Additional Race Day Details

Packet Pick Up on Race Day:  Packet pickup on Race Day takes place at Midwestern University in the Recreation & Wellness Center, right near the start of the race.  Packet Pick Up opens at 7:30am on race day.
Race Start Time: Warrior Challenge begins at 7:45am, 5k run begins at 9:00am, Little Groovers runs begin at 10:00am (1/2K at 10am, 1K at 10:10am and 100 yard dash at 10:20am)
Awards Ceremony & Raffle Start Time: 10:30am
Timing & Results: The race will once again be chip timed.  Results will be posted on this website, CARA, and chicagoaa by the end of the day!
Race Course: The race starts and ends on the Midwestern University campus and winds through the picturesque streets of Downers Grove. The course is USATF and CARA certified and features a couple sections with rolling hills.  Split times and water are available on the course.  A link to the course on the USATF website can be found at:
Water stations: There will be one water station located on the course at 1 1/2 miles. Water, Gatorade, and snacks will also be at the finish!
Post Race Party: TONS OF GREAT STUFF! Live music by a DJ, massage area, joint and postural screening, Dick Pond shoe mobile, kids bounce house and face painting, free refreshments including: coffee, water, gatorade, bagels, apples, bananas, oranges, Cliff bars, yogurt and other snacks! Come to run, stay to groove!
Awards: Awards to the top three men and women; prize for Top Mom; age group medals; ALL Little Groovers get medals!

PLUS: great raffle for additional chances to win!  If you participate in the race you will be automatically entered into the raffle as we use race bib numbers to select the winners.  There will be a sheet posted with the raffle winners in the lobby of the Recreation Center.  Show your bib number and collect your prize.
Parking and Directions: See FAQ page!

  • Short Sleeve Technical Shirt for all Pre-Registered participants
  • Split times and water available on the course
  • All kids races take place entirely on the MWU campus and are closed to traffic
  • Flowers for all Moms
  • Refreshment Tent
  • FREE Coffee at Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-Up
  • Indoor Restrooms
  • Gymnasium open to use for stretching and pre-race warmups inside
  • DJ
  • Secure, Indoor Gear Check Station
  • Runnng Store Vendors
  • Face Painting and Moon Jump for kids
  • All Little Groovers get to select a FREE childrens book
  • Lots of Great Raffle Prizes
  • Free massage and osteopathic manipulation tables
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