Registration opens May 1
Saturday, Aug. 28 | 8AM START
McCollum Park | 6801 Main St, Downers Grove, IL
The BBQ Bolt brings the community together to celebrate the end of summer! Choose your distance--5K or 1 mile--and receive a medal and short-sleeve technical T-shirt. Register as a single runner or as a group. Groups of four or more can create a team and receive a $5 discount per person! BBQ lunch and refreshments will be served after the race. Prizes are awarded to the overall top male and female finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers of each age division for the 5K course. Register online here from May 1 to Aug. 26.
Registration coming soon!
Distance May 1 to June 26 June 27 to Aug. 26 5K $35 $40 1M $30 $35
TEAMSGroups of 4 or more get $5 off per racer! Teams must register by Aug. 26; no day-of registration.
Distance May 1 to June 26 June 27 to Aug. 26 5K $30 $35 1M $25 $30
What do you receive?
5K, 1-Mile and Virtual Race registrants will receive a short-sleeve technical T-shirt. Register by Aug. 6, 2021, to guarantee a T-shirt in your preferred size.
All participants will receive a finisher's medal.
Awards given to the overall top 3 male and female finishers in the onsite 5K course. Age category awards for the top 3 male and female finishers in the 5K: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+. No awards given for 1-Mile or Virtual Races.
BBQ & MORE
Every registered participant (even kiddos!) will get to enjoy a BBQ meal (vegetarian option) and beverage!
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. Teams must register by Aug. 26.
- 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.
Virtual Race Option
Want to participate in the BBQ Bolt, but want to do it on your own time at your own pace? Register for our virtual options! Choose to participate in the 5K or 1M course and run or walk from Aug. 21 to 29.
Distance May 1 to June 26 June 27 to Aug. 26 5K $25 $30 1M $25 $30
Virtual Racers Receive:*
- Short-sleeve tech shirt
- Finisher medal
- Virtual goodie bag
*Virtual racers will not receive the BBQ meal or qualify for finisher awards.
Track Your Course:
For those who want to track and share their run/walk experience, instructions for using the RunKeeper app will be sent to registered participants prior to Aug. 22. Share your selfies with us by emailing email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
BBQ BOLT RUN/WALK
Saturday, Aug. 28
8am to noon
Celebrate the end of summer at the BBQ Bolt Run/Walk. Participants of all ages and abilities can choose their distance--5K or a 1-mile run/walk. The race finishes with a post-race Picnic in the Park at McCollum Park featuring BBQ, beer and festivities.
300-500 PARTICIPANTS & VOLUNTEERS
Thank you all of our 2020 BBQ Bolt Run/Walk participants!