The 2014 Scott’s Walk is slated to step off at 9AM, Sun., July. 27, in beautiful wide-open spaces set on 249 acres of prairie and wetland, surrounding Whalon Lake in the Forest Preserve District of Will County. Check-in and day-of registration begins at 8AM.

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The entrance to Whalon Lake is well marked along Royce Road at Lisson Road.

Scott’s Walk is held to celebrate the memory of Scott Zager, a young Naperville resident who succumbed to cancer in 2008.

Designed to attract individuals, couples and families, Scott’s Walk welcomes all ages to enjoy the great outdoors as it changes locations for 2014 to another natural setting.  A recent visit to Whalon Lake found the forest preserve with well-kept winding paved paths, colorful wild flowers and a wide variety of fluttering butterflies and summer moths.

Scott’s Walk also is conducted to raise awareness of testicular cancer, the most common solid tumor diagnosed in young men between the ages of 15 and 35 years. More than 8,000 men are afflicted each year.  Scott’s Walk aims to educate about the need for young men to perform a testicular self examination monthly. Self examination is the best way to find a testicular tumor early.

The walk was started by Zager’s family, with the ongoing support of the West Suburban Irish, friends and many sponsors who are pleased to help continue efforts to heighten awareness.

It’s become tradition for about 200 individuals to participate in the peaceful early morning walk.

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Many trails around the 80-acre lake provide peaceful picturesque views.

The cost is $10/person  and a commemorative t-shirt comes with pre-registration. This year’s Scott’s Walk is a distance of up to two miles as it moves to the outdoor setting that surrounds Whalon Lake. After the walk, folks might wish to stay for fishing, biking, geocaching, canoeing or picnicking.

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The long fishing pier welcomes anglers to catch and release.

A sun hat or cap is a good idea as the trails around Whalon Lake wind in the sunshine. Also, consider sun block.

This well-organized event will be marked with “Scott’s Walk” signs that lead to parking in the lot by the dog park and the picnic shelter where the walk will begin.

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Well-marked paths provide spaces for bikes, joggers and walkers.

For advance registration, visit https://wsirish.wufoo.com/forms/scotts-walk-registration-form/.

Any proceeds raised will be donated to Scott’s Venture Fund at the College of the Menominee Nation. 

Find the entrance to Whalon Lake on the south side, located along Royce Road at the intersection of Lisson Road in the Forest Preserve District of Will County.

Related Calendar / For upcoming events that will keep you moving outdoors, visit PN’s list of Runs, Walks and Bike Rides.