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Sat November 4, 2023 Rockford, IL 61103 US Directions
"We don't know them all, but we owe them all"


1288 Elmwood Road
Rockford, IL US 61103


A 5K Run/Walk to Benefit the Veterans Drop-In Center in Rockford, IL.  This is our 11th annual run and will, again, be held at Mercyhealth SportsCore-One,  Veterans Memorial Park!  The run is on a beautiful course now running over to the Winnebago Forest Preserve and doing a loop around the pond.  This run is USATF certified (IL19039NM) and is a 2023 RRR Circuit Race.  See more information about the RRR Circuit at 

Registration pricing:  

$35 per participant, $15 for children 17 and under 

Discount of $3 for RRR (does not include children 17 and under).

Online registration closes on THURSDAY 11-2-2023 at midnight

No inline skates or dogs please!  

Shirts are guaranteed only if registered by 10-17-2023.  SHIRTS WILL NOT BE A GUARANTEE AFTER 10-17-2023.

Our cool dog tag awards are given to the top male and female winners, along with the top 3 male and female winners in each of the following age categories:

0-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

****Hierarchy of awards:  One award given per person.

$100 - Overall male and female

$50 - Overall male and female veterans

$50 - Overall male and female masters (50+)

Veteran Branches - Male and Female

Age groups - 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each age group.

  **Note - per IHSA rules, a high school athlete that is currently in or may be running sports may jeopardize their eligibility and/or scholarship opportunities by accepting the cash awards, and therefore, will not be allowed to accept the cash prizes.  They are, however, still eligible to win the overall title and the dog tag medals.

Timing provided by Tri-3 Sports Timing.

See below for our unique "wall" shirt opportunity!  And our awesome sponsors!  Please patronize these veteran supporting businesses!  Especially our main sponsor, Eldridge Roofing!


Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at

Honor your Special Veteran on our Shirt - 10 Spots are Available on the Shirt

The "wall shirt" is a unique opportunity to memorialize the Veterans who are no longer with us or who are currently keeping us safe.  We have 12 spots available on the back of our shirts at $100 each. Their name and branch will be listed.  What an extraordinary way to honor your special veteran with this commemorative shirt! Please contact the race director at if you're interested

Packet Pick-up and Registration

Packet Pickup will be at the Soccer Center building at the SportCore-One facility (race site) all three days.

1288 Elmwood Road, Rockford IL 61103


There is No day of event registration or registration after online registration closes!

Online registration for all events closes on THURSDAY, November 2, 2023 at 11:59pm - sorry, no exceptions.



Course Map

Finisher Medal

2023 Finisher Metal Design will be similar to the 2021 design shown in the photo.

Age Award Metals

Awesome Dog-Tag Style Age Group Award Metals.  Medals will be similar in design as the 2022 metals.

Race Sponsors

Veterans Drop-In Center

The Veterans Drop-In Center supports all Veterans and their families.  We focus on Veterans in need of help by providing no-cost referrals to other agencies, computer usage, free haircuts, lunch and dinner, as well as peer to peer counseling and services.  The center is a 501(3)c not-for-profit corporation.  Please visit us at or at our fb page - search fb for veterans drop-in center Rockford IL



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