Success Smells Sweet at Strides for Pies 5K

Gather your family and friends and head out to St. Charles to join the action during the Strides for Pies 5K race on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8:30 a.m. in Primrose Park at Primrose Farm.

It will be more than just a sweet accomplishment when participants get together to walk or run in this fun-filled and newly named “easy as pie” 5K race, presented by the St. Charles Park District.

“The race is open to all age groups and running abilities,” says TC Hull, athletics, tournaments and events supervisor for the park district. “For our first race last year, we had 72 participants, including a family with a stroller, some die-hard walkers and accomplished competitive runners, too.”

Participants experience all types of terrain as they compete during this chip-timed course. Primrose Park, located just north of the working farm, offers competitors a friendly challenge with gravel, grass and paved trails. While soaking in the picturesque scenery, runners are strengthening their bones, improving their mental well-being and enjoying the benefits of nature.

They’re also working for a sweet reward. Fresh pies, ranging from apple and pumpkin to cream or custard, will be awarded to those with the fastest strides in each of six age groups. Why pies?

“With it being around Thanksgiving, we thought it would be fun to hand out pies to the winners in our various categories,” says Hull. “Last year’s race ran during the same time period, but this year our marketing team came up with the fun new name, Strides for Pies, for our 5K.”

To keep all participants energized and ready to walk or run the distance, finisher awards are given to all participants, with pre- and post-race snacks provided.

Are you up to the challenge? Walkers and racers who sign up and purchase a ticket for the Strides for Pies 5K before Oct. 14 are guaranteed a signature race T-shirt.

Sign up for the Strides for Pie 5K on the St. Charles Park District website at

Primrose Farm is located at 5N726 Crane Road, in St. Charles, (630) 513-4370.