Fall 5K Run/Walk

World Peace Day Celebration

Fall 5K Run/Walk

World Peace Day Celebration

Bartlett, Illinois | September 21, 2019 | 4–8pm - Registration Closed

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 out our full list of activities below!

    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 Course (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 (IL19007WR) 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

  • Pre-Race Packet Pick Up

    Prior to the race, you can pick up your swag bag, bib, wristband and t-shirt at Dick Pond Athletics in Hoffman Estates.

    To avoid the registration line on the day of the event, you MUST bring your wristband and bib. Please do NOT forget these items as this is your entry into the event and what will track your race time.

    Pre-packet pick up times:
    Friday, September 20, from 10am to 8pm 

    Dick Pond Athletics
    1772 W. Algonquin Road
    Hoffman Estates, IL

    If you do not pick up your packet at Dick Pond Athletics, please visit the registration tables at the Bartlett Nature Center on the day of the race, September 21, anytime after 12pm.

  • 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 visit an array of local vendors and enjoy a variety of complementary kid-friendly activities, including:

    • a live animal show
    • face painting
    • archery
    • pumpkin and peace rock decorating
    • cooperative games and crafts
    • a race car trailer
    • touring a fire truck and ambulance
    • a visit from the U.S. Coast Guard 
    • game tables
    • carnival games
    • gaga ball
    • hole in one golf
    • on-site massage therapists
    • and more!
  • 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!

  • Silent Auction (Available Online and On Site)

    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:


  • 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

  • Join As a Virtual Runner or Walker

    Can't join us in person at the Play for Peace Fall 5K? You can still celebrate World Peace Day as a virtual runner or walker from your location! Register here and join us on September 21!

    Register by Monday, September 9, and receive a Play for Peace Fall 5K swag bag, bib, t-shirt, and 5K finishing medal. 

  • Sponsorship Opportunities

    Play for Peace is pleased to present the following sponsorship opportunities to companies, foundations, and agencies that support our mission to provide cooperative play and youth development programs for children living in conflict or post-conflict areas. Premium sponsors receive visibility both at the Fall 5K Run/Walk and with the Play for Peace global community. For more information about any of our sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sarah Gough at sarah@playforpeace.org.

    GOLD SPONSORS: $1,000
    This highest level of sponsorship is for those companies and organizations wishing to share closely in the expansion and impact of Play for Peace. Gold Sponsors are offered the most public recognition, as outlined below:

    • Premium space to display your logo on website, signs, and event t-shirts
    • Logo placement on printed event materials, at water stations, and at start/finish area
    • Opportunity to place promotional items/flyers/coupons in goodie bags at registration
    • Logo placement in promotional emails
    • Blog post spotlight promotion
    • All-day exhibitor booth located in highest traffic space
    • 50% discount for up to 25 participant tickets

    Purple Sponsors are offered these opportunities for public recognition:

    • Logo placement on website, signage, and t-shirts
    • Opportunity to place promotional items/ flyers/coupons in goodie bags at registration
    • Logo placement in promotional emails
    • All-day exhibitor booth located in high traffic space
    • 50% discount for up to 10 participant tickets

    Green Sponsors are offered these opportunities for public recognition:

    • Logo placement on website
    • Logo placement in promotional emails
    • All-day exhibitor booth space
    • 50% discount for up to 5 participant tickets

    Booth rentals are available to businesses and nonprofit organizations for $25 (if you sell items at your booth we ask for a $50 value in-kind donation of a silent auction item). Each exhibitor booth includes a table and two chairs, plus discounted registration to the event.

    Become a Sponsor Now!

Corporate Sponsors

  Gold Sponsors  

  Purple Sponsors  

  Green Sponsors  

  International Food Festival Donors  

 Local Activity Vendors