Kick those winter blues with the Foodie 5K

16/Feb/18 / 06:00

While the winter chill is still hanging on, we’re already looking forward to Spring when the snow will melt and chirping birds will greet all the restless runners and walkers stretching their legs in the sunshine. In the meantime though, you may still be feeling a bit sluggish from delicious celebrations over the holidays – fortunately, we have a way you can kick those winter blues!
Below you’ll find a totally doable training program (we promise!) to get you from couch-to-5K ready in just 16 days so you can make the most of our first Foodie 5K on April 7, when thousands of runners, walkers, families, and children will hit the track at Cantigny Park for the fifth year.
After completing the newly remodeled route, participants can enjoy the scenery while snacking on a wide variety of offerings from these gourmet food trucks:
Pixie Dogs | Beaver’s Donuts | Mario’s Cart | Best Truckin’ BBQ | Toasty Cheese | Cupcakes for Courage | Grumpy Gaucho | The Olive Branch | Twisted Classics | Piko Street Kitchen | The Happy Lobster
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. Every $1 donated from this event helps provide $8 worth of groceries for our hungry neighbors – by participating and fundraising for Foodie 5K, you are truly making a difference in the lives of families in need in your community.
Click here to join race – then get started on your couch-to-5K training below!
Days 1 and 2: Walk 3 min. Run 1 min. | Total of 15 min.
Days 3 and 4: Walk 3 min. Run 2 min. | Total of 18 min.
Days 5 and 6: Walk 3 min. Run 3 min. | Total of 21 min.
Days 7 and 8: Walk 2 min. Run 4 min. | Total of 24 min.
Days 9 and 10: Walk 2 min. Run 5 min. | Total of 30 min.
Days 11 and 12: Walk 2 min. Run 7 min. | Total of 29 min.
Days 13 and 14: Walk 2 min. Run 9 min. | Total of 35 min.
Days 15 and 16: Walk 2 min. Run 10 min. | 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!

Not a runner? Register as a participant or volunteer today at
Stay tuned for posts 2 and 3 of the Foodie 5K blog series—we’ll dive into who you’re helping through your participation and fundraising efforts, and we’ll also share 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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