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Fifth Annual Foodie 5K Series to benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank

Annual fun run/walk returns to Wheaton, Libertyville and Romeoville

(GENEVA, Ill., Feb. 6, 2018) – Runners and walkers of all ages and skills can get ready to lace up the running shoes and sign up to help fight hunger in our community, as the registration for the 2018 Foodie 5K Series is now open.

The Foodie 5K race series benefits Northern Illinois Food Bank and is anticipated to involve more than 3,500 runners and walkers to their races in Wheaton, Libertyville and Romeoville at Lewis University. Each event features a post-race festival with entertainment, gourmet food trucks and activities for kids, offering a great day for families, leisure walkers and competitive runners.

The races are scheduled for:
• Saturday, April 7 – Foodie 5K DuPage County, at Cantigny Park in Wheaton
• Saturday, May 12 – Foodie 5K Lake County, at Independence Grove in Libertyville
• Saturday, September 15 – Foodie 5K Will County, at Lewis University in Romeoville

Last year, the Foodie 5Ks attracted more than 2,500 participants and raised more than $209,000 to support the Food Bank’s efforts of solving hunger across its 13-county service area, worth $1.6 million in groceries for hungry neighbors.

“We are so excited for the Foodie 5K to be returning to DuPage, Lake and Will Counties after a great outpouring of support last year,” said Kate Thomas, Special Events Coordinator at Northern Illinois Food Bank. “These races offer a fun and interactive way for people to engage with the Food Bank’s message and to give back right in their own communities.”

All proceeds benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank, where every $1 donated provides $8 worth of food. Participants are encouraged to fundraise to help the Food Bank serve even more hungry neighbors.

All three races are chip-timed fun runs/walks open to all ages. Registration is now open and available through race day. Participants will receive a race t-shirt, $2 food truck voucher to be used at the post-race festival and more. Those who register for a second race will receive a code for $10 off, and those who sign up for all three races will also receive a special commemorative gift. Registration per race is $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-12. Children ages 0-5 are free. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available for all three races.

Visit for updates on participating food trucks, entertainment and activities for kids at all three race locations.

About Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Food Bank leads the northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. Since 1983, food manufacturers, local grocers, corporations, foundations, and individuals have come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to 800 community food pantries and feeding programs serving more than 71,500 hungry neighbors each week across 13 counties. That commitment provided 65.5 million meals to those in need in FY17. Find out how you can Volunteer, Donate and Get Involved at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Northern Illinois Food Bank is a member of Feeding America.