Fall 5K Run/Walk

World Peace Day Celebration

Fall 5K Run/Walk

World Peace Day Celebration

Bartlett, Illinois | September 21, 2019 | 4–8pm

Join us for the 7th annual Play for Peace 5K Run/Walk! We'll kick off the fall season, celebrate World Peace Day, and raise funds for kids and communities affected by conflict in the U.S. and around the world. 

Over the last six years Bartlett-area runners, fundraisers, and attendees have helped thousands of children living in poverty, disaster areas, and refugee camps experience joy and laughter through cooperative play activities led by Play for Peace-trained youth leaders.

Join us on World Peace Day, September 21, 2019, to celebrate peace around the world with fun, fitness, food, and friends!

Check out the full 2018 event photo album here!

$25 Adult & Youth | $10 Child tickets include;

All you can eat buffet, as well as snacks throughout the event.

Swag bag with t-shirt, glow sticks, and other special gifts.

Great deals from local vendors and amazing prizes at our charity auction

A visit to the Nature Center to see animals and exhibits

Access to the 5k Fun Run or 1k Walk for Peace*

More than 10 World Peace Day activity stations for kids

The opportunity to fundraise with a team of family and/or friends, and help bring laughter, compassion, and peace to children around the world. Ask us how your school can get involved!

*A chip-timed 5k run is available for an additional $5!

  • Event Timeline

    4–6pm: Registration Opens
    For early and same day registration, please stop by the front desk to pick up a swag bag, t-shirt, and bib, as well as a bracelet for access to a variety of free activities: an animal show, face painting, pumpkin decorating, crafts, and more. Check back as we add more activities!

    4–7:15pm: Silent Auction
    The silent auction opens for bids at 4pm and closes at 7:15pm; winners will be announced directly after in the auditorium. To secure your items, please pay by cash, check, or credit card at the registration desk. Please note: a processing fee will apply to all credit card transactions.

    5–8pm: International Food Festival
    Stop by the Bartlett Nature Center party room for food, drinks, and desserts donated by some amazing local restaurants. Check back for participating vendors!

    6pm: 5K Run/Walk Kick Off
    The 5K run begins at 6pm in front of the Bartlett Nature Center. If you arrive late, please check with the registration desk to secure a chip-timed bib. 

    7:15 PM: Award Ceremony
    Join us in the auditorium for an announcement of the top race finishers and silent auction winners. Gifts will be awarded to the top adult male and female runners, as well as the top boy and girl runners (under age 18). 

  • 5k Timed or Fun Run

    5K participants can run for fun or purchase a chip-timed bib for an additional $5. All ages welcome!

    The 5K course is USATF certified (IL7021WR) and features crushed limestone paths that run through three counties. The trails are stroller and handicap accessible, and bikes and dogs are welcome. View the 5K course map

  • Walk for Peace

    Join us and walk for a more peaceful world! All registered guests are free to walk the one-mile trails at their leisure.

  • World Peace Day Activities

    Registered guests are invited to enjoy a variety of complementary kid-friendly activities, including an animal show, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and crafts. Participants can also enjoy carnival games and visit a variety of local vendors. Check back for full details! 

  • Online, Silent, and Live Auction

    Our silent auction includes more than 100 carefully selected items, with all proceeds supporting children in communities affected by conflict. You can bid on site at the 5K Run/Walk, or, if you can’t attend or want to bid early, be sure to participate in our online auction before the event. Last year's prizes included tickets to Disney World, an American Girl doll, various gift certificates, artwork, and sports memorabilia—check back for details about this year’s items!

  • International Food Festival

    Stop by the Bartlett Nature Center party room for our all-you-can-eat International Food Festival, and enjoy food, drinks, and desserts donated by some amazing local restaurants. The festival is open to anyone who has registered for the event or purchased an activity bracelet. Check back for more details about this year's vendors!

  • Bartlett Nature Center

    The Bartlett Nature Center (BNC) is located within the James Pate Phillip State Park on Stearns Road West of Route 59. It provides a lovely place to enjoy the fall colors during your run/walk. Besides crushed limestone trails for running and walking and beautiful natural scenery, the BNC features an indoor nature facility featuring many reptiles and exhibits. There is free parking at the BNC entrance.

    2054 W. Stearns Rd.
    Bartlett, IL

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