Sat, Nov 14th Rockford, IL 61103 US Directions
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Veterans 5K Run & Walk

11/14 9:00AM CST - 11:00AM CST
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Kids 5K (Children 17 and under)

11/14 9:00AM CST - 11:00AM CST
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Virtual 5K

Closed After Oct 21st!

NO SWAG - Veterans 5K Run & Walk

11/14 9:00AM CST - 10:30AM 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  *** Note - due to the Covid guidelines and doing wave times - the course will be altered slightly this year to accommodate leaving the street open and accommodating wave start corrals.  We will be back to our normal USAFT certified course next year!  This is still a timed event!

Covid-19 Updates (09/16/20):

We are planning to move forward with our race on November 14, 2020 and have approval from the Winnebago County Health Department.   The Winnebago County Health Department has determined this Event to be a low risk and a minimal public health concern if oversight is enforced.   

Your safety is of the utmost importance to us.  This event will take place only if we are confident that we can put safety measures in place to make this event a fun, but safe event.

You may register for a "wave", which will be 50 people or less, starting at 9 am with two seperate start lines, each start line having 30 min waves.  We are capping the event at 400 participants this year.   Arrival times will be communicated.

*We will create a safe and effective way to pick-up packets; possibly including drive-thru if necessary.

*Masks must be worn at all times until your wave is in the start corral and give the ok to remove only to run.  Masks must be worn once you have finished the course.

*Temperatures will be checked and waiver forms required to check-in.

*Finisher medals will be handed out by someone with gloves and a mask.  Please do not grab a medal - wait for them to hand it to you.

*There will be no awards ceremony.  We will have a location TBD to pick up Dog Tag Awards and cash prizes.

*Spectators limited to 1 family member if possible.

More details to follow in an athlete's guide coming at a later date.

*New this year - Can't make the physical race?  Not comfortable coming out yet?   Try our Virtual 5K and still support our Veterans.

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.  

5 - NOTE * Those participating in the virtual run are not eligible for age-group awards

**Also new this year - our NO SWAG option is a new event.  Our swag is great, but if it's not for you - choose our no swag option for less $.

Registration pricing:   

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

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

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

 Online registration is now closed!

No inline skates or dogs please!  Due to the smaller start line, no strollers or joggers please.

Shirts are guaranteed only if registered by 10-20-20.  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:

**Note - Awards will be given for a physical race only

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 * Due to Covid and limiting the number of people at the event - we are sorry to say that we will not be having the kids fun run this year.  Please join us again next year for this fun event! 

We hope to have a shotgun start for each wave.

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!! (physical race only) **Subject to change 

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!

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

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 Thursday, Nov 12th from 5 to 7 pm, and  Friday, Nov 13th from 3 pm to 7 pm at Sportscore One and from 8:00am - 10:15 am day of event at Sportscore One. 

No registration after online registration closes!




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