Painters District Council No. 30’s
PATCH Run with the Lion 5K

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017
100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora, IL 60506

PDC 30’s PATCH Run with the Lion 5K is a family-friendly event for runners of all ages. We are proud to bring this event to the Aurora-area community for a second year in a row!

5K race: 8:30am ($35)
Little Lions race: 9:15am ($20)

REGISTER TODAY!

All race proceeds will be donated to the PATCH Foundation, which provides financial support to local child-based community organizations in need.

Information

Race Day Activities

The PATCH Run with the Lion 5K is a 3.1 mile fun run for runners of all ages, hosted by Painters District Council No. 30. The event includes a 5K run/walk, a one mile race for children, music and entertainment from our PATCH lion mascot, and more. Grab your friends, your family, and your running gear and we’ll see you at the start line!


Event Timeline

  • 7:00AM - Parking Lot Opens
  • 7:15AM - Packet Pickup & Race Day Registration Opens
  • 8:15AM – Welcome, Warm Up, and National Anthem
  • 8:25AM – Starting Corrals Open
  • 8:30AM – 5K Race (Adults and Children, ages 11 and over)
  • 9:15AM - Little Lions Race (Ages 5 – 10)

Ages & Pricing

The PATCH Run with the Lion 5K is open to runners, walkers, and joggers of all ages. Individuals 11 years of age or older should register for the main 5K course, which measures 3.1 miles. Children between the ages of 5 and 10 who are comfortable running on their own should be registered for the Little Lions course, which measures .75 miles.

Registration for the main 5K course is $35.00, and registration for the Little Lions course is $20.00. All registered runners will receive a variety of items with their registration, inside their swag bag.

Parents can also register to walk the 5K course with a stroller – children under 5 years old in strollers will not be charged.

Warm Up & Race Waves

The pre-race warm up will take place at 8:15am. All runners are encouraged to participate in the warm up activities.

Following the warm up, runners will gather in the starting line corrals, in their desired section – front, middle, or back. If you have a fast mile time, or if you want to finish before your child runs the Little Lions course, join the front of the line to beat the crowd. If you plan to take your time or are walking with a stroller, join the relaxed crowd at the back of the line! All runners will be released in one wave at 8:30am.

The Little Lions run will begin at 9:15am. Older children should join the front of the starting line, and smaller children should gather near the back of the line.

Park Map

The PATCH Run with the Lion 5K event will take place at Blackberry Farm in Aurora, Illinois. The park features a variety of attractions and activities, which will open to event registrants following the race, at 11:00am. Event parking will be available in Blackberry Farm’s free parking lot.

Packet Pick-up

Race packets and swag bags will be available for pick-up at the PATCH Registration Tent on race day. The Registration Tent opens at 7:15am and will remain open until both races are finished. Please bring a photo I.D. to claim your race packet and/or race packets for your family members. Be sure to pick up your packet at least 15 minutes prior to race time. Your packet will include your race bib, PATCH Run with the Lion t-shirt, coupons from our event sponsors, and various other items.

Bag check will not be provided on race day. If you bring personal belongings (I.D.s, phones, car keys, drinks/snacks, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, etc.), please be prepared to carry them with you while you run the course. If you do not wish to run with your personal belongings, please plan on leaving them at home, in your vehicle, or with a friend.

Location

Blackberry Farm

100 S. Barnes Rd.
Aurora, IL 60506
630-892-1550

Blackberry Farm is a living history museum where pioneer life is re-created through educational demonstrations and hands-on fun. Admission to Blackberry Farm includes unlimited rides on the train, hay wagon, pedal tractors, paddle boats, carousel, and ponies.

Blackberry Farm features and attractions include:

  • Adventure Playground: An extensive network of climbing decks, slides, ropes, and catwalk-style bridges connecting an array of playhouses on multiple levels with zip line.
  • Discovery Barn: See chickens, sheep, piglets, baby goats, and more.
  • Pioneer Cabin (1840s): Dutch oven cooking, candle dipping, soap making, heirloom gardens, butter making.
  • Wagner House (1840s): Post-and-beam constructed home from early downtown Aurora.
  • Pottery Shop (1850s): Visit P.H. Smith’s Shop and experience many facets of 19th century pottery making–fired on site.
  • Blacksmith Shop (1900s): Watch the blacksmith at work on our forge.
  • Weaver’s Cabin (1860s): Busy spinners card and spin wool and flax while weavers weave rugs and textiles on our antique looms.
  • One-Room Schoolhouse (1880s): See what learning was like for children in the classroom.
  • Huntoon House (1890s): Victorian room settings, treadle sewing, quilting, demonstrations, and exhibits.
  • Early Streets Museum: Features 12 old-fashioned shops.
  • Carriage House: Offers horse drawn vehicles.
  • Picnic Areas: Several public picnic areas are available throughout the park.
  • Summer Kitchen Concessions.

Course Map

The main 5K course measures 3.1 miles and will take place within the Blackberry Farm grounds and along the Virgil Gilman Nature Trail, between Barnes Road and Orchard Road. The Little Lions course measures .75 miles and will take place within the Blackberry Farm grounds, following the path that laps the lake. The terrain of both courses vary between pavement and crushed limestone/gravel.

 

PDC30 5k Adult

Little Lions Course

Runner Swag

All runners will receive a swag bag, which includes:

  • Commemorative t-shirt
  • Official race bib
  • Various coupons to local businesses

All event merchandise and runner swag bag items are products that are union-made, and made in the USA.

The PATCH Foundation

In coordination with the PATCH Run with the Lion 5K, PDC 30 has partnered with the Painters & Allied Trades for Children’s Hope Foundation, or PATCH Foundation. The IUPAT PATCH Foundation provides financial support to local community organizations in need. Funds raised through PDC 30’s PATCH Run with the Lion 5K will be used to provide assistance with education, literacy, child illnesses, emotional well-being, poverty, and homelessness in communities throughout Illinois.

For more information on the IUPAT PATCH Foundation, please click here.

Register

Registration for PDC 30’s PATCH Run with the Lion 5K is now open! Runners can register as individuals or as a group. Adults can participate in the main 3.1 mile course, and children can participate in the Little Lions .75 mile course. Grab your family and friends, and sign up today!

Online registration will close on Wednesday, September 6th. After this point, individuals may still register on race day, for an additional fee.

 

Register Now!

 

Cancellation Policy  |  Weather Cancellation

EVENT SPONSORSHIP

Painters District Council No. 30 is passionate about creating a fun, healthy, and memorable experience for residents of our local community. We strive to create lasting partnerships with organizations that align with our mission and will enhance the event experience for participants and their families.

Race sponsorship proceeds will be donated to the PATCH Foundation, which provides financial support to local children-based community organizations in need. PATCH sponsorship donations help address education, literacy, child illnesses, emotional well-being, poverty, and homelessness in communities throughout Illinois.

We offer multiple sponsorship opportunity levels, detailed below. To become an event sponsor, please download the Event Sponsorship Form and follow the instructions for submitting your donation.

Sponsor Benefit Diamond Platinum Gold Silver Bronze
Logo at finish line & mile markers*
Giveaways included in race bags
Logo on PDC 30’s electronic sign
Free runners 10 10 10 5
Logo on runner shirts*
Business promotion online (website, social media, e-blasts)
$5,000 $3,500 $2,000 $1,000 $500
*Benefits subject to print deadlines

EVENT SPONSORSHIP FORM

We also accept food/beverage donations for our runners. For information on donating water or post-race snacks, please contact Marisa Richards at 630.377.2120 or mrichards@pdc30.com.

FAQ

No – runners of all levels are encouraged to participate in this event! PDC 30’s PATCH Run with the Lion 5K event is all about living a healthy lifestyle, and enjoying the outdoors with friends and family. You can run, jog, walk, or skip throughout the course if you’d like!

The PATCH Run with the Lion 5K is not a timed event. We suggest self-timing for anyone desiring a finish time.

Each registered runner will receive a PATCH Swag Bag, which includes a custom race t-shirt, race bib, coupons to local businesses, and more.

Funds raised through PDC 30’s PATCH Run with the Lion 5K will be donated to the Painters & Allied Trades for Children’s Hope Foundation, or PATCH Foundation. The IUPAT PATCH Foundation provides financial support to local community organizations in need. Donations are used to provide assistance with education, literacy, child illnesses, emotional well-being, poverty, and homelessness in communities throughout Illinois.

Yes, children can participate in three ways:

  1. Children comfortable with the 3.1 mile course can run/walk the full 5K race alongside their parents ($35 registration fee).
  2. Children ages 5 – 10 who are comfortable running on their own can run the Little Lions course, which measures .75 miles ($20 registration fee).
  3. Parents walking the 5K course can bring children under age 5 along in a stroller (no registration fee).

Parents, siblings, or other adults are welcome to participate in the Little Lions course if their children/siblings are uncomfortable running the race alone.

For the safety of our runners and pets, animals will not be allowed on our 5K course, or at Blackberry Farm.

Dress in light, breathable active wear. Avoid trying out new clothing or shoes on race day. Runners should dress like the weather is 20 degrees warmer than the reading on the thermometer.

Race packets and swag bags will be available for pick-up at the PATCH Registration Tent on race day. The Registration Tent opens at 7:15am and will remain open until both races are finished. Please bring a photo I.D. to claim your race packet and/or race packets for your family members.

Runners must pick up their own race packets – or race packets for their family members/children – on race day.

Bag check will not be provided on race day. If you bring personal belongings (I.D.s, phones, car keys, drinks/snacks, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, etc.), please be prepared to carry them with you while you run the course. If you do not wish to run with your personal belongings, please plan on leaving them at home, in your vehicle, or with a friend.

Unfortunately, refunds will not be issued if the event takes place as advertised.

For more information on our refund policy, click here.

Registrations are non-transferable.

The PATCH Run with the Lion 5K will take place, rain or shine! If there are major weather warnings during the weekend of the event, we will contact runners with updates.

In the event that severe weather does threaten the event, we have prepared some weather cancellation policies and guidelines. Click here to learn more.

Yes! Here are some general event rules:

  • Alcohol is not allowed at the PATCH Run with the Lion 5K.
  • The PATCH Run with the Lion 5K is a non-smoking event.
  • Walkers and parents walking with strollers should join the starting corrals at the back of the line.
  • Access to the Gilman Trail will not be restricted for the general public; please be courteous and respectful to fellow runners, bicyclists, and others using the trail on race day.
  • If running with small children, please watch and direct them through the race.
  • Please follow any directions provided by race officials, volunteers, and law enforcement.
  • No glass bottles, containers etc. allowed at the venue (parking lots, sidewalks, streets, course, etc.).

Contact Us

General Inquiries

For all questions concerning PDC 30’s PATCH Run with the Lion 5K, please fill out the form below and one of our staff members will be in contact with you shortly. All fields are required.


Other Inquiries

If you are a runner with additional questions, an employee from the press, or an individual interested in sponsoring part of our event or participating as an event vendor, please contact us by phone or email:

630.377.2120

PATCH@pdc30.com