Willow Creek 5K


All The Details

When & Where

9 a.m., Saturday, October 19, 2019
67 Algonquin Rd., South Barrington

Click here to view the 5K Course Map

Registration Fees & Deadlines

Early Bird
July 26 - Aug 25
Regular Rate
Aug 26 - Oct 16
Oct 18/19
Adult (age 18+)
$35 $40 $45
Students (age 5-17)
$15 $20 $25
Children (age 0-4)
Free Free Free


Registration is now closed! Walk-up registration is available on:
Friday, October 18, 4–6:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 19, 7–8:15 a.m.

Registering for a group?

If you’re registering for more than one person, please complete a registration form for each individual, as a release form needs to be submitted for every runner.

Didn’t pre-register? No problem!

Limited walk-up registrations are available on a first-come, first-served basis during the times listed below. (Note: Walk-up registrations close at 8:15 a.m. on race day, October 19.)

Check-In and Packet Pick-Up

All runners/walkers must check in at the Activity Center (Entrance F) and pick up their race packets prior to the race:
4–6:30 p.m., Friday, October 18
7–8:30 a.m., Saturday, October 19 (walk-up registrations close at 8:15 a.m.)

Prep for the run with the 5k Training Plan

Join fellow runners and walkers in training for the Willow Creek 5k. Dick Pond in Hoffman Estates is hosting a free training program on Tuesday nights at 6pm.

Click Here to sign up for the Dick Pond Training Program

Click Here to view the training plan

Frequently Asked Questions



The race starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, October 19

The race is on the South Barrington campus of Willow Creek Community Church, located at 67 E. Algonquin Rd., South Barrington IL 60010. The starting line is near Entrance F.

The Willow Creek 5k is open to all runners, walkers, and those with strollers, wheelchairs, or other special needs. Those who plan to walk or push strollers begin the race after the runners have started.

Students ages 5–18 may register for the race and receive their own shirt and bib with timing chip. Children ages 4 and under are welcome to join their parents for the 5k fun. Childcare is not provided, and parents are responsible to supervise their own children.




We accept cash, check, or credit cards for walk-up registrations.

See the table at the top of the page for the race fee that applies to you. Register early for the best rates!

Note: Limited walk-up registration is available in the Activity Center of Willow Creek Community Church (near Entrance F) at the following times:
• 4:30–6:30 p.m., Friday, October 18
• 7–8:15 a.m., Saturday, October 19 (race day)

No. Since signing a personal waiver is part of the registration process, registrations may not be transferred.

Yes! You’ll just need to sign for each packet you pick up.

Refunds are available until October 1. If you would like to get a refund, please email [email protected] to request one before October 1.




We accept cash, check, or credit cards for walk-up registrations. .

Yes, we would appreciate your help! Click here to learn more about our volunteer roles and to sign up -- positions will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis!




Your donation and the proceeds from every registration fee provide our global partners with the materials and resources they need to build playgrounds, which serve a surprisingly powerful purpose in the life of a community. In neighborhoods where violence and poverty run rampant, playgrounds create a safe space for families to gather, build friendships, and engage in meaningful—and often spiritual—conversations. Willow Creek partners with organizations and churches around the world whose leaders understand the vital impact playgrounds make—and who install them to better their local communities.

Yes! Here are four ways you can donate:
Willow5k.com website. Just click the “Donate” button and choose “Willow 5k” to donate through our safe, secure online giving system.
• Information Booth. Donate via cash or check during walk-up registration:
• 4:30–6:30 p.m., Friday, October 18 • 7–8:30 a.m., Saturday, October 19 (race day)
• US Mail. Send your donation (checks only) via the US postal system. Write “Willow Creek 5k” on the memo line of your check and mail to:
Willow Creek Community Church
Attn: Willow Creek 5k
67 Algonquin Road South Barrington, IL 60010
• Offering. Place your donation in the offering at any Willow Creek church service. Write “Willow Creek 5k” in the memo line of your check. If giving cash, place your gift in an envelope and label it “Willow Creek 5k”.

Weekend services are held on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 9 & 11:15 a.m. Midweek services are held at 7 p.m., on Wednesdays.




: Yes. The week of the race, the course map will be posted at Willow5k.com and will be displayed in the Activity Center. The entire course is run on the Willow Creek Community Church South Barrington campus, using paved roads and parking lots.

No. For the safety of other runners, no bikes, scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, longboards, hover boards, etc.

No. For the safety of other runners, only service dogs are allowed on the racecourse.

All registered racers receive a t-shirt as part of their registration fee, and any remaining t-shirts are available for $10 each at the registration table near Entrance F on race day.

Yes! Glad you asked! Please use #Willow5k for posting on social media.

Professional race photos aren’t available; however, you may encourage friends and family to take photos and post them on social media using #Willow5k.

Yes. Post-race food is provided for participants. In addition, Chick-fil-A offers a limited supply of breakfast food for purchase after the race.

Portable restrooms are located near the start/finish line. Full, accessible restroom facilities are available just inside the church at Entrances E and F.

Yes. All found items are held at the Information Booth, located in the Activity Center, until the close of the race. After race day, unclaimed items will be held in the secure, lost & found closet of the church. Call 847-765-5000 during business hours, Monday–Friday, for help locating your lost item.

Paramedics and an ambulance will be stationed in the main parking lot throughout the morning. A medical-aid station will be located near Entrance F before the race and near the finish line during the race.

The awards ceremony is held in the Atrium immediately following the race, The Atrium is located just off the Main Lobby. From Entrance E, turn left when you reach the water wall. From Entrance F, walk straight ahead.




Participants’ safety takes priority. The race will be delayed or cancelled if any of the following weather conditions exist or persist:
• Tornado watch or warning
• Thunder, lightning, or an electrical storm
• Heavy rain
• Other major weather conditions

If threatening weather conditions force cancellation of the event, no refunds can be provided since funds were already spent in preparation for race day.




Unofficial results will be posted outside the Activity Center. As soon as you complete the race, please check to see that your information here is correct. Note: Once the race is complete and results are official, no changes can be made. Official results will be posted near the awards-ceremony table shortly after the race—and at Willow5k.com after the event.

You will receive an email to the email address you used to register as soon as the 2020 date is scheduled. Thanks for thinking ahead!

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