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Additional race information can be found at http://www.welcomeyouhome.org.
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 (formerly Wounded Warriors 5K)
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.
5k Runners are competing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place awards in the following categories:
Male & Female - 70+
Male & Female - 65 - 69
Male & Female - 60 - 64
Male & Female - 55 - 59
Male & Female - 50 - 54
Male & Female - 45 - 49
Male & Female - 40 - 44
Male & Female - 35 - 39
Male & Female - 30 - 34
Male & Female - 25 - 29
Male & Female - 20 - 24
Male & Female - 15 - 19
Male & Female - 10 - 14
Male & Female - 5 - 9
Ruck Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place
Walkers are Competing for the following Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Overall
Top three overall winners for each gender is gun timed while age division winners is based off chip time.
Award winners must be present to receive their medals. We will no longer "mail after the race" as it is costly which means less $$ to help our Veterans in need.
Shirts are not guaranteed for those registering after April 30, 2020, please register early to guarantee a shirt.
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.