Euro-style cross country run will take you on scenic trails, over streams, up and down hills, and over barriers while allowing you to see nature and wildlife up close.
Burned out from too much holiday hassle and gross commercialism? Looking for a bit of fun and some cheap relief? Well, the Saturday Before Christmas Run may be just what you need. No cost, no purpose, no hassle, and as much fun as you want to indulge in.
If you’ve been there before, you know what a crazy event this is.
The run starts any time you wish, depending on how far you want to run. Most runners do the 4.37 mile loop run and start at noon. Don’t want to run that far – start later. Want to run farther, start earlier. But whatever you do, try to be back at Green Gables around 1:00. Traditionally every runner goes home with one of the famous, fabulous, SB4C DOOR PRIZES.
When: The Saturday Before Christmas (December 21) at noon – or before or after (see above) with awards (sort of) at 1:00(ish)
Where: Green Gables at Lake Bloomington (Lake Bloomington Rd east of Interstate 39)
Cost: It hasn’t changed in the entire 26-year history. It is still FREE.
Distance: 4.37 miles more or less, as you like it. Maybe just the Car to the Bar run, walk, or hobble.
If you find you are disappointed in the event, the organizers still offer a double your money back guarantee. In the event’s entire history, we’ve never had to refund a cent.
Want to start on your running goals for the New Year? Of course you do – the beginning of the year inspires all of us to dream big and set goals. What better way to do it than with like-minded people? We’re going to make it even easier for you by scheduling the run at 10:30 am so you can fully recover from your activities the night before. The 5k length will also be achievable. After all – half of the distance is downhill! 🙂
To sweeten the deal we will be providing gloves to the first 50 registrants! Don’t procrastinate – sign up today and join us on New Year’s Day!
Hot chocolate and cookies at the finish line. Brunch afterwards at a place to be determined.
Same-day packet pick up from 9:15am – 10:15am, Tower Park, Peoria Heights
Best Overall Male and Female run time – under 50
Best Overall Male and Female run time – 50 and over
Awards will be presented as you cross the finish line.
Schedule of events:
9:15 am-10:15 am: Packet pickup and same-day registration at Tower Park in Peoria Heights, IL
10:30 am: Race start.
11:30 am: Brunch (place TBD)
The Bridge the Gap to Health Race features a 5K, 10K, and half marathon for the competitive runner as well as a 5K leisure walk that start at 8:00 a.m. The Paul Arndt Kid’s Fun Run starts at 9:30 a.m. The race takes place in Quincy, IL. on May 16 in Clat Adams Park. The event has hosted a multitude of competitive runners over the years, and maintains a family-friendly atmosphere.
Packet pick-up is available Friday evening before the race on May 15 at our local university or on the morning of the race. We award medals to our top three overall finishers of each race as well as top males and females in each race within each age category. Details available on our website. We provide 5K and 10K registrants with a t-shirt and the half marathon race provides a full zip apparel item. All race participants receive access to post race food and an alcoholic beverage ticket for race completion. Participants can register on the morning of the race. This year will be the second medal of our three year connecting medal. Check out the medal design here: https://youtu.be/555GRTcRNOA
Our race course crosses the Mississippi River into Missouri and returns back to Illinois. The half marathon portion of our race continues onto our Klingner Trail with has the largest pedestrian footbridge in Illinois. So join us to cover two states and cross two major bridges in this race.