Bob Blazier Run for the Arts to take place Sunday

Runners encouraged to dress up as characters from movies, TV, books and music

Characters from movies, TV, books and music will be running through Crystal Lake Sunday morning as part of the 24th Annual Bob Blazier Run for the Arts.

The event – which was for Bob Blazier in honor of his “unparalleled community accomplishments” – raises money for the Raue Center for the Arts in downtown Crystal Lake, which serves as the starting point for participants, according to a news release.

“With the pandemic closing our doors to crowds larger than 50 people for most of the past 12 months, Raue Center has been eagerly looking forward to any way we can engage with our community,” the Raue’s economic development manager, James Knight, said in the release. " Luckily, we’ve got two fantastic and very different events coming up quickly on the horizon. The ‘Blazier Run’ is a terrific way to support Raue Center and enjoy a healthy, family friendly outdoor event while the 6x6 Project gives you a chance to flex your creative muscles and come together as a community to celebrate the arts.”

This year, Blazier run participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters from movies, tv, books or music, according to the release.

The race starts at 8 a.m. Sunday outside the Raue Center, according to the release. The course will take runners through the neighborhoods surrounding the downtown area and wind them back to finish where they started.

In addition to a full 5K, the event also includes the Rosie’s 1-Mile Walk as an option. Runners can also participate as a group by signing up for the Team Challenge.

Registration is $35 for the 5K and $25 for the 1-mile walk. Packet pick-up will be held noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Raue Center for the Arts. Day of packet pick-up will begin at 7 a.m. Sunday.

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This article has been corrected to reflect that the race will take place Sunday. The Northwest Herald regrets the error.