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Choose Between Two Options
- $10 for a 5K entry for ages 12 and younger (up to a $20 value)
- $15 for a 5K entry for ages 13 and older (up to a $30 value)
The race kicks off at 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 7, and winds along Rock Cut State Park’s Olson Lake Trail. Participants must check in for the race between 7:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. Runners keep pace with electronic chip timing. Proceeds go toward Build-A-Bears for sick children. For more information, see the event flyer.
Event sponsors include Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rock Road Companies, Inc., Sargento Foods Inc., Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, and M45 Marketing Services. Prizes are provided by Anytime Fitness.
Little Hands Make A Big Difference
Like most 6-year olds, Jack O'Neil enjoyed playing with toys; unlike a typical 6-year-old, though, he played with his toys in the hospital. Jack was gearing up for corrective limb-lengthening surgery, a process that affected him long after his successful recovery. Once he was healthy, Jack wanted to make sure other hospital-bound kids had toys to play with. Jack began holding charitable lemonade stands, using the proceeds to buy toys. Over time, his pastime morphed into his current charity, Little Hands Make A Big Difference. Powered by fundraisers such as an annual 5K, the kid-run organization delivers Build-A-Bears and other toys to sick tots, fueling their play and filling their imaginations with geometric shapes. For more information, see the organization’s blog.