Join us on September 30, 2017 in Park Ridge, IL

This USATF course certified, family-friendly 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk 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.  

Survivors & Angels: This is a great opportunity to celebrate all childhood cancer survivors and angels. Survivors register for free. We encourage family and friends to bring a photo of any survivor or angel to be displayed on our HONOR WALL.    

Fundraising For Our Kids: While there is no minimum amount to raise to participant in our race, we encourage each participant to create their online pledge page and set a personal fundraising goal.  See more details under Go The Extra Mile. 

Awards: Medals will be awarded to top three male and female finishers.

Swag: Free event t-shirts guaranteed to the first 150 participants.

Kids Races: 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!

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

Registration Fees

5K Child Registration

17 & Under

5K Adult Registration

Ages 18+

5K Survivor

Must be a childhood cancer survivor of any age!

1 Mile Fun Run Child

17 & Under

1 Mile Fun Run Adult

Ages 18+

Virtual Runner

If you cannot attend the 5K in person, you can still help raise funds to help kids with cancer virtually.

Go The Extra Mile

Go The Extra Mile by raising additional funds for kids with cancer. Though certainly not mandatory, we encourage each participant to set a personal fundraising goal to raise funds for our kids.
  • $250 Fundraising Prize – Compass to Care Stainless Steel Tumbler
  • $500 Fundraising Prize – Compass to Care Tote
  • $1,000 Fundraising Prize – Compass to Care Stadium Blanket

After you register for the Compass to Care 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run 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.  Click here to download FAQs on how to setup your fundraising page or create a team.  

Any questions, email us at


We are currently seeking event sponors!  Contact our Race Coordinator, Anna Polyak, for more information at or visit our 5K Sponsorship website:

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 Run & 1 Mile Walk, you will allow them to help even more.  

Packet Pickup


Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017:

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

Time: 5pm - 8pm


Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Location: Hodges 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 Teams


Vanna & Savannah's Girl Power





Team Jenner

Raised: $100.00


Team Awesome

Raised: $100.00


Goal Diggers






Raised: $60.00

Top Fundraisers


Kaylin Silva





Karolina Gagacki

Raised: $50.00


Liam Foley

Raised: $25.00


Joanna Smolka

Raised: $25.00


Julie Ellefson

Raised: $25.00

Event Schedule

  • September 30 6:30 AM CST - Race Day Registration Opens

  • September 30 8:00 AM CST - 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run Start

Contact Information

Event Location

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

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