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Kick off Memorial Day weekend with Elgin Valley Fox Trot

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  • Racers leave the gate and head south along Douglas during the 35th annual Elgin Valley Fox Trot. This year's race takes place Saturday, May 25.

       Racers leave the gate and head south along Douglas during the 35th annual Elgin Valley Fox Trot. This year's race takes place Saturday, May 25.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer, 2012


Celebrating its 36th year, the Elgin Valley Fox Trot offers races for all levels of competition, including a 10-mile run, a 5K run and a 2-mile Walk for a Cause.

The courses begin in the Center City area at Kimball and Douglas, and take runners through historic neighborhoods as well as the winding hills and ravines of Lords Park.

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The Cara-certified races start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25. Race day registration will be open 6 to 7:15 a.m. in the gym at the Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way. Those who have preregistered can pick up their packets on race day, or from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Centre.

Registration fees for the 2-mile Walk for a Cause will be donated to 18 local nonprofits and community groups; registrants can specify which group should receive their fee. The 2-mile route is suitable for families; strollers and well-controlled, leashed dogs are welcome on this course.

After the race, runners and spectators can unwind at the post-event party, featuring BBI playing from 8:15 to 11 a.m. Food and drink will be available, along with family activities. There will be sponsors offering everything from massages to free sample products.

Preregistration has closed. Race day registration is $40 for the 5K and $55 for the 10-mile; the 2-mile is $12 per person or $40 for a group of four. All registrants will receive a cotton T-shirt, or may upgrade to a tech shirt for $10 extra. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to top finishers.

Want to volunteer your help at the race? Jobs include directing runners and the public, monitoring the safety and welfare of the runners, helping to set up barricades and banners, assisting runners with their timing chips and helping out at the finish line. Volunteers are also needed at Friday's packet pickup. For details on volunteering, call Heather Williams at (847) 214-5413 or email

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