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Race Information

About this event

September 15, 2018 at 8:00 am
5K Race and 1.6 Mile Walk


All proceeds from the race will benefit the Elgin and Dundee Township Lions Clubs and their charities. Participants will be encouraged to donate used eyeglasses and/or a non-perishable food item to the race. These are the two primary charities of Lions Clubs International. 

Registration

Register Early! 5K Run registration fee increases $5.00 on September 1 and another $5.00 on race morning!
$30 to September 1 (online)
$35 to September 14 (online)
$40 on September 15 (by Fox River behind Around the Corner Candy)
$20 for walkers at any time
Registration link:  https://raceroster.com/events/2018/18251/lions-heritage-fest-5k-run-16-mile-walk 

About the course

The race will begin in downtown West Dundee, travel west from Oregon Avenue and 1st Street, turn south on 2nd Street, through South End Park, cross the Fox River on a pedestrian bridge, continue south on the Fox River Trail, turn back north before Hickory Drive, and finish in East Dundee. The beginning of the course has a gradual incline, but most of the race is flat; the elevation climb is 54 feet.  This is the Google Map Pedometer link for the race:   http://www.mappedometer.com/?maproute=688954 

Parking Information

Use the West Dundee Public Parking Lot of the South side of Route 72 or on 1st Street south of Oregon Avenue.   To access the West Dundee Public Parking Lot, turn south from Route 72 onto 2nd Street.  If the lot is full, use 1st Street south of Oregon Street or Liberty Street (the next east-west street south of Oregon Street). 

 The map above is of downtown West Dundee, south of Route 72.  Do not attempt to park on 2nd Street, Oregon Street, or 1st Street north of Oregon Street. Please see the map above; areas indicated in green are good for parking, those marked with red diagonal lines are not.   

Additional Details

Location

Race begins at the corner of Oregon Avenue and South 1st Street in downtown West Dundee.  Race ends at the corner of Johnson Street and South River Street in downtown East Dundee.  Ending location is approximately three blocks from the start  

Free T-Shirt

All runners and walkers will receive a free T-Shirt embossed with the race logo similar to the picture above.  Be sure to indicate the size needed when registering.

About the course

The race will begin in downtown West Dundee, travel west from Oregon Avenue and 1st Street, turn south on 2nd Street, through South End Park, cross the Fox River on a pedestrian bridge, continue south on the Fox River Trail, turn back north before Hickory Drive, and finish in East Dundee. The beginning of the course has a gradual incline, but most of the race is flat; the elevation climb is 54 feet. 

Pre race day packet pick-up

Pre race day packet pick up will take place on Friday, September 14 from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Emmett’s Brewing Company, 128 W. Main Street, West Dundee, IL. You can also pick up your packet on race morning starting at 6:30 AM. 

Race morning timeline

Race day registration will open at 6:30 AM by the Fox River behind Around the Corner Candy.
5K Run and 1.6 Mile Walk will start at 8 AM.

All awards will be presented at the post-race celebration within the Heritage Fest Main Stage Tent, just south of the businesses on the south side of Route 72 in downtown West Dundee. A free beverage from Emmett's Brewing Co. will be included for runners that attend the party. This event will begin at approximately 9:30 am. 

Award categories

The top three females and top three males will be awarded as well as top three in each of the following age groups (male & female)

19 & under, 20-29, 30-39,
40-49, 50-59, 60 & over

Race Details Sheet & Mail-in Form

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Contact

Race Director: Edward Bates

About Us

Heritage Fest History

Beginning in the fall of 1996, the downtown businesses on both sides of the Fox River created a Main Street chapter. This organization was formed under the auspices of the State of Illinois Main Street Program. This organization was tasked with the responsibility of improving the overall business climate of local Main Street stores throughout the state of Illinois. The goals for this organization included a common task that would unite the various members.
 

In that spirit, the group decided to create a Fall Festival which would connect the members together, provide an opportunity to expose more people to the downtown businesses, and raise funds to support various marketing promotions. Thus Heritage Fest was born in the fall of 1997. This first Heritage Fest had a budget of $28,479 and a hardy band of volunteers.


The subsequently named Main Street Association worked to promote the two downtown Dundee areas and sponsor the fall Heritage Fest for the next 5 years. After the 5th year, although Heritage Fest was a success, the Main Street Association lost Director Dan Korman, and found it difficult to continue to sponsor the Fest.
 

The two Villages stepped in and began to sponsor Heritage Fest on their own side of the river in 2002. The success of Heritage Fest continued to grow and has continued each mid-September since 1997.

Lions Clubs History

 In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed.

After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved.


Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, we've earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We're a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.

Melvin Jones asked a simple and world-changing question – what if people put their talents to work improving their communities? Over 100 years later, Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs and countless stories of Lions acting on the same simple idea: let's improve our communities.
 

Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, USA, in 1925 and challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." Since then, we have worked tirelessly to aid the blind and visually impaired.

Race History

The Dundee Township and Elgin Lions Clubs sponsored their first 5K on April 22, 2017, at Raceway Woods in Carpentersville.  100 runners and walkers participated.

Although successful, for 2018, the event was moved to coincide with Heritage Fest for several reasons.  Parking was difficult at Raceway Woods and although the course is great for many other reasons, it is a very challenging one for new runners.

By teaming up with Heritage Fest, the two Lions Clubs hope to attract many more runners and provide a scenic, yet flatter running experience along the Fox River.

Also, a 5K does have a history with Heritage Fest, the last one before 2018 occurring in 2008 in East Dundee.

Finally, the organizers of the present race hope to attract some of the marathoners competing in the Fox Valley Marathon being run on September 16.  In recent years, it has become common for marathon runners to participate in a 5K on the day before their longer race.

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