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Fourth annual 5K is July 21

Local nonprofit will benefit from race

Published: Friday, April 20, 2012 3:00 p.m. CDT
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Several ONYX members gather for a photo following the group’s recent all-member meeting. The young professionals’ fourth annual 5K run/walk event on July 21 will benefit the Health Center of Eastern LaSalle County.

OTTAWA — Ottawa Network of Young eXecs (ONYX) announced plans for its fourth annual 5K run/walk following its recent all-member meeting. This year’s “Dash for Ca$h” event will be held Saturday, July 21 and carry on the tradition of benefiting a local nonprofit organization.

“The race serves as an opportunity to help raise money for a good cause and ultimately give back to the community,” said ONYX President Josh Reck. “ONYX will donate half of all race proceeds this year to the Health Center of Eastern LaSalle County, an organization that serves people who do not have access to health insurance, do not qualify for state or federal programs, and who do not have the financial resources to secure the health care they need.”

Organizations supported by ONYX in the past include the American Red Cross, Youth Service Bureau and Pet Project. Nominations for nonprofit organizations are submitted by ONYX members prior to its annual all-member meeting and a final decision is reached following a vote by those in attendance.

A committee has already been formed to work on various aspects of the event, led by volunteer race director Matt Skelly. In addition to ONYX members lending a hand, anticipation of the event has actually resulted in a several community members stepping forward to get involved who are neither members of ONYX or affiliated with the organization it intends to support.

“As in previous years, the race will start and end near the Ottawa waterfront,” said Skelly. “The course is a favorite of many because it offers varying terrains and scenic routes, including the Illinois & Michigan Canal, historic brick streets, and the Ottawa River Walk.”

He noted the race is electronically timed and features water stations, splits at the first and second mile markers, and refreshments after the race. Custom-designed men’s and women’s technical shirts are guaranteed to runners and walkers who register by July 11. Additionally, results will be available online within 48 hours of the race at www.starvedrockrunners.org.

The entry fee is $25. Participants can complete a paper application and mail it or register online at http://www.active.com/running/ottawa-il/onyx-5k-2012. Race day registration will also be available on July 21 beginning at 6:30 a.m. at Ottawa River Rescue Squad, 234 Albin Stevens Drive. Parking is available in the city lots and at the former Central School. Following registration, the run/walk begins at 8 a.m.

Medals will be awarded to the overall male and female winners, as well as the first, second and third place male and female winners in each division. The age divisions are 13 and under, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 and over. The overall male and female winners will not be eligible for age division awards.

Group/team registrations are available and event volunteers and sponsors are needed. For more information, contact Karen Brodbeck at (815) 993-3995 or onyx.illinois.5k@gmail.com.

ONYX, an organization developed in partnership with the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, enables and encourages young professionals ages 22-40 to become the future “gems” of the community. From entry-level to executive, ONYX allows members an opportunity to achieve personal and professional growth by providing a modern setting for social and business networking, community involvement, and cultural and career development. Learn more at www.facebook.com/onyxillinois.

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