Celebrating the Abilities of Those with Disabilities

Celebrate Differences 5k

Celebrate Differences is hosting the fourth annual Steps Toward A Brighter Future 5K Run/Walk, Mile for Smiles and a Kid's Fun Run on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 9:00am through the heart of downtown Oswego, Illinois. New this year is a "Zero" Fun Run, for those who prefer to watch! This event is for racers, runners and walkers.


Don't miss out on this great race!

Enthusiastic runners and walkers wanted!

Registration & Entry Fee
Registration will be available until 4:00 PM (CST) on April 23, 2015, click the button below to register. Participants must register by April 12th to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

What is the Steps Toward A Brighter Future 5K, Mile for Smiles and Kids Fun Run?
Our 5 K and Mile for Smiles are races open to all abilities, from the avid runner to families. Participants can run or walk the route. By participating you are making a difference in the life of a child with a disability! Our Kid's Fun Run is just that! An untimed fun run for any child wanting to participate but may not be ready to run in a mile race. New is the "Zero" Fun Run for those who want to support a great cause and still get a t-shirt!

Race Info   Register Online 2015   Registration (PDF)   2014 5K Results   2014 1 Mile Results


Mile for Smiles & 5K route:

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This scenic USATF-IL certified course takes you through the  heart of downtown Oswego. This is not a closed course.

Parking Suggestions
On street parking is only allowed on streets NOT being used for the run course. Parking is available at the Oswego Senior Center
and at the Knight's of Columbus Hall across the street.

Packet Pickup
Packet pick up will take place on Friday, April 24,2015 from 2-8pm at the Naperville Running Store located at 34 W. Jefferson St, Naperville, IL 60540 and on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 2-6 pm at Pet Supply Plus located at 1791 Douglas Rd, Montgomery, IL 60538.

After Party
Be sure to hang around to get your award. We will have give-a-ways, music by 95.9 the River and everyone is invited to Firehouse Pizza & Pub for a post race party!

Wheeled Vehicles
The runners’ safety is of utmost importance. Therefore, bicycles, in-line skates, and other wheeled vehicles (except wheelchairs)
are not allowed. Parents with strollers may participate, but they will be required to start behind all runners and walkers.

Schedule of events
7:30-8:30 -  Race Day Registration
9:00 - 5K and Mile for Smiles Start
10:00 -  Kid's Fun Run Starts
10:15 - Awards Ceremony
10:30 - 50/50 Raffle Drawing
11:00 - After Party at Firehouse Pizza & Pub

50/50 Raffle
Be sure to purchase your 50/50 ticket here- you do not need to be present to win.

Volunteers are essential to the success of the race. Sign up to volunteer now.

If you would like more detailed information, please refer to our race brochure. Please contact Rebecca Christiansen at or call 630-885-3006 if you have any additional questions.



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A Look Back

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