to help kids fight cancer

Sat., August 11, 2018
Hodges Park, Park Ridge, IL

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Check out photos from our 2nd Annual 5K in 2017
Visit our 5K Facebook page to get the latest information.
All funds raised will help kids fight cancer, one trip at a time.


Race Registration: Please register on at Race Roster.

Race Fees:
Child Registration: $25.    $20 if registered before August 30th.
Adult Registration: $35.    $30 if registered before August 30th.
Childhood Cancer Survivors (of all ages): Register for FREE
Virtual Runner: $15.   If you cannot attend the 5K in person, you can still help raise funds to help kids with cancer virtually. (Does not include a tshirt.)

HONOR WALL for Survivors & Angels: This is a great opportunity to celebrate all childhood cancer survivors and angels. Survivors register for free. We encourage family and friends to bring a photo of any survivor or angel to be displayed on our HONOR WALL.

Packet Pickup: 
Pre-event Packet Pickup: Thurs., August 9, 5-8pm at Dick Pond, 29 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL
Race Day Packet Pickup:  Sat., August 11, 2018, 6:30am – 7:45am* at Dick Pond, 29 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL *Please arrive early to ensure efficient registration. Registration ends 15 minutes prior to each event.  Desired T-Shirt size is not guaranteed. No T-Shirt exchanges.

Course Map: Click here to download a map of the 5K.

Awards: Medals will be awarded to top three male and female finishers.

Swag: Free event t-shirts guaranteed to the first 150 participants.

Kids Races: In addition, we will hold short kids races immediately following the event for any kid 7 and under who would like to participate.  No need to register.  Just listen for an announcement after the race to line up for the fun!

GO THE EXTRA MILE: Go The Extra Mile by raising additional funds for kids with cancer. Though certainly not mandatory, we encourage each participant to set a personal fundraising goal to raise funds for our kids.
$250 Fundraising Prize – Compass to Care Stainless Steel Tumbler
$500 Fundraising Prize – Compass to Care Tote
$1,000 Fundraising Prize – Compass to Care Stadium Blanket
After you register for the Compass to Care 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run a pledge page will automatically be created for you!

You will be able to edit the information and send it out to your family and friends to support you. Click here to download FAQs on how to setup your fundraising page or create a team.

Parking & Public Transportation: Street parking is available within close proximity to the starting line at Hodge Park in Park Ridge. The Central Parking Lot on the corner of Summit and Prospect , is one block away from the start/finish line and offers free parking. The Park Ridge Metra stops one block from the start/finish line as well.

Pace Signs: Your race pace is how many minutes it takes you to run or walk one mile. Say it takes you ten minutes to run one mile. That means that your race pace is 10 minutes per mile. Volunteers will be holding pace signs at the beginning of the race.  Please line up according to the pace you intend to run. This will help keep the race route and our runners safe. Participants with strollers and baby joggers are required to line up in the rear of the start corral.

Mile Markers: Miles Markers will be positioned on the course at 1 mile, 2 miles, and 3 miles.

Course Marshalls: Our first priority is to provide a safe course for our runners and walkers.  Course Marshalls will be positioned throughout the course, usually at intersections. Course Marshalls will signal to runners/walkers which direction or turn you are supposed to make.

Water Stations & Medical Assistance: Water will be available at approximately the 1.5 mile mark on the race course as well as at the finish line. Medical personnel will also be available should you need to seek assistance.

Cutoff Time: The cut off time limit to complete the 5K is 60 minutes. This is approximately running/walking a 20 min mile. If you feel you cannot finish the 5K in 60 minutes, we encourage you to sign up for the 1 Mile Walk/Run.

Prohibited Items: For safety purposes, bicycles, in-line skates, roller skates, scooters, and other wheeled vehicles (except wheelchairs and hand cranks used by disabled participants) are not allowed during the race.


Weather Policy 

Rain: The event will NOT be cancelled due to rain alone, unless the downpour is such that athletes, police, and volunteers lose visibility or there is a threat of flash flooding, making the situation unsafe. If this occurs we will wait until the rain subsides and follow the same procedure listed for lightning conditions (minus the 30 minute rule). Athletes will be informed of such a change via announcements on race morning. Information will also be available on our Race Facebook page and Compass to Care Facebook

Lightning: In the event of lightning, the race will be postponed by 30 minutes every time lightning is spotted and thunder is heard within 6 miles of the event. Please note that every time lightning strikes and thunder is heard within 6 miles of any part of the race course, we must restart the timing of 30 minutes increments. We will be working closely with a local meteorologist to make these determinations. If we are able to begin the race by 9:00 (a 1 hour delay) the race will go on as planned. If the race must be delayed over 1 hour, the race will be cancelled.

Tornado Warning: If at anytime before (race morning close to start time) or during the event, a tornado warning is issued, the race will be cancelled.

On Course Cancellation: If the race is canceled due to storms (lightning and/or excessive rain) or tornado warnings while it is in progress, we will do everything in our power to alert everyone on the course. Race officials will immediately communicate with police and volunteers, who will immediately begin doing all they can to warn participants and direct them to safety. We will do everything in our power to assist those who are still on course. If you see lightening during the race, you should seek immediate shelter via open stores, buildings, garages, homes and/or any other means of protection from the dangerous conditions. If it gets bad and we are not there to help you off the course, please do everything you can to keep yourself safe and take shelter. Again, if you are told by a race official or police officer to reroute and take shelter during the race, know that the race has been officially cancelled.

Safety is Our Priority: Safety of our participants, volunteers, police and medical personnel as our top priority. We reserve the right to shorten the distance of the race, especially in dealing with inclement weather conditions that may make any course unavailable or unsuitable for runner participation. Please be aware that if weather conditions prevent race staff and volunteers from completing set up in a timely manner, the race could also be delayed for these reasons.

Refund Policy: Due to the nature of event planning, all entry fee payments are non-refundable and all sales are final.

Event directors reserve the right to cancel the race in the event for any safety or security reason, including but not limited to, accidents, acts of war or terrorism, riots, explosions, lightening, earthquakes, fires, storms, rain and floods, wind, hail or for any safety or security reasons. In the event of such cancellation, there will be no refunds.

Event directors reserve the right to remove athletes, spectators, sub-contractors, venue employees, friends, family, and anyone else from the event, without refund, should his/her behavior endanger the safety or negatively affect a race, person, venue, person, or property of any kind.

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