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Labor Day Tournament

TOLUCA — The annual Labor Day Bocce Ball Tournament will be held Sunday in conjunction with the Toluca Labor Day Celebration. it is the largest bocce ball tournament in the state, bringing in 330 bolders a year ago.

Entry fees are $10 per player and $5 for ages 13 and under. The women’s tournament starts at 11:30 a.m. followed by the men at noon and 13 and under at 12:15 p.m.

For more information, call Chuck Rolinski at 815-452-2903 or send an email to



PERU — The annual Illinois Valley Community Hospital Healthy Choices, Healthy You Fall Fitness 5K has been added to the list of official Starved Rock Runners, Ltd. circuit races.

The race will get underway at 9 a.m. on 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.

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 email

Gateway 5K

PRINCETON — Gateway Services will hold its first Gateway 5K on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m., 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.

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

Ottawa Firefighters 5K Run/Walk

OTTAWA — 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

PRINCETON — The 22nd annual Underground Railroad 5K Run/Walk will be Saturday, 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 that 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 Ave. West, Princeton, IL 61356. For more information, call Nick Davis at 815-872-0840.


IV Titans tryouts

NAPLATE — Tryouts for the Illinois Valley Titans 11-and-under traveling baseball team will be held at noon Sept. 6 at the Naplate baseball diamond. Rainout date is Sept. 14. For more information or if you can’t make the tryouts, call Jeff Demoss at 630-878-9817.


United Way Scramble

PRINCETON — The Bureau County United Way’s 11th annual golf scramble will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at Chapel Hill Golf Course, Princeton. Registration forms are available at most area golf courses, by email request to, on the BCUW website at or on the BCUW Facebook page.

Single golfers are welcome. The registration deadline is Sept. 20. The cost is $70/golfer or $280/foursome and includes 18 holes of golf, a cart and dinner. Checks along with the name of golfer or golfers may be sent to the United Way, 618 N. Main St., Princeton, IL 61356.

For more information, or to register, contact the Bureau County United Way office at 815-872-0821.


PPD Camp

PRINCETON — The Princeton Park District will hold a youth flag football mini-camp for grades K-6 from 5-6 p.m. Sept. 1-5 at the Bureau County Metro Center Field. The camp will include the fundamentals, emphasizing team work, self confidence while developing sports skills, overall strength and coordination.

A flag football league will be held Saturdays running Sept. 20 through Nov. 1. Registration deadline is Sept. 8. Volunteer coaches are needed.

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

YMCA flag football

PERU — The Illinois Valley YMCA will be holding a youth flag football league for ages 4-10 beginning Aug. 30. Sign up at the YMCA. For more information, call 815-223-7904.

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