Runner at 1st Annual BIG HEART 5K


The inaugural BIG HEART 5K Run and Walk is now in the books. It turned out to be a great day with sunshine, 80 degrees and well over 200 pairs of Norwegian Flag socks running or walking through the beautiful LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. Congratulations to Nathan Wendt and Kennedy Calcagno as the overall male and female winners.

2017 BIG HEART 5K Overall Winner Nathan Wendt
2017 BIG HEART 5K Overall Winner Kennedy Calcagno

A BIG HEART Thank You!

Thank you to everyone that helped us make this happened. Special thank you to: Rita, Trish, Christine, Vivian, Andris, Julie, Scott, Sandy, Bob, Ben and Adam for all the help before, at and after the event!

Thank you Mike Alianello for all the amazing graphic design work! It made it all come together. The awards based on Mike’s design, manufactured by IMS Engineered Products, and assembled by GvXc runners were a big hit.

Thank you Jenna Lee Walsh for the amazing first place prizes! We like to make local BIG HEART ART be a tradition!

Thank you to all our volunteers! We could not have done it without your help.

Thank you to all the runners and spectators (incl. Jon Howat on bag pipes). You made it all worth it, so spread the word so we get an even larger turnout next year!

Thank you to Mayor of Geneva, Kevin Burns, for supporting us and being the announcer!

Thank you to all our donors! We appreciate it very much.

Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters! You showed your BIG HEART!

  • Mile marker 1: Pearl Vision Geneva
  • Water station 1: Mendel Plumbing and Heating
  • Mile Marker 2: MaidBrigade
  • Water Station 2: Ray and Jancie Krouse
  • Finish: Lawnboyz Landscaping

Awards for top female and male runners:

Awards drawn among runners: FreshGround Roasting and Trader Joe’s, Batavia

Graphic Design: Mike Alianello, ExteNet System


Aug 19 2017


09:00 AM - 01:00 PM


LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., ST Charles, IL 60175
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