• Running-5 & 8 Miler - Running - 5 Mile
  • Running-5 & 8 Miler - Running - 8 Mile
  • Running-5 & 8 Miler - Running - 5 Mile - CARA Member
  • Running-5 & 8 Miler - Running - 8 Mile - CARA Member


Celebrating it's 41st year, the DG 5 Miler is now the Harvest Fest 5 & 8 Miler offering two course options! Both CARA-certified race options feature a rolling course through scenic Downers Grove. Runners are grouped by gender into age catagories for each distance. The top male and female finishers of each race receive awards and the top male and female finishers in each age group receive awards. The first 500 registrants will receive a tech shirt and the first 500 finishers will receive a race medal. 

The race begins at 7:30 am at the Lincoln Center located at 935 Maple Ave. There's a 2 hour maximum to complete the 5 or 8 mile race. The race ends promptly at 9:30 am at Fishel Park where participants will help kick off the annual Harvest Fest celebration featuring live music, food trucks, a childrens activity area, a craft fair and much more! Each participant will receive a complimentary drink ticket on their racing bib.

Event details and schedule

On-line registration ends Wednesday, September, 26th at 4PM CST. Day of registration is available at the Lincoln Center from 6:15am-7:15am.

Race Packet Pick Up 

Runners who have pre-registered may pick up their race packets including their bibs and shirts at the following locations:


Thursday, Sept. 27 from 4 to 7 pm: Alter Brewing Company, 2300 Wisconsin Ave Ste 213


Friday, Sept. 28 from 4 to 7 pm: Recreation Center, 4500 Belmont Rd.

Day-of packet pick up will be available at the Lincoln Center before the race.


 Race Info

◦CARA: USATF Certification Number- 5 Miler IL17022WR / 8 Miler IL17023WR

◦Parking: Recommended parking is in the parking garage located off Mochel Drive.

◦Start Line: The race begins at 7:30 am at the Lincoln Center located at 935 Maple Ave.

◦Race Course: There is a 2-hour maximum to complete the 5- and 8-mile distances. The race course will promptly close at 9:30 am and any runners still on the course will be picked up by bus and brought to the finish line at Fishel Park.

◦Finish Line: Located at Fishel Park located on Grove Street. Racer snacks, medals and awards will be located near the finish line. Directions

◦Gear Check: Available at the Lincoln Center starting at 6:30 am Gear pickup will be available at the finish line at Fishel Park.

◦Water Stations: Four water stations will be available throughout the course as well as snacks at the finish line.

◦Recommended Viewing Areas: Family and friends can find recommended viewing areas in our race map.

◦Awards Ceremony: The awards ceremony will begin promptly at 9:30 am. An overall male and female winner of both 5- and 8-mile distances will be awarded. Awards will be given to the first-place male and female finishers in each of the following age divisions: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & Over

◦Strollers: Participation with strollers or baby joggers is allowed, however those participants must start at the rear of the race. The race bibs are chipped so this will not affect your race time.

◦Restrictions: Bicycles, in-line skates, other wheeled vehicles (except wheelchairs and hand cranks) and dogs are not allowed on the race course.

◦Event Alert System: Prior to the race, please become familiar with our event alert system for weather and course conditions. Read EAS information

◦Inclement Weather Policy: Race officials will be monitoring any inclement weather throughout the day of the race. The event will continue as scheduled in the circumstance of rain but will be delayed if any lightning moves into the area. The race will begin no later than 8 am. If inclement weather causes a delay that would result in a start time after 8 am, the event will be cancelled. Any updates related to weather will be distributed via speakers at the event and on Downers Grove Park Districts official social media channels.


◦Timing Policy: The overall winner (for each gender) must be determined by actual order of finish/gun time. At the race's discretion, all other placings may be determined by either actual order of finish/gun time or by chip time. The method in use will be announced prior to the start and in pre-event online information.


To insure accurate timing make sure your race number is:


  • Clearly visible on the front of the torso.

  • Unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle).

  • Pinned in all four corners.

  • Not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.).


◦Race Results: A direct link to full race results will be posted on this page within 24 hours of the race's completion. Results will include each finisher's place, full name, gender and finishing time provided in overall place by gender and by award categories.


◦Entry Fees: All race entry fees are non-refundable.


◦Contact Info: Michelle Varys 630-960-7469 for race information.



Organised by

Downers Grove Park District

4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove

Phone: 630-960-7250

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