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5K Glow Run/Walk to Benefit W.O.W. Park (Carthage)

World of Wonders Park - currently

The Race

  • Start/Finish - W.O.W. Park, corner of Locust and Adams, Carthage, IL
  • Friday, August 15, 2014
  • Check-in/Late Registration: 8 PM - 9 PM
  • Race starts at 9 PM, rain or shine (no refunds)
  • Race Day Registration: $35

Register on or before July 31 to be guaranteed a race shirt, 2 glow sticks, and the pre-registration entry fee ($30 adults and $25 kids). All entry fees are $35 after July 31. The entry fee is $20 if you do not want a shirt or glow sticks. You may purchase just a shirt for $15.

W.O.W. History

World of Wonders park in Carthage was a community build project that was built and exists entirely through the philanthropy of others. The park was built in 1994 in the memory of Emily Frankovich, and construction was completed in just four days. In recent times the park has fallen on hard times and is in need of repairs and re-built in the future. In 2013, a committee launched a capital campaign to help rebuild the park. W.O.W., Inc. is a registered 501 (C) 3 organization.

Race proceeds benefit the W.O.W., Inc. Capital Campaign

View the race entry form for more information or to register.
For more information, contact Holly Fecht at

Fallen Soldiers 5K Run/Walk

Fallen Soldiers 5K logo

October 18th, 2014

In November 2013, more than 450 runners and walkers joined forces to raise over $16,000 by participating in Western Illinois University's 2nd Annual Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk, and event organizers hope to see over 500 in this year's event.

The event is designed as a fundraiser for the Fallen Soldier's Scholarship Fund in honor of two WIU alumni who were killed in the line of duty, Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin. Dobogai, who graduated from Western in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in law enforcement and justice administration, was among the 14 U.S. soldiers aboard a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed Aug. 22, 2007 in northern Iraq. Baldwin, who earned a bachelor's degree in industrial technology from WIU in 1993, was killed Sept. 21, 2010 when his Blackhawk UH-60 helicopter carrying international troops crashed during combat operations in the Zabul province of Afghanistan.

Money raised from the 5k Run/Walk is directed toward the WIU Fallen Soldiers Scholarship Fund, which supports veterans and service members currently enrolled at Western. Additional donations are welcome. The entry fee is $25 per person, and pre-registration is due by Oct. 6 ($35 registration after 10/6). (Fallen Soldiers 5K Info and Registration Brochure)

While the scholarship and program will continue to honor the men for whom the scholarship was established, each year the event will also recognize the recipients of scholarships that are awarded in the preceding year.

For registration information, contact Holly Fecht at (309) 298-1861, or email For general race information, email Judy Yeast (