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Join us on Saturday, May 19 for the 7th annual Cougars 5K Run/Walk in honor of Special Olympics Illinois. Held at the home of your Cougars, Northwestern Medicine Field, participants will see themselves on the vidoeboard as they cross the finish line at home plate. Register by May 10 to guarantee yourself a commemorative Cougars 5K race t-shirt. Following the race, participants 21 and older can enjoy a complimentary beer while all participants will receive their choice of a celebratory brat or hot dog alogn with other post-race snacks.

Registration fees

5K 4 & under (no charge & no shirt) Closed

  1. Free
    Jan 1 - May 18

1/2 Mile Youth Dash (12 & under) No Shirt Closed

  1. $5.00
    Jan 1 - May 18

5K Adult (19 & over) Closed

Registration closed
    1. $28.00
      Jan 1 – Feb 28
    2. $33.00
      Mar 1 – May 17
    3. $38.00
      May 18 – May 17

5K Youth (Age 5-18) Closed

Registration closed
    1. $15.00
      Jan 1 – Feb 28
    2. $20.00
      Mar 1 – May 17
    3. $25.00
      May 18 – May 17

Event Info

Thank you to our sponsor

Schedule of Events

6:45-7:45 AM – Race day registration and race packet pick-up

8 AM – Run/Walk starts at Northwestern Medicine Field

Awards ceremony, refreshments to be served on the field following the race

The Cougars 5K Run/Walk is a unique event for competitive runners and families looking to enjoy a memorable morning at the ballpark! Runners and walkers, families with strollers...all are welcome. There's no better way to end a race than right on the home field of your Cougars. Participants can be seen on the videoboard as they cross the finish line and receive a high-five from Ozzie and Annie during the final turn. A portion of the entry proceeds will be donated to the Special Olympics of Illinois. 

Children through the age of 12 can participate once again in the Cougars Inside the Park Dash - a roughly half-mile fun run- for only $5! Ozzie and Annie will be waiting at home plate to hand out high-fives. 

Did we mention free and convenient parking? Close proximity to restrooms at the start line? Enjoy great amenities and one of the most unique 5K events held in Chicagoland! 

Race Packet Pick-Up

Race packets can be picked up on Friday, May 18 from 11 AM until 6 PM at Northwestern Medicine Field. Packets can also be picked up on race day from 6:45-7:45 AM at the ballpark.

The Course

The 5K out-and-back course takes you from Northwestern Medicine Field to Kirk Road and Fabyan Parkway with the finish line located at home plate inside the ballpark.

The top 3 finishers in 14 age groups will receive a custom Cougars 5K medal while the overall male and female finishers will receive a special Cougars 5K plaque.  

Age Groups and Award Categories

Overall Male and Female Finisher. Top three male and female finishers in each age group will receive medals. 

7 & under

65 and over

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Event Schedule

  • May 19 6:45 AM CDT - Race Day Registration

  • May 19 8:00 AM CDT - 5K Race Start

  • May 19 9:15 AM CDT - Youth Dash (after completion of 5K)

  • May 19 9:30 AM CDT - Award Ceremony

Contact Information

Event Location

34w002 Cherry Lane, Geneva, IL, United States

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