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 Beer!

    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


    social distancing

    The Downers Grove Park District anticipates that social distancing requirements and additional event modifications may be required in August for the BBQ Bolt. We are planning for potential modifications and are working with our race management provider to develop adjustments such as starting the race in heats of smaller groups, etc. Additional information will be provided in August.

    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 and 70+. No awards given for 1-Mile or Virtual Races.

    BBQ & BEER

    Every registered participant (even kiddos!) will get to enjoy a BBQ meal (vegetarian option) and beverage! Racers ages 21+ will receive a voucher for an adult beverage redeemable at Alter Brewing Company in Downers Grove.

    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.

  • COURSE DETAILS

    5K 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 and the Kids' Dash. Hours: 7:30-9:30 AM
    • Check-in and Bib Pickup: Assist pre-registered participants with check-in. Hours: 6-8:15 AM
    • T-Shirt/Goody Bag Distribution: Provide participants with their shirt and goody bag. Hours: 6-8:30 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
    • Greeter/Directors: Help greet and direct racers. Hours: 6-8 AM

    sign up to volunteer!

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

    Race Results