Foodie 5K – Lace up for the race! (Part 1 of 3)

10/Mar/17 / 06:00

At the Food Bank, we love food. Some of us like to cook it, but all of us like to eat it. That’s why we work hard every day to make sure everyone in Northern Illinois has access to it.
So when our events team announced the idea behind the Foodie 5K, it was not a surprise that gourmet food trucks would be waiting at the finish line amongst entertainment and fun activities for kids of all ages.
After year one, we realized from the number of Foodie 5K participants and supportive sponsors, that our donors, volunteers, clients, network members and friends in the community also shared our love for food and feeding our hungry neighbors.
Now it’s year four for the event and you still have nearly four weeks to get involved in the first Foodie 5K of the 2017 season! Whether you’re a serious runner, you occasionally “trot” for fun, you walk, or even if you roll, we hope you’ll sign up and join us for a Foodie 5K at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Independence Grove in Libertyville and/or at Lewis University in Romeoville. Every participant receives a $2 food truck voucher, a Foodie 5K shirt*, and a ticket voucher for the Kane County Cougars, Schaumburg Boomers or Joliet Slammers!
The Food Bank can convert every $1 donated into $8 worth of food for hungry neighbors, so just by participating in and/or fundraising for the Foodie 5K, you are truly making a difference in the lives of families in need in your community.

New to the 5K scene? We’ve got you covered!

If you’re starting from zero, any steps you take before race day are steps to a healthier and happier you. With a little planning and dedication, there’s no reason why you can’t comfortably run the entire 5K distance!
To help you get started, here is a simple 16-day “Couch to 5K” training program. You can do it!

    Days 1 and 2
    Walk 3 min. Run 1 min.
    For a total of 15 min.
    Days 3 and 4
    Walk 3 min. Run 2 min.
    For a total of 18 min.
    Days 5 and 6
    Walk 3 min. Run 3 min.
    For a total of 21 min.
    Days 7 and 8
    Walk 2 min. Run 4 min.
    For a total of 24 min.
    Days 9 and 10
    Walk 2 min. Run 5 min.
    For a total of 30 min.
    Days 11 and 12
    Walk 2 min. Run 7 min.
    For a total of 29 min.
    Days 13 and 14
    Walk 2 min. Run 9 min.
    For a total of 35 min.
    Days 15 and 16
    Walk 2 min. Run 10 min.
    For a total of 38 min.

A few important reminders as you start your journey to being fit by Foodie:


  • Since this type and intensity of exercise may be new to your body, you should always take a few minutes to warm up before each run, and more importantly, cool down AFTER each run.
  • For walkers AND runners: make sure you hydrate. Everyone sweats differently given their body and the type of weather they train in, but keeping your muscles hydrated is key!
Still not convinced?

Join the hundreds of other walkers, “strollers” and volunteers who participate in the event and mission.
Invite your friends, colleagues, and families to stick around for the post-race festival which will include awards, food trucks, entertainment, a kid’s zone, and the camaraderie of knowing that you made a difference in the lives of your hungry neighbors.

Register as a participant or volunteer TODAY

Stay tuned for posts 2 and 3 of the Foodie 5K blog series—we’ll dive into who you’re really helping through your participation and fundraising efforts, and we’ll also share last-minute fundraising tips and how to make the most of the weeks leading up to the event.

*Participants must be registered prior to the indicated deadline date in order to receive the Foodie 5K shirt.



How You Can Help:


  • Volunteer at one of our Centers in Geneva, Rockford or Park City sorting and packing food
  • Donate to help us solve hunger in your community – every $1 donated provides $8 worth of food.



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