Saturday, July 20, 2019
Post Race Picnic In The Park
BBQ - Beer - Kids' Activities

McCollum Park
6801 Main St, Downers Grove, IL

FEES

INDIVIDUAL

5M & 5K 3/11-5/15: $35 5/15-7/18: $40 7/19-20: $45
1M 3/11-5/15: $30 5/15-7/18: $35 7/19-20: $40

TEAMS - groups of 4 or more

5M & 5K 3/11-5/15: $30 5/15-7/18: $35 7/19-20: $40
1M 3/11-5/15: $25 5/15-7/18: $30 7/19-20: $35

50-Meter kids Dash: 3/11-7/20: $15

LOCATION

The BBQ BOLT Run/Walk will be held at:
McCollum Park
6801 Main St.
Downers Grove, IL
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The 5-mile and 5k events will start behind the concession stand on the road behind the Fire Station. The 1-mile walk will also start behind the concession stand but on the park path.

WHAT DO YOU RECEIVE?

T-SHIRT
5-Mile, 5K and 1-Mile registrants will receive a short-sleeve technical T-shirt. Register by July 1 to guarantee a T-shirt in your preferred size. Kids in the 50-Meter Dash will NOT receive a T-shirt.

MEDALS & AWARDS
All participants, including the 50-Meter Dash, will receive a finisher's medal. Awards given to overall first place male and female in 5-Mile and 5K. Age category awards for top male and female finishers for both 5-Mile and 5K: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+. No awards given for 1-Mile or 50-meter dash.

PICNIC IN THE PARK
Every registered participant (even kiddos!) will get to enjoy a "Picnic in the Park" complete with BBQ, beer and lemonade! There will be fun activities for kids and "kids at heart" to enjoy!

TEAMS

Groups of 4 or more can create a TEAM and receive a discount on registration! Members of a team can participate in any distance they choose. If you are a family of 4 or more, create a team and receive the discount! Discount of $5 per registrant will take place during checkout.

CREATE A TEAM: The person creating the team will first register themselves by picking the race distance of their choice and then under the TEAM section of the registration form, they will choose to "create the team", pick a team name, create a password and include themselves on the team.

JOIN A TEAM: Team members select the race distance they want to participate in and then in the TEAM section of the registration page, pick "choose to be added to a team" and pick from the team names in a drop down menu.

COURSE DETAILS

5-MILE RUN

The 5-Mile course will be chip timed and is for RUNNERS ONLY. Participants must keep at least a 15-minute pace. The course starts at McCollum Park, continues on neighborhood streets, loops through Patriots Park around Barth Pond and finishes at McCollum Park. NO strollers or dogs allowed on the 5-Mile course.

5K RUN/WALK

The 5K course will be chip timed and is for runners and walkers. Participants must keep at least a 16-minute pace. The course starts at McCollum Park, continues on neighborhood streets and finishes at McCollum Park. Strollers and dogs are permitted on the 5K course. Dogs must be leashed and kept close to you at all times. Please be mindful of runners around you.

1-MILE WALK

The 1-Mile Walk will not be chip timed and is for WALKERS ONLY. The walk course will take place on the path that loops around McCollum Park. Strollers and dogs are permitted on the 1-Mile course. Dogs must be leashed and kept close to you at all times. Please be mindful of others around you.

50-METER DASH

The 50-Meter Kid Dash will take place after the other distances. Kids 12 and under can participate. The dash will be held on the grass near post-race festivities. For children 12 and under who participate in the 5-mile, 5k or 1-mile they will also be able to participate in the 50-meter dash at no additional charge. Please have your child check in at the 50-meter start line to get the 50-meter bib.

WHY PARTICIPATE?

The BBQ Bolt supports Downers Grove Park District's inclusion services, through SEASPAR, for people with disabilities who want to participate in a park district program or activity.

PACKET PICKUP

Friday, July 19, 2019
3-7 PM
Downers Grove Park District Recreation Center
4500 Belmont Avenue
Downers Grove, IL

You may also pick up your race packet on race morning starting at 6:30 AM at McCollum Park

SPONSORSHIP

Interested in becoming a sponsor?
For sponsorship or event information please contact Heather Zoellick at
hzoellick@dgparks.org or 630-960-7256

  • Thank you all of our 2019 BBQ Bolt Run/Walk participants!

    Race Results

  • Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019

    8 AM START

    Post-race Picnic In The Park featuring BBQ - Beer - Kid Activities

    McCollum Park | 6801 Main St, Downers Grove, IL

    ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

    Onsite registration available at packet pickup Friday 3-7pm or Saturday morning starting at 6:30am


    INDIVIDUAL

    Distance June 16 - Sept 5 Sept 6-7
    5M & 5K $40 $45
    1M $35 $40

    TEAMS

    Groups of 4 or more
    Distance June 16 - Sept 5 Sept 6-7
    5M & 5K $35 $40
    1M $30 $35

    50-METER KID DASH

    March 11 - Sept. 7: $15

    The 5-mile and 5K events will start behind the concession stand on the road behind the Fire Station. The 1-mile walk will also start behind the concession stand but on the park path.


    What do you receive?

    T-SHIRT

    5-Mile, 5K and 1-Mile registrants will receive a short-sleeve technical T-shirt. Register by July 1 to guarantee a T-shirt in your preferred size. Kids in the 50-Meter Dash will NOT receive a T-shirt.

    MEDALS & AWARDS

    All participants, including the 50-Meter Dash, will receive a finisher's medal. Awards given to overall first place male and female in 5-Mile and 5K. Age category awards for top male and female finishers for both 5-Mile and 5K: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+. No awards given for 1-Mile or 50-meter dash.

    PICNIC IN THE PARK

    Every registered participant (even kiddos!) will get to enjoy a "Picnic in the Park" complete with BBQ, beer and lemonade! There will be fun activities for kids and "kids at heart" to enjoy!

    TEAMS

    Groups of 4 or more can create a TEAM and receive a discount on registration! Members of a team can participate in any distance they choose. If you are a family of 4 or more, create a team and receive the discount! Discount of $5 per registrant will take place during checkout.

    • CREATE A TEAM: The person creating the team will first register themselves by picking the race distance of their choice and then under the TEAM section of the registration form, they will choose to "create the team", pick a team name, create a password and include themselves on the team.
    • JOIN A TEAM: Team members select the race distance they want to participate in and then in the TEAM section of the registration page, pick "choose to be added to a team" and pick from the team names in a drop down menu.

    Why Participate?

    The BBQ Bolt supports Downers Grove Park District's inclusion services, through SEASPAR, for people with disabilities who want to participate in a park district program or activity.

  • Contact Info

    • Heather Zoellick: 630.796.5778
    • Dawn Hartman: 630.673.8653

    Racer Parking

    McCollum Park: 6801 S. Main St., Downers Grove

    Overflow Parking:

    • Main Street Organization of Realtors o 6655 Main St., Downers Grove Directions

    Racer Check-in

    6:30 - 8:00 AM / Miner Mike's Concession Plaza

    Free Gear Check

    6:30 - 10:30 AM / Two Men & A Truck at McCollum parking lot near Miner Mike's Concessions

    First Aid

    Run and walk safely!

    • For emergencies: Call 911
    • Alert a course helper or a water stop volunteer if you need first aid.
    • First aid for minor injuries is available at the Start/Finish Line, Miner Mike's Concessions and at water stations.

    Water Stations

    • 5-Mile: 3 water stops - one stop near mile 2, and one stop at mile 4 plus Finish Line
    • 5K: 3 water stops - one stop before mile 1, one stop after mile 2 plus Finish Line
    • 1-Mile: 1 water stop located at 0.5 miles plus 5K/5-mile Finish Line
    • 50-Meter Dash: Available at 5K/5-mile Finish Line

    Weather-related Info

    • 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 8:30 am. If inclement weather causes a delay that would result in a start time after 8:30 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.

    Spectators

    • Family and friends can find recommended viewing areas in our race map. Click here
    • Miner Mike's Concessions: Hot dogs, chips, nachos, ice cream novelties, soda, etc. will be available for purchase.

    5-Mile and 5K Races

    Start Time: 8 AM

    The Start & Finish Line is on 67th Street north of McCollum Park.

    • Police Officers will assist with crossing the intersections of Oxford & Main and Dunham & Norfolk.
    • This is not a closed course. Volunteers will help to monitor street traffic and provide directional assistance.
    • Arrow signs will be positioned at every intersection on the course.
    • There is a 2 hour maximum to complete the 5-mile and 5K distances. The race course will promptly close at 10 am.

    1-Mile Run/Walk

    Start Time: 8:10 AM

    Race will occur on the path at McCollum Park.

    • Start Line is at the northeast corner of McCollum Park; Finish Line is south of the playground.
    • Strollers and dogs are welcome to participate in the 1-mile Run/Walk.

    50-Meter Kid Dash

    Start Time: 9:15 AM

    Race will occur on the far north soccer field at McCollum Park.

    Restrictions

    • Bicycles, inline skates, other wheeled vehicles (except wheelchairs and hand cranks) are not permitted on the race course.
    • Strollers and dogs are welcome to participate in the 1-mile Run/Walk only.
    • Entry Fees: All race entry fees are non-refundable.

    Timing

    • The 5-mile and 5K Races will be timed.
    • To insure accurate timing make sure your race number is:
      • Clearly visible on the front of the torso - Not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.).
      • Unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle).
      • Pinned in all four corners.

    Results

    Race results will be available after the race on this site.

    • Results will include each finisher's place, full name, gender and finishing time provided in overall place by gender and by award
    • Results will be posted on the north tennis court fencing during the event.

    Awards

    Awards Presentation: Approximately 9:30 AM

    • All racers will receive a finisher medal at their Finish Line.
    • Awards will be presented in front of a BBQ Bolt backdrop on the north side of Miner Mike's Concessions.
    • Award categories:
      • Top overall male and female finishers of 5K and 5-mile races
      • Top male and female finishers in age divisions: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+
    • No awards given for the 1-Mile Run/Walk or the 50-meter Dash.

    Food & Beverages

    • Racer bibs will include one ticket for food and one ticket for a beverage. Racers must present ticket to receive racer food and beverage.
    • City Barbeque Tent: Each racer will receive a post-race sandwich, side and lemonade (if not drinking beer)
    • Shiner Bock Beer Tent: One beverage per racer. All racers ages 21+ wishing to enjoy their post-race beer must present a photo ID.
    • Miner Mike's Concessions: Hot dogs, chips, nachos, ice cream novelties, soda, etc. will be available for purchase.

    Sponsor Booths

    • Athletico: Providing post-race cool downs and stretching
    • Chicago White Sox, BMO Harris, SEASPAR, CD One Price Cleaners, SHE 103.3
  • COURSE DETAILS

    5-Mile RACe Map

    5K race map

    5-MILE RUN

    The 5-Mile course will be chip timed and is for RUNNERS ONLY. Participants must keep at least a 15-minute pace. The course starts at McCollum Park, continues on neighborhood streets, loops through Powers Park and finishes at McCollum Park. NO strollers or dogs allowed on the 5-Mile course.

    5K RUN/WALK

    The 5K course will be chip timed and is for runners and walkers. Participants must keep at least a 16-minute pace. The course starts at McCollum Park, continues on neighborhood streets and finishes at McCollum Park. Strollers and dogs are permitted on the 5K course. Dogs must be leashed and kept close to you at all times. Please be mindful of runners around you.

    1-MILE WALK

    The 1-Mile Walk will not be chip timed and is for WALKERS ONLY. The walk course will take place on the path that loops around McCollum Park. Strollers and dogs are permitted on the 1-Mile course. Dogs must be leashed and kept close to you at all times. Please be mindful of others around you.

    50-METER DASH

    The 50-Meter Kid Dash will take place after the other distances. Kids 12 and under can participate. The dash will be held on the grass near post-race festivities. For children 12 and under who participate in the 5-mile, 5k or 1-mile they will also be able to participate in the 50-meter dash at no additional charge. Please have your child check in at the 50-meter start line to get the 50-meter bib.

  • PACKET PICKUP

    Friday, September 6, 2019 from 3-7 PM

    Lincoln Center (Room 307), 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove

    You may also pick up your race packet on race morning starting at 6:30 AM at McCollum Park

  • thank you to our sponsors!

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    CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY

    The Downers Grove Park District is proud to offer community events and recreation programs that promote fun, healthy and active lifestyles to participants of all ages. Our partnerships help to generate more visibility for your brand and provide opportunities to connect with targeted audiences in the community through pre-event promotions and onsite engagement.

    VIEW THE 2019 SPONSORSHIP PACKET

    Interested in becoming a sponsor? For sponsorship or event information please contact Heather Zoellick at hzoellick@dgparks.org or 630.960.7256.

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Thank you for your willingness to volunteer at the BBQ Bolt. This race would not be possible without your involvement. There are a number of positions open that we will need help at. Depending on your availability the morning of the event we can use your help in possibly more than one area. To help you decide which position might be best for you, here is a brief description and approximate time for each position.

    • 5-mile and 5K Course Helper: Direct runners along the course at various intersections. Cell phone required for communication purposes. Hours: 6:30-10 AM
    • 1-mile and 50-meter Dash Course Helper: Assist with the 1-mile Walk/Run and the Kids' Dash. Hours: 7:30-9:30 AM
    • Check-in and Bib Pickup: Assist pre-registered participants with check-in. Hours: 6:00-8:15 AM
    • T-Shirt/Goody Bag Distribution: Provide participants with their shirt and goody bag. Hours: 6:00-8:30 AM
    • Gear Check: Help to secure participants' personal belongings during the event. Hours: 6:30-10:30 AM
    • Food and Water Station at Finish Line: Handing out water and food as participants finish. Hours: 8-10 AM
    • Finish Line Medals: Provide racers with their medal at the finish of the race. Hours:8-10 AM
    • Clean Up: Help with general clean-up of site. Hours: 10-11:30 AM

    sign up to volunteer!