DuPage Human Race benefits dozens of charities

  • Nearly 2,000 people participated in the eighth annual DuPage Human Race, which was held Saturday in Downers Grove.

      Nearly 2,000 people participated in the eighth annual DuPage Human Race, which was held Saturday in Downers Grove. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Runners in the DuPage Human Race are reflected in the glass of a building on the course in Downers Grove before the snow started falling Saturday.

      Runners in the DuPage Human Race are reflected in the glass of a building on the course in Downers Grove before the snow started falling Saturday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton resident Michael Ryan Jr. gets his chin over the bar at a vendor booth Saturday before the start of the DuPage Human Race in Downers Grove.

      Wheaton resident Michael Ryan Jr. gets his chin over the bar at a vendor booth Saturday before the start of the DuPage Human Race in Downers Grove. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 4/27/2019 6:08 PM

Nearly 2,000 people did more than run or walk a course in a Downers Grove office park on a cold Saturday morning.

They came together to simultaneously help roughly 55 charities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The eighth annual DuPage Human Race, a fundraising event presented by Giving DuPage, benefits so many groups because each participant could pick a charity to support when they registered.

Runners and walkers participated in either a 5K race or a 2-mile fitness walk.

Last year, the event raised $154,000. Since Giving DuPage launched the project in 2012, it has generated $631,000.

Organizers say the event gives smaller charities that might not be able to sponsor their own races an opportunity to generate revenue and raise awareness for their causes.

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