Cougars announce 7th annual 5K to raise funds for Special Olympics

Registration now open for May 19 race


GENEVA – The Kane County Cougars announce the seventh annual Cougars 5K Run/Walk, presented by Northwestern Medicine Delnor Health and Fitness Center, which will take place at 8 a.m. May 19 at Northwestern Medicine Field, a news release stated.

As the Cougars continue to grow their charitable outreach, proceeds from the race will benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Registration is now open at kccougars.com and raceroster.com.

“It feels like a natural fit to team up with the Cougars for their 5K,” said Debra Neari. member services manager, stated in the release. “We are proud to partner with them and continue our efforts to promote health and wellness for families throughout our community.”

The Cougars 5K, which features chip timing, will follow a course along both Kirk Road and Fabyan Parkway, the release stated.

Children through age 12 can also register for the Cougars’ Inside the Park Dash, a half-mile fun run, which will take place at the conclusion of the 5K for $5 per child.

“We’re excited to carry on the tradition of the Cougars 5K for another season,” Cougars owner Dr. Bob Froehlich stated in the release. “As we continue to grow our charitable outreach beyond the baseball field, we’re looking forward to contributing towards all the wonderful programs Special Olympics has to offer to their athletes and families.”

Open to competitive runners and recreational walkers, the finish line is located at home plate inside Northwestern Medicine Field. Participants can be seen on the ballpark videoboard through a live-feed camera while high-fiving team mascots, Ozzie and Annie T. Cougar, down the final stretch of the racecourse, the release stated. Families with children are encouraged to participate as strollers are permitted on the course with a discounted rate for participants between the ages of 5 through 18 years old.

Those registered by May 10 are guaranteed a commemorative race T-shirt, featuring the Cougars 5K logo, while all participants will receive a complimentary ticket voucher for a 2018 Cougars game. The top three male and female finishers in 14 age groups will receive a custom race medal courtesy of Creative Awards and Products, Inc. in Bartlett. 

Following the race, participants can enjoy a variety of refreshments including a complimentary hot dog or brat and a beer for those 21 and older.