April 1 may have been April Fool’s Day, but the Food Bank’s first Foodie 5K of the year was no joke! Over 1,600 runners, walkers, and foodies alike spent the sunny Saturday in Wheaton completing a 3.2 mile course, raising funds for our neighbors and spreading awareness of their ongoing fight against hunger.
Twisting through the beautiful grounds of Cantigny Park, the course was flooded with friends, families, and groups of all sizes. The cheers from the finish line echoed through the crisp Spring air and mixed with the smells of an impressive variety of food truck cuisine sure to please every racer. From BBQ and lobster rolls to sweet cupcakes and all things cheesy, what better way to celebrate a race well-run than with a gourmet grilled cheese fit for a champion?
The first Foodie 5K of the year raised $101,500, providing $812,000 worth of groceries for our hungry neighbors. It was wonderful to see so many large teams join us this year in addition to our individual participants. Special thanks to our top three fundraisers:
And thanks to our three largest teams:
We are so grateful for your support!
Please also help us thank our generous sponsors who joined us this year! Presenting Sponsor: Meijer. Gold Sponsors: the Kane County Cougars, Shaw Media, Tate & Lyle, Taylor Bruce Design. Silver Sponsors: FONA International, John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Woodforest National Bank. Mile Marker Sponsor: Aldi.
Last but certainly not least, the Food Bank would also like to give a special thank you to our special events team for their tireless hard work and dedication that knows no bounds when our community calls for help!
Events like this would not be possible without your support and the help of our staff and friends in the community. Whether you fundraise, run or volunteer, you provide hope to those who struggle to fill their family’s plates every day simply by participating in this event. For that, we cannot thank you enough.
The event at Cantigny Park was the first of three Foodie 5Ks the Food Bank hosts each year. So whether you missed out April 1 or are looking for your next race, be sure to save the date and join the fun at Independence Grove in Libertyville on May 13, and/or plan to join us this Fall at Lewis University in Romeoville on September 9 —registration for both races is now open!
As a reminder, register before April 28 and August 25 to receive your official Foodie 5K race shirt! Additionally, participants who fundraise $250 or more prior to race day will receive a Foodie 5K medal, and those who register for all three races will also receive a special commemorative gift.
Not a runner? Foodie 5K is a great event whether you choose to walk, run, volunteer, or just come out for some delicious food al fresco! No matter how you choose to participate, what you do matters. For more details about the Foodie 5K events and to register as a participant or volunteer, visit www.SolveHungerToday.org/Foodie5K.