners off as they move along the course.

The Gateway 5K Superhero Showdown will start and finish at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. Runners and volunteers will be able to park there and registration will be in the main building.

Cost to enter the Gateway 5K is $35. All proceeds will go towards the programs Gateway Services provides.

To register as a runner, a volunteer, to sponsor the event or to get more information, go to

Run/Walk for the Rec 5K: 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 Fourth, Peru, IL 61354.

Ottawa firefighters 5K Run/Walk: The Ottawa Firefighter’s Run to Remember 5K Run/Walk will be held Sept. 7 at the Ottawa Boat Club. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $25.

Registration may be taken online at, by mail at Ottawa Firefighter’s 523, P.O. Box 2221, Ottawa, IL 61350, or on race day. 

For more information, call 815- 343-7472 or visit

Underground Railroad 5K: The 22nd annual Underground Railroad 5K Run/Walk will be held Sept. 13 in conjunction with the Homestead Festival beginning and ending at the Metro Center in Princeton. Registration is at 7 a.m. with the race to follow at 8 a.m.

This year’s event will include a Kiddie Fun Run for children ages 5-12 and starts at 10 a.m. It is free.

The fee is $20 before Sept. 1 and $30 after. Checks should be made payable to Princeton Park District and sent to 837 Park Avenue West, Princeton, IL 61356.

 For more information, call Nick Davis at 815-872-0840.

Naplate’s Pasta Push 5K: The Naplate Pasta Push 5K will be held Sept. 14 starting near the Naplate Village Hall. Registration is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. with the race to begin at 10 a.m.

The fee is $20 before Sept. 7 and $25 after. There is a family discount for four or more people in the same family of $75. 

Make checks payable to the Naplate Park Fund. Send forms to Jill Nevins at 3091 East 1825 Road, Ottawa, IL 61350.

For more information, contact Nevins at 815-434-1148 or 815-434-6327, or email

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