Annual 5K for set for Oct. 23

By on October 13, 2010

Batavia—In its second year, the annual 5K for Batavia United Way was designated “An Emerging Race” by the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA), according to Jody Haltenhof, executive director of Batavia United Way. In addition, the Batavia course is certified by USA Track and Field (USATF), meaning the distance has been certified for accuracy.

“The emerging race designation by CARA indicates we are adhering to CARA’s Best Practices Guidelines,” said Haltenhof. “It is our intention to become a CARA Certified Race next year. Races with CARA certification ensure runners a quality, safe and accurate racing experience.”

With the designation, runners can be assured the Saturday, Oct. 23, event will be accurately timed and those who are CARA members receive a $3 discount. Registration fees are $20 per runner or walker, and $13 for children under the age of 13. Day-of-race fees increase to $26 and $16. The first 100 registrants will receive Live United T-shirts and goodie bags. Registration for the 5K run and/or walk is available online at or at

The 5K run will begin on Houston Street at 8 a.m., with pre-race registration and check-in beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the Peg Bond Center, located at the Batavia Riverwalk. Runners will be started first, with walkers beginning approximately 15 minutes later. Awards will be given to the best overall male and female finisher. Additionally, age-group prizes will be awarded, with the awards ceremony taking place at approximately 9:15 a.m.

All profits raised through the event helps support the programs of 17 charities and nonprofit organizations in the local area.

“Because this is a fundraiser, we would love to see lots of area companies sponsor teams, as well as families and individuals come out to support us,” Haltenhof said. “We are also looking for volunteers, and have event sponsorships available at various levels.”

For more information, to register or to volunteer; call (630)879-4041 or e-mail