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Upcoming Local Runs & Walks

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Western Walks-a-Thon

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Western Walks-a-Thon

  • Wednesday, September 16, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Free of Charge
  • Open to all Employees and Graduate Assistants
  • Door Prizes
  • Piker Walk - 6 stops
  • Start at any of these 5 locations
    • Alumni House
    • Sherman Hall Auditorium, 3rd Floor
    • Memorial hall, 1st floor Lobby
    • University Union, Concourse
    • Horrabin hall 117, COEHS Dean's Office
  • Pick up your last card at the Spencer Student Recreation Center
  • Donations collected for Samaritan Well

About Samaritan Well

The mission of Samaritan Services is to provide a supportive, structured and loving home for men, women and children who are homeless and in need of shelter.

Samaritan Services will provide referrals to social services agencies to help men, women and children become healthy, loving, and responsible parents and citizens, thereby breaking the generational cycle of poverty, homelessness, neglect, abuse and welfare dependence.

Equal opportunity shall be provided to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, natural origin, and ancestry, physical or mental disability, sex, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

For more information, visit the Samaritan Well Website.

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Quad Cities Marathon

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Are you ready for the Midwest's favorite marathon? The Quad Cities Marathon, a USATF certified course is held annually on the fourth Sunday in September. The 26.2 mile run starts and ends at 1201 River Drive in downtown Moline, IL. The event benefits two worthy causes: prostate cancer research & screening and the Erika Kate Foundation, helping families of children with life threatening heart conditions. The flat and fast course features one of the finest, most scenic river views in the country. It covers 5 races, 4 cities, 3 bridges, 2 states, and 1 island, all along the mighty Mississippi River.

Marathon Relay

Do you want to participate in The Quad Cities Marathon but prefer a shorter distance? Recruit your team of five runners and make it a team effort. It's fun and easy! We shuttle you to your transition area and then back to the finish area once you are done running. There will be a Relay Regroup Area about a block before the Finish Line for those relay teams wishing to finish together as a team across the Finish Line. Every team member will receive a great Finisher's Medal.

Half Marathon

Do you want to participate in the Midwest's favorite race event, but prefer the distance of a half marathon? The Quad Cities Marathon's fastest growing event is the Half Marathon. With the same start and finish as the Marathon, this 13.1 mile race features all the bridges and spectacular views of the marathon route with lots of entertainment and support.

5K Run/Walk

An out and back course. It's fun, flat and full of energy. The 5K is open to all ages and abilities, runners and walkers alike. Be one of the first to enjoy the refreshments and live music at the rocking APAC Post Race Party. It's also a fun and relaxed way to be able to join in the Group O Corporate or Non-Profit Challenge.

Visit the Quad Cities Marathon Website for more information or to register.

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Old Stompin' Ground Runaround (WIU Homecoming 5K)

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Saturday, October 3, 2015
Start time: 8:00 a.m.

Location: Registration is at the Western Illinois University Alumni House, race starts at the east end of University/Sherman Circle, near Grote Hall.

For more information, visit the Homecoming 2015 Website.

Fallen Soldiers 5K Run/Walk

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October 10th, 2015

In October 2014, more than 500 runners and walkers joined forces to raise over $20,000 by participating in Western Illinois University's 3rd Annual Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk, and event organizers hope to see over 550 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 Navy SEALs 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 Sept. 28th ($35 registration after 9/28).

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 (

Mile Marker Sponsor

  • Dave & Jackie Thompson
  • WIU Foundation

Race Route Sponsors

  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company - Macomb, IL
  • Yeast Printing, Inc. - Macomb, IL

Other Race Sponsors

  • Road ID
  • Vision Consultants, Ltd - Macomb, IL

Springfield Marathon

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Marathon, Half-Marathon, Marathon Relay, 10K, and 5K

Date: October 10-11, 2015
5K starts at 5 PM on Saturday the 10th
10K, Half-Marathon, and Marathon start at 7:30 AM on Sunday the 11th

Location: Start Line is on the University of Illinois at Springfield Campus

For more information, visit the Springfield Marathon Website.

Halloween Hustle 5K (Oquawka)

Eagle View Community Health System

6th Annual "Run for the Health of it" to benefit Eagle View Community Health System

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Starting Line @ the Oquawka Track

Children's activities will include: face painting by JelliBean the Clown, games, balloon animals, and races for all ages!

For more information or to sign up, use the Registration Form

Haunted Hill 5K/10K

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10K Run / 5K Run or Walk / 1 mile Fun Run (12 & under)
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Registration: 7:15-8:10am. Fun Run: 8:15am. Race immediately to follow.

The HILL is so nice you get to do it TWICE! Costumes optional or wear your Halloween colors!

Race location: Start and finish on Dudley Street by the YMCA of McDonough County, 400 East Calhoun, Macomb, IL.

Entry fees:
$25 early / $30 day of run.
1 Mile: $15 early / $20 day of run.
Contact Cindy for family race rate.

Registration: Register by October 14 for a long-sleeved performance T-shirt. Register online at the YMCA Registration Hub. Go to Enroll, Category, then Fundraising Events.

Online registration closes October 21.

Course: 5K route is a loop run; 10K is a double loop. Both include the awesome HILL and a respectful run through Oakwood Cemetery. Water along the course. Fun Run is an out and back course. Running rain or shine!

Awards: Presentation after the race. Trophies for top male and female finishers in the 10K and 5K races. Recognition for the top two finishers in each age group for both males and females. Fun Run winner receives a trophy. Age groups 19 & under; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60 & over.

Facilities: Showers and lockers available. Not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Refreshments: Fruit, water, and snacks provided for all participants.

Questions: Race director Cindy Cavett, 309-833-2129 or

Good Hope Turkey Trot 10K/5K

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Thursday, November 26, 2015
10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, 1K Kids Fun Run
Benefitting the Golden Apple Foundation

7:30 A.M.- Race Day Registration Opens
8:00 A.M.- Event Starts
Registration Fee: $25
T-shirts only guaranteed if registered by 11/14/2015

Race Location:
West Prairie North Elementary School
100 North Washington Street
Good Hope, IL

Questions: Contact Kay Hilligoss at 309-333-6129 or

For more information or to register: