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About The Stampede

Hosted By

Our annual 5K/10K Race, 5K Wheelchair Race, and 5K Walk are hosted by the Buffalo Grove Friends of the Parks Foundation, in partnership with the Buffalo Grove Park District.  The race begins and ends at the Fitness Center.



Sunday, September 6


Start Time

10K Run - 7:30 am
5K Run and 5K Walk - 8:15am



Fitness Center at the Buffalo Grove Park District
601 W. Deerfield Parkway (McHenry Road Entrance)
Buffalo Grove


Be A Volunteer

Volunteer Form



Both the 5K and the 10K courses are USATF certified courses as of July 2016.
5K Course: IL16070NM
10K Course:  IL16112NM



Online Pre-registration
Online preregistration is available until Wednesday, September 2 at 5pm.

Online Preregistration

Bib Pick-Up/Day Of Registration
After online pre-registration closes at 5 pm on Wednesday, September 2, all discounts will expire, and registration must be completed in-person at bib pick-up, or the registration tent at the race.  Day Of Registration closes 15 minutes prior to the start of the race. 


FeesOnline Pre-RegistrationDay of Race Registration
10k Run$30$35
5k Run$30$35
5k Wheelchair*$30$35

Family Discount

Pre-register online 3 or more family members and receive $3 off each registration.  No other discounts apply if using the family discount.  Family members do not have to be registered for the same race in order to receive the discount.

Other Discounts
Discounts are also available to CARA members and Buffalo Grove Fitness Center members when pre-registering online as an individual.  Only one discount may be applied to each participant.


Course Information


The 5k and 10K course travel along residential streets, sidewalks and praved paths.  Some, but not all streets will be closed to vehicle traffic.

Timers & Clocks

Each bib will be fitted with a Chronotrack B-Tag with corresponding number.  B-Tags are one-time use, and will not be collected at the finish line.  A tent will be present on the midway for runners to get their results directly from the timing company.  There will be synchronized clocks at each mile marker throughout the race.


5k Wheelchair*

*A minimum of 10 pre-registerations are needed in order for wheelchair event to be held.


Street Closures

Police and volunteer marshals will staff intersections and direct traffic; but, the course will not be completely closed to traffic.


Wheeled Devices/Pets

For safety reasons, strollers, pets, roller blades, skateboards and bicycles of any kind will not be allowed in the 5K and 10K runs, or the 5K walk.


Course Maps

5k Course

The 5k course is flat through a residential neighborhood. There will be water stations just past the 1 mile and 2 mile marks.

5K Map 

10k Course

There will be water stations just past the 1 mile and 2 mile marks, which for the second loop, will be just past the 4 mile and 5 mile marks.

10K Map


Participant Information

Age Groups

5K run and 10K run are both separated by Male and Female within the below age brackets. 5K walk does not have age or gender groupings.

5K Run10K Run5K Walk
Male and Female Separated Age Brackets:Male and Female Separated Age Brackets:All ages and genders
9 & Under9 & Under 
80 and up80 and up 

If you are registering the day of the race, please be on time.  Day of race registration ends promptly at 7:15 am for the 10K run, and at 8 am for the 5K run and walk.


Bib Pick-Up

Friday, September 4 from 6 - 8 pm
Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center, located at 225 McHenry Road in Buffalo Grove.

Sunday, September 6 from 6:30 - 7:15 am for the 10K run, and from 6:30 - 8 am for the 5K run and walk.
Registration tent near midway at the race

Bib Pick-Up includes numbered bib with corresponding b-tag, race shirt and course map.  Race shirt sizes are first come first served.


Race Belongings/Bag Check

A bag check for the runners will be available



Cash Prizes will be given to the overall male and female winners in the 5K and 10K races and they will not be eligible for age group prizes.  Cash prizes will also be given to the 1st place winners of each race category for the 5K and 10K races.  Medals will be given to the top 3 finishers in each race category for the 5K and 10K races.  No awards are given out for the 5K walk.  The top overall winners are based off gun time, while the age award winners are based off chip time.




All participants will be entered into the general prize drawing with prizes valued up to $50.



Parking will be available at the Buffalo Grove Fitness Center, located at 601 W Deerfield Parkway in Buffalo Grove.  You must access the parking lot from McHenry Rd. (Rt. 83).  Access from Deerfield Parkway will be closed due to the location of the start and finish lines.  Overflow parking is available at Mike Rylko Community Park on Buffalo Grove Road, just north of McHenry Road.

Note: There may be contradicting signage due to Buffalo Grove Days Festival next door to the race; however, lanes will be open for Stampede parking access from McHenry Road.


Inclement weather

Inclement weather information will be posted on our website, the Rainout Line, and via email through

Rainout Line



You can view the results on and  They will be posted on Sunday shortly after the race is complete.  After the race, you may also bring your bib number to the timer’s tent, and have a receipt with your time printed for you.

2019 Results

Results from previous years




Facts about IESA & IHSA Rules for school athletes participating in the Stampede:

Official IESA Rule - Open this link and scroll to Section 3.070.

Official IHSA Rule - Open this link and scroll to Section 3.080 and Rule 3.101.


For more information, contact Brian O'Malley at 847.353.7529.


Event Sponsors


Featured Sponsors

Rotary Logo   Athletico Logo



Midway Vendors/In-Kind Donators

Original Bagel and Bialy   Target

If you are interested in Stampede sponsorship opportunites, please contact Mike Terson at 847.850.2116.