Compass to Care Back to School Bubble Fun Run

Saturday 17th August 2019

Hodges Park: 101 S Courtland Ave, Park Ridge, United States

Walking, Running, Distance running, 5K, 1 Mile


  • 5K - Child Registration - 5K
  • 5K - Adult Registration - 5K
  • 5K - Family Registration - 5K
  • 5K - Childhood Cancer Survivors - 5K
  • 1 Mile - Child Registration - 1 Mile
  • 1 Mile - Adult Registration - 1 Mile
  • 1 Mile - Family Registration - 1 Mile
  • 1 Mile - Childhood Cancer Survivors - 1 Mile


It is the best BACK TO SCHOOL event in Chicagoland!  Join us for our Back to School Bubble Fun Run will feature foaming bubbles at the start line, finish line, and throughout the course! Racers will be able to run, walk, skip, and hop through piles of foaming bubbles!!

This family-friendly event has something for everyone:

  • A 5K through the beautiful streets of Park Ridge for those who love to run
  • A 1 mile walk/run for those who want to get out and get a little exercise and a breath of fresh air
  • For our youngest runners, we have short kids races (and every kid will get a medal!!)
  • And, of course, BUBBLES to make it fun!

It is a great morning for anyone who wants to help support kids as they travel to cancer treatment. All childhood cancer survivors, both young and old, register for free and will be honored before the race begins.

Bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring your children. And run through a bubble-land to help kids on their cancer journeys.

Event details and schedule

Race Times

  • Kids Races start at 8:00am (for those 7 and under)
  • 5K starts at 8:15am
  • 1 Mile Walk starts at 8:30am

Packet Pickup

Packet pick up will take place at Dick Pond located at 29 S Prospect Ave, Park Ridge, IL 60068.  Please be sure to come during one of the following times to get your bib and swag. 

  • Thursday, August 15th - 5-8pm
  • Friday, August 16th - 5-8pm

HONOR WALL for Survivors & Angels: This is a great opportunity to celebrate all childhood cancer survivors and angels. Survivors register for free. We encourage family and friends to bring a photo of any survivor or angel to be displayed on our HONOR WALL.

Awards: Medals will be awarded to top three male and female finishers.

Swag: Free event t-shirts guaranteed to the first 150 participants.

Packet Pickup: 
Pre-event Packet Pickup:  TBD
Race Day Packet Pickup:  TBD    *Please arrive early to ensure efficient registration. Registration ends 15 minutes prior to each event.  Desired  T-Shirt size is not guaranteed. No T-Shirt exchanges.

Parking & Public Transportation: Street parking is available within close proximity to the starting line at Hodge Park in Park Ridge. The Central Parking Lot on the corner of Summit and Prospect , is one block away from the start/finish line and offers free parking. The Park Ridge Metra stops one block from the start/finish line as well.

Mile Markers: Miles Markers will be positioned on the course at 1 mile, 2 miles, and 3 miles.

Course Marshalls: Our first priority is to provide a safe course for our runners and walkers.  Course Marshalls will be positioned throughout the course, usually at intersections. Course Marshalls will signal to runners/walkers which direction or turn you are supposed to make.

Water Stations & Medical Assistance: Water will be available at approximately the 1.5 mile mark on the race course as well as at the finish line. Medical personnel will also be available should you need to seek assistance.

Cutoff Time: The cut off time limit to complete the 5K is 60 minutes. This is approximately running/walking a 20 min mile. If you feel you cannot finish the 5K in 60 minutes, we encourage you to sign up for the 1 Mile Walk/Run.

Prohibited Items: For safety purposes, bicycles, in-line skates, roller skates, scooters, and other wheeled vehicles (except wheelchairs and hand cranks used by disabled participants) are not allowed during the race.

Weather Policy 

Rain: The event will NOT be cancelled due to rain alone, unless the downpour is such that athletes, police, and volunteers lose visibility or there is a threat of flash flooding, making the situation unsafe. If this occurs we will wait until the rain subsides and follow the same procedure listed for lightning conditions (minus the 30 minute rule). Athletes will be informed of such a change via announcements on race morning. Information will also be available on our Race Facebook page and Compass to Care Facebook

Lightning: In the event of lightning, the race will be postponed by 30 minutes every time lightning is spotted and thunder is heard within 6 miles of the event. Please note that every time lightning strikes and thunder is heard within 6 miles of any part of the race course, we must restart the timing of 30 minutes increments. We will be working closely with a local meteorologist to make these determinations. If we are able to begin the race by 9:00 (a 1 hour delay) the race will go on as planned. If the race must be delayed over 1 hour, the race will be cancelled.

Tornado Warning: If at anytime before (race morning close to start time) or during the event, a tornado warning is issued, the race will be cancelled.

On Course Cancellation: If the race is canceled due to storms (lightning and/or excessive rain) or tornado warnings while it is in progress, we will do everything in our power to alert everyone on the course. Race officials will immediately communicate with police and volunteers, who will immediately begin doing all they can to warn participants and direct them to safety. We will do everything in our power to assist those who are still on course. If you see lightening during the race, you should seek immediate shelter via open stores, buildings, garages, homes and/or any other means of protection from the dangerous conditions. If it gets bad and we are not there to help you off the course, please do everything you can to keep yourself safe and take shelter. Again, if you are told by a race official or police officer to reroute and take shelter during the race, know that the race has been officially cancelled.

Safety is Our Priority: Safety of our participants, volunteers, police and medical personnel as our top priority. We reserve the right to shorten the distance of the race, especially in dealing with inclement weather conditions that may make any course unavailable or unsuitable for runner participation. Please be aware that if weather conditions prevent race staff and volunteers from completing set up in a timely manner, the race could also be delayed for these reasons.

Refund Policy: Due to the nature of event planning, all entry fee payments are non-refundable and all sales are final.

Event directors reserve the right to cancel the race in the event for any safety or security reason, including but not limited to, accidents, acts of war or terrorism, riots, explosions, lightening, earthquakes, fires, storms, rain and floods, wind, hail or for any safety or security reasons. In the event of such cancellation, there will be no refunds.

Event directors reserve the right to remove athletes, spectators, sub-contractors, venue employees, friends, family, and anyone else from the event, without refund, should his/her behavior endanger the safety or negatively affect a race, person, venue, person, or property of any kind.

Organised by

Compass to Care Childhood Cancer Foundation

6776 N Northwest Hwy, Suite 1D, Chicago

Phone: 7736573269

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