Runners, walkers: Check out metro-east 5Ks

News-DemocratApril 10, 2014 

Racing season is in full swing. Here's a roundup of some 5K runs and walks during April in the metro-east.

N.I.C.K. 5K Run and Health Fair

8 a.m. Saturday

$20 per person; $70 per family up to five people

Everett Moody Park on Longacre, Fairview Heights

This second annual event includes a Kids Fun Run and aims to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for the whole family. N.I.C.K. stands for Now I Can Know and is put on in memory of Nick Brown. All donations go to the FBC-FH NICK Youth Fund.


Pontiac-William Holliday Character Crawl

8 a.m. Saturday

$20 age 14 and older; $15 for children age 13 and younger

William Holliday Elementary School, 400 Joseph Drive, Fairview Heights

The event benefits the school's Character Education program.


Run with the Saints 5K Run/Walk

8 a.m. Saturday

$25 for adults; $17 for children grade eight and younger

295 Clinton St., Breese

All ages are invited to participate in 5K. Children grades pre-K through eighth can participate in the 1 mile and 1/2 mile Kids Runs with a Splash of Color; children will be doused with eco-friendly cornstarch color as they run through the streets of Breese.


Kyle Deatherage Memorial 5K Run/Walk

10 a.m. Saturday

$25 for adults; $20 for children aged 17 and younger

Lindendale Park, Highland

All proceeds from the second annual event benefit the Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Deatherage Memorial, which offers monetary assistance to families of first responders who are killed or injured in the line of duty.


CMS Trailblazer 5K Run/Walk for Physical Education

9 a.m. April 19

Adults $20, $25 race day

15 and under $15, $20 race day

Drost Park, 8 Schiber Court, Maryville

Collinsville Middle School will put on a 5K run/walk that benefits the Collinsville Area Food Pantry and CMS Physical Education department.


St. Clare Eggstraordinaire 5K

9 a.m. April 19

$20 for 5K; $10 Fun 1/2 M Kids Run

Rohr Field, 586 W. State St., O'Fallon

An Easter egg hunt will follow the run.


Belleville Bicentennial 5K

6 p.m. April 25

$25 by April 23; $30 after April 23

Union United Methodist Church, 721 E. Main St., Belleville

Belleville is turning 200 and this race will help raise funds for the September celebration.


Eye of the Tiger 5K, 1M Fun Run

8 a.m. April 26

$20 for 5K; $10 for Fun Run; family discounts apply

N.O. Nelson Elementary, 1225 W High St., Edwardsville

The third annual run is along the MCT trails.


Adapt 4 Autism Ready, Set, Glow 5K

7:30 p.m. April 26

$35 adults; $25 children age 12 and younger

Belleville West High School, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville

April is Autism Awareness Month. Runners are enouraged to wear additional blue glow gear to show support.


Soul to Sole 5K to benefit Michael J. Fox Foundation

8:30 a.m. April 27

$20 before April 13; $25 late entry and race day registration

Bank of O'Fallon, 901 S. Lincoln Ave., O'Fallon

The event benefits the Michael J. Fox Foundation. April is Parkinson's Awareness Month.


Partners For Pets' Heartworm Awareness 5K

1:30 p.m. April 27

$30 for walkers, runners or runners with dogs

Troy Township Park, Pavilion 1, 409 Collinsville Road, Troy

Partners For Pets Rescue & Rehab Animal Shelter is a no-kill, licensed non-profit animal shelter in Troy. Dogs are welcome during the run.


If your organization is putting on a 5K or other run, email race details to Please be sure to include the time, date and place of the run, along with cost, links to registration and any contact information.

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