Rego by Wed 15 March to ensure you get a T-Shirt!
Charlie says it's time toRegister
NTER THE RACE EVERYONE CAN FINISH!
When: Saturday, April 1st, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Where: VFW Post 805, 223 W. First Street, O'Fallon IL 62269
What: Race At Your Own Pace for a distance of .1K (from the Caboose in Downtown O'Fallon IL to the VFW)
Why: To raise funds for the VFW Post 805 Troop Support Fund and the VFW National Home for Children.
Interested in being a sponsor for the .1k?
Please click here for more info.
All donations to the .1k event and VFW (a 501(c)19 organization) are tax deductible.
Supporting Sponsor Levels
Diamond/Corporate: $1000 and over
Platinum: $500 and over
Gold Level: $300.00
Bronze Level: $200.00
In-Kind Sponsorships are available for value of goods/services
Recognition on Board of Sponsors to be displayed on race day.
8:00 – 9:45 AM - Race Day Registration at Post 805, Silent Auction opens
8:00 - 9:45 AM - Race Day Breakfast and Pre-Race Hydration at Post 805
9:45 – 9:55 AM - Group stretch and prep led by U.S. Marines at the Start Line
9:55 AM - Line up and get ready!
9:57 AM - National Anthem
10:00 - GO! (Run, walk, skip, jump, dance or crawl to the finish line)
After the race:
10:05 – Noon - Post-Race activites at Post 805, including prizes, awards, check presentation, and raffle drawings. Silent Auction closes at 11:30
BBQ Lunch at Post 805
All Day Drink Specials at the Post 805 canteen.
If you would like to make a donation to our fundraiser, click the "Donate" button and enter the amount of your donation at the top of the form. And you can always donate in person anytime at the Post and event!
If there's something you think we missed or just have a question, just email Charlie.
Frequently Asked Questions
What the @!%* is this?
The VFW 805 .1K is a fun, zany, wacky, all-ages, family event put on by Sgt. Charles A. Fricke VFW Post 805 in downtown O'Fallon, IL to raise funds for the VFW and the Post 805 Troop Support Fund. At the length of about one city block, it is a short distance that anyone can finish in pretty much any manner that matches their skills and abilities. The short distance is long on impact as much of the funds assist veterans and military families. VFW Post 805 is the Home of the Original VFW .1K. In 2014, the VFW Post in Naperville, Illinois saw our event and has held its own .1 K every year since. Other posts have hopped on the .1K bandwagon and the VFW National Homefor Children has also hosted several .1K fun runs as well. We are proud this super-fun idea has caught on, as well as to say that over $210,000 has been raised to help veterans and their families through the VFW .1K fundraisers that have been held so far. With your help, we can keep adding to those numbers.
When and where is the race?
The race will take place on Saturday April 1, 2023 at 10:00 AM. The start line is near the caboose in downtown O’Fallon, IL. The VFW post is located at 221 West First Street in O’Fallon. We hope that while you are in downtown O'Fallon you will check out some of the merchants in the area and we hope most of all that you will bring family and friends and have a fun time supporting a great cause.
Why not? We're putting on this whole thing to help veteran and military families. Helping military and veteran families should not be difficult or painful.
Just how far is .1K?
.1K is one-tenth of a kilometer, 100 meters, just over 328 feet, about 109 yards. It is a distance that anybody can finish. You can run, walk, hop, skip, jump, crawl, or dance and still finish the race. We believe everybody should race at their own pace.
What does it cost to enter?
Each registration costs $30. We will still accept registrations up to and including race day (April 1). Please note there is an extra $2 charge for each shirt size 2XL or 3XL regardless of when you turn in your entry. T-Shirts are only guaranteed if you sign up by the online deadline, Wed, 15 March 2023.
Is there a family or group registration?
Yes, the more the merrier!
What do I get for my entry fee?
You'll get a really cool T-shirt for the .1K fun run. You’ll get a 0.1 race window decal (like all of those other crazy marathon runners have), and you’ll get a numbered racing bib. You’ll get to participate in a fun, outdoor event. You’ll get to tell your family, friends, and the IRS that you made a charitable donation. VFW 805 is a 501c(19) organization and is fully eligible for tax-deductible donations.
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