Is the event walker or runner friendly?
BOTH! The course is certified and timed. If you are a serious runner this race is for you! You have the option to skip the beer samples throughout the 5K for a discounted price. Don't forget top 3 finishers (male and female) of each age group receive an award!
If you are a walker wanting to enjoy the route with some friends and enjoy some delicious beer along the way this race is also for you! Take your time and enjoy yourself in the beautiful downtown St. Charles and Geneva area.
What is included in registration?
You have access to the 5K with 6 beer stops, commemorative Hops for Hope 5K t-shirt and a pint glass (to be used for Awards Ceremony), runners goody bag, and entry into Awards Ceremony (live entertainment, food and more beer)
*Must register by May 1st to receive free t-shirt
Are there refunds?
There are no refunds. You can always transfer your registration to a friend or sell it to someone else. Or you can consider it a donation to Project Mobility! Thanks for your understanding!
*Please email if you would like further assistance with this
What form of payment can I use day of?
You can use cash, credit or debit the day of the event.
Can I register Day Of?
Yes, you can. Anytime between 10 am - 11:45 am. The event will sell out at 1,000 participants - don't wait, pre register today!
I don't want to run or walk but want to attend the Awards Ceremony to support my family, friend or whoever. Can I still attend?
Yes, you can attend the Awards Ceremony. You will receive two (2) drink tickets, access to food, and live entertainment. Make sure to register for this!
Am I guaranteed a t-shirt?
If you are registered by May 1st then yes, you are guaranteed a free t-shirt. If you register after May 1st the t-shirts are $20 day of the event. There will also be long sleeve shirts and hoodies available for purchase with pre-registration.
When and where is Packet Pickup?
This will be located at one of our three Packet Pick-Up Sponsors location. Check the home page.
*If you are a business interested in hosting Packet Pick-up or sponsoring the event please contact Katherine at 630-464-2991 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I pick up my friends packet at Packet Pickup?
Yes, but they must send you a picture of their ID so you can show us at Packet Pick-Up.
Can we get our stuff day of the race?
Yes, we will have check-in available from 10:00 am - 11:45 am. We highly suggest attending a Packet Pick-Up so you don't have to run back to your car (unless you want the warm up for the 5K).
If I register for no beer stops do I have to be 21 years old?
Yes, Hops for Hope 5K is 21 years and older only. This will be strictly enforced and everyone must have their ID present day of the event. Also, you will still receive 2 drink tickets to redeem at the Awards Ceremony. If you choose to use them GREAT! If not you can inform the volunteer that you would not like the tickets.
NO BABIES/STROLLERS ARE ALLOWED!
What if I don't have my ID the day of the race?
Unfortunately you will not be able to participate in Hops for Hope 5K and there will be no refund. Due to City and Park District ordinance there is no exception to this rule. Please do not forget your ID! Registration is 1 hour and 45 minutes long so worse case scenario you may have time to run home (pun intended).
Where do I park?
The parking lot for Mount Saint Mary Park off of Prairie Street is very limited in spots. Additional parking can be found off of Second Street and Illinois Street (public parking lot) and off of First Street (parking garages).
Please no parking in front of the local businesses (The Jalapeno Grille, Sammy's Bikes, and El Diamante Hand Car Wash & Detailing).
How much beer do I get?
We know this is a very important question! During the 5K you will receive 6, 3 oz. samples of craft beer and 2 drink tickets to redeem 2 pints of beer of your choice during the Awards Ceremony.
I still don't get it, what is this event? Drinking and running? Seems weird!
This is a Fun Run and trust us once you participate you will not think it's weird and will count down the day till the next Hops for Hope 5K! You will run or walk the 5K and have 6 Refueling Stations to stop and enjoy a 3 oz. sample of craft beer. Once the run has concluded you will enjoy more beer with 2 drink tickets that can be redeemed for 2 of your favorite pints of beer you sampled during the race. The Awards Ceremony will also have live entertainment and food. At 2:00 pm the top 3 finishers of each age group (male and female) will be announced and will receive their award!
Where does my money go?