…and help find a cure for Batten Disease

Noah's Hope Cupcake Classic 5K - formerly Run for Hope - Help fight Batten disease!

Run the 7th Annual Cupcake Classic

Sunday, May 20, 2018

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  • Event Location
  • Event Start Times
  • Entry Fees
  • About the Cupcake Classic & Noah’s Hope - Hope 4 Bridget
  • Entry Limit and Registration
  • Packet Pick-Up
  • About The 5K Course
  • Kids One-Mile Run Details
  • Kids One-Mile and 5K Participants Receive
  • Course Safety
  • Parking
  • Volunteers Needed
  • Sponsorship
  • View the Course Map (PDF)

    • Event Location

      Check-in, Pre and Post-Run Activities:

      67th Street at McCollum Park
      North-East Side of Park, Behind Fire Department
      Downers Grove, IL 60516

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      Event Start Times

    • Kids One-Mile Run: 8:00 AM Start
    • 5K Run/Walk: 8:30 AM Start
    • * The start line will close promptly at 8:00 AM for the Kids One-Mile Run, and at 8:35 AM for the 5K. All participants must cross the start line for each event by these times. Day-of registration will close at 8:15 AM to ensure all participants meet this start time.

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      Cupcake Classic Entry Fees

    • Kids One-Mile: $15 On-line or Day-of Registration
    • 5K Runners
    • 5K Walkers:
    • Day-of Registration will be open from 7:00 - 8:15 AM on Race Day.

      * Note: Registration for the Kids One-Mile Run closes at 7:50 AM on Race Day.

      Cash, Checks and credit cards will be accepted at Packet Pickup on May 18th & 19th, and at day-of registration on May 20th.

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      About the Cupcake Classic & Noah’s Hope - Hope 4 Bridget

      This year marks the 7th annual Cupcake Classic. The Cupcake Classic consists of a Kids One-Mile run, and a 5K run (or walk for those that just want to stroll through this beautiful Downers Grove neighborhood) to raise money for the Noah’s Hope Batten Disease Research Fund. It is a timed event which starts near Blackstone Drive and 67th Street, and takes participants through the surrounding neighborhood of Downers Grove. The Noah’s Hope - Hope 4 Bridget fund was developed by the VanHoutan family of Downers Grove and the Kennicott family of Carpentersville, to raise money to find treatment and a cure for Batten Disease. Noah, the VanHoutan’s son, lost his fight against Batten Disease March 26, 2016, just a few weeks shy of his 12th birthday. Their daughter, Laine, just lost her battle on March 20 of this year. The Kennicotts lost their daughter, Bridget, on February 15, 2017. Run for Noah, Laine, & Bridget, and support the Noah's Hope - Hope 4 Bridget fund. Every Childhood Disease Deserves a Cure.

      After the event, celebrate with your family and friends at the post-race festivities on the North-East grounds of McCollum Park, behind the Fire Station.

      * Information about Noah’s Hope, Noah and Laine, and Batten disease is available at
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      Entry Limit and Registration

      The entry limit for the race is 1,300 participants (This includes Kids Mile, 5K Runners and 5K walkers). All race entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registered participants receive a confirmation email upon completion of online registration. Please keep this confirmation email to provide at packet pick-up.
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      Cupcake Classic Packet Pick-Up

    • Friday, May 18th, 4 - 6 PM
      • Peak Running
        945 Burlington Ave
        Downers Grove, IL 60515
    • Saturday, May 19th, 10 AM - 1 PM
      • Peak Running
        945 Burlington Ave
        Downers Grove, IL 60515
    • Race day, Sunday, May 20th, 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM
      • Registration Tent
        67th Street at McCollum Park
        North-east Section of Park
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      About The 5K Course

      • The course begins and finishes near Blackstone Drive and 67th Streets, and Winds through the streets of the adjacent neighborhood within Downers Grove. View the Course Map (PDF).
      • The entire course is on a flat, paved surface. This course is suitable for all fitness levels.
      • The 5K will be officially timed for runners using a B-Tag on the back of each registrant's bib number.
      • There will be a clock at the finish line for participants in the One-Mile Kid’s Run and 5K walkers to note their time.
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      Kids One-Mile Run Details

      The Mini-Cupcake Dash is for children 12 years and under. The start/finish is at the same location as the 5k, and the course is a one-mile loop within the 5k route. Kids will run east on 67th street to Oxford, where they will then head south to Meadow Crest Dr. The participants will reach the 1/2 mile point on Meadow Crest Drive, where they will then turn around and head back to the finish line. View the Course Map (PDF). The top boy and girl finishers will receive first place medals. All participants receive a participation medal.
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      Kids One-Mile and 5K Participants Receive

      • Event T-shirt (first 1200 guaranteed)
      • Goodie Bag
      • Complimentary Birthday Cupcake at Finish Line
      • Official Time via Timing Strips on Back of Bib (5K Runners only)
      • Fully Marked Course
      • Post-race Refreshments
      • Post-race Party
      • Placement Awards
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      Cupcake Classic Course Safety

      To ensure everyone’s safe enjoyment of this event, please adhere to the following:
      • no dogs
      • no bicycles
      • no roller skates or in-line skates
      * Strollers are allowed on the course.
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      Parking is available at McCollum Park off of Main Street. Spots may fill quickly.
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