Frequently asked questions YOU need to know!

Can we pick up our Race Packets before October 16th?


Marklund Day School: 1S376 Wyatt Dr., Geneva, IL


Friday, October 14th from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm

Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 am-1:00 pm

* Event Registration forms WILL BE available at packet pick-up, AND on Race Day for those who missed the online registration deadline

Is the 5K course USATF certified?
Yes, USATF certification code:  IL-12198-JW

If signed up for the VIRTUAL race, how do I participate “Virtually”?

1) Choose your course- treadmill, neighborhood, local path, etc.

2) Set your distance and timer (5K=3.1 Miles). If you are outside, try downloading a free and user-friendly running app, such as RunKeeper or MapMyRun

3) Cound down...and Run, Walk or Roll to show your support for Marklund

4) Cross your personal 5K or 1 Mile finish line and stop those timers

5) 5K participants ONLY: Enter in your time by clicking the J3 Timing link located on Marklund's webpage at Please note the timing link will open on Friday, October 14th and close on Sunday, October 16th at 11:59 p.m.

1 Mile and 5K Participants: Post a picture with your finisher medal and tag @MarklundCharities and use #RunWalkandRoll 

Can I switch my registration from "VIRTUAL" to "IN-PERSON" or vice versa?

Yes, please do so by contacting Race Director, Celine Pierce at or 630-593-5473 before Wednesday, October 12th. 

Is there a packet shipment option?
Yes, an individual packet shipment option is available for an additional $25.00 at check out. This fee is based on material, labor and shipping costs.

Please make sure you enter in your correct address during the registration process- Marklund will NOT be responsible for any misdirected packets. Domestic Shipping ONLY. 

Is there a packet shipment deadline?
Registrants that wish to have their packets shipped must choose to do so before October 1st. Packets will ship on October 5th and arrive within 3-8 business days. 
On October 1st, the shipment option will be closed and new participants will be expected to retrieve their packets on race day or during our packet pick-up dates above. 

When does online registration close?  
Online Registration closes Wednesday, October 12th at 11:59 PM. After the 12th, you can register at our packet pick-up dates listed above or in-person on race day. 

Does the registration price increase? 
Yes, Early Bird pricing will end October 1st and increase by $5.00.

Is there a deadline for apparel?
Hoodies are guaranteed to participants that register by September 14th. Gloves are available while supplies last.

Do I need to be vaccinated/boosted for COVID-19 in order to participate?

​No, you do not need to be up to date on your COVID-19 vaccine, but this means you must stay 6 feet away from our residents at all times. If you plan on interacting with our residents as a race participant or volunteer, you do need to be fully vaccinated. 

Can I bring my dog on a leash to the event?                                                                                                                  
Sorry, but NO. Only certified service dogs will be allowed to participate in this event, with special permission ahead of time.  Due to the various and unique special needs of our clients who may be participating, we will not allow pets on the course or at the Party in the Park. Pets are permitted as spectators along the route at a safe distance from participants.

Can I bring my child in a stroller or wagon?                                                                                                                   
Yes, strollers and wagons will be allowed, but will be seeded in the back. Children in strollers and wagons can participate for free.  If you want them to have their own bib and hoodie/glove, they will need to be registered separately. Although, bicycles and in-line skates are prohibited.

Will the event still happen in inclement weather?                                                                                                      
Yes, this fundraiser for Marklund will happen rain, snow or shine! We will track the weather closely with authorities, and cancel or delay the event in the instance of lightening or other conditions deemed dangerous.   In the rare circumstance that this event is cancelled, we will notify all registrants with further instructions on picking up their shirts and packets if they have not already done so.

Can I volunteer for this event?                                                                                                                                          
Yes, we welcome all volunteers 14 years old and up! Due to COVID guidelines, spots may be limited. Please register under the "Get Involved" tab or email our Race Director at

Where is parking?                                                                                                                                                                   
Marklund Hyde Center & Foglia Education Center - 1S450 Wyatt Dr, Geneva, IL 60134
Chapelstreet Church- 1S455 S Mill Creek Dr, Geneva IL (LAWN PARKING ONLY!)

Overflow/Shuttle Parking:
West Main Community and Bark Park - 40W101 Main St, Geneva IL
Mill Creek Pool - 39W125 S Mill Creek Dr, Geneva IL

* In an instance of heavy rain or snow fall, Chapel Street Church's lawn will not be available for parking on race day. Once the Marklund lot is full, we will then ask participants to park in the overflow lots, where they will then be shuttled to the race start. 

Where can I get my official race time?                                                                                                                            
You can check our website after the race to view Live and Virtual 5K results!

Will there be awards given for the 5K?                                                                                                                            
Awards will be given to the overall male and overall female in the IN-PERSON 5K division, as well as the top 2 male and female finishers in each of the following divisions: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-60, and 70+.

Will there be awards given to the Top Fundraisers?                                                                                                    
Individuals that raise $100+ will automatically be entered for the chance to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card.
Fundraising awards will go to ALL participants who raise money to support Marklund in these categories:
$10,000 +
$5,000 - $9,999
$2, 500 - $4,999
$1,000 - $2,499
$500 - $999
$250 - $499