Run for the Arts 5K gets supercharged

CRYSTAL LAKE – Residents should not be alarmed if they see Superman or Batman running through downtown Crystal Lake on Sunday.

After 16 years, the Bob Blazier Run for the Arts will have a different look in 2014 as participants will receive a cape and mask to wear during the 5K or can come dressed as their favorite superhero. It is the first time the popular annual fundraiser for the Raue Center for the Arts will have a theme.

Melissa Thomfohrda, marketing director for the Raue Center, said the idea for the theme came during an event planning meeting and was inspired by the success of other local 5K races with themes such as the annual Kiwannis Santa Run for Kids where participants run in Santa suits.

Adding the the theme has already paid dividends as pre-registered participants are at an all-time high with more than 350 people signed up for the event.

"A lot of work goes into to putting on a 5K. We look forward to it all year," Thomfohrda said. "It is definitely vital to the center and keeping us going."

Those interested can still register for the event, which is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. on Sunday at the Raue Center for the Arts on 26 N. Williams St. in Crystal Lake. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.rauecenter.org and returned to the center office with the $40 fee.

An alternate 1-mile route is available for runners. Registration for that course costs $20 and all participants receive a "sidekick" mask. A free 50-yard dash will also take place for children 12 and under.

Registration will also be available the day of the race starting at 7 a.m.

"It's a great family event that is accessible for the whole community," Thomfohrda said.

Last year's event attracted more than 350 people and raised roughly $24,000. For more information about the event, visit www.rauecenter.org or call 815-356-9010.

The Raue Center offers programs including Williams Street Repertory, its in-house production company; Sage Studio, which offers theater, film, and improvisation classes; and Mission Imagination, an educational performing arts program that serves thousands of children.

It also attracts numerous productions and concerts to give residents a nearby entertainment destination.

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