Heroes For History Stair Challenge 5k Race

Galena, IL

A unique 5K race on STAIRoids plus a fun run/walk in historic Galena, Illinois!

1-Lap Fun Run/Walk (dress as your favorite hero!)

-          Start time 8:15 a.m.

-          Fee: $25 (covers event T-shirt, water, refreshments)

-          Online registration only; closes at Midnight on Thursday, Sept. 7

-          Mass start; not timed


5K 7-Lap Stair Challenge Race

-          Start time 8:45 a.m.

-          Fee: $35; $30 for active-duty first responders (covers event T-shirt, water, refreshments)

-          Online registration only; closes at Midnight on Thursday, Sept. 7

-          Maximum of 400 athletes accepted

-          Chip timing

-          Waves will be formed IN THE ORDER OF REGISTRATION (first five registered, first wave; next five registered, second wave, etc.). Waves will start every minute. Participants will be notified of their wave start time via email prior to the race date.

-          Course closes at 11:30 a.m.

Team Challenge
There is a 4-person team challenge in the following categories -- Family, Co-workers and Friends-- with first, second and third place ribbons for each category. The individual times of the team members will be combined to make up the cumulative time; lowest combined time wins. 


Pledge Challenge

-          All participants are encouraged to raise at least $50 in donations to support Galena-based first responders and the Historical Society

-          Print the online pledge sheet from this website to gather support from friends and family

-          The top three individual fundraisers will receive special prizes

-          Submit pledge sheet(s) and money at Packet Pickup to be eligible for fundraiser prizes


Event T-shirt Sizes (performance fabric)

            Youth: small, medium, large

Adult: small, medium, large, extra-large, 1X, 2X


Age Groups (Male and Female)

14 and 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 Older


Race Registration

-          online only at:  https://HeroesForHistory.itsyourrace.com

-          beginning Wednesday, March 8

-          maximum of 400 timed participants (no limit to fun run/walk participants)

-          registrations will CLOSE when race filled or at midnight on September 7, whichever comes first

-          Registrations after September 1 will NOT be guaranteed a T-shirt


Medals for top 3 male and female finishers in each age division 

Customized award (and bragging rights) for top overall male and top overall female

Event Staging Areas

1.      Green Street Plaza near City Hall and Post Office/Custom House

-          Packet pickup:

  • Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. OR
  • Saturday morning from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m.


-          7:45 a.m. Saturday: Opening Ceremony and Presentation of Colors by local First Responders

-          Finishers Refreshment area

-          Award Ceremony at 11:30 a.m.

2.      Starting Line near Miller Steinke parking area or Bench Street staging area

-          Volunteers will queue waves here in numerical order after escorting them from Green Street Plaza

3.      Lap Notification/Finish Line on Bench Street near St. Michael Education Center

-          Bib numbers will trigger a visual record of each participant’s lap number

-          Lap 10 finishers recovery area with water

Event Map:


Donor Form:

When & Where

Sep 9, 2017


6:45 AM

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