running for the
harvest run celebrates 17 years
n the last Sunday of September for the past 17 years, the Plainfield Harvest 5K Run/Walk & Kidz Miler has evolved from a small gathering of 250 runners and walkers at Village Green to an event that is averaging 1,250 participants a year.
The Plainfield Harvest 5K Run/Walk & Kidz Miler is “THE ORIGINAL PLAINFIELD 5K.” It is one of the largest races, if not the largest, in Will County and has brought thousands of participants and spectators to Plainfield. Each year, the Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce donates race proceeds to Plainfield area charities and community organizations and have done so since the inception of the race. However, the event could not be a possibility without the dedication of the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce and the tireless efforts of the 5k committee. Race planning starts in March six months prior to the race and is dependent on over 100 volunteers helping throughout race week with bag stuffing, packet pickup, and day of race. Volunteers are seen happily handing out water, cheering, and encouraging runners throughout the day. The event ends in Village Green
with an award ceremony and celebration of in-kind donations of food including pizza, donuts, fruit, water and much more. If you have not been to the Healthy Driven Plainfield Harvest 5k/Kidz Miler, please come out and join the fun on Sept. 25 at 8 a.m.
The following individuals make up the 2016 Plainfield Harvest 5k Committee: • • • • • • • • • • • •
Kent Monro — Chair Paul Jackson — Off the Press / Co-Chair Dori Fugate — CW Avery YMCA / Co-Chair Tasha Kitson — Plainfield area Chamber of Commerce Vitella Barnes — Plainfield area Chamber of Commerce Jen Wienc — Heartland Bank & Trust Co. Tracey Lane — Plainfield Public Library Dave Jones — Overman Jones Funeral Home Bridget Backhaus — Edward Elmhurst Health Brian Minnis — First Community Bank of Plainfield Lisa Behounek — CW Avery YMCA Mike Montgomery — Stearns Lending
bRINGING THE COMMuNITy
WORDS FROM OuR
Beneficiary GReen HaRVeST food PanTRy 25448 W. Ruff ST. Plainfield, il 60585 MaP 630-416-1109 GReenHaRVeST.oRG “Green Harvest is very thankful for the support received each year through the Plainfield Chamber, from the Plainfield Harvest 5K Run and Walk. With the donation from last year we were able to buy 15 tons of food through our partnership with the Northern Illinois Food bank. This provided more than 4 months of food on our shelves to help feed the approximately 125 families we serve each month here in Plainfield and the surrounding communities.”
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bringing the community
together a look back at last yearâ€™s event
17 registration +
awards D at e a n d T i m e Sunday, September 25th, 2016 Registration from 6:45 a.m. Kidz Race: 8:00am 5K Run/Walk: 9:00am
pac k e t p i c k - u p 2016 T-Shirt Design5K early packet pick-up is available on Friday, September 23rd from 2pm to 7pm and Saturday, September 24th from 10am to 2pm at the Edward Plainfield Campus located at 24600 W 127th Street in Plainfield.
Early packet pick up is available on Friday, Sept. 23 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Edward Plainfield Campus located at 24600 W. 127th St. in Plainfield.
saturday, september 24
r e g i s t r at i o n f e e s 5k - $35.00 Corporate Challenge - $32.00 CARA - $29.00 Kids Race - $15.00 Registration ends on September 22nd at 7pm. a g e c at e g o r i e s 14 & under, 15 - 19, 20 - 24, 25 - 29, 30 - 34, 35 - 39, 40 - 44, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 65 - 69, 70 - 74, 75 - 79, 80 & over
friday, september 23
Early packet pick up is also available Saturday, September 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Edward Plainfield Campus located at 24600 W 127th Street in Plainfield. prizes Prizes will be provided by the Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce after the race at the postrace party. Overall winners of both men & women will receive $100.00 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. Winners in each age category will receive 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 6:45 AM 8:00 AM 9:00 AM
Registration begins Kidz Race 5K Walk/Run
plainfield Harvest 5K race path map distance
5K (3.1 miles) Split times at 1, 2 and 3 miles. Water will be available at the start, finish, and on the course.
course Flat course begins and ends at the Village Green, located one block south of Lockport Street, between Des Plaines Street and Fox River Street.
parking Parking will be available at Plainfield High School Central Campus located on Fort Beggs Drive.
notice No pets, bicycles, roller blades, inline skates or scooters.
history of the
plainfield harvest 5k
n 1990, in response to the Each year, the proceeds devastating Plainfield tornado, a are donated back to local small pantry operated by St. Mary organizations which Immaculate Church was expanded include the following: to include a broader spectrum of the community, and the Plainfield • Plainfield Fire Area Interfaith Food Pantry was Department established. For the 25 years it has • CW Avery YMCA • Edward Foundation been in existence, the Plainfield Area • Plainfield Interfaith Interfaith Food Pantry has been run Food Pantry totally by volunteers and has relied • Green Harvest Food solely on donations to help keep Pantry food and other necessities on the • Plainfield Riverfront pantry shelves. Foundation Donations take many forms • Friends of the Plainfield including food, paper products, Park District personal products and money. And although the pantry’s affiliation with the Northern Illinois Food Bank in 2006, has greatly increased our purchasing power, we do continue to need to purchase many items locally. Large donations, like that from the Harvest 5K, are especially appreciated and have helped us be able to continue to provide “holiday boxes” for our everincreasing number of clients. The pantry currently provides food and other products to 200-225 families in the Plainfield School District geographic area. Non-perishable foods are distributed approximately once every 3 weeks while perishable foods are available to clients each Wednesday and each Saturday.
A bIG THANK yOu TO OuR
5K and Kidz MileR SPonSoR 5K AND KIDZ MILER SPONSOR
eMeRald SPonSoRS Athletico Physical Therapy Aurelio’s Pizza
PLATINUM PLA P l aT i n u M SSPONSORS PonSoRS
big Sky balloons & Searchlights, Inc. DNA Athletics Five Star Tennis Center Green Harvest Food Pantry Illinois American Water Keystone Graphics Nabby’s Restaurant & Catering
SP d i a DIAMOND M o n d SSPONSORS PonSoRS
Naperville Running Company Off the Press Printing & Laser Engraving Plainfield Park District Which Wich Superior Sandwiches ZonCom Productions, Inc.
A NOTE FROM THE
plainfielD chamBer T
he Healthy Driven Plainfield Harvest 5k Run/Walk & Kidz Miler is proud to raise money and awareness for local charities and community organization. In 2015, we were able to donate $25,000 to the community organizations and over $300,000 over the life of the race. We could not achieve the success we have had year after year without the support of our many sponsors, runners and walkers, volunteers, numerous city and community organizations and a race committee working hard behind the scenes. The Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce donates these funds at their annual Give back Luncheon which is held on the third Wednesday of November at Tap House Grill Plainfield beginning at 11:30 a.m.