Great Western Freedom 4 run/walk in LeRoy Oakes in St. Charles raises funds for Lazarus House

  • Runners start in the Great Western Freedom 4 run at LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserve in St. Charles. The event raises money for Lazarus House, a homeless shelter.

    Runners start in the Great Western Freedom 4 run at LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserve in St. Charles. The event raises money for Lazarus House, a homeless shelter. Daily Herald File Photo, 2019

 
 
Posted6/30/2021 1:51 PM

The Great Western Freedom 4 returns Sunday, July 4, to LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles.

The event, in which participants can do a 4-mile run or a 2-mile walk, is a fundraiser for Lazarus House, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit emergency shelter, Center for Transitional Living, and homeless prevention program for men, women and children who are homeless or in crisis from Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, or western rural Kane County.

 

Both runs begin at 7 a.m. at the forest preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. Check-ins and day-of registrations begin at 6 a.m.

The competitive 4-mile race is on a USATF certified course and is part of the Fox River Trail Runners Circuit. Awards will be given by age group. Day-of registration is $40; preregistration, by Wednesday, June 30, is $36. Strollers are not permitted in this run, and it is for ages 14 and older (with parental waiver).

The scenic two-mile walk is a great youth group or family activity. Registration is $26 by Wednesday, June 30 and $30 the day of the event; children younger than 7 participate for free. Waivers must be signed for children. Strollers are welcome.

For registration and details, visit lazarushouse.ejoinme.org/GWF4Signup.

For information about volunteering, contact Barb P., fundraising and events coordinator, at barbp@lazarushouse.net, or call (630) 587-2144.

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