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Join us on October 22nd in Park Ridge, IL

PLEASE NOTE: We have run out of shirts. This is great news because it means we have had more people register than planned!  All runners who register after 12:00pm on October 21st will have a shirt shipped to them after the race. Please still stop by packet pickup to get your race bib.  Thank you all for helping make this event a HUGE success for our kids!

This USATF course certified, family-friendly 5K race is being held by Compass to Care Childhood Cancer Foundation to raise money for kids with cancer. By participating, you will be helping these kids get from their homes to the hospital for the treatment necessary to save their lives.  

All childhood cancer survivors, both young and old, register for free and will be honored before the race begins.  

Bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring your children. And run to help kids on their cancer journeys. 

Discounted registration before September 22nd. Medals will be awarded to top three male and female finishers, and to the top three finishers in each of the following age brackets: 12 & under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.

In addition, we will hold short kids races immediately following the event for any kid 7 and under who would like to participate.  No need to register.  Just listen for an announcement after the race to line up for the fun!

Registration fees

5K Survivor Closed

Must be a childhood cancer survivor of any age!

  1. Free
    Jun 10 - Oct 21

Team Leader Closed

Team Leader

  1. $35.00
    Jun 10 - Oct 21

5K Adult Registration Closed

Registration closed
  • Ages 18+

    1. $30.00
      Jun 10 – Sep 22
    2. $35.00
      Sep 23 – Oct 21

5K Child Registration Closed

Registration closed
  • Ages 17 and under

    1. $20.00
      Jun 10 – Sep 22
    2. $25.00
      Sep 23 – Oct 21

Go the Extra Mile

Go the Extra Mile by raising additional funds for kids with cancer. Check out these Go the Extra Mile prize incentives:
  • Raise $250-$499 – receive a reimbursement for your race registration
  • Raise $500-$999 – receive a reimbursement for your race registration + a $50 gift card
  • Raise $1000+ – receive a reimbursement for your race registration + a $50 gift card + be listed as a race sponsor

After you register for the Compass to Care 5K a pledge page will automatically be created for you!

You will be able to edit the information and send it out to your family and friends to support you.  Any questions, email us at


We are currently seeking event sponors!  Contact our Race Coordinator, Anna Polyak, for more information.


About Compass to Care

Compass to Care was founded in 2010 by Park Ridge resident, Michelle Ernsdorff.  When Michelle was just 14 months old she was diagnosed with kidney cancer.  Her parents struggled to pay for the travel expenses necessary to get her to cancer treatment.  She founded Compass to Care, in her parents' honor, to help parents pay for the necessary travel expenses to get their children to cancer treatment.

Compass to Care has over 100 children in treatment. By participating in this 5K, you will allow them to help even more.  

Packet Pickup

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016:

Location: Dick Pond, 29 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068

Time: 3pm - 8pm

Date: Friday, October 21, 2016:

Location: Dick Pond, 29 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068

Time: 10am - 6pm

Race Day: Saturday, October 22, 2016

Location: Hodge Park Race Day Packet Pickup

Time: 6:30am - 7:45am*

* Please arrive early to ensure efficient registration. Registration ends 15 minutes prior to each event.  Desired T-Shirt size is not guaranteed. No T-Shirt exchanges.

Parking/Metra Information

Street parking is available within close proximity to the starting line at Hodge Park in Park Ridge. 

The Central Parking Lot on the corner of Summit and Prospect , is one block away from the start/finish line and offers free parking.

The Park Ridge Metra stops one block from the start/finish line as well.  


Can't run? We would love to have your help as a volunteer.  Click the link to the left to sign up now!

Top Donors

# Name Amount
1 Wendi W Wright $250.00
2 Ellen Heinz $250.00
3 Michele Fabsits Jackie Hoffman $250.00

Top Teams


Vanna & Savannah's Girl Power






Raised: $700.00


Running for a Cure/Team Sarah





Top Fundraisers


Anna Polyak





Kaylin Silva

Raised: $650.00


Sheri Getz

Raised: $425.00

Event Schedule

  • October 22 7:00 AM CDT - Race Day Registration Opens

  • October 22 8:00 AM CDT - 5K Start

Contact Information

Event Location

101 Courtland Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068, United States

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