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Q: Why should I participate in the Hug An Athlete 5k?



A: Kick start the new year and join fans of Belvidere Park District Special Recreation SO Pirates Athletes to run/walk/roll the course, enjoy hot cocoa, get a cool swag bag, and get hugs (maybe not), fist bumps & high 5's from our Special Olympic athletes to finish the race all while raising money for our athletes.

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Q: Where do I register?



A: To register for the race click on the registration tab and you will be directed to the online registration portal.  There is a minimal fee to register online. Upon registration you will receive an email confirmation of your registration, as well as important email updates as the race approaches.

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Q: I can’t make the race; can I get a refund or transfer my bib number to my friend?



A: No refunds will be given if you are unable to attend the race.  The "Hug An Athlete" 5K is strictly a fundraising event and if you are unable to attend your race fee will be taken as a donation to the athletes. You can transfer your bib numbers the day of the race at check-in or during the packet pick-up times. We also cannot defer your registration to another year.

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Q: Is there an age minimum or maximum?



A: No, any age can run/walk/roll the race.  If you do not feel you can complete the race, then why not volunteer!


Q: What is the course like? Is it hilly or flat? On trails or roads?



A: This is a mainly flat course all on the Kishwaukee Riverfront bike path.


Q: Are strollers allowed?


A: Yes strollers are allowed, but must start behind all runners & walkers.



Q: Are walkers allowed?


A: Absolutely!



Q: Are dogs allowed to run the course too?


A: No, for safety of the participants, spectators, and of the pets, we do not encourage dogs on the course.


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