Sat November 7 - Sat November 14, 2020 Rockford, IL US 61103 Directions
"We don't know them all, but we owe them all"
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Veterans 5K Run & Walk

$30 11/14 9:00AM CST - 11:00AM CST Price increases after November 12, 2020 at 12:00pm CST

Kids 5K (Children 17 and under)

$10 11/14 9:00AM CST - 11:00AM CST Price increases after November 12, 2020 at 12:00pm CST

Virtual 5K

$30 Registration ends November 14, 2020 at 11:00am CST

Veterans 5K Run & Walk - Kids Fun Run - Free for kids 10 & under

$0 11/14 8:15AM CST - 8:30AM CST Registration ends November 14, 2020 at 9:00am CST

Veterans Run & Walk - Volunteer

$0 11/14 9:00AM CST - 10:30AM CST Registration ends November 9, 2020 at 9:00am CST
1288 Elmwood Road
Rockford, IL US 61103

A 5K Run/Walk to Benefit the Veterans Drop-In Center in Rockford, IL.  This is our 8th 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 2020 RRR Circuit Race.  See more information about the RRR Circuit at

During these extraordinary times of the covid-19 pandemic, we are optimistic we will be able to hold our run.  In the event, we are not able to, we will switch entirely to virtual and offer you our same great swag; shirt, finisher medal, Bomba socks, and more!   More details to come, but rest assured, this will be the same quality race as in the past.  We must continue to support our fellow Veterans more than ever. 


*New this year - Can't make the physical race?  Try our Virtual 5K.

1-Register to run/walk the virtual 5K and invite your friends to join you!

2-Pick up your shirt/swag at packet pick-up.  If unable to pickup your swag, we will ship it to you for a fixed fee of $7.00.

3- Run/walk the distance on your own, either the official Veterans 5K course, or a course of your choosing and submit your time, or just let us know you completed it!  Post a picture to Facebook or Instagram

4 - Be proud you completed the challenge and help support your fellow Veterans.  RUN FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE

Registration pricing:   

$30 per participant, $10 for children 17 and under 

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

Registration fees increase on 11-1-20 to $35 for adults and $15 for children.

Online registration closes on Thursday, 11-12-20 at 1 pm. 

Registration during packet pick-up on Friday and race day increase to $40 for adults and $20 for children.   NO discounts.  If we have to do drive thru swag pick-up, we will do it!  We WILL get you your swag, just be sure to register by guarantee date!

No inline skates or dogs please!  Strollers or joggers are allowed but MUST START AT THE BACK PLEASE!

Shirts are guaranteed only if registered by 10-23-20.  Shirts will no longer be an option to choose in the system after this date.

Our cool dog tag awards are given to the top male and female winners, along with the top 3 male and female 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+

****Heirarchy 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

Age groups

  **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.

Kids Fun Run at 8:15 am for kids 10 & under.  Kids receive a bib, and after their run, some cool goodies.

Opening ceremonies begin at 8:30 am with our shotgun start at 9 a.m.

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!

Prizes for most Patriotic Apparel!!

Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at
Course Map

Here's a copy of our course map!

Honor your Special Veteran on our Shirt - 9 Available

  • The "wall shirt" is a unique opportunity to memorialize the Veterans who are no longer with us.  We have 9 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. 


The Veterans Drop-In Center supports all Veterans and their families.  They focus on displaced Veterans by providing no cost referrals, computer usage, free haircuts, dinner, as well as peer to peer counseling and services.  The center is a 501(3)c non for profit corporation.  Please visit us at !

Packet Pick-up and Late Registration
  1. Late registration and packet pick-up will be on Friday, Nov 13th from 3 pm to 7 pm at Sportscore One and from 7:00-8:30 am day of event at Sportscore One. 

DAY OF registration fees increase to $35 for adults and $15 for children.  NO discounts.

*We will get your swag to you!  Drive thru, delivery - you will get it!


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