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Registration Underway for Cantigny's 5K to Benefit Homeless Veterans

The 5K walk and run will be held Nov. 3 at 9 a.m.

From Cantigny Park

Cantigny Park invites runners and walkers of all ages to enter the Cantigny 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 3, at 9 am.  The event is held annually in association with Veterans Day (November 11). 

Net proceeds from the race will benefit the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, a transitional living facility in Wheaton that provides assistance to U.S. veterans in need, including skills for independent living.

Race registration is limited to the first 900 entries.  Full registration has been achieved every year since the first Cantigny 5K in 2004.

The event’s popularity begins with the scenic course, which highlights key features throughout the 500-acre Cantigny estate.  Runners and walkers start and finish at the park’s Visitor Center. During the route they pass the First Division Museum, Robert R. McCormick Museum and formal gardens.   A portion of the route covers rolling hills on Cantigny’s 27-hole golf course.  The entire course is on a blacktop surface.

The Cantigny 5K is chip timed.  Results will include finish time, pace, overall finish position, age and division place.  Entry fee is $25 and includes a long-sleeve tech running shirt.  A Youth Run (1 mile and chip timed) is offered for ages 6 to 10, and a Tot Run (1/4 mile) is open to children ages 1 to 5.  Registration for the youth and tot divisions is $10.  Kids also receive a running shirt.

Race registration is available online at signmeup.com/83293.  Runners may also download a registration form at Cantigny.org and mail their entry.  Postmark deadline for mailed entries is October 12.  Registration will be available until the limit is reached or 4 pm on November 1, whichever comes first.  There will be no race day registration.

Also on race day, Cantigny Post 556 of the American Legion will host a Pancake Breakfast inside the Cantigny Visitors Center from 7 am to 1 pm. Runners, walkers and spectators are welcome!  The cost is $6 per person or $2 for ages 4 and under. A prize drawing is included.

Cantigny 5K details are online at Cantigny.org.  Questions about the event may be directed to Brian Gray at bgray@cantigny.org or 630-260-8167.

More about the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans is at helpaveteran.org.

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