“Do It Yourself” 5K Walk/Run

Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for school-aged children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Currently, the Blessings in a Backpack Chicago Chapter feeds 6,000 kids each weekend. However, there are over 150,000 food-insecure kids throughout Chicagoland.

What is a “Do It Yourself” 5K? It is a 5K walk/run done on your own time, at your own pace, and in your own place. You can participate any time between Saturday, November 6, and Sunday, November 14.

Click here to read about last year’s inaugural event!

Registration Details

In order to participate, please click here to register. Those who register by October 14 will receive their t-shirt before the race! We will ship shirts after the race to everyone else who registers after October 14.

Registration prices are as follows:

  • $25 for student (under 23)
  • $50 for adult (23 and over)
  • $130 for a family (up to 5 people)*

Additional donations are encouraged, as it only costs $130 to provide weekend nutrition for a child through Blessings in a Backpack for one school year.

*Family shirts must all be shipped to the same address.

DIY5K 2021 Race Shirt

Be a Team Captain!

Team Captains will serve as champions to encourage participation and fundraising. We have teams forming on behalf of Chicagoland high schools, colleges, families, companies, Blessings programs, and friend groups.

As a Team Captain, you will simply spread the word and encourage sign-up and participation. You may consider creating sub-committees on your team to encourage leadership and communication toward the common goal of feeding more kids in Chicagoland.

Note: If your team is raising money for a specific Chicago Blessings program, please email rosannem@blessingsinabackpack.org to confirm. Otherwise, funds raised will be allocated to the students most in need in Chicagoland.

High school students interested in becoming team captains should also email kristine@theprughs.com to join our leadership meetings.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Feet at starting line

Starting Line Sponsor

  • T-shirts and entries for two
  • Logo on back of race t-shirt*
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Finish Line Sponsor

  • Logo on event web page
  • Logo on electronic invitation
  • Logo on back of race t-shirt*
  • T-shirts and entries for 10

To secure a sponsorship, please contact:

Thank you to our sponsors!

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