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

  • Saturday, AUG. 29, 2020

    8 AM START

    Featuring BBQ and more!

    McCollum Park | 6801 Main St, Downers Grove, IL

    PLEASE NOTE, REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY THROUGH AUG. 27. NO ONSITE REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE.

    register online

    INDIVIDUAL

    Distance Through Aug. 27
    5K $40
    1M $35

    TEAMS

    Groups of 4 or more get $5 off per racer! Teams must register by Aug. 27; no day-of registration.
    Distance Through Aug. 27
    5K $35
    1M $30

    NEW! VIRTUAL RACE

    Distance Through Aug. 27
    5K $30
    1M $30

    What do you receive?

    T-SHIRT

    5K, 1-Mile and Virtual Race registrants will receive a short-sleeve technical T-shirt. Register by Aug. 7, 2020, to guarantee a T-shirt in your preferred size.

    RACER MEDALS

    All participants will receive a finisher's medal.

    AWARDS

    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! Unfortunately due to recent changes with liquor permitting in the State of Illinois under the Restore Illinois Plan, beer will be unavailable for the race in 2020.

    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. Teams must register by Aug. 27.

    • 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.

    NEW! 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. 22 to 28.

    Register by Aug. 27: $30 per racer

    Virtual Racers Receive:*

    • Short-sleeve tech shirt
    • Finisher medal
    • Alter Brewing Company beer voucher
    • Virtual goodie bag

    *Virtual racers will not receive the BBQ meal or qualify for finisher awards.

    Drive-Thru Packet Pickup:

    • Friday, Aug. 28 from 3-7 pm
    • Downers Grove Recreation Center located at 4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove
    • Drive-thru will occur in the circle drive at the entrance of the facility
    • In the case of inclement weather, packet pickup will be moved inside the facility

    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 events@dgparks.org.


    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.

  • The Downers Grove Park District is following Phase 4 guidelines under the Restore Illinois Plan for the BBQ Bolt.

    Participant Guidelines

    • Participants should not participate in the event if they are sick or exhibiting CDC-identified symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100.4 degrees or above, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, etc).
    • Participants will be required to wear a face covering when not actively exercising.
    • Participants from high risk groups of COVID-19 complications should consult their physician before participating.
    • Participants should not engage in traditional forms of physical contact (handshakes, high-fives, partner stretching, etc.)
    • No spitting please! Participants should bring their own tissues/hand towels for spitting, blowing nose, sweat, etc.
    • Participants should not share personal items such as water bottles, energy drinks, towels.
    • Participants should maintain 6 feet of social distance from other non-household individuals when waiting at check-in, restrooms, at the start line and finish line areas, etc.
    • Hand sanitizer will be readily available to participants.
    • A limited number of disposal face coverings will be available to those who did not bring a mask.
    • No bag check will be available. Participants should secure personal belongings in their vehicles.
    • Staff will monitor the event to ensure social distancing and other guidelines are being followed by participants and volunteers.
    • Participants whose actions do not meet the outlined guidelines and expectations and are creating a risk for themselves and others will be asked to leave the site.

    Staggered Start and Corrals

    Corrals:

    • Upon arrival, participants will be corralled into separate groups of 50 near the start area at McCollum Park.
    • Groups will be determined and assigned by racer speed and teams/family groups.
    • Groups of 50 will be distanced no less than 30 feet apart according to state guidelines.

    Staggered Start:

    • At the start line, there will be one group "on deck" and one group at the start.
    • The District will use volunteers with megaphones and a sound system to move participants from their queue area to the start line.
    • Approximately 1-2 minutes will occur between group start times.

    Water Stops

    • Two water stops will be available on the 5K course:
      • Southeast corner of 65th St and Berrywood Dr. set up in parkway between sidewalk and street on south side of 65th St.
      • North side of 72nd Ct setup in parkway between sidewalk and street.
    • Volunteers will be required to wear face coverings and gloves.
    • Water will be poured into cups and placed on the table for racers to grab themselves.
    • Volunteers will NOT hand cups to racers.
    • Bottled water will be available at the finish line for both the 5K and 1-mile courses.

    Finish Area

    • Racers will pick up their own finisher medal, pre-packaged snacks and bottled water available on tables at the finish line.
    • Volunteers will NOT hand water or medals to participants.
    • Racers will be asked not to linger at the finish line, but to move to a rest area near the finish line to spread out groups.

    Restrooms

    • Participants will be encouraged to use the restroom prior to arriving at McCollum Park.
    • Indoor restrooms will be available at the Miner Mike's concession stand and will be cleaned by staff by 6:30am before the race begins.
    • The indoor restroom entrance will be monitored by a volunteer to ensure that social distancing guidelines are being met.
    • Two additional port-o-lets will be available near the start line with social distancing markers placed on the ground. A handwashing station will also be available.

    Food/Beverage

    • Volunteers and participants will receive self-serve, pre-packaged snacks and drinks, which will be spread out on tables to limit touching and congestion.
    • Post-race Food Area: Location: Large pavilion near the basketball courts at McCollum Park.
    • There will be a strict traffic flow through the pavilion for food pickup only. Social distancing markers will be placed on the floor and volunteers will monitor crowd size to maintain 50 people under the pavilion.
    • Participants will receive a take-home boxed lunch prepared onsite by Alfie's Barbeque.
    • Bottled drinks will be available.
    • Unfortunately, beer will not be available for the 2020 race due to new restrictions with liquor permitting in the State of Illinois in adherence to the Restore Illinois Plan.

    Spectators & Virtual Viewing

    • We encourage spectators to watch the race virtually.
    • The start line, finish line and awards ceremony will be live streamed on the Downers Grove Park District's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DownersGroveParks/.
    • For onsite spectators, face coverings and 6 ft of social distancing between non-household groups will be required.
    • Suggested spectator viewing:
      • Along Fairmount near El Sierra Elementary School
      • Along 67th Street near finish lineAwards Ceremony
    • The awards ceremony will be live streamed on the Downers Grove Park District's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DownersGroveParks/.
    • All participants will pick up their finisher medal on a table at the finish line.
    • Overall and age category winners for the 5K course will be announced as quickly as possible.
    • Awards will be available on tables grouped by age divisions near the pavilion at McCollum Park.

    First Aid

    • For emergencies, participants and volunteers should call 911.
    • A first aid tent will be available at the finish line and volunteers will be available to distribute bandages or ice packs as needed.
    • First aid supplies (bandages and ice packs) will be available to participants at the water stops.
    • No contact will be allowed between volunteers and participants.
  • COURSE DETAILS

    race map

    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.

  • BBQ BOLT RUN/WALK

    Saturday, Aug. 29
    8am to noon
    McCollum Park

    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

    VIEW BBQ BOLT PACKAGES

  • drive-thru PACKET PICKUP

    Friday, Aug. 28 from 3-7 PM

    Recreation Center (Circle Drive) located at 4500 Belmont Rd., Downers Grove

    In the case of inclement weather, Packet Pickup will be moved indoors. You may also pick up your race packet on race morning starting at 6:30 AM at McCollum Park.

  • 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.

    • 5K Course Helper: Direct runners along the course at various intersections. Cell phone required for communication purposes. Hours: 6:30-10 AM
    • 1-mile Course Helper: Assist with the 1-mile Walk/Run. Hours: 7:30-9:30 AM
    • Water Station: Handing out water to participants. Hours: 8-10 AM

    sign up to volunteer!

    Volunteer Guidelines

    • The Downers Grove Park District will utilize as many staff volunteers as possible.
    • A select number of community volunteers will be needed along the course and at water stations.
    • Volunteers should not participate in the event if they are sick or exhibiting CDC-identified symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100.4 degrees or above, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, etc).
    • Volunteers will be required to wear a face covering at all times during the event.
    • Volunteers should not engage in traditional forms of physical contact (handshakes, high-fives, etc.)
    • Volunteers should maintain 6 feet of social distance from other non-household individuals.
    • Hand sanitizer will be readily available to volunteers.
    • A limited number of disposal face coverings will be available to those who did not bring a mask.
  • Thank you all of our 2019 BBQ Bolt Run/Walk participants!

    Race Results