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Note: Shirts are not guaranteed to those registering after April 30th. No exchanging of shirts at Pre Packet pick up. If you would like to exchange a race shirt after crossing the finish line please go to the registration table to check availability. The shirt cannot have been worn.** The Shirts are Unisex and may run slightly larger, please choose your size accordingly.***
12337 S Illinois Rte 59 #155
Plainfield, IL 60585
Any questions please call Judi 630-341-1222.
Additional race information can be found at http://www.welcomeyouhome.org.
The 2020 9th Annual Run for the Brave 5k Run, Walk, Ruck is now a Virtual Event! All Participants will still receive an Event Shirt and Finishing Medal.
Our team is focused on reducing the risk to your health and safety. Seeing how the State of Illinois has banned all large events in the state through May 1 due to COVID-19 and the restrictions that are in place statewide. As well, foreseeing that an extended mandate may be coming, we have been working proactively over recent days for a resolution. Unfortunately, with so many events already planned Statewide we are unable to reschedule/postpone in 2020. Run for the Brave 5k Run, Walk, Ruck will be changed to a Virtual Event. All participants will still receive an event shirt and finishing medal. Since this is an essential fundraiser for the Operation Welcome You Home, NFP, and the Veterans we serve, we hope that you will still consider this as an option for you and your fellow runners!
We realize this change may present some questions. Our intent is to be transparent and provide a fair solution to this challenge. We highly value you, our participants, and are resolved to be runner friendly during this challenging time for all of us.
What is a Virtual Race?
A virtual race is a race that can be run, walked, or rucked from any safe location you choose. You can run, jog, ruck or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, or on the track. You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself.
Join us Virtually via Facebook Live -
Join us at 7:30 am on Saturday, May 23, 2020, via Facebook as we kick off the (virtual) 9th Annual Run, Walk or Ruck for the Brave with the singing of the American National Anthem, as well as bagpiping God Bless America and then make sure to follow us on Facebook for additional important messages and information and photos from your fellow participants.
How to Participate:
To participate, run, walk or ruck the 5K on your own time on May 23, 2020. Once completed, submit your self-timed result via the link below. Your result will be listed in the official results 5K on race day, unless you request otherwise. However, virtual run results will not be eligible for competitive awards.
Please submit your race results online by midnight (CT) May 23, 2020 by using the link emailed to you on Race morning.
For race results, please see: https://runsignup.com/Race/Results/72004/
Show us how you Run/Walk/Ruck for the Brave
We would love to see how you Virtually Run, Walk, or Ruck for the Brave! Share your photos, share your story for participating or who your Honoring/Remembering, perhaps a message to our Veterans or our Troops on the OWYH/Run for the Brave Facebook Page, Instagram or via email:
• Facebook Page at Operation-Welcome-You-Home-NFP-5K-Run-For-The-Brave
• Operation Welcome You Home, NFP Instagram Page @operationwelcomeyouhome
Please include the following hashtags in your posts:
After Party and Packet Pick Up?
Once we can responsibly host our After Party, we will share the details of the celebration. We are hoping to be able to host this celebration in July at Chop’d in Plainfield. We are working on the safest method for hosting packet pick up; packets will be available at the after party if not before. Details to follow.
I’m not able to run, can I request a refund?
We do ask that this be a last resort, as this event is how we raise funds for our organization. However, we understand and will accept refund requests. To make a request, please e-mail us your request for a refund with full name to email@example.com. Refund requests are due by May 1.
I’m not able to run, may I donate my registration fee?
Yes, OWYH is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization and your registration fee can be converted to a tax-deductible donation to our organization’s mission.
OWYH provides assistance to Illinois Veterans in many ways making a difference! Your participation helps support our Mission. Learn more about all we do by visiting http://www.welcomeyouhome.org and clicking on Acts of Kindness.
To cancel my registration and request a donation receipt, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, these options only apply to runners who registered prior to April 15, 2020.
I have other questions?
Please e-mail us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Still want to support OWYH and our Veterans you can always make a donation through the 5k registration site or the OWYH website at www.welcomeyouhome.org
Judi Stapleton and Donna Morsovillo
Run For The Brave 5K helps Veterans needing our support with including but not limited to: John Deere Riding lawn mowers with snowblower attachment, ActionTracker Mobile Wheelchairs, airfare for parents to visit their Wounded Warrior Spouse/Son/Daughter at Bethesda Hospital recuperating/rehabbing from their injuries sustained while in combat, help with burial expenses, temporary financial assistance, food and other ways helping those who serve our Country so we may be free! Please visit OWYH Acts of Kindness to learn more.
9th Annual RUN FOR THE BRAVE 5K RUN/WALK/RUCK
USATF Certified and Chip-Timed 5K (#IL16911WR)
Music, Vendors, Awards, Finishing Medals, Finishing Certificates, Give-A-Ways, and More
Honor your Military Hero by having his/her name on EVERY Race shirt (Purchase through online registration)
If you chose to compete in the Ruck division, your backpack must be at least 20lbs.
Baby strollers/joggers are permitted but must participate at the rear of the race.
NO pets, bicycles, in-line skates, roller skates, scooters and other wheeled vehicles except wheelchairs SERVICE DOGS ALLOWED
Timing and Bibs:
The 5k is an officially timed event. Timing chips are attached directly to the back of your bib number and are to remain adhered for the duration of the event.
In order to receive an accurate time, please confirm your bibs is:
This race is CARA Certified (CARA Certification number 19020) and has committed to following the CARA Best Practices Guidelines, a high set of standards for quality, safe, and operationally sound races.
AWARDS CEREMONY 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
AFTER RACE PARTY 10:30 – 2:30 p.m.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
When hazardous weather is present or probable during an Operation Welcome You Home program or event, OWYH will communicate related announcements through the OWYH and Run for the Brave social media pages. OWYH will begin making announcements at least 60 minutes prior to the start of a program or event if there appears to be a potential for changes. Participants are encouraged to consider their individual situations when choosing whether to participate when there is the potential for hazardous weather, even when OWYH has chosen to proceed. Given the nature of Chicagoland weather, not all conditions are foreseeable, and program and event coordinators may make changes on-site at programs and events. Please keep in mind that safety will be the primary focus of weather-related decisions.
OWYH's evaluation will weigh present conditions as well as probable conditions that could be present during and immediately after a program/event.
Examples of hazardous weather that changes could result from include, but are not limited to:
Please note OWYH may postpone or cancel a program under different weather conditions at its discretion.
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