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Des Plaines Park District hosts annual Chase 5K Run-Walk

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  • Runners take to the streets in the annual Des Plaines Park District Chase 5K run/walk.

    Runners take to the streets in the annual Des Plaines Park District Chase 5K run/walk.
    Gene Haring

Lisa Haring

Registration is in progress for The Chase, the Des Plaines Park District's 7th Annual 5K Run-Walk, to be held July 14 at 8:00am, beginning at Prairie Avenue and Pearson Street. This is a CARA registered race (Chicago Area Runners Association) on a USATF Certified (USA Track & Field) flat course through residential streets in downtown Des Plaines. Registration forms are available at all Park District facilities and Online registration is available at The pre-registration entry fee is $20 for adults, $15 for ages 16 and younger, and $30/$25 on race day. CARA members pay $18 before July 14 and $28 on race day.

Runners/walkers can pick up their race packets on Friday, July 13 at Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 East Thacker Street, 7:00am--7:00pm or, on race day, before 7:40am, at the registration tent. Day of the race registration is 6:30am -- 7:40am. Free stay-dry technical t-Shirts will be given to the first 300 registered participants.

Age groups include: 8 and younger; 9-14; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; and 70 and older. The race is run rain or shine with splits provided at every mile. Awards will be presented for the overall first place male and female, first, second, and third place male and female in each age category, oldest finisher, and first male and female resident of Des Plaines. The awards ceremony will take place at approximately 9:15am. Official race results will be posted on,, and

Water will be available at the start, finish, and on the course. Fruit, bagels, energy bars, and water will also be available after the race courtesy of our sponsors, including this year's 2012 Premier Chase Sponsor, First Midwest Bank. Gear Check is available from 6:30-11:00am, at the Registration Tent for racer race packets and backpacks. Free parking is available in the Metropolitan Square parking garage at Lee St. north of Miner St. Racers with strollers must start at the rear. Please leave all pets at home.

Proceeds from the Chase 5K run/walk benefit the Des Plaines Park District Scholarship fund, which provides recreation, education, and healthy activities for Des Plaines residents of all ages. For more information call Shelli Sarg, race director at 847-391-5711 or visit