Runs, Walks and Bike Rides

Above / The Naperville Noon Lions Club is getting set for its annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day! (PN File Photo)

Naperville residents and friends run, walk and bike for charity and fun at many area 5Ks, 10Ks, and multi-mile events.  The inaugural Naperville Marathon was November 10, 2013,  and it sold out in 14 hours!  The Healthy Driven Naperville Marathon returns October 23, 2016.

This city keeps moving with new events such as the Naperville Women’s Half Marathon & 5K at North Central College pictured with April events.

The community calendars populate with more outdoor events by the week from mid-March through Thanksgiving Day. PN appreciates the recent updates of returning events. Send updates for 2017 to Stephanie@positivelynaperville.com.

glow-run-33It seems like just yesterday the Rotary Sunrise St. Paddy’s Day 5K set off the outdoor movement of family-friendly events for the season on March 12, just before the annual  West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Parade, a tradition that exemplifies that Naperville loves a parade! (Search the Photo Galleries for parade photos.)

Now the community is headed down the long home stretch of special activities for all ages.

Dates for running and walking events in 2016 are lined up, mindful that on Thanksgiving Day there’s no penalty for running fast and eating later in the Naperville Noon Lions Club Turkey Trot.


Keep moving! Turkey Trot 5K is Thanksgiving Day!

Below is a list of runs, walks and bike events.

2013_11_28_Turkey_Trot_7146With many charity runs, walks and bike rides sandwiched in between each other, the final running event of the season is the Naperville Noon Lions Club Turkey Trot 5K(Note that registration for the 2016 Turkey Trot opens May 1, 2016)

This calendar page is reserved for repeat events and/or ones hosted by longtime established service organizations and local nonprofits.  

Please enter first-time events for consideration via PN’s calendar listing. Thanks. We appreciate updates for returning events planned in 2017.


Still to come for 2016! Registration in progress…

CrimeStoppers promotes Runs for Safety

McGruff the Crime DogFor 2016, the dedicated folks at CrimeStoppers again will help support other 5K events as well as the Naperville Marathon.

Look for McGruff and Friends at the Run for Reading GLOW Run 5K in June and the Lions Club Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day.

And memorize the CrimeStoppers phone number to provide anonymous tips about local crimes if you see something that needs reporting.

Crime Stoppers: (630) 420-6006

Remember, keeping the community safe is everyone’s responsibility. If you see something suspicious, say something to a public safety officer.


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Noon Lions Turkey Trot 5K —Registration since May 1, 2016.

Thursday, November 24, 2016 / Downtown Naperville Registration starts May 1, 2016 — Race usually reaches capacity of 7,500 runners by the end of October and has been sold-out for many years.  Find info at Naperville Noon Lions Club Turkey Trot 5K,  www.napervilleturkeytrot.com.

Celebrate the runners at Quigley’s Irish Pub Thanksgiving Morning. Cheers!

Congratulations to all participants who keep the season moving so that many worthwhile charities can run!

Click here for 2016 Charity Golf Outings

Click here for Naperville Festivals, Traditions & Special Events

Celebrate safely.


The following runs, walks and bike rides will be updated for 2017. For now, the events serve as place holders for tentative planning.

March

Rotary Sunrise St. Paddy’s Day 5K

Saturday, March 12, 2016/ Downtown Naperville Racetime: 8AM Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise www.stpaddysday5k.com.  The 2016 St. Paddy’s Day 5K also will feature a costume competition. (Note the West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Parade will step off right after the run, also in downtown Naperville.)

April

Naperville Women’s Half Marathon/5K (360 Youth Services & Little Friends, Inc.)

run-field-nccSunday, April 24, 2016 / At the completion of the half-marathon at North Central College, the third competition of the day will showcase a host of elite female runners racing on a closed 5,000-meter course. The race will benefit two favorite local charities, Little Friends and 360 Youth Services.

Editor’s Note / Pictured at the finish line, a new running event on April 24, 2016, at North Central College with help from Naperville Running Co. benefited Little Friends and 360 Youth Services.  What’s more, Step Up & Shine for Little Friends returns on Oct. 22, 2016.  Scroll down this page to October 22 for details about the bright idea for the glow-in-the dark fundraiser.

The DuPage Human Race 5K

Saturday, April 30, 2016 / Held at Esplanade at Locust Point, 1901 Butterfield Road / Start: @ 9:00 AM (CDT) / Register by April 21. Many Naperville nonprofits compete such as Naperville Woman’s Club.

May

Walk MS

Sunday, May 1, 2016 / Walk MS, the signature fundraising event for the National MS Society, to celebrate the progress and powerful connections made in the movement to end Multiple Sclerosis and to raise critical funds for MS research and services.  Walk MS events will take place across Illinois, including Naperville’s Centennial Park and Riverwalk, where in 2016 Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti will help to kick-off the opening ceremonies at 8:45 AM.

Super Hero Hustle 5K for Easter Seals

Saturday, May 7, 2016 / Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley 13th Annual Run for the Kids: Superhero Hustle, a 5K run/2-mile walk. 9AM (Registration begins at 7:30AM)

Bike Bald Annual 24-Hour Spin-A-Thon

Friday, May 20, 2016 / Celebrate “Bike Week” & support Childhood Cancer Awareness.  A 24-hour “Spin a Thon” will be held from 2PM Friday, May 20 through 2PM on Saturday, May 21. The event will be held on the Riverwalk at the Free Speech Pavilion located at Webster St. and Jackson Ave. in downtown Naperville. Participation is open to the community. The event is free to participants.  The 24 hours are divided into one-hour segments, each having fun and exciting themes, such as music and movie trivia, NFL, 80’s hour and many more.   To register, visit http://www.bikebald.com/24-hr-spin-a-thon-registration.html.

Eikon 5K

Saturday, May 21, 2016 / Plainfield North High School Racetime: TBD Eikon is a nine-month internship program for college-age students, equipping them to be effective leaders and change-agents in their community. Eikon is a part of Calvary Church, a congregation that has been committed to mending our local and global communities for over 40 years. www.eikon5k.org/

Illinois Team Hope Walk

Sunday, May 22, 2016  Registration for the Team Hope Walk to raise funds for 2th Annual Huntington’s Disease.  Organizers say they walk to support the mission of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America: Help For Today-Hope For Tomorrow. For more info about Huntington’s Disease, visit www.hdsa.org.

Operation Welcome You Home Wounded Warrior 5K

Saturday, May 28, 2016 / Join the run at Settlers Park in Plainfield. 8AM Sharp!

June

Run for Reading / Glow 5K Run

Saturday, June 4, 2016 / Fifth Avenue Station – Plank Road Racetime: 8:15PM / Jeanine Nicarico Literacy Foundation www.nicaricoliteracyfund.org.

PN 2016 Story Link Saved in Archive.

Other “Run for Reading” PN Story Links

Athleta Esprit de She Naperville Triathlon

Sunday, June 12, 2016 /  Hosted at Centennial Beach in Downtown Naperville to benefit Girls on the Run Chicago / Ovarian Cancer Reseach Fund (Grew out of SheROX Triathlon Series / formerly U.S. Women’s Triathlon) 

SheRoxTriathlon Series (formerly U.S. Women’s Triathlon

Not scheduled in Naperville for 2014 or 2015 or 2016 / SheROX Triathlon Series & Lifetime Fitness www.sheroxtri.com

NOTE! Several of the Run, Walk and Bike events that are promoted on this calendar page have changed the month of their fundraisers. PN has tried to cross-reference those changes to provide plenty of time to save the new dates. Other runs and walks have been deleted when information has been unavailable.

Step Up for Autism Walk Benefit for Little Friends

NOTE! Formerly in June, a new running event is planned on April 24, 2016, at North Central College with The Running Company to benefit Little Friends.  What’s more, Step Up & Shine for Little Friends previously scheduled on Oct. 22, 2016, has been canceled.  Scroll down this page to October 22 for links to details.

Scott’s Walk

NOTE! This popular walk aimed to educate the community about testicular cancer and heighten awareness more than it tried to raise funds.  After a successful run of walks, organizers have taken a break. Any funds raised will be donated to Scott’s Venture Fund at the College of the Menominee Nation.   This spot in the July schedule will be saved as a place holder to create important awareness about testicular cancer. Photos / Updated PN 2014 Post.

July

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Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk

Sunday, July 24, 2016 / Riverwalk Pavilion / INFO & Advance Registration / PN Archive Post with Photos: Pancreatic Cancer Walk / 2016 Event with Photo Gallery

August

Experience Triathlon / Naperville Sprint Triathlon

Sunday, August 7, 2016 / Downtown Naperville Premier Event Management www.napervilletri.com

Walk to End Lupus Now!

Saturday, August 13, 2016 / Naperville Riverwalk www.lupusil.org

20th Annual Rotary Bike Ride

Sunday, August 14, 2016 / 6:30AM-11AM (Begin at your leisure) Start from Commissioner’s Park  INFO:  Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown INFO: Rotary Ride / REGISTRATION will begin in May.

Riverwalk Duck Race Returns

duck-with-ducks - CopyTuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 / 10AM start time along Riverwalk and DuPage River / Start at footbridge near Centennial Park and end at Eagle Street Bridge. Rain or shine.  Take a quack with a lucky duck for five bucks to help celebrate the Riverwalk’s 35th birthday.  INFO: www.riverwalkduckrace.com.

(On hiatus since the days when the Riverwalk Duck Race benefited REACH, the 2016 event is hosted by the Riverwalk Foundation to raise awareness for the 35th birthday of the Riverwalk and spread the word why it’s important to let wildlife be wild. Also note how many of the events featured on this list take place on the Naperville Riverwalk. Cheers!)

10th Annual KBMF 2016 5K Walk / Run / CANCELED DUE TO RAIN

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 / Naperville North High School  / INFO:  10th Annual KBMF 5K to run or walk around the football field to help raise money to purchase EKG machines that provide heart screening to young adults. The check-in will start at 8:30AM with the 5K beginning at 9AM.

Editor’s Note / For the first time in 10 years, the KBMF 5K was canceled.  Organizers thank all participants for understanding and continued support.

Scott S’Cool Scoot

Saturday, Aug. 27,  2016 / Scott Elementary School. 5K Run or 3K Walk. /8AM from Scott Elementary School, 500 Warwick Drive, Naperville.

September

Fling Mile (Just before Jaycees Labor Day Parade)

8:45AM Monday, September 7, 2016 / Fling Mile Info on Facebook: www.lastfling.org/fling. 4-Day Last Fling Schedule: www.lastfling.org

Fling Rooster 5K (Just before Jaycees Labor Day Parade)

9AM Monday, September 7, 2016 / Last Fling Rooster 5K /  Info: www.lastfling.org/fling. 4-Day Last Fling Schedule: www.lastfling.org

Annual APDA Parkison’s Walk-a-Thon

10AM Saturday, To Be Determined 2016  / Naperville Riverwalk Grand Pavilion / INFO / Registration is from 8:30-9:30AM.

Breathe Deep Naperville: A Walk & Rally to Stop Lung Cancer

Saturday, September 11, 2016 / Check-in: 9AM  Walk begins: 1015AM INFO:  http://www.lungevity.org/naperville

Annual Hike for Hesed

8AM Saturday, September 17, 2016  / Hesed House traveling south along the Fox Valley River path to the Montgomery Bridge INFO: www.hesedhouse.org

Annual DuPagePads Run 4 Home

8AM Saturday, September 17, 2016 / 703 W. Liberty in Wheaton INFO: www.dupagepads.org or (630)682-3846. Note! To celebrate a milestone during the 12th Annual Run 4 Home, 30 prizes will be given to 30 participants in recognition of DuPagePads 30 years of service!

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Dress up for the Judd-A-Thon, a .1K good time!

Annual Judd-A-Thon .1K

8AM Sunday, September 18, 2016  / Judd-A-Thon between the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion and the Judd Kendall VFW / Picture this very short run via 2014 PN Post of Inaugural event. And remember the really big fun begins after the really brief run. Mike Barbour’s column tells more.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Naperville

Sunday, September 18, 2016 / North Central College Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 455 South Brainard Street,
Naperville, IL 60540.  Check-in: 8:30AM  Ceremony: 9:30AM 3-Mile Walk begins: 10AM INFO: www.act.alz.org.

JUST of DuPage – Addiction Awareness & Recovery 5K Run / Walk

Saturday, September 24, 2016 / Departs 10AM.  Event held at Danada Forest Preserve. For more information and to register, please visit www.justofdupage.org.

Annual Run for the Mind / Benefit for NAMI DuPage

Traditionally in October, after a year off, Run for the Mind returns on Sept. 24, at the St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville, followed by a BBQ at the finishline. / Racetime: 9AM Complete / Link and online registration and more INFO: Run for the Mind

October

JDRF One Walk for a world without Type 1 Diabetes

Sunday, October 2, 2016 / Registration at 8:30AM. Walk begins at 9:30AM. Held at St. James Farm (2s541 Winfield Road) in Warrenville. For more information or to register, visit CLICK HERE.

Edward Walk to Remember

Sunday, October 8, 2016 / Held at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion in Naperville. For more information or to register, visit www.eehealth.org/walktoremember.

Annual CROP Walk 5K

Sunday, October 16, 2016 / Walk time: 1:30PM Grace United Methodist Church  in Naperville INFO: www.napervillecropwalk.org (Traditionally held the third Sunday in October)

Rotary Festiville

Sunday, October 16, 2106 / New event at Top Golf hosted by Rotary Club of Naperville will replace Soup’s On traditionally held on the third Sunday in October. INFO: www.rotaryfestiville.com.

Step Up & Shine for Autism Walk Benefit for Little Friends

Previously Scheduled Event Canceled / Sat., October 22, 2016  / Naperville Riverwalk Grand Pavilion / This “glow-in-the-dark” fun-filled family-friendly fundraising walk with illuminated activities has been canceled. Later this fall, Little Friends will embark on a campaign to expand its popular Giving Tree Program – adding 17 families in crisis – in order to help our clients meet their most basic needs, providing food stability at Thanksgiving and Christmas and making everyone’s holiday season a little more meaningful and memorable. / INFO: Little Friends.

Headquartered in Naperville, Little Friends, Inc., is celebrating its first 51 years in 2016.

Healthy Driven Naperville Marathon & Half Marathon

Sunday, October 23, 2016 / Racetime: 7AM www.naperville26.com / Registration is in now in progress for one of the fastest growing runs in the Midwest. Sign up today for one of the teams participating in the Naperville Half Marathon and Marathon.


Still to come! Registration in progress…

CrimeStoppers promotes Runs for Safety

McGruff the Crime DogFor 2016, the dedicated folks at CrimeStoppers again will help support other 5K events as well as the Naperville Marathon.

Look for McGruff and Friends at the Run for Reading GLOW Run 5K in June and the Lions Club Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day.

And memorize the CrimeStoppers phone number to provide anonymous tips about local crimes if you see something that needs reporting.

Crime Stoppers: (630) 420-6006

Remember, keeping the community safe is everyone’s responsibility. If you see something suspicious, say something to a public safety officer.


Be a Hero for Hope Annual 10K/5K Run-Walk

Sunday, October 30, 2016 / 1 Mile Competitive Run: 8AM / 5K and 10K Race: 8:15AM / Held at the Athletic Field in Downers Grove to benefit Family Shelter Service  / Complete INFO:  www.familyshelterservice.org.  Register at http://fssevents.org/.

November

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Noon Lions Turkey Trot 5K —Registration since May 1, 2016.

Thursday, November 24, 2016 / Downtown Naperville Registration starts May 1, 2016 — Race usually reaches capacity of 7,500 runners by the end of October and has been sold-out for many years.  Find info at Naperville Noon Lions Club Turkey Trot 5K,  www.napervilleturkeytrot.com. Celebrate the runners at Quigley’s Irish Pub Thanksgiving Morning. Cheers!

Congratulations to all participants who keep the season moving so that many worthwhile charities can run!

Click here for 2016 Charity Golf Outings

Click here for Naperville Festivals, Traditions & Special Events

Celebrate safely.