The thing about the human race is that we're all here together and, different as we may be, we can make life better for each other.
The same is true about the Human Race.
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If you goWhat: The Human Race 5K run/walk, organized by Giving DuPage
Why: Runners earmark their entry fees for one of about 50 nonprofits serving DuPage County
When: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 27
Where: The Esplanade at Locust Point, 1901 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove
Cost: $35 for runners, $30 for walkers online; $5 more for mail-in registration, $10 more on race day
The 5K organized by Giving DuPage brings together runners and walkers for a charity fundraiser. But rather than raising money for a single cause, the participants in the Human Race each are supporting their own cause; collectively, they're helping about 50 nonprofit organizations working to make DuPage a better place.
When runners register for the April 27 race, they're asked which group they'd like their entry fee to benefit. The choices include prominent charities like Habitat for Humanity's Illinois chapter, Literacy DuPage and the Northern Illinois Food Bank, but most charities on the list are smaller, more grass-roots organizations that don't have the resources to run a successful fundraising 5K on their own.
The event fits perfectly with the mission of Giving DuPage, which exists to connect volunteers and donors with charitable organizations that need time, talent and resources.
Today we hear from two people who participated last year in the inaugural Human Race. Linda Shea, who runs on behalf of the DuPage Homeownership Center, and Robert Dobosz, who walks for Glen Ellyn Youth and Family Counseling, share their experience with the race and a bit about their organizations.