All proceeds from the “Hug An Athlete” 5K will benefit the NASR-Belvidere Park District’s Special Olympics athletes. The funds will be used towards new sports equipment, uniforms, scholarships for athletes in need, and it will help to grow the program to offer more Special Olympics sports.
Currently, NASR-Belvidere Park District “Pirates” athletes have the option to play in 10 different sports: Winter—Aquatics & Snowshoeing, Spring—Athletics (Track & Field) & Bocce, Summer—Golf, Softball, Tennis, & Bowling, and Fall—Basketball & Volleyball. Our programs have continued to grow and with your participation in the "Hug An Athlete" 5K we will be able to offer more to our great group of athletes. Athletes will be throughout the race course providing encouragement and will be giving free hugs at the end of the race to all the race finishers. We hope you mark it on your calendars to join us for this one of a kind 5K!
Whether you are a runner, walker, and a person who utilizes a wheelchair...everyone is encouraged to participate. ALL Abilities are welcome! If participating in the 5k, just is not your thing...consider volunteering! contact Breanne Lindsay at 815-547-5711 x23 or firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Event will happen no matter if there is snow on the ground. Please dress accordingly. There will be hot chocolate at the end of the race for all 5k participants. Cancellation due to weather: Refunds will not be issued. Please consider your entry fee as a donation to our program.