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Labor of Love 5 K Race/Walk Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014  

Labor of Love 5K Race/Walk is CARA Certified

ON SITE Registration
McCollum Park

September 1st
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

Commerative shirts will be given out as first come, first serve basis! Arrive early to get yours.

Online Registration | 5K Race Run/Walk this Labor Day 9/2/2013 -Register Today!

Please note, registration on Race Day will be an extra $5.00 so Register Online Today, don't wait! 

Labor of Love 5K Race/Walk is CARA Certified

We are very proud to announce that our 5K Labor of Love Race is a fully certified CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association) event.

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Thank you for supporting our


Good Samaritan Hospital


Community Bank of Downers Grove


Kohl's is a 2012 Sponsor of The Downers Grove Lions Club 5k Event

1001 75th St, Woodridge, IL 60517


Larsons Eye Center Ltd.


Total Wealth Clarity Wealth Management, Inc.

  Western DuPage Obstetrics & Gynecology

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After much debate and thought we have decided to cancel 2014's race due to a shortage of volunteers and not wanting to jeopardize the quality of our 5K Event.

The Lions Club would like to thank everyone for your support, donations and help over the last 5 years.  We are hoping to continue our Labor Day tradition beginning, Labor Day 2015.

Previous Labor of Love Races! Downers Grove Lions Club

Labor Day, Monday, Sept 1st, 2014, 8 a.m.

Labor of Love, 5K Race6th Annual
Labor of Love 5K Race/Walk

Everyone is welcome! Runners, walkers, wheelchair bound, blind, everyone come join us as we celebrate the Labor Day Holiday with a very special "Labor of Love" extravaganza. Enjoy the live band, great food and many, many prizes via free raffle tickets to both contestants and volunteers. Enjoy the professional event timing by RACE TIME and then see your results on websites such as CARA, Chicago Athlete Magazine, and Race Time within hours of race finish.

Packet Pick-Up Information
Pick-up your Bibs and T-Shirts downtown Downers Grove, IL on Sunday August 31, 2014 at the CPA office of George Swimmer, 4905 S Main St., Downers Grove, IL 60515 from 3-6pm or before the race from 6:30-7:30AM at McCollum Park.

There will be great events for the kids, live music and entertainment, good food, prizes and ribbons.

Come enjoy this event that will raise the "Human Spirit". Our 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 events were great and this year will be even better. 

All proceeds benefit the Downers Grove Lions Club and are used to support our projects and the many sight and hearing organizations we work with throughout the local communities including Camp Lions for vision and hearing impaired children, Spectrios Center (formerly The Diecke Center For Low Vision), Lighthouse for the Blind and more.

We have been providing community and humanitarian services to our community for over 80 years.


1K Children's Race Run/Walk - This Labor Day, 9/5/2011For the Kids!
1K Race/Walk, Labor Day, Sept 1st, 2014, 9:15 a.m.

Bring the kids out for our 1K Race/Walk. All children who participate will receive a ribbon and this event will be professionally timed with finish times and pictures posted right here on our website.

The 1K Race/Walk will begin at 9:15am, parents feel free to walk or run with your children at no added cost. Fee is just $15.00


Skuddlebutts of Downers Grove, IL

Good eatin' with easy listening this Labor Day!

Skuddlebutt's Pizza will be on hand this Labor Day serving up slices of deliciousness along with the Downers Grove South Jazz Band.


5K Labor Day Race - CARA Certified Race in Downers Grove, IllinoisThe Early Bird Gets the Worm... err Prize
Our Raffle Drawing has begun! All prizes will be given out on race day. The lucky winners names will be published weekly, right here at our site. 

07/08/2013: Congratulations to Christopher C. of Glen Ellyn, IL. Chris has won the two tickets to Drury Lane Theater.

07/15/2013: Congratulations to Kate B. of Downers Grove, IL. Kate you have won Sunglasses from Larson Eye Center -a $165.00 value!

07/22/2013: Congratulations to Petra R. of Downers Grove, IL. Petra has one a pair of Sunglasses ($135 value) from Larson Eye Center!

07/29/2013: Congratulations Becky S. of Naperville, IL.  Becky, you have won a Restaurant & Movie Theater Package valued at $100!

08/05/2013: Congratulations Michelle Eb. of Downers Grove, IL.  Michelle, you have won a Restaurant Gift Certificate & Tivoli Movie Theater Package valued at $100!

08/12/2013: Congratulations David K. of Downers Grove, IL.  David, find out what you've won on Race Day, shhh it's a surprise!

Pre-Registration has its benefits! Starting Monday, July 8th, and on every Monday until race day we will have an "Early Bird Drawing" of one of our many nice raffle prizes to a person who has pre-registered for the race. 

One of the super raffle prizes given out are TWO tickets to the Drury Lane Theater for dinner and a show! Raffle prizes also include FOUR gift certificates to Downers Delight Restaurant of Downers Grove, Movie Tickets to the beautiful Tivoli Theater and much, much more. See below!

So go ahead and pre-register for this great event and check back often to see if you are one of the lucky winners!


The Downers Grove Lions Club would like to thank all of 2012 Sponsors and give a BIG LION shout-out to the following local businesses who help support our mission and 5K event; Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Total Wealth Clarity Wealth Management, Inc., Larsons Eye Center Ltd., Community Bank of Downers Grove and Maximum Printing & Graphics.


Red Light Compliance performing LIVE! this Labor Day at the Downers Grove Lions Club 5K event.

The Downers Grove Lions Club rocked out with the guys of Red Light Compliance who performed LIVE! at our 2012 Labor of Love 5k Race. 

Red Light Compliance hails from the western suburbs of Chicago.


Learn more at their Facebook page facebook.com/redlightcompliance


While supplies last, our 2013 raffle prizes and goodie bags will consist of the following... 400 first aid kits, courtesy of Good Samaritan Hospital; 200 Sundaes, courtesy of Culvers; 50 movie tickets to Tivoli Theater and 50 tickets to Tivoli Bowling, courtesy of Classic Cinemas. 

We are pleased to announce that our Labor of Love 5K Race/Walk received the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) designation as a CARA CERTIFIED RACE.

Due to CARA’s advocacy efforts, runners in the Chicagoland area enjoy some of the highest quality road races in the country. To view the Guidelines and to learn more about CARA, visit www.cararuns.org.

CARA is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland. CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run – further, faster, better, for life.


2010 Medals provided by RunningAwards.com

Congratulations to Joeri Beetz who finished in 1st place, Geof Brown who finished in 2nd place, Brian Keraney who finished in 3rd place and everyone else who participated in and made our 2012 race a success!

Our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the 2012 Labor of Love race received these beautiful medals, which were custom designed by RunningAwards.com, located in Winfield, Illinois.



RunningGuru.com snapped pictures of all the 2012 participants and they are now available for download!

Be sure and browse over to their website and download your photo. These professionally taken photographs are available for just .99 an image.



Downers Grove Lions Club would like to extend a warm Thank You to everyone who participated in our 2009, 2010 and 2012 Labor of Love, 5K Run/Walk.


Downers Grove Lions Club
4905 Main Street Downers Grove, Illinois 60515

We have been providing community and humanitarian services to our community for over 80 years.

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