Founded in 2007, the Rockford Half Marathon & 10K challenges runners to take on one of two races: a 13.1-mile half marathon or a 10K. Runners of all skill levels from over 20 different states pace themselves along a stunning waterfront race course that traces the path of downtown Rockford's Rock River. Electronic chips are provided to all runners for the most accurate race timing and to let everyone channel the spirit of the bionic man. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three male and female finishers.
Signature service: Home Delivery
Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 50+ people
The town of Rockford first started getting news in the pages of the Rockford Register Star back in 1855. The business blossomed over time and today the paper publishes daily, landing on the door steps of more than 50,000 homes and businesses. Writers and editors also supply the companion website with a constant stream of content, all of which is available to members along with the daily delivery of the paper. The paper focuses on local happenings, covering a mix of current events, crime, local politics, and momentous domestic announcements, such as weddings and the discovery of a house that can talk.
Created in 1936 to bolster fine-arts exposure, the Rockford Coronado Concert Association brings box-office lurkers five classical, semiclassical, and dance performances each season at the architecturally stunning Coronado Performing Arts Center.
Offering more than 30 healthy handheld eats prepared with super-fresh produce and high-quality ingredients, Roly Poly’s menu has something to fit any discerning taste. Lunch on tongue-torpedoing sandwiches rolled in tortillas, hot-pressed panini-like sandwiches, soups, and fresh salads. Sandwiches, such as a cold Cobb chicken salad roll, chicken Caesar roll, or hot-pressed pesto chicken, are served in 6” or 12” varieties (usually $3.95/$6.25). The hot-pressed Spinach Popper with light cream cheese, baby spinach, plum tomatoes, onion, sliced jalepenos, with a side of salsa ($3.95/$6.25) soothes any veggie lover's grumbling food sack.
Stewart Pizzeria's crafty chefs hand-toss their homemade pizza dough to create flat landing pads for fresh sauce, mounds of cheese, and myriad toppings. Each of their menu's personal pies ($5+), like a studio apartment, offers the freedom to arrange toppings however you'd like within 8 inches of personal space. Diners can conceal their pizza's bareness with a blanket of meats comprised of pepperoni and sausage ($1 each), or honor vegetarian vows with fresh produce including spinach, mushrooms, and jalapenos ($.50 each). Those who would rather leave pizza creation to the professionals can match their appetites against one of Stewart’s specialty pizzas, such as the recently featured hawaiian with home-style ranch sauce, ham, and pineapple ($7). Wash down the gooey goodness with a medium soda ($1.75) or splashes from your neighbor's sprinkler, and add chips or a cookie for a combo meal ($.50 with purchase of a drink).
Bath and Body Fusion's owner, Jen Lancaster, thinks everyone should be able to enjoy spa-caliber pampering in the comfort of their own homes. That's why she crafts therapeutic, natural ingredients into bath-and-body products that turn regular bathing sessions into a sensory experience. Dead Sea–salt scrubs, bath bombs, and freshly made face masks are a few specialties. Customers can customize products with blends of scents such as Egyptian sandalwood, peach blossom, or an assortment of designer fragrances.