Cross Country was one of Kelli O’Laughlin’s favorite sports when she was in middle school. In her name and her memory, the Kelli Joy O’Laughlin Foundation is hosting its 10th annual Run For Kelli. This year to celebrate the 10th annual event we are doing a virtual run and a Live in-person event. Join us in Person Sunday, October 3rd, or Virtually Run or Walk between Sunday, September 27, and Tuesday, October 27th.
Kelli was a freshman at Lyons Township High School when her life was taken by a burglar in her home. Kelli’s family and much of the community come together to remember her, celebrate her life, and raise money for her foundation.
Run For Kelli offers a 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk!
For 2021 our in-person Run For Kelli also charts the same course through the streets of Western Springs. Or if you choose the virtual option, you can run any 5K course you enjoy. Even if you’re in another state, it’s OK, join us virtually supporting the Foundation, getting in shape, and celebrating Kelli’s memory! Just make sure you complete your virtual 5k before the end of our event on October 27th! Virtual Run For Kelli offers runners the ability to upload their times to our event website. You can see how you fared compared to all runners and runners in your age group too! No prizes for age category or overall winners for virtual participants this year for in-person participants we will have the awards ceremony.
This year Run For Kelli is a USATF sanctioned event with a certified 5K course!
Link to our in-person 5K run map.
Similarly, our 1-mile walk is usually held around South Campus at Lyons Township High School. Since this is a virtual event this year, take a walk around your own neighborhood.
We invite all our runners to wear Run For Kelli attire from this year or previous years, take some fun photos or action shots, and upload them to our event website. Since we can’t all be together this year, we hope to be together virtually in photos!
Run For Kelli Also Offers Peer-to-Peer Fundraising!
We are often asked how people can help or do more to help our cause and one easy way is fundraising on behalf of the KJO Foundation. For the seventh year in a row, we’re offering Individual or Group fundraising online, which allows our very passionate participants to get their families and friends involved! During the registration process, please set up an individual fundraising page or join a team to raise more together!
Link to the fundraising page for Run For Kelli - Donate Today!
Thanks to Our Run For Kelli Sponsors!