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Free 100th Anniversary Kids' Dash at annual Thin Mint Sprint

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  • The 8th Annual Thin Mint Sprint will include a free 100 yard kids' dash in honor of Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary in 2012.

    The 8th Annual Thin Mint Sprint will include a free 100 yard kids' dash in honor of Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary in 2012.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

New this year! In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts, a free 100 yard kids' dash for children 5 and under will be held at Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois 8th annual Thin Mint Sprint, on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Camp McCormick in Stillman Valley, Ill.

The dash will take place after the 2-mile family fun walk/run. The Thin Mint Sprint consists of an 8K road race, 2-mile family fun walk/run and 4-mile Tough Cookie Trail Run, presented by BMO Harris Bank. For an additional challenge, participants can sign up to "Do the Double," which includes both the 8K and trail run.

All proceeds from the Thin Mint Sprint go to support programs for over 20,000 Girl Scouts in 16 local communities, including Algonquin, Aurora, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Bartlett, Batavia, Burlington, Campton Hills, Carol Stream, Carpentersville, Cary, Crystal Lake, Deer Park, East Dundee, Elburn, Elgin, Fox River Grove, Geneva, Gilberts, Hampshire, Hanover Park, Hawthorn Woods, Hoffman Estates, Huntley, Island Lake, Kaneville, Kildeer, Lake Barrington, Lake in the Hills, Lake Zurich, Lily Lake, Maple Park, Marengo, McHenry, North Aurora, North Barrington, Pingree Grove, Port Barrington, St. Charles, Schaumburg, Sleepy Hollow, South Barrington, South Elgin, Spring Grove, Streamwood, Sugar Grove, Tower Lakes, Wauconda, Wayne, West Dundee and Woodstock.

The trail run begins at 7:30 a.m., with the 8K run and family fun walk/run beginning at 9 a.m. Directions and registration forms are available online at Registration is also available online at .

The 8K and Tough Cookie Trail Run are $25 per person; $30 after August 15. The 8K road race, trail run, and "Do the Double" are 2012 Rockford Road Runners' circuit races. The 8K takes place on the rolling country roads outside Camp McCormick. The trail run is a challenging course though Camp McCormick on dirt paths and loose gravel. "Do the Double" is $40 per person; $50 after August 15.

The 2-mile family fun walk/run is $15 per person; $20 after August 15. This event is open to all ages with awards given to run participants 18 years of age and under. Part of the 2-mile walk/run will take place through a corn maze (weather permitting)! There is also a Girl Scout marathon fun patch for all participants who download and complete their running log at

Thin Mint Sprint sponsors include BMO Harris Bank, Mulford Dental, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center and Today's Lite Rock B103.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois serves nearly 20,000 girls and 6,000 adults in parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties.

Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls in grades K through 12 are engaged in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. Girls develop leadership potential by participating in age-appropriate activities that enable them to discover their values, skills, and the world around them. Activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness provide girls with opportunities for fun and friendship while fostering the development of leadership skills and self-esteem. For more information on 100th anniversary activities, or how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, visit or call 1-800-242-5591.

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries.

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