Too little to run?  That's ok - Ride along in your stroller and have mom or dad push you.  This event is STROLLER FRIENDLY!  We just ask that you are courteous to the other runners:  Stay to the back and to the right if you are walking, pass on the left if you are running.  Just make sure you tell mom and dad to decorate the stroller.  

Are you a tiny tyke?   For our littlest runners, we will have a loop around Hodges Park for our 1-5 year old tots to race against each other.  This fun loop will offer parents full view of their kiddos racing against each other and they'll feel super proud wearing their D64 ELF 5k race shirt the rest of the day! 

Want to run but not sure if a 5k is for you?  That's ok - there will be a modified route that is 3k instead of 5k.  It's the perfect time for a new runner to head back to the Start/Finish.  The final distance will be around 1.8 miles.

Ready to run your FIRST 5k? GREAT!  This is a great run to start with.  Speed doesn't matter.  Set a goal to finish, and you will.  Run a little, walk a little.  And, have fun!  That's the goal of this event!

Seasoned runner?  SUPER!  We welcome you to join in on the fun.  How great will it be to wake up to do a fun run without worry of pace and mileage?  You'll be in good company with kids (maybe even  your own) and local families. And you'll know that there is no pressure on you to perform at your peak performance.

​Don't want to run at all?  That's ok!  We will have designated cheer stations for EVERY SCHOOL in the district!  Check back closer to event date to see where your school will line up!  Come cheer on your runners.  There *may* even be a prize for the school with the most spirit!

The Halloween Hustle is a non-competitive running event that will bring together kids with their families, community members, teachers and administrators.  There's something for everyone!

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We are looking for sponsors!  By being a sponsor, you have the potential to reach over 4,400 students, their families, and friends, as well as the over 50,000 community members in the Park Ridge/Niles area.  Sponsorship will make you visible in this vibrant community, show your support for our school children, and keep your name out there as participants proudly wear their event t-shirt emblazoned with your logo for months or years to come!  

Click here to see the full range of sponsorship opportunities.  If interested, please


Thank you to our last year's sponsors!  


An event like this cannot take place without the help of volunteers who believe in the mission of ELF.  It is a great way to give back to the community and help out a worthy cause.  If participating in the run is not for you, but you want to be there, please email:  We will find the perfect spot for you!

Saturday, October 27

Hodges Park

8:00 am

a non-timed 5k or 3k run or walk

Extra points for best costume!

​​This family friendly event is a celebration of all the amazing people in the district and a way for all of us to get together for a morning of fun.  


The course loops and winds around the streets south of Hodges Park.  With a criss--cross at Albion and Vine, we have the perfect turn off for those looking for a shorter distance.  

For those doing the full 5k, the course will take participants down Vine to Albion, over to Cleveland, down to Arthur, over to Crescent, back up to Albion, over to to Cleveland, down to Arthur and up Vine back to the start/finish. (we know it sounds confusing.  map to be published soon)

​​Inaugural Halloween Hustle 5k Run and Walk