September 14, 2019 at 8:00 am


Event Details

Charitable Proceeds


 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 Information


 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 13 (online) $40 on Sept 14 (by Fox River behind Around the Corner Candy) $20 for walkers at any time Registration link: 

Race 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 "dry fit" T-Shirt embossed with the race logo similar to the picture above. Be sure to indicate the size needed when registering. Dogs and strollers are allowed for the Walk, but only run-worthy strollers for the 5K. We have to keep in mind that a portion of the 5K involves two-way traffic. 

About the Course


 The race begins 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.  Here is a Google Map Pedometer link to the course:  

Pre-Race Packet Pickup


 Pre race day packet pick up will take place on Friday, September 13 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. 

Free Massage from Bodyworks Core Center

Our own Lion Mario Martinez will be offering free massages after the race under the Heritage Fest tent!

Click for Link to Mario's website

Additional Information



 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. The Car Show will occupy Second Street between Route 72 and Oregon Street. 




The overall top three females and top three males will be awarded trophies as seen above.  Also, the first three females and males in each of the following age groups will receive medals:

9 & under, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over.

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 north of the businesses on the north side of Route 72 in downtown West Dundee. This event will begin at approximately 9:00 am. 

Post Race Raffle


 After the race the Lions will be holding a raffle in conjunction with the awards ceremony and post-race party. In addition to a 50/50 raffle, there will be several Gift Certificates.   

Reusable Shopping Bag


First American Bank, located in West Dundee at 218 W. Main Street has donated the goody bag pictured above. This great reusable bag will be given to all participants at either the pre-packet pickup on Friday, September 14 or the morning of the race, September 15. We will be providing everyone with a nutri-grain bar as well as information on other races and purchase deals from several sponsors. 

Post Race Party


A free beverage from Emmett's Brewing Co. will be included for runners that attend the party.   Bananas and bagels will also be available at this event within the Heritage Fest Main Stage Tent, just north of the businesses on the north side of Route 72.

Mail-in Registration Form

Must be received by September 10


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 hoped to attract many more runners and provide a scenic, yet flatter running experience along the Fox River. 

The 2018 event was a financial success for the two Lions Clubs and we hope to build on that good will again for 2019 and beyond.

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 22. In recent years, it has become common for marathon runners to participate in a 5K shortly before their longer race. 

Contact Us

Please email Ed Bates, Race Director, with any questions at