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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 Runners Ltd. circuit races.

Sponsored by the hospital’s Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Aquatics, the race will get underway at 9 a.m. Saturday, 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 nine 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

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 $30 after Sept. 1. 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.

Naplate’s Pasta Push 5K

NAPLATE — The Naplate Pasta Push 5K will be Sunday, 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 $25 after Sept. 1. 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 E. 1825 Road, Ottawa, IL 61350.

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

Holy Trinity 5K

CHERRY — The 2014 Holy Trinity Cherry stewardship team will host its second annual 5K Fun Walk/Run to Benefit the LaSalle Veteran’s Home. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Cherry city park with sign up beginning at 7:30 a.m., opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. and race start at 9:15 a.m.

Last year, HTC was able to raise funds that were used to obtain resources and equipment to assist the LaSalle Veterans Home with what it stated was its greatest challenge, increasing and enhancing resident /patient mental and social stimulus. A number of these items were obtained and the benefits to the residents was great.

Items of particular benefit were I-Pads that had been needed for various exercises and uses in the Alzheimer unit. The I-Pad turned out to have additional useful applications for the residents.

“Resident also use the I-Pads for “Skyping” with their family and friends at home,” says Susan Scully of the LaSalle Vet’s Home. “We have one resident whose wife is located in a senior living center across town. They use the I-Pads and “Skyping” to visit and talk a couple of times a day!

Although providing these resources was of great benefit to the residents and patients, possibly the greatest benefit from HTC’s initial walk/run fundraiser last year was raising the awareness of the needs of the home.

The best way to sign up to participate that day is to go to and click on “Register for Walk/Run.” To register by phone, mail or mail, contact HTC Veteran Ministry Chairman Alan Ring at 815-303-3312 or


Easter Seals Golf Scramble

SPRING VALLEY — Easter Seals of LaSalle and Bureau Counties’ third annual golf scramble will be Saturday, Sept. 20, at Spring Creek Golf Course in Spring Valley.

This event is sponsored by MJ’s Pub & Grill and will feature 18-holes of golf, all day green fees, games of chance, games of skill, cash prizes, a 2014 GMC Acadia hole-in-one prize sponsored by Jeff Perry Buick/GMC and a dinner reception at MJ’s Pub & Grill following golf with live music and great food.

Susan Burszynsky, president & CEO at Easter Seals of LaSalle & Bureau Counties, states, “The third annual golf scramble will help Easter Seals to provide care to children with and without special needs and their families throughout LaSalle and Bureau counties. Golfers, sponsors and other donations will make it possible for local children to live, learn and play to their maximum potential.”

Kyle Creedon, Easter Seals board member, and Brian Branson of MJ’s Pub & Grill are planning this event for Easter Seals and hope to raise more than $7,000 for local kids. “We are trying to do something to help the kids and have a great time in the process,” said Creedon. “We are expecting about 100 golfers and even more guests at the dinner at MJ’s Pub & Grill at 6 p.m. It should be a great time and is for a great cause.”

You can help Easter Seals of LaSalle & Bureau Counties by sponsoring a hole, golfing, attending the dinner, making a donation or providing a gift certificate or item for the auction.  All levels of support are welcome and appreciated. 

For more information, contact Tracy Beattie, director of development at Easter Seals of LaSalle and Bureau Counties, at 815-434-0857 or Kyle Creedon at 815-252-0800.

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.

Proceeds from this event will be used to help fund 14 local non-for profit health and human service agencies that serve those in need locally. For more information or to register, contact the Bureau County United Way office at 815-872-0821.


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.


Flag football league

PRINCETON — The Princeton Park District will hold a youth flag football league running Sept. 20 through Nov. 1 on Saturday mornings at the Bureau County Metro Center Field. Volunteer coaches are needed. Registration deadline is Sept. 8. For more information, call Nick Davis at 815-872-0840.

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