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30th Annual Groovin in the Grove 10K, 5K, Little Groovers 1K, 100 Yd Dash


REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN BUT IF YOU REGISTER AFTER SUNDAY, MAY 05 YOU WILL HAVE TO PICK UP YOUR PACKET ON RACE DAY, WHICH OPENS AT 7:30AM.  YOU ARE ALSO NOT GUARANTEED A RACE SHIRT.

30th Annual Race sponsored by the Midwestern University Sports Medicine Club to benefit Sharing Connections (located in Downers Grove).  A great family event for Mother's Day weekend that benefits a very worthwhile cause. NEW THIS YEAR – We have added a 10K Option.

  • Short Sleeve Technical Shirt for all Pre-Registered participants by April 18
  • Flowers for all Moms
  • Award for Top Mom
  • Awards for Top 3 Male and Female Runners - X-sport memberships & Dick Pond Gift Certificates
  • Medals for Top 3 Males and Females in each age group
  • Medals for all participants in the Little Groovers 1K, 1/2K and 100 Yard Dash
  • Refreshment Tent
  • FREE Coffee at Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-Up
  • Indoor Restrooms
  • Gymnasium open to use for stretching and pre-race warmups inside
  • DJ
  • Secure Gear Check Station
  • Massage Stations
  • Running Store Vendors
  • Face Painting and Moon Jump for kids
  • Supervised Kids activities/games.  You can leave your kids in the childrens area while you run the 5K or 10K.
  • All Little Groovers get to select a FREE childrens book on race day in the Registration Area
  • Lots of Great Raffle Prizes
  • Awards Ceremony will start at 10:50am, starting with the Little Groovers, then the 5K and ending with the 10K

Warrior Fitness Challenge
The race will once again feature the Warrior Fitness Challenge which participants 14 and older can add to their race registration for an additional fee.  The fitness challenge will be put on by the Midwestern University SAMOPS Organization (Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons).  All proceeds from the fitness challenge will go to benefit Operation Support Our Troops.   The Warrior Fitness Challenge will provide you with a fitness testing score graded by official military personnel.  You will be graded based on the results from a 2 minute push up test, a 2 minute sit-up test and your time for the 5K Race.  Points are awarded based on your performance and factor in your age.

  • Graded by official military personnel
  • Awards for Top 3 Overall Males and Females
  • Army T-shirt for all pre-registered participants
  • Additional Goodie bag for all pre-registered participants
  • Testing for the pushups and sit ups will start at 8:30am and go through 9:15am
  • Click on this link below for information and a video on the pushups
  • Click on this link below for information and a video on the situps

Registration fees

5K Race/Walk Registration Closed

Registration closed
    1. $27.00
      Nov 6 – Feb 2
    2. $32.00
      Feb 3 – Mar 17
    3. $37.00
      Mar 18 – Apr 18
    4. $37.00
      Apr 19 – May 10

Little Groovers 1K Closed

Registration closed
  • (8-10 yrs. old)

    1. $12.00
      Nov 6 – Feb 2
    2. $15.00
      Feb 3 – Mar 17
    3. $17.00
      Mar 18 – Apr 18
    4. $17.00
      Apr 19 – May 10

Little Groovers 1/2K Early Bird Closed

Registration closed
  • (5-7 yrs. old)

    1. $12.00
      Nov 6 – Feb 2
    2. $15.00
      Feb 3 – Mar 17
    3. $17.00
      Mar 18 – Apr 18
    4. $17.00
      Apr 19 – May 10

Little Groovers 100 Yard Dash Closed

Registration closed
  • (4 and Under)

    1. $10.00
      Nov 6 – Feb 2
    2. $10.00
      Feb 3 – Mar 17
    3. $12.00
      Mar 18 – Apr 18
    4. $12.00
      Apr 19 – May 10

10K Closed

Registration closed
    1. $37.00
      Nov 6 – Feb 2
    2. $42.00
      Feb 3 – Mar 17
    3. $47.00
      Mar 18 – Apr 18
    4. $47.00
      Apr 19 – May 10

Warrior Fitness Challenge w/ 5K Closed

Registration closed
  • Warrior Fitness Challenge with the 5K Race. Pushups Testing, Sit Up Testing and time at the 2 mile marker on race course.

    1. $37.00
      Nov 6 – Feb 2
    2. $42.00
      Feb 3 – Mar 17
    3. $47.00
      Mar 18 – Apr 18
    4. $47.00
      Apr 19 – May 10

Warrior Fitness Challenge w/ 10K Closed

Registration closed
  • Warrior Fitness Challenge with the 10K Race. Pushup Testing, Sit Up Testing and time at the 2 mile marker on race course.

    1. $52.00
      Nov 6 – Mar 31
    2. $57.00
      Apr 1 – May 10

Course Details

The Course:

USATF certified course, starts and ends on the campus of Midwestern University at the Recreation & Wellness Center.  The course has a couple hilly sections.  Split times and water available on the race course. All kids races take place entirely on the campus of Midwestern University and the course is closed to all vehicular traffic.

5K Course Map

USATF website is:
http://www.usatf.org/events/courses/maps/showMap.asp?courseID=IL10023JW

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10K Course Map


USATF website:
 http://www.usatf.org/events/courses/maps/showMap.asp?courseID=IL16030wr

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FAQ's

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No ID is required on race day.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is plenty of FREE parking available with volunteers directing you where to go.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Baby Joggers & Strollers are allowed, you just have to start at the back of the pack.

No Bikes, Skates or other wheel vehicles allowed on the race course.

Pets are not allowed. 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Don Evans at : devans@midwestern.edu or 630-971-6401

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No printed ticket is required on race day.

What about inclement weather?

The race will take place rain or shine.  No refunds

Race Results?

Will be posted on mychicagoaa.com

Course Cut Off Time?

There will be no course cut off time.

Awards & Results?

The Awards & Results will be based on the results that are provided by the official race timing company (Race Time).  All results provided by Race Time will be considered final and used for determining all award winners.

Packet Pick Up

Pre-Race Day Packet

  • Dick Pond Athletics
  • 2775 Maple Avenue, Lisle, IL 60532
  • Wednesday, May 08 & Thursday, May 09 from 4pm-8pm

Packet pickup is also available on Race Day and takes place at Midwestern University in the Recreation & Wellness Center.  Packet Pick Up opens at 7:30am on race day.

Race Day Registration will open at 7:30am on race day.  Race Day Registration will be $50 for the 10K, $40 for the 5K and $20 for the Little Groovers Events.

Limited spots for the Warrior Fitness Challenge MAY also be available on Race Day for $60.

Directions

From I-88 East - exit at Highland Avenue, Turn RIGHT on Highland Avenue, Turn Left on 31st Street, Go 3/4 mile and turn Right at Midwestern University Entrance and follow the signs

From I-88 West - exit at Highland Avenue, Turn LEFT on Highland Avenue, Turn Left on 31st Street,   Go 3/4 mile and turn Right at Midwestern University Entrance and follow the signs

Event Schedule

  • May 11 9:00 AM CDT - 1K Start

  • May 11 9:10 AM CDT - 1/2K Start

  • May 11 9:20 AM CDT - 100 Yard Dash Start

  • May 11 9:45 AM CDT - 10K & 5K Start

Contact Information

Event Location

Midwestern University, 31st Street, Downers Grove, IL, USA

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