Contact: Elizabeth Gartman, Communications Manager, egartman@northernilfoodbank.org, 630-443-6910 ext. 142

Foodie 5K races let Northern Illinois Food Bank supporters run to solve hunger

7th annual fun run/walk scheduled for Wheaton and Libertyville in 2020

(GENEVA, Ill., January 23, 2020)
– Mark your calendars and get on your mark, as runners and walkers can now register to participate in the 7th annual Northern Illinois Food Bank Foodie 5K race series. This year, a new Kid’s Dash has been added for kids ages 8 and under.

The Foodie 5K race series is expected to have more than 2,500 runners and walkers participate in the Wheaton and Libertyville races this year, with each location featuring a post-race festival with entertainment, an interactive Kid’s Zone, and back by popular demand—a variety of local food trucks. Foodie 5Ks are designed to be a fun day for families, leisure walkers and competitive runners alike.

2020 races are scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. on the following dates:
Saturday, April 18 – Foodie 5K DuPage County at Cantigny Park in Wheaton
Saturday, June 6 – Foodie 5K Lake County at Independence Grove in Libertyville

Last year, the Foodie 5Ks attracted more than 2,000 participants and raised more than $200,000 to support the Food Bank’s efforts of solving hunger across its 13-county service area, which helped provide more than $1.6 million in groceries for hungry neighbors.

“The Foodie 5K races are all about fighting hunger in our communities through fitness,” said Christine Fisher Manager of Special Events and Promotions at Northern Illinois Food Bank. “Whether you’re a competitive athlete, a weekend warrior or a casual walker, the Foodie 5K is a great way to give back.”

All proceeds benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank, where every $1 helps provide $8 worth of groceries. Participants are encouraged to fundraise leading up to the event in order to help the Food Bank feed even more hungry neighbors – every dollar raised makes a difference.

“Since its inception, the Foodie 5K race series has raised more than $1.1 million, which has helped provide an impressive $8.9 million worth of groceries to neighbors right here in Northern Illinois,” Fisher said.

Both races are chip-timed fun runs/walks open to all ages. Registration is now open and available through race day. Participants registering before April 3 will also receive an official race t-shirt.

Early bird Registration per race is $35 for adults ($45 after Feb. 1) and $25 for children ages 6-12. Children ages 0-5 are free. This year, a Kid’s Dash for children ages 0-8 will be held immediately following the 5K and registration is $15. Those registering for the Cantigny race will also receive a $10 discount for the second race at Independence Grove in Libertyville. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available for both races.

Visit www.SolveHungerToday.org/Foodie5K for updates on participating food vendors, entertainment and activities for kids at both race locations.


About Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, is a non-profit organization that engages the community to solve hunger in Northern Illinois. Manufacturers, local groceries, corporations, foundations, and individuals come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to more than 900 partner feeding programs – the food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and youth and senior feeding programs that serve more than half a million people every year. Northern Illinois Food Bank has centers in Geneva (West Suburban Center), Park City (North Suburban Center) Rockford (Northwest Center), and Joliet (South Suburban Center). Find out how you can volunteer, donate or get involved at www.SolveHungerToday.org, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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