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NW IL Out of the Darkness Community Walk

Krape Park Freeport, IL
Community walk for suicide prevention. Free to the public, snacks, balloon release, dove release, memorial boards. Proceeds to the AFSP

Elaine Larsen 815-275-4775

Walk to End Alzheimer's

Martin Park, Loves Park
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

Jennifer Ratkovic 815-977-9125
Rockford Office 815-484-1300

Light The Night Walk

Martin Park in Loves Park, IL
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk is a two-mile, non-competitive event. In communities throughout the country, participants carry illuminated lanterns while they walk – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold to remember those lost to a blood cancer. Participants join with their family, friends and co-workers to raise funds for LLS in advance of the Walk.
For more information or to register for a local walk, contact the Greater Illinois Chapter of LLS at (312) 651-7354 or visit

Bintou Sy - Marketing & Communications Mgr.


Chicago Rockford International Airport 2 Airport Road Rockford, IL 61109
Winnebago County CASA is excited to announce the very first "Race the Runway". We are teaming up with the Chicago Rockford International Airport to host our first Run on the Runway on Saturday, October 4, 2014. We look forward to growing this event to a premier sports event in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. With the help of the community, sponsors, local businesses, press, staff and volunteers we hope to meet our goals of providing a high quality event for runners while showcasing the support for Winnebago County CASA by members of our community. Our ultimate goal is to give every child who has been placed into the juvenile court system due to abuse and/or neglect, an advocate who will be their voice in Court.
Races begin at 8:00 a.m.
1 mile race – $25.00 – Chip Timed
5K run/walk – $35.00 – Chip Timed
(1 mile race & 5K run/walk – $45.00)
Kids run, with 4 age groups and distances – $15.00
For more information, to register, and/or to be a sponsor, visit

Leslie Erickson: or 815-978-2322

Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Rockford Park District Indoor Sportscore Complex 8800 E. Riverside Blvd. Loves Park, IL 61111
Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis!

Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others!

Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.

Kim Kempf (312) 880-4737

Making Strides

Rock Valley College 3301 N Mulford Road, Rockford IL, 61114
8 am – Registration Opens
Stop by the registration tent to turn in money and register yourself or your team.

9 am – Walk Begins
This year’s non-competitive, walk begins promptly at 9 am. Be sure your team gathers at the start-line prior to the walk start time. Walk Length: 5K (3.1 miles)

Why do you walk? Your reason for participating in the American Cancer Society Making Strides walk is as unique and special as the story that motivates you. Maybe you’re walking in honor or memory of a loved one, or maybe you’re facing the disease yourself. By joining our family of volunteers, you’re helping the American Cancer Society continue to do the most for people facing breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events are a celebration of survivorship an occasion to express hope and our shared determination to make this breast cancer’s last century.

Lisa Poe | | (815) 229-1287

Easter Seals Walk With Me Rockford

Aviators Stadium 4503 Interstate Blvd. Loves Park, IL 61111
Fundraiser for Easter Seals services in Rockford, IL. Individuals and teams can sign up for the Walk and 5K at: Contact Cindy at 815-961-7840 for more information.

Cindy 815-961-7840

Veterans 5K Run & Walk

Sinnissippi Bike Path @ YMCA Log House, 200 Y Blvd, Rockford
A 5K Run & Walk to Benefit the Veterans Drop-In Center in Rockford, IL

Lois Shores