Be a Hero to a Hero 5K Fun Run/Walk

Sat September 24, 2016 Crystal Lake, IL 60012 US Directions


Be a Hero to a Hero 5K Fun Run

1:00PM CDT - 6:00PM CDT
Open to ages 1 - 99.


McHenry County College
8900 US Hwy 14
Crystal Lake, IL US 60012


Online Registration Is Now Open!

Be a Hero to a Hero 5K Fun Run/Walk 3:00 PM, Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Location: McHenry County College

Sign-up for great cause at our Be a Hero to a Hero 5K Fun Run/Walk to support veterans. Dress as your favorite superhero to enter our costume contest for cash prizes! Once the race is over, awards based on overall race winner, best times per age category M/F and kids will be handed out at MCC including the winner of the kid's costume contest.   

Free snacks, water, and will be available on site.

The after party and festivities continue at Finn McCool's in Crystal Lake.  The winner of our adult costume contest 21+ will be announced.  Redeem your drink ticket and enjoy other great food and drink specials!  DJ and Dancing start at 9 PM.  

The race will benefit A Warrior's Mind. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to help veterans return to their civillian life and prevent them from committing suicide by supporting them with various services and financial help.  A percentage of the proceeds will go to a local family here in McHenry county who just lost their loved one to suicide and will help care for his 2 daughters and wife.

This point to point 3.1 course run starts at McHenry County College and finishes at McHenry County College. The course is flat, paved, and fast. It is an out and back starting at the college.

Vendors will be on site including Walgreens providing flu shots so please bring your health insurance ID cards if you would like a flu shot.

You don’t want to miss this!

Online registration is open!  Sign-up your team today!  Invite your friends, co-workers, and family members to join you!  

Participants Receive: awesome, running t-shirts, a goodie bag including one free drink ticket at the after party.

Awards: Overall and age group awards will be presented after the race.

Costume Contest: In addition to the awards, we will have our Super Hero costume contest with awesome prizes in 3 age categories: 12 and under, 13 - 18, and 18+. Get original and see who can come up with a unique and awesome running costume to be the envy of everyone! 

After Party: Immediately following the race, there will be an after party at Finn McCool's located at: 72 Williams St. in Crystal Lake.

Friday, September 23 from 5-7 PM, at the The Running Depot, 30 N. Williams St. Crystal Lake, IL  60014
Saturday, September 24 from 1:00 (Registration) -2:45PM , Race begins 3:00 PM SHARP– Mchenry County College.

Where to park: There is ample parking right by the start/finish area at the college.

Headphone Policy, Stroller Policy, and Pet Policy: The safety of all participants is our primary concern and devices such as headphones, iPhones/iPods and strollers can cause problems along the course. Please consider running or walking in this event WITHOUT the use of these devices. Should you elect to use one of these devices, do so with caution and be respectful of other participants. Also, no pets allowed except service dogs.

Refund Policy: A Warrior's Mind has a NO REFUND POLICY on race registration fees.

Share this with your co-workers, friends and family and invite them to join you!

Thank you for your support!

If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact: Plan Ahead Events - Schaumburg at 847-461-9077.

Race Contact Info

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Sponsor Packages

A Warrior's Mind is gearing up for their first annual Be a Hero to a Hero 5K Fun Run/Walk
at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake on Saturday, September 24, 2016! It's an event the whole family can enjoy and one of the largest annual fundraising events for A Warrior's Mind!

This year we expect a crowd of over 400+ participants ranging from veterans, professional runners, aspiring athletes, volunteers, adults, teens, kids of all ages. This event helps us continue our mission to provide help and financial resources to veterans as they return to their civillian lives and helps to prevent suicide.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 and we need your help!

This event provides a meaningful opportunity for businesses to gain exposure in our community while supporting an important cause. We invite you to take advantage of this great opportunity as a sponsor of this event. As a sponsor you will be recognized before, during, and after the event.

Each level of sponsorship includes several opportunities for recognition including,
(depending on sponsorship level) logo/name on event shirts, the Be a Hero to a Hero event website and A Warrior's Mind website, social and other media outlets, and A Warrior's Mind database with their newsletter and email distributed to households and businesses throughout McHenry County.

To become part of this exciting event where every step matters, please complete and return your sponsorship
application by September 1, 2016.  

A Warrior's Mind is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
All sponsorships/donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

Payment must be received by September 1, 2016 to guarantee being included in printed materials.

Sponsor Levels:

Presenting Sponsor - $5,000 (2 available)
A sponsorship opportunity that includes everything listed in the Platinum Sponsorship PLUS six (6) additional race entries, exclusive Presenting Sponsor recognition on promotional materials, your company logo with prominent placement on the front of the race shirts, and full-color logo featured prominently as Presenting Sponsor on race banner. This sponsorship level will provide your company with many opportunities for publicity and recognition.

Platinum Sponsors - $1,000 (5 available)
• Four (4) complimentary race entries, including race shirts
• Recognition in all A Warrior's Mind mailings
• Company logo on race shirts
• Recognition on Be a Hero to a Hero event website and A Warrior's Mind website
• Company name and/or logo on printed event materials
• Company logo on Be a Hero to a Hero race banner
• Recognition in all race packets distributed

Gold Sponsors - $500 (10 available)
• Two (2) complimentary race entries, including race shirts
• Recognition on Be a Hero To a Hero and A Warrior's Mind websites
• Company logo on race shirts
• Company name and/or logo on printed event materials
• Company logo on Be a Hero To a Hero race banner
• Recognition in all race packets distributed

Silver Sponsors - $250 (12 available)
• Recognition on Be a Hero To a Hero website
• Company name on printed event materials
• Company name on Be a Hero To a Hero race banner
• Recognition in all race packets distributed

Bronze Sponsors - $100 (20 available)
• Company logo on Be a Hero To a Hero race banner
• Recognition in all race packets distributed

All sponsors are offered complementary vendor space (must provide own tables, chairs, etc.) or may choose to display company literature on race day or in race packets.

Other Ways to Help:
Race Snacks: Donations of snack foods including:
protein bars, granola bars, cookies, fruit, juice, water, coffee, and hot chocolate.

Race Prizes: Donations of prizes and/or gift certificates
for top finishers in all age groups.

Services: Looking for donations for printing materials, media
promotion and advertising.


Register to be a Sponsor here!  Please copy your completed form below and email it to:, or print this section and mail it to:  Melissa Beaudet, Plan Ahead Events - Schaumburg, 1900 E. Golf Rd., Ste. 950, Schaumburg, IL  60173.  Questions?  Please call:  847-461-9077.

Email your logo in vector and jpeg format if you have it for best printing results.  Our email is:  

Check which level of sponsorship you want:

____Presenting Sponsor

____Platinum Sponsor

____Gold Sponsor

____Silver Sponsor

____Bronze Sponsor

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: September 1, 2016 

Company Name:  ___________________________Signature: _________________________________ Date:________________
Name on the CC: __________________________________________
Credit Card # ________________________Exp._______CVV _______
Billing Address Zip Code:_____________

Or, Make checks payable to: A Warrior's Mind and mail to:  Melissa Beaudet, Plan Ahead Events- Schaumburg, 1900 E. Golf Rd., Ste. 950, Schaumburg, IL  60173

Thank you for your support!!




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