2017 Gaza 5K - Chicago

Apr 29
Hosted by:UNRWA USA National Commit...
April 29, 2017 at 9:00am to
April 29, 2017 at 12:00pm
Diversey Harbor map 2601 N Cannon Drive Chicago, IL 60640
Goal: $108,000
$69,227 4 64% Complete

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We are thrilled to be bringing the Gaza 5K back to Chicago for a second time on April 29, 2017!

Early bird registration expired Wednesday, April 12.

Registration CLOSES at midnight, Friday, April 28. There is NO onsite registration, so if you want to participate you MUST sign up in advance.

Proceeds from the Gaza 5K walk/run benefit UNRWA’s Community Mental Health Programme, which provides psychosocial support to Palestine refugee children in Gaza suffering from trauma due to repeated Israeli military assaults and the continued blockade. The situation is dire - 51% of children in Gaza suffer from PTSD as a result of the 2014 Israeli assault.

When you join the Gaza 5K movement, you are helping provide these children with critically needed counseling services, offering them a safe space to express their emotions and fears, and the opportunity to work with trained counselors to learn valuable coping skills. Learn more at gaza5k.org

Fundraising is the key to providing psychosocial support to Palestine refugee children in Gaza. While the cause is the most important thing, we also have some perks from Palestine to get you at the top of your fundraising game.

  • Raise $500 for a beautiful, classic keffiyeh from the Hirbawi Textile Factory, the last remaining keffiyeh factory in Palestine. They come complete with a “made in Palestine” tag!
  • Raise $1,000 or more for a Threads of Palestine original keffiyeh hoodie (an $80 value). Threads of Palestine also sources their keffiyehs from the Hirbawi Textile Factory, so you're supporting Palestinian businesses at both fundraising levels! 


Thursday, April 27, 4:00-7:00 pm
Moraine Valley Community College
Building M, Moraine Business and Conference Center (enter from the 111th street entrance) 
9000 W College Parkway
​Palos Hills, IL 60465

Packet pick-up will be in the lobby of the main entrance of the building

Friday, April 28, 4:00-7:00 pm
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street (between Lake and Randolph)
Chicago, IL 60601

If you're picking up for another runner or team, please have the full name(s) of the other runners and their shirt sizes. The race is chip-timed for runners, so don't forget to bring your race bib with you to wear on race day! Runners will not be timed without a bib. 

If you cannot attend packet pick-up, we will have your packet available the morning of the 5K. You must arrive no later than 9:00 am to pick up your packet on race day.


The Gaza 5K will take place rain or shine!


9:00 am - Packet pickup opens
9:30 am - Program begins
10:00 am - Race begins


It is recommended that you take public transportation to get to the race site. Please visit the CTA's trip planner: transitchicago.com/planatrip


Coffee and a light breakfast will be served starting at 9:00 am.


Storage space will not be available at the park for personal items. We kindly ask that you leave your valuables at home.


Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female runners, top girl and boy runners age 12 and under, and top senior for the 65+ runners. There will also be team and fundraising awards.


Join the conversation on social media by using #Gaza5K in your posts and tweets! 




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