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Blackberry Farm 5K Spring Gallop

Blackberry Farm ● 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora, Illinois ● 630-892-1550         Directions 


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This CARA-certified run/walk is a great way to kick off the running season on the right foot. Set amid the natural beauty of Blackberry Farm, the course combines the paved trails of the Virgil Gilman Trail and loops around picturesque Lake Gregory. Chip timing by It’s Race Time, Inc. This race is for ages 10 and up.

Day-of Registration

Day-of registration is available on March 29 beginning at 7:15 a.m. Download a printable entry form and have it filled out when you arrive. Pay by cash or check only. Day-of registrants are not guaranteed a T-shirt. Day-of registration fees: $30 for CARA members $34 for non-CARA racers

Pre-race Packet Pick Up

For those who pre-register, race packet pickup is available on Thursday (March 27) and Friday (March 28) from 3 to 7 p.m. at Blackberry Farm. You may also pick up your packet on race day.

Results & Awards

Awards will be given to the first-, second- and third-place male and female in each age group (listed below) and overall male and female. 14 & under • 25 to 29 • 40 to 44 • 55 to 59 • 70 to 74 • 15 to 19 • 30 to 34 • 45 to 49 • 60 to 64 • 75 & up • 20 to 24 • 35 to 39 • 50 to 54 • 65 to 69


All pre-registered runners will receive an official 5K Spring Gallop T-shirt.


Parking is available across the street at Splash Country Water Park, 195 S. Barnes Road, Aurora, IL 60506.


USATF Certified (IL-10130-JW) The course alternates between asphalt and limestone screenings, circling Lake Gregory and traversing Blackberry Farm while including portions of the Virgil Gilman Trail. Mile splits will be called at each mile. There will be refreshments at the finish line.

2014 Sponsors

Thank you to our 2014 Blackberry Farm 5K Spring Gallop sponsors!

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  • Accelerated Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Cordogan, Clark & Associates

Sponsorship Opportunities

Whether large or small, every sponsor plays an important role in helping to further strengthen our communities. With a shared, common goal, we all enjoy greater benefits by working together. By becoming a sponsor, your organization will gain heightened exposure among the most valuable demographic –  local residents. And as a result of sponsor support, the Park District is able to further expand the quality of its programs and offer a wide-variety of affordable events to our community. Fox Valley Park District sponsorship benefits provide your business with opportunities to:

  • Increase Business Visibility: Promote your brand, mission and message to a targeted audience
  • Connect with Communities: Support healthy, active lifestyles by interacting with event participants
  • Find the Right Fit: Flexible sponsorship options that fit your budget

Learn more about Blackberry Farm 5K Spring Gallop sponsorship opportunities or district-wide sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact Sandie Gilmer at


2013 5K Spring Gallop Results & Photos

Programs At-A-Glance
  • November at Eola Community Center
  • November at Prisco Community Center
  • November at Vaughan Athletic Center
  • November at Outdoor Facilities
  • Ages 0-2
  • Ages 3-5
  • Ages 6-8
  • Ages 9-12
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Active Adults
  • Leagues
  • Low Cost, No Cost
  • Outdoor Aquatics
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