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5K & 1 Mile to Help Kids Fight Cancer

Join us on August 11, 2018 in Park Ridge, IL for a Bubble Fun Run

 Our Bubble Fun Run will feature foaming bubbles at the start line, finish line, and throughout the course! Racers will be able to run, walk, skip, and hop through piles of foaming bubbles!! 

This USATF course certified, family-friendly event has something for everyone: 

  • A 5K through the beautiful streets of Park Ridge for those who love to run
  • A 1 mile walk/run for those who want to get out and get a little exercise and a breath of fresh air
  • For our youngest runners, we have short kids races (and every kid will get a medal!!)
  • And, of course, BUBBLES to make it fun! 

It is a great morning for anyone who wants to help support kids as they travel to cancer treatment. 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 through a bubble-land to help kids on their cancer journeys. 

HONOR WALL for 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.

Course Map: Click here to download a map of the 5K.

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 before the race kicks off for any kid 7 and under who would like to participate.  No need to register.  Just listen for an announcement before the race to line up for the fun!

Registration fees

5K Survivor Closed

Must be a childhood cancer survivor of any age!

  1. Free
    Mar 30 - Aug 10

1 Mile Adult Registration Closed

  1. $35.00
    Mar 30 - Aug 10

1 Mile Child Registration Closed

  1. $25.00
    Mar 30 - Aug 10

5K Adult Registration Closed

Registration closed
  • Ages 18+

    1. $30.00
      Mar 30 – Jul 10
    2. $35.00
      Jul 11 – Aug 10

5K Child Registration Closed

Registration closed
  • Ages 17 and under

    1. $20.00
      Mar 30 – Jul 10
    2. $25.00
      Jul 11 – Aug 10

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 Bubble 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.


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 the Bubble Fun Run, you will allow them to help even more.  

Packet Pickup

Pre-event Packet Pickup: 

Date & Time: Thursday, August 9th, 5-8pm 

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

Race Day Packet Pickup:  

Date & Time: Saturday, August 11th, 6:30am – 7:45am* 

Location: Hodges Park, look for the blue tent

*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

A free parking lot and free street parking is available within close proximity to the starting line at Hodges 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 Brian Greenblatt $262.50
2 John Fetcho $105.00
3 Moby Kazmi $105.00

Top Teams


Team Glencoe

Raised: $443.75


Savannah Strong

Raised: $26.25

Top Fundraisers


Joel George

Raised: $236.25


Melanie Polyak

Raised: $182.50


Cheryl Kaufman

Raised: $105.00

Event Schedule

  • August 11 7:00 AM CDT - Race Day Registration Opens

  • August 11 8:00 AM CDT - 5K Start

Contact Information

Event Location

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

Click here to view map