Corn Fest 5K Run is now a virtual event

Morris Hospital says the change is due to the increase of COVID in the community

Morris Hospital’s Corn Fest 5K Run that was scheduled for Sept. 25 is now a virtual event.

Organizers have already contacted anyone who registered for the in-person 5K or the Youth Fun Run to arrange for refunds, according to a news release form Morris Hospital.

Morris Hospital decided to change to a virtual event due to the rise of COVID cases in the community, the release said.

For the Corn Fest 5K Virtual, participants may choose their own 5K course or route and walk or run anytime between Sept. 25 and Oct. 2. There is no virtual event for the Youth Fun Run. This event has been cancelled, the release said.

Those who wish to walk/run the traditional Corn Fest 5K course may use the map posted on the registration website. However, this course won’t be closed to traffic or marked as a course, the release said.

The traditional course for the 5K Run starts in front of Morris Grade School and winds through a residential neighborhood, the release said.

After participants complete the 5K, they should submit their time online. Instructions will be provided at registration Results will be posted online some time after Oct. 2. Due to variations in the courses, awards will not be given, the release said.

Registration deadline for the Corn Fest 5K Virtual is Sept. 19. Cost is $20 per person. This includes a short sleeve running shirt. The shirt is only available in unisex adult sizes.

To register, visit or and click on the Special Events category

Participants can pick up their race packets at the following times and places:

• 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21, former Shabbona School, 725 School St., door 18, Morris,

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 23, former Shabbona School, 725 School St., door 18, Morris,

• 8 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 25, Morris Elementary School, 2001 Dupont Ave., Morris.

• For more information, call the Morris Hospital wellness office at 815-705-7364.

Denise  Unland

Denise M. Baran-Unland

Denise M. Baran-Unland is the features editor for The Herald-News in Joliet. She covers a variety of human interest stories. She also writes the long-time weekly tribute feature “An Extraordinary Life about local people who have died. She studied journalism at the College of St. Francis in Joliet, now the University of St. Francis.