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Be the Hero! Join the McHenry County Human Race!


 April 24, 2016 at 8 AM

McHenry County Human Race is a unique 5K walk/run that allows participants to choose which organization will receive the proceeds of their race fee and any fundraising they choose to do. The race annually takes place at McHenry County College on the fourth Sunday in April at 8AM.

In its first five years, the Human Race has supported over 60 local organizations serving McHenry County and raised over $360,000!

This is a great community event that highlights and strengthens the missions of local nonprofit organizations.

Chip Timing for everyone! Everyone Gets Time!

  • Get your time on your phone immediately after finishing!
  • Results will also be available on a print out inside MCC and posted on this race site.

Registration Fees - Early Registration Opens Dec 1!


  • Superman $30.00 "Faster than a locomotive" Dec 1 to Dec 31
  • Daredevil $35.00 "Man without fear" January 1 to March 31
  • Batman $40.00 "Da da da da Batman!" April 1 to April 23
  • Dash $15.00 "Run with lightning speed!" Only for kids 10 and under (any time registration)


  • Captain Marvel $40 "Shazam!!" Bib and T-shirt Pick-up - April 23
  • Spiderman $45.00 "He arrives just in time!" Day of April 24

How does your registration fee help the community? 60% of your race registration fee supports the charity of your choice. 28% supports McHenry County volunteerism and 12% is for race expenses.  

*Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Fees listed above do not include the processing fee.

*Race bibs are required to participate. Children in strollers do not require a bib.

*Sorry animals are not allowed on McHenry County College property

 Race Day Schedule

  • 6:30 AM Registration, Bib and T-shirt Pick-up, and Expo Open to Public
  • 7:45 Stretching at the start line
  • 7:55 Opening Ceremony
  • 8 AM Race Begins
  • Food and Drink for Racers Following the Race
  • 9 AM Race Awards inside MCC
  • Inside Expo 6:30 AM to 10:30

Early Bib and T-shirt Pick-up

  • April 23 11AM to 3PM at McHenry County College in Building B Cafeteria, 8900 RT 14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012

  • If picking up for a group email the names and either their phone number or address to info@mchumanrace.org by April 21. Put group pick up in the subject line.

  • Dress as a hero at bib pick-up and have a chance at winning $150 for a participating charity!

Awards Divisions

  • Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers. Medals are given to the first three individuals to complete the race in the following categories: 14& Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64,65-69, 70 and over

Cash Prizes

  • Invite others to the race – the organization with the most runners and walkers wins $600! - $250 for 2nd place

  • If you are chosen as the Best-Dressed Hero At Packet Pick-Up, your organization of choice will receive an extra $150.00.

  • If you are the Top Fundraising Individual the organization of your choice will receive $400.00 - $250 for 2nd place

  • Invite your friends to donate to your organization of choice. The organization that raises the most money wins an extra $400.00. $250.00 for 2nd place.

  • If your organization’s Creative Race Day Picture Of Heroes is chosen they will receive an extra $100.00

  • *Organizations must be registered before April 24, 2015 in order to qualify for a prize

Race and Event Location

  • McHenry County College, 8900 US RT 14, Crystal Lake IL 60012

  • Volunteers will help you find parking on site

Rain or Shine

  • This event will take place rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

Selfies and Fun!

  • Be ready with your phone. We will have superheroes ready for smiles

Race Rules:

  • 5K participants have 1.5 hours to complete the course (30 min/mile pace). The course has a rolling street closure. If you fall behind this pace, the roads will be reopened to normal traffic and you will be a pedestrian and subject to normal traffic rules.

    Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and entries are NON-TRANSFERABLE. Sorry, no exceptions. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. You may not give or sell your number to anyone else.  

Race Expo

  • Join the celebration inside MCC. Meet up with participating charities. Visit local venders and other supporters of the helping community. Find out how you can get involved.

  • Enjoy DJ music, food and awards!


  • Photos will be taken by volunteers throughout the race and event area. Photos can be found and downloaded on our Facebook Page


  • For the safety of all participants, the following are prohibited: dogs, bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards and all motor-driven vehicles. 

  • Course is an out and back that begins on the MCC campus, travels down Tartan Dr. to Ridgefield Rd., and back to MCC (blacktop and concrete)

  • Map of course:

Run, walk, and show your support!

Race address:

McHenry County College

8900 RT 14, Crystal Lake IL 

Parking on site

Bib and T-shirt Pick up April 23
At race address 11 AM to 3PM

2015 Race Sponsors
Email or call 815-344-4483
for sponsorship information

Everyone gets a finishing metal

Forms and Such
Pledge Forms for offline donating
Deposit Slips - Agency use when turning in money
Map of course (check back please)
Sponsorship Application

Race Poster 11x8
View Last Year's Event
Click for last year's Race Pictures
Click here for last year's Race Results



The McHenry County Human Race is brought to you by

Resourcing Your Community!

If you would like information about volunteering in McHenry County or workshops that help help move local nonprofits forward visit
www.volunteercentermchenrycounty.org or call 815-344-4483.