BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP – Marklund is hosting its sixth annual Marklund Run, Walk & Roll-Geneva on Oct. 21 at the Hyde Center, 1S450 Wyatt Drive, in the Mill Creek subdivision in Blackberry Township near Geneva.
The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit that provides housing and supportive services for people with profound disabilities, according to a news release.
The race is open to runners, walkers, and wheelchair riders of all ages.
The competitive wheelchair race begins at 7:55 a.m., and the 5K and 1-mile race starts at 8 a.m.
The registration fee is $40 for the 5K and $30 for the one-mile.
Online registration is closed but people can still register from 3 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 19 at Dick Pond Athletics, 303 N. Second St., St. Charles, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 20, also at Dick Pond; and from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at Marklund.
Participants in the 5K can run, walk, or compete using racing wheelchairs on a USATF Certified Course that winds through the adjacent South Mill Creek neighborhood.
The 1-mile walk shares a portion of the 5K course and is open to individuals and families, as well as those with strollers, walkers or wheelchairs.
Therapy dogs are welcome but other pets are not allowed.
Becky Stewart of Elburn will join her son, Tyler, 25, in the event, pushing him in a racing wheelchair, as he is a resident of the Marklund Hyde Center.
“The Run, Walk & Roll is absolutely awesome,” Stewart stated in the release. “We get support from residents who live along the race route. They come out early on a Sunday morning to cheer us on, lining the streets, holding signs and blasting music. It’s such a unique race and a unique opportunity. ... ’m so blessed to have Tyler at Marklund. I look at the opportunities Tyler has been given by living at Marklund, and I don’t take that for granted.”
The presenting sponsor for this year’s event is Fitch Foundation.
Buona Beef is sponsoring a breakfast bar that will feature pancakes, scrambled eggs, a doughnut bar, pastries, bananas, bagels and coffee.
Pizza from Pal Joey’s and a hot chocolate bar also will be available, the release stated.
Entry into the Breakfast Bar is included in Run, Walk & Roll registration fee, but non-race participants will be charged $5 per person.
The run will include a new grand fundraising prize. Those who raise $100 or more will be entered to win a Fitbit Versa Smartwatch.
The event also will include a cash prize drawing. Tickets are $5 per ticket, or $20 for five tickets. The first-place prize is $1,000, second-place prize is $250 and third-place prize is $100, the release stated.
Since it began, the Run, Walk & Roll-Geneva event has more than doubled, Heinz stated in the release. “The first year, we raised just over $30,000. Our goal this year [is] to raise $70,000.”
“It’s a perfect event for our residents – it’s inclusive, and many of our residents’ families come out to enjoy the day,” Heinz stated in the release.
More information is available online by visiting www.marklund.org/5k.