Cougars Rebrand Annual 5K To Honor Local First Responders
Registration now open for race on June 3; Includes new course along Kirk Road and Fabyan Parkway
By Jacquie Boatman / Kane County Cougars
GENEVA, Ill. - The Kane County Cougars have announced the 6th annual 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, June 3 at Northwestern Medicine Field beginning at 8 a.m. The charitable event will take on a new look from years past as the Cougars organization continues to grow their charitable outreach. Renamed the Cougars 5K: Honoring First Responders, presented by Planet Fitness, a portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit the TriCity (Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles) Police and Fire Departments, the Kane County Sheriff's Office and the Forest Preserve District of Kane County Police Department.
Registration is now open for the event at kccougars.com as well as raceroster.com.
"Planet Fitness is very excited to be sponsoring this year's Cougars 5K: Honoring First Responders," said Mike Horan, Managing Partner at Planet Fitness. "We would like to thank First Responders for all they do in our community. Planet Fitness is looking forward to promoting health and fitness throughout the community."
The Cougars 5K, which features chip timing, will take on a new course along both Kirk Road and Fabyan Parkway. Additional course details will be announced at a later date.
This year's event will also include the "Cougars Inside the Park Dash" for children through age 12. The roughly half-mile fun run, held inside the ballpark, will take place at the conclusion of the Cougars 5K Run/Walk for just $5 per child.
For the first time in the history of the Cougars annual 5K event, Kane County Board Chairman, Chris Lauzen, will be serving as the Official Starter for the Cougars 5K: Honoring First Responders.
"We're very excited about the new direction that the Cougars 5K has taken on," said Cougars owner, Dr. Bob Froehlich. "The additional element of honoring first responders continues to expand our charitable outreach throughout the community while allowing us to continue the Cougars tradition of hosting family-friendly events."
Open to both competitive runners and recreational walkers, the Cougars host one of the most unique 5K events in the Chicagoland area. The finish line, located at home plate, allows participants to be seen on the ballpark's videoboard through a live-feed camera while also receiving high-fives from Ozzie and Annie T. Cougar down the final stretch of the race course. Families with children are encouraged to participate as strollers are permitted on the course with a special discounted rate for participants between the ages of 5-18 years old.
Those registered by May 24 are guaranteed a commemorative race t-shirt featuring the new Cougars 5K logo while all participants will receive a complimentary ticket voucher valid for any game during the 2017 season. The top three male and female finishers in 14 age groups will receive a custom race medal featuring the Cougars 5K: Honoring First Responders logo, courtesy of Image Awards, Engraving & Creative Keepsakes, Inc. of Geneva.
Following the race, participants can enjoy a variety of refreshments including a complimentary hot dog, brat and beer for those 21 and older.
Individuals who register by March 24 can take advantage of early bird pricing with a special $28 fee. Following the early bird registration, pricing will increase to $33 until May 31 and then $38 until race day on June 3.
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About the Kane County Cougars
The Cougars, Class-A Minor League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, have been at the forefront of family-friendly entertainment since 1991. In 2015, the franchise became the first Class-A team in Minor League Baseball history to welcome 11 million fans through the gates. A total of 152 former Cougars have reached the Major Leagues including Miguel Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Schwarber.