The Fox Valley 5K

Sunday, September 20 at 6:50 a.m.
South First and Illinois Streets, St. Charles, IL

New for 2020!

The Valley &’Ville 5K Challenge

Run the Fox Valley 5K (in person or virtually) on September 20 AND the Naperville 5K (in person or virtually) on October 18 to complete the Valley & ‘Ville two-race challenge to earn the Valley &’Ville medal.

Learn more about the Naperville 5K!

2020 5K Valley & ‘Ville design

Size: Approximately 2.75″

This is a pre-production design. Final medal may vary.

About the Fox Valley 5K

New for 2020! The Fox Valley 5K gives more of Fox Valley’s runners and walkers the chance to experience and participate in the area’s biggest weekend of running!

The Fox Valley 5K starts at 6:50am, just before the Fox Valley Marathon, Fall Final 20™ and Fox Valley Half Marathon.

The picturesque course travels out of downtown St Charles and down Rt 31and left for a tour of Mt. St Mary’s Park.  Leaving Mt. St Mary’s Park, runners cross the Fox River on the Prairie Street bridge.  The course then takes runners down Riverside Drive for an out and back and brings them back to a left on the Illinois Street bridge and the famous Fox Valley Marathon Races Finish Line!

The Fox Valley 5K includes the same great Fox Valley Marathon Races runner amenities such as:

  • Finisher medal, long sleeve race shirt, age group awards, chip timing, post race refreshments and more!
  • BLING! The Fox Valley 5K qualifies for Fox Valley Marathon Races Endurance medals – consecutive year medals for repeat race finishers. Runners could receive MORE THAN ONE MEDAL (Endurance + Finisher Medal) every CONSECUTIVE year beginning with year 2.  See the Endurance page for details.
  • Expo or race morning packet pickup.
  • USATF certified course.
  • Ages 8 and up!

When / Where is the Start?

The 5k will start at 6:50 am, Sunday Sept 20, at Illinois St and 1st street, just before the longer races start.

Where Can I Pick up My Packet?

5K runners may pick up their packet race Friday or Saturday at the Expo, or race morning beginning at 5:30 at the 5K area of the Command Center in the race village.

Are there 5k Finisher Medals?

Yes, all 5k finishers will receive a commemorative custom-designed medal.

Are there Race Shirts?

Yes, the 5K entry includes a unique long sleeve shirt.  5K participants can elect to decline the race shirt for $5 off during their registration.

Is there an Age Requirement?

Yes, Minimum age for the 5K is 8 years old on race day.  We offer a Kid’s Marathon fitness program with a final 1.2 mile run/walk the Saturday before the 5k for kids ages 4-14.  (See website for details)

Does the 5K Qualify for my Multi-year Endurance Streak?

Yes, Consecutive year finishers of any Fox Valley distance will receive an extra medal commemorating their streak.  Plus, an official 5k finish will keep your Endurance Premium streak of 13.1 mile or longer finishes alive until you are ready to tackle the 13.1 again, so you will not lose credit for your longer races already run.  (See the endurance page for details)

Does the 5K qualify for my Multi-Race Triple Crown or Valley & ‘Ville medal?

No, only official finishers of the Half, Fall Final 20 or Full are eligible.  If you want one of the much-desired big medals, you can upgrade your 5k entry to a longer distance through race morning. (see the distance change page for details)

Will there be Aid Stations on the Course?

Yes, the 5K has an aid station near mile #2 of the course.

Do you Allow Strollers?

Yes, we encourage families to participate.  Out of respect to other participants, runners and walkers with strollers should line up at the back of the starting corral. Strollers will not be permitted in the food tent after the race.

Do you Allow Pets?

Official Service Dogs are permitted.  Out of respect to other participants, runners and walkers with service dogs should line up at the back of the starting corral.

Are there 5k Race Deferrals, Exchanges, or Refunds.


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Mailing Address
Fox Valley Marathon
PO Box 3955
St. Charles, IL 60174

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About the Fox Valley Marathon Races

Combining small race atmosphere with big race amenities, the DuPage Medical Group Fox Valley Marathon, Half Marathon, and Fall Final 20 are ideal for both veterans looking for a fast Boston Qualifier as well as first timers looking for an uncrowded, supportive, family-friendly race setting. Starting and ending in historic downtown St Charles, IL, the course winds through picturesque Geneva, Batavia, North Aurora, and Aurora to a spectacular finish across the Fox River that can be seen from over a mile away. The course offers fantastic viewing spots for families and supporters, as well as frequent and well positioned aid stations that are staffed by the most supportive volunteer teams of any race you’ve run.

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