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

McCollum Park
6801 Main St, Downers Grove, IL



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


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.


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.

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.

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!


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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

  • Saturday, SEPT. 10 | 12-4PM

    Fishel Park | 1036 Grove St, Downers Grove, IL

    Join us for our first annual Dog Daze Event Presented by the Community Bank of Downers Grove! Pack up your pooch and plan for a day of fun-filled activities for you and them. For the pups, we will have an agility course competition, a peanut butter licking contest, and more! For the people, enjoy food trucks, pet vendors, live acoustic music, and adult beverages. Beverage tips will be donated to West Suburban Humane Society. West Suburban Humane Society will be onsite with adoptable dogs, applications, and information regarding how you can help other furry friends.


    Downers Grove Dog Training and Grooming
    Boneta Morris Laser Engraving
    West Suburban Humane Society
    Live Like Roo
    Juliana Nielsen Custom Pet Portraits
    Enjoy Your Dog Inc.

    Schedule of activies & COMPETITIONS


    On-site Vendors
    Browse the many vendors on site offering demos, giveaways, merchandise for purchase, and dogs for adoption!

    Landin's Kiss-A-Bull Booth
    Ever want to give a bulldog a big smooch? Now's your chance! Oban and Lola, two English Bulldogs, will be onsite ready for kisses in their very own kissing booth. Donations from the booth will benefit West Suburban Humane Society.

    Caricature Artist - Angel Contreras
    Caricature Artist, Angel Contreras, will be creating FREE portraits of your pooch from 12-4pm. Portraits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis as time allows.

    Photo Booth
    FREE! Take home a photo souvenir of you and your pup(s) with our free onsite photo booth.

    Agility Course Competition
    The agility course area will have a snow fence perimeter. The agility course will be open from 12-4pm and will be open for 'free-play' outside of competition times. The course will also contain obedience tools, and other training demos sponsored by Enjoy Your Dog Inc.

    Competition Times & Categories:

    • 1pm: Small/Medium Dog Breeds
    • 3pm: Large Dogs Breeds

    Peanut Butter Competition
    What is better than peanut butter! The Peanut Butter Competition area will have individual stations where dogs will compete in peanut butter licking competitions.

    Competition Times & Categories:

    • 12:30pm Short Dogs
    • 1:30pm Thick Dogs
    • 2:30pm Tall Dogs
    • 3:30pm Old Dogs


    Live Music
    Enjoy an acoustic set from Mike & Traci of Good Clean Fun.

    . Race results will be posted by the post-race area.

    . Results will be posted online at on Monday, Aug. 30.

    . The awards ceremony will be live streamed on the Downers Grove Park District's YouTube page.

    . 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.