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McHenry Co. Racing Guide

The Human Race on April 23 is a fundraiser for more than 50 organizations.



Sept. 2: Run with the Balloons 5K & 10K, part of Harvard Balloon Fest, Milky Way Park, Harvard.

Sept. 10: Crystal Lake Half Marathon, Lippold Park, Crystal Lake.

Sept. 17: Woodstock Duathlon, Emricson Park.

Cary Shuffle 5K, benefiting the Cary 26 Education Foundation, new USATF-certified course, downtown Cary. All registrations include a weekend access to Cary Main Street Fest. Discounted youth registration fee, early bird registration ends July 31.

Sept. 24: Fox Chase 5k and Youth Mile, benefiting youth sports and provides sports scholarships to kids in need.

Sept. 30: Run Wild: Race for Open Space 5K, Hickory Grove Highlands, Cary.


Sunset 5K, Sunset Park, Lake in the Hills.

Talamore Trot 5k Fun Run/Walk, Tomaso Sports Park/Talamore subdivision, Huntley.

Cancer Kids 5K Run/Walk, Trio Grille, Marengo.

Operation Christmas Child 5K, First Presbyterian Church of Woodstock.

Leashes and Legs 1 Mile Fun Walk, Deicke Park, Huntley.

School Walk-A-Thon fundraiser, St. John the Baptist School, Johnsburg.

Friends of the Poor Walk/Run, Society of St. Vincent de Paul raises money for the needy and those living in poverty,  Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Cary.

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Oct. 1: Pumpkin Stampede, 5K run/walk raising money for the Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund helping families in need, Lippold Park, Crystal Lake.

Oct. 6-8: Stop the Cycle Ride, Chain O’ Lakes State Park, Spring Grove.

Oct. 7: Morraine Hills Run For the Hills, 10K/half marathon, Morraine Hills State Park, McHenry.

Oct. 8: The Bull Valley Monster Challenge Race, benefit for Wild Horse Organization and the Stickney House Foundation.

Oct. 15

Care4 Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk, benefiting the breast fund at Family Health Partnership Clinic, Woodstock North High School

World’s Largest Corn Maze Run, run or walk a 5K entirely through the World’s Largest Corn Maze, Richardson Adventure Farm, Spring Grove.

Oct. 22

5K Trick or Treat Trot, Huntley.

AAPLD Library Loop 5K, neighborhoods and park district walking paths surrounding Algonquin Area Public Library

Oct. 30: Run For Their Lives, 5K Run/Walk, benefiting Operation Click, Lippold Park, Crystal Lake.


Harvest Hustle 5K Run/Walk, Historic Village Hall, Algonquin.

Mane in Heaven Trot-a-Thon, 5K benefiting animal-assisted activity and therapy, Silver Lining Equestrian, Lake in the Hills.

Run & Roll for the Dole Duathlon, 2-mile run, 20K bike, and 2-mile return run benefiting Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole, Crystal Lake.

Fox Chase, 5K and youth mile supporting the young athletes of the Fox River Grove Rec Council, Algonquin Road Elementary School, Fox River Grove.

Charity Bike Ride, McHenry Dam Road, McHenry.

Great Apple Bike Ride, 16-, 21- and 31-mile course, registration includes apple cider doughnut, coffee, apples and lunch. Portion of proceeds benefit Agape House School and Home for Girls.


Nov. 5: Panting for Paws 5K Walk/Run and 1 Mile Fun Run, benefiting Fox Valley Helping Paws Animal Welfare Association, Lippold Park, Crystal Lake.

Thanksgiving (Nov. 23)

Thanksgiving Day Race, 5K certified flat and mostly crushed limestone course raising funds for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry, Lippold Park, Crystal Lake.

McHenry Turkey Trot for Hospice, 5K run/walk supporting JourneyCare Hospice & Palliative Services, McHenry East CampusHigh School.

Henry’s Thanksgiving Day Hustle 5K & Kids Dash, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association in honor of Henry Betts, Marlowe Middle School Gymnasium, Lake in the Hills.

Trout Valley Turkey Trot, run, walk, win, Trout Valley Park.

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Dec. 3: Kiwani’s Santa Run for Kids, 5K and 1-mile run/walk benefiting children living in McHenry County, Raue Center, Crystal Lake.

Dec. 9: Viking Dash Trail Run, 13.1K, 5K, 15K trail run, choose your finisher medal, shirt, chicken, potatoes and baked beans, Veteran Acres Park, Crystal Lake.



Jan. 7

Frozen Gnome 50K/10K, Veteran Acres, Crystal Lake.

S-NO-W FUN Run, Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva.



March 4: Shiver Run 5KBroken Oar, Port Barrington. 

March 11: McHenry Shamrock Shuffle, 5K and kids’ dash, McHenry East Campus High School.

March 19: March Madness Half Marathon, Cary-Grove High School.


April 19Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, to create awareness and raise funds for mental health, McHenry High School-West Campus.
April 22Earth Day 50K/15M/5M, winding single track, rolling hills, blossoming spring flowers, open prairies and pine forest, Veteran Acres Park and Sterne’s Woods, Crystal Lake.

April 23

Human Race 5K Run/Walk, fundraising for more than 50 nonprofits and volunteering organizations, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake.

April 29

March for Babies, improving health of babies, Emricson Park, Woodstock.

HBMS Color Run, supporting literacy, and health and fitness, Hannah Beardsley Middle School, Crystal Lake.

April 30

Run Thru the Hills, walk, run and stroll distances for all levels (BYO ruck sack), AMC Lake in the Hills 12.

Viking Strong 5K Run/Walk, raise awareness about teen depression, Lippold Park, Crystal Lake.

Woods Creek Feet Meet, 5K, Woods Creek Elementary, Crystal Lake.


On the Run w/WHIW 5K, benefiting Harvard Community Radio, Starline Factory, Harvard.

Acer Memorial Regatta,  Naoki Kamijima Park, Crystal Lake.

Blue Ribbon Ride, cycling to benefit children, Horse Fair Park, Spring Grove.


May 7

Bob Blazier Run for the Arts 5K Run/Walk, fundraising for the arts, Raue Center For The Arts, Crystal Lake.

Walk MS McHenry County, Sunset Park, Lake in the Hills.

Glacier Ridge Run, 1-mile and 5K, benefiting the food pantry, Glacier Ridge Elementary, Crystal Lake.

Prairie Ridge 5K Color Run, Crystal Lake.

May 13

5K Ecorun, benefiting the McHenry County recycling program, Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake.

Panther Pursuit 5K, run/walk, children’s fun run, Immanuel Lutheran School, Crystal Lake.

5K Walk/Run, part of the Healthy Living Expo, Alden-Hebron High School.

May 14: Cooley Run 5K & Superhero Dash, pediatric brain tumor fundraiser, Betsey Warrington Park, Huntley.

May 20Woodstock Krazy Color 5K, portion of proceeds benefiting The Cure Starts Now Foundation, Emricson Park, Woodstock.

May 21

Girls on the Run 5K, promoting healthy living for girls, Woodstock North High School.

Dash for the Dogs, raising funds for the medical bills of special needs animals at Animal House Shelter (Huntley), Citizens Park, Barrington.

May 27

Glacial Park Team Challenge, biking, canoeing and off-trail hiking, North Branch Conservation Area, Richmond.


R is for Run, run/walk and kids’ fun run for Light of Christ Preschool, Lippold Park, Crystal Lake.

Fox River Omnium, Ski Hill Road, Fox River Grove.

The ColorDash, neon 5K run for Crystal Lake South Wellness Department, Crystal Lake South High School.

Miles For Micah 5K, benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lippold Park, Crystal Lake.

24-Hour Run, Cary Junior High.


June 3: Relay for Life of Huntley-Marengo, fighting against cancer, Huntley Park District.

June 4

Udder Century, flat to rolling rural routes of 32, 50, 62, 75 or 100 miles through the dairy lands of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Start-finish: McHenry County College, Crystal Lake.

Pedal-Paddle-Saddle through the Prairie, 6 miles down Nippersink Creek, Glacial Park, Ringwood.

June 9-11: Fight for Air Ride, cycle Crystal Lake to Lake Geneva to support of the American Lung Association.

June 11: Paws in the Park, raising money to care for all of the stray and abandoned animals rescued, Emricson Park, Woodstock.

June 16: Relay for Life of McHenry County, fighting against cancer, Prairie Grove School, Crystal Lake.

June 17

Woodstock Challenge Runs & Pool Party, 10K run, 5K run/walk, and 1-mile and 1/2-mile kids/family run, Woodstock Water Works/Emricson Park, Woodstock.

Harvard Milk Run, 2-mile run, 10K run, 2-mile walk and Kids’ Milk Days Dash through city streets and rural areas, Jefferson School, Harvard.

America’s Cardboard Cup Regatta, cardboard boat race benefiting local charities, Main Beach, Crystal Lake (rain date: July 29).

Xtreme 5K, fundraiser for the McGill property, Marengo Ridge Conservation District. 

June 18

Father’s Day 10K/5K, honoring men’s health, Cary-Gove High School, Cary.

Lake in the Hills Triathlon, 0.5-mile swim; 15.5-mile bike and 4.0-mile run, Ryder Park, Lake in the Hills.

June 21: Walk to End Alzheimers, Sunset Park, Lake in the Hills.

June 24: Kids Obstacle Challenge Mud Run, Lippold Park, Crystal Lake.

June 25McHenry County Patriot Run/Walk, 5K benefiting a number of veterans’ agencies, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake.


INK 5K Walk/Run, fundraiser for various charities, Horse Fair Park, Spring Grove.

Be a Hero to a Hero 5K, McHenry County College.

Pedal to the Park, tent sale, stunt show, live entertainment, The Bike Haven, McHenry.

GiGi’s 5K, fun run, kids’ dash and inspirational walk for children with Down Syndrome, Rosemont University.


July 8RUNdezvous Frontier Survival Race, 5-plus mile trek on foot utilizing skills of the 1800s, such as hatchet throwing, archery and fire, Lippold Park, Crystal Lake.

July 9: Heroes Like Haley 5K, run/walk and kids fun run, Cary Grove Park (next to Cary-Grove High School).

July 15: McHenry River Run, 5K walk/run and 10K run hosted by McHenry Parks & Recreation Department, McHenry High School, East Campus.

July 17

Run for Hope, Woodstock.

July 2210K Acres of Hope, benefiting the American Cancer Society, Stade’s Farm and Market, McHenry.

July 29

Color Run 5K, Lions Park, Cary.

Savage Race, 25 obstacles, 5-7 miles, Richardson Adventure Farm, Spring Grove.

July 30

Bike Huntleybike ride beginning at the town square, picnic/cookout afterward. 


Aug. 6: we.CAN.tri Sprint-Length Triathlon, adult and children’s races, Emricson Park, Woodstock Water Works Aquatic Center.

Aug. 26-27: Tough Mudder, 10- to 12-mile obstacle course, Chicago Rockford International Travel Time Airport.


Night Owl Bike Ride, Crystal Lake City Hall complex.

Glow Run, 2.6K run, 100-yard dash for kids, Cary Junior High and Deer Path Elementary School.

Kids Marathon, 1.2 miles (final stretch), Sage YMCA, Crystal Lake.

Deep Dish Dash, 5K run/walk, Lou Malnati’s, Lakewood.

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