Wheaton Park District, FT Cares Foundation to illuminate downtown in Light the Torch 5K

Event to overlap October Fest

WHEATON – As the sun sets in the autumn sky Oct. 2, the Wheaton Park District and FT Cares Foundation Light the Torch 5K Night Run/Walk will be back, in-person and virtually, for its eighth year in downtown Wheaton.

The race steps off at 6:30 p.m. and features luminary lanes and a laser light show, a news release stated. This year’s race is happening alongside October Fest, and will be held at the Central Athletic Complex, presented by DuPage County Historical Museum. Race participants and their families, along with the public, can enjoy live entertainment, a beer garden, food vendors and a children’s play area.

This year’s race will honor first responders and healthcare workers, with a portion of proceeds benefiting organizations including Concerns of Police Survivors and Copline. A portion of proceeds also will benefit Special Spaces of Illinois, Cosley Zoo, DuPage County Historical Museum and Play For All Playground & Garden Foundation.

“This race has always been about giving back,” race director Amy Seklecki of the Wheaton Park District stated in the release. “We are excited to return safely to an in-person race to connect with as much of the community as possible to raise awareness and funding for charities locally, nationally and globally.”

October Fest is free, and all are welcome to enjoy the evening’s festivities for some family fun. Organizers invite people to bring family and friends in support of the organizations that will benefit from the race.

Online registration is open through Sept. 28 at runsignup.com/Race/IL/Wheaton/LighttheTorch5KNightRun. Packet pickup is on Sept. 30, and race-day registration also will be available.

For additional information, visit wheatonparkdistrict.com/lightthetorch or email Amy Seklecki at aseklecki@wheatonparks.org.