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Outdoor events tied to McHenry Fiesta Days

McHENRY – The McHenry Parks and Recreation Department is planning a series of events to correspond with the city’s Fiesta Days celebration.

• Big Wheels Race: A Big Wheels Race for children ages 3 to 5 takes place Monday at the Petersen Park East Parking Lot, 4300 W. Petersen Park Road in McHenry.

Check-in runs from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., with races beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Children will ride their all-plastic big wheels to compete for first-, second- and third-place trophies by age and gender.

Advance registration is preferred by Friday. The fee is $5 per child.

When registering by mail or fax, indicate whether the child will need to borrow a big wheel from the Parks and Recreation Department.

Registration also will be accepted online or in person, at the McHenry Parks and Recreation Department office, 333 S. Green St. in McHenry.

For information, call 815-363-2160 or visit

• Annual River Run: The annual River Run running/walking event for all ages takes place Tuesday. 

Check-in is from 5:45 to 6:20 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 3400 Pearl St. in McHenry.

Race time is 6:35 p.m. for the three-mile fun run and 6:45 p.m. for the 6.8-mile run. Each race starts at Veteran’s Memorial Park and finishes at Weber’s Park.

Registration forms are available online at and at the Parks and Recreation Department.

Entry applications should be turned into the McHenry Parks and Recreation Department office by Friday.  Online registration will end Sunday.

The advance registration fee is $15. The fee on the night of the race is $20. Fees include the cost of shirts (while supplies last) and awards.

The rain date is July 19.

For information call 815-363-2160 or visit

• Annual Open Track Meet: The Open Track Meet for children ages 6 to 14 years will be Wednesday.

Check-in is at 5 p.m. at
McCracken Field, 3712 Kane Ave. in McHenry. Events begin at 5:15 p.m.

Sign up ahead of time at the Parks and Recreation office or on the day of the event. The entry fee is $10. All running and field events will divided by age and gender.

For information call 815-363-2160 or visit

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