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Aurora Ready To Run For Special Olympics

Aurora residents can lace up their running shoes, and help local police and firefighters raise money for Illinois Special Olympics, in a 5K race next month.

Residents are invited to participate in the Aurora Police Department’s third annual “Run for Athletes” 5K event at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Blackberry Farms, 100 S. Barnes Road. Money raised at the event will benefit the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run, which is the single largest fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois.

As part of the race, the Police Department is challenging the Aurora Fire Department in the inaugural Invitational 5K Challenge. The City’s safety personnel will compete in a cross country-style scoring competition, where the winning team will win a traveling trophy, and maybe more importantly, bragging rights.

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and costs $25. Families and friends are encouraged to come out to support the runners. Goody bags and door prizes will handed out to registered runners as supplies last. T-shirts will be given to the first 200 people who pre-register by Wednesday, Oct. 20. Participants will be eligible for door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle will be held to raise additional money for Special Olympics.

The “Run for Athletes” event has raised $4,500 in its first two years.

Organizers also are seeking volunteers to help run the event. For more information on the race or to register, call Police Sgt. Doug Podschweit at (630) 256-5772 or go online to

Location: Blackberry Farms, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora, Illinois

Contact: Police Sgt. Doug Podschweit, Aurora Police Department, (630) 256-5772


Release Date—October 7th, 2010