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28th Annual Groovin In The Grove 5K Race & Little Groovers Races

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Midwestern University

Recreation & Wellness Center

555 31st Street

Downers Grove, IL 60515

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28th Annual Groovin in the Grove 5K Race/Walk and Little Groovers Races & Warrior Fitness Challenge
When:
Mark your calendars, this year's event takes place on 05/13/2017
  • 5K Race starts at 9:00am
  • Little Groovers 1/2K for 5-7 year olds starts at 10:00am
  • Little Groovers 1K for 8-10 year olds starts at 10:10 am
  • Little Groovers 100 yard dash for 4 & under starts at 10:20am
  • Warrior Fitness Challenge starts at 7:45am (see below for details)
Where:
Midwestern University Campus in Downers Grove, located at:
  • 555 31st St, Downers Grove, IL 60515
  • Between Highland and Meyers on the South Side of 31st Street
  • 31st Street is the first street South of I-88 on Highland Avenue
About this Event:
28th Annual Race sponsored by the Midwestern University Sports Medicine Club to benefit Sharing Connections (located in Downers Grove). A great family event for Mother's Day weekend that benefits a very worthwhile cause.
  • Short Sleeve Technical Shirt for all Pre-Registered participants
  • Flowers for all Moms
  • Award for Top Mom
  • Awards for Top 3 Male and Female Runners - X-sport memberships
  • Medals for Top 3 Males and Females in each age group
  • Medals for all participants in the Little Groovers 1K, 1/2K and 100 Yard Dash
  • 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 Gear Check Station
  • Massage Stations
  • Running Store Vendors
  • Face Painting and Moon Jump for kids
  • All Little Groovers get to select a FREE childrens book
  • Lots of Great Raffle Prizes
  • Awards Ceremony will start at 10:30am

Warrior Fitness Challenge
The race will once again feature the Warrior Fitness Challenge which participants 14 and older can add to their race registration for an additional fee. The fitness challenge will be put on by the Midwestern University SAMOPS Organization (Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons). All proceeds from the fitness challenge will go to the benefit of the Wounded Warriors The Warrior Fitness Challenge will provide you with a fitness testing score graded by official military personnel. You will be graded based on the results from a 2 minute push up test, a 2 minute sit-up test and your time for the 5K Race. Points are awarded based on your performance and factor in your age.

  • Graded by official military personnel
  • Awards for Top 3 Overall Males and Females
  • Awards for Top Team (teams are made up of 3-5 members)
    • No additional fee to register as a team
    • Team Score will be the average of all team members scores
  • Army T-shirt for all pre-registered participants
  • Additional Goodie bag for all pre-registered participants
  • Testing for the pushups and sit ups will start at 7:45am and go through 8:50am
  • Click on this link below for information and a video on the pushups
  • Click on this link below for information and a video on the situps

About the Charity - Sharing Connections
Sharing Connections provides donated furniture and household items to low-income families in the Chicago area helping them transform a bare apartment or house into a home. The individuals and families they serve include the previously homeless, unemployed and working poor, veterans, domestic violence victims, people with developmental and physical disabilities, people with mental illness, and victims of fires and floods. Most households they serve have an average income of only $12,400 a year for a family of four. Over half of those served are children. Each day in the Chicago area families sleep on the floor, use their couch as a table, store food in a cooler, and put babies to bed in a cardboard box. There are also many Chicago area families that have an abundance of household items. Sharing Connections is the link between these two groups. Over 500 individuals benefit from their services each month. Learn more at: http://www.sharingconnections.org

About the Charity - Wounded Warriors
To provide programs and services to help injured service members in their recovery.

The Course:
USATF certified course, starts and ends on the campus of Midwestern University at the Recreation & Wellness Center. The course has a couple hilly sections. Split times and water available on the race course. All kids races take place entirely on the campus of Midwestern University and the course is closed to all vehicular traffic.
The link to the 5K course on the USATF website is:
5K Awards:
  • Short Sleeve Technical Shirts guaranteed for all pre-registered participants
  • Award and Medal for Top Mom
  • Awards and Medals for Top 3 Overall Males and Females - X-sport memberships
  • Age Group Medals for Top 3 Male and Female
  • Flowers for all Moms
  • Medals for all Little Groovers 1K, 1/2K and 100 Yard Dash participants
  • Awards Ceremony will start at 10:30am

Warrior Fitness Challenge Awards:

  • Short sleeve Army T-shirt for all pre-registered participants
  • Awards and Medals for Top 3 Overall Male and Females
  • Awards and Medals for Top Team (need 3-5 members and your score will be the average of all team members)
Post-Race Activities:
  • Refreshments
  • Great Raffle Prizes
  • Massage Stations
  • Multiple Joint and Postural Screening
  • Clown, Face Painting and Inflatable for the Kids
  • DJ

Packet Pick Up and Race Day Registration:

Pre-Race Day Packet

  • Dick Pond Athletics
  • 2775 Maple Avenue, Lisle, IL 60532
  • Wednesday, May 10 & Thursday, May 11 from 4pm-8pm

Packet pickup is also available on Race Day and takes place at Midwestern University in the Recreation & Wellness Center. Packet Pick Up opens at 7:30am on race day.

Race Day Registration will open at 7:30am on race day. Race Day Registration will be $40 for the 5K and $20 for the Little Groovers Events.

Limited spots for the Warrior Fitness Challenge MAY also be available on Race Day for $60.

Sponsors:

  • Dick Pond Athletics
  • X-Sport Fitness
  • Chartwells Food Service
  • Awesome Amusements
  • 7-Eleven, 4240 Main Street in Downers Grove
  • Fantastic Sams Hair Salon, 7440 S Woodward Ave. in Woodridge
  • Jason Herbers Allstate Insurance, 7440 S Woodward Ave. in Woodridge
  • Jimmy Johns of Lombard, 2770 S. Highland Ave in Lombard
  • The Center for Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, 4425 Montgomery Road, #102 in Naperville
  • High Wire Networks
  • Peets's Coffee & Tea
  • Patriot Sports Performance
  • MWU Student Senate
  • MWU Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • MWU Chicago College of Pharmacy
  • MWU Chicago College of Health Sciences
  • MWU Chicago College of Dental Medicine
  • Road ID
  • Runners World
  • Tiger Balm

Directions:

From I-88 East - exit at Highland Avenue, Turn RIGHT on Highland Avenue, Turn Left on 31st Street, Go 3/4 mile and turn Right at Midwestern University Entrance and follow the signs

From I-88 West - exit at Highland Avenue, Turn LEFT on Highland Avenue, Turn Left on 31st Street, Go 3/4 mile and turn Right at Midwestern University Entrance and follow the signs

FAQs:

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No ID is required on race day.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is plenty of FREE parking available with volunteers directing you where to go.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Strollers are allowed, you just have to start at the back of the pack.

Dogs are not allowed.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Don Evans at : devans@midwestern.edu or 630-971-6401

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No printed ticket is required on race day.

What about inclement weather?

The race will take place rain or shine.

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