Run for the Brave 5K Run / Walk / Ruck - Operation Welcome You Home

Welcome to the OWYH, NFP 8th Annual RUN FOR THE BRAVE 5K Run/Walk/Ruck

Supporting Local Servicemen and Women

This race has applied for and received the Chicago Area Runners Association designation as a 2019 CARA CERTIFIED RACE. This race has agreed to adhere to and uphold CARA’s Best Practices Guidelines. These Guidelines embody the highest standards for quality, safety and comfort for participants in a road race.  CARA members - $3.50 (10%) discount.

VIEW 2019 Race Results here...

Since 9-11-2001, over 32,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guards and Marines have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Operation Welcome You Home, NFP (OWYH) wants to make sure these honorable and dedicated young men and women, and all of our past warriors who served including WW II, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, are not forgotten by those they swore to protect... the Citizens of the United States of America. As such, OWYH is sponsoring a 5k race from which all proceeds will benefit our Illinois Veterans needing our support--Past, Present and Future.

Donations help Veterans needing our support with including but not limited to: John Deere Riding lawn mowers with snowplow attachment, ActionTracker Mobile Wheelchairs, airfare for parents to visit their Wounded Warrior Spouse/Son/Daughter at Bethesda Hospital recuperating/rehabbing from their injuries sustained while in combat, help with burial expenses, temporary financial assistance, food and other ways helping those who serve our Country so we may be free! Please visit OWYH Acts of Kindness to see more ways donations have helped our Vets.


To Donate to the OWYH RUN FOR THE BRAVE 5K:

Race Information:

Date:  May 25, 2019

Start Time:  8:00 am sharp

 Course closes 9:30 am

Location Plainfield North HS, 12005 South 248th St., Plainfield IL

Baby strollers/joggers are permitted but must participate at the rear of the race.


NO pets, bicycles, in-line skates, roller skates, scooters and other wheeled vehicles except wheelchairs SERVICE DOGS ALLOWED


Pre Race Packet Pick Up:

Wednesday, May 22nd 3:30 - 7:00 p.m.

New Balance Naperville

2879 95th St., #115

Naperville, IL 60564

Phone: 630-637-7373


Thursday, May 23rd 3:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Athletico Physical Therapy

13311 S. Rte. 59

Plainfield, IL 60585

Phone: 815-577-2488


Please bring your confirmation of registration and a photo I.D.


Timing and Bibs:
The 5k is an officially timed event. Timing chips are attached directly to the back of your bib number and are to remain adhered for the duration of the event.

In order to receive an accurate time, please confirm your bibs is:

  • Clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Pinned in all four corners
  • Not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)

AWARDS CEREMONY 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

AFTER RACE PARTY 10:30 – 2:30 p.m.

CRAFT'D Plainfield

Safety/Medical Support:

Plainfield Police

Plainfield Fire Department

Plainfield Emergency Management Agency


2019 Pricing

   On-Line Registration by May 14th

Adults (11 and above)


Children (10 & Under)


   On-Line Registration on & after May 15th

Adults (11 and above)


Children (10 & Under)



To register, please call 630-341-1222 or email


Register by May 10, 2019 to guarantee your Race Shirt.  After May 10th,  limited quantity shirts (sizes)  will be available.


Run for the Brave 5k - Operation Welcome You Home


In Honor of / In Memory of

Honor your Military Hero with their name on EVERY race shirt . Each last name that you put on your shirt will be a $25 donation for each name. Donation does not include a shirt. You can select this option when registering for the race. Every race registrant receives a race shirt with their entrance fee. If you would like additional shirts to present to your hero or other family members it is $25 per shirt. If you have any questions please call 630-341-1222. Please visit 5K Registration to add name. Last day to add name is April 30, 2019 at midnight.


Race Music by DJ Pepillo


Master of Ceremonies 2013-2019:


Dave Savini

CBS Investigative Reporter


  • FREE downloadable photos of event and participants

  • Finishing medals for ALL Registrants



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