OSD5K & OSD ZERO-K FAQ's
1. When and where is the OSD5K & OSD ZERO-K?
Event date/time: Saturday, June 20th, 2020 at 8 a.m.
Event location: Hononegah High School – Main Lot – 307 Salem St. Rockton, IL 61072
2. Do I have to be a Ninja, or a Super Athlete to participate?
No, the OSD5K is a run/walk and open to all shapes, sizes and ages. The only thing we ask is that you sign-up, show-up and put your feet to the pavement. All participants should stay to the right to ensure runner safety as they return from the turn around and head for the finish line. We will have staff at the lead, rear and intersections to ensure a smooth and open course. Please see our training guide on the website for suggestions on how to make the move from the couch to the OSD5K.
3. How do I register for the 5K or Zero-K event?
Click here TO REGISTER ONLINE through our secure website for the 5K.
4. What are the registration costs?
OSD5K race registration is $30 for Adults - $20 for Children (12 years old and under). OSD ZERO-K is $30 for all ages. Late Registration (after 6/1/19 at 6 a.m.) is $40 for both the OSD5K and the OSD ZERO-K.
5. What do I receive with my race registration?
OSD5K participants receive OSD5K bib with chip timing, OSD5K Medal, OSD5K tech run shirt, OSD5K swag bag, OSD festival pass, and other race related goodies.
OSD ZERO-K participants will receive the OSD5K Tech-shirt and OSD 4-day Festival Pass.
6. Where do I get my T-shirt and bib?
We recommend participants take advantage of early packet pick-up that will be offered on June 16th and 17th, 2020, between 3-7 p.m. at Rockton Commons (330 E. Main St. Rockton). Participants are encouraged to use this opportunity to pick-up your race swag, so you have your festival pass for the opening of OSD.
7. Can I pick-up for a friend at the early packet pick-up?
Yes, all we ask is that you bring a copy of their email confirmation to show our staff. Digital is also accepted.
8. May I register for the race after online registration ends?
Early-registration (online & mail-in) will close on June 1st, 2020 at 6 a.m. Late (online) registration will close on 6/16/2019 at 6 a.m. Ater that, late registration will only be available at early packet pick-up and race day until 7:30 a.m. Late registration must be made in person using cash, check or credit card (square enabled). Shirts/swag will not be provided for late registrants unless available. Event is limited to 350 participants.
9. Do you offer refunds or T-shirt exchanges?
Run shirt exchanges are not allowed since shirts are ordered specifically for each runner due to our fundraising effort for CLCC. Please see sizing link (male & female) provided on website for the Zorrel Syntrel Microfiber shirt. No refunds will be provided to include event cancellation due to inclement weather.
10. Do you offer registration discounts?
Yes, we presently offer $5.00 discounts for RRR (adult runners). If you have a large group and would like to be considered for the same, please contact us.
11. What is the OSD course & how long is a 5k?
The 5K Course will Start and Finish at HHS - south parking lot. The out-and-back course runs east bound on the Rockton Bike Path to the turnaround at Hononegah Forest Preserve entrance, then west bound back to HHS. The course is USATF certified. Final documents and mapping can be found on our course page.
A 5K is 3.1 miles or 16,368 feet. The "K" stands for kilometer. A kilometer is 0.62 of a mile, which makes a 5K race 3.1 miles long or 16368 feet long or 5000 meters long. When you hear about races such as the Carlsbad 5000, Santa Monica 5000 or Reno 5000, you can know that it is a 5K or 3.1-mile distance event.
The 5000 meter is known as a popular track event, particularly in the Olympics. On a standard indoor track (200 meters), you would need to run 25 laps to run a 5K. On a standard outdoor track (400 meters), 12.5 laps would equal a 5K. Currently, Ethiopian runner Kenenisa Bekele holds both the world and Olympic record for the 5000 meter at 12:37:35 on an outdoor track and 12:49:60 on an indoor track.
12. What will happen on race morning?
7-7:30 AM Check-In, Packet Pick-up & Late Registration
7:45 AM Colors Presentation & National Anthem
8:00 AM Runner Start
8:10 AM Walker & Zero-K Start
9-11:00 AM Pancake Breakfast
9:10 AM Course Closes
9:15 AM Awards Presentation
12:00 PM OSD Parade Start
13. What is bib-chip timing?
A B-Tag is a timing device that's used in many road races to determine a race participant's net time. The B-Tag registers when you cross the special timing mat at the starting line and then records when you cross a similar timing mat at the finish line. So if it takes you 10 minutes to get across the starting line, that amount of time won't be counted in your overall net time. Your official time will be the exact time it took you to get from the starting line to the finish line.
B-Tags can also be used to track where participants are on the course, as they run across timing mats at checkpoints on the course. Your friends and family members can track your progress on the course using the race website or by receiving text messages on their mobile device.
B-Tags have slowly been replacing the old timing chips, which used to be the most popular method of timing and tracking runners. Unlike timing chips -- which are attached to the runner's shoe -- the B-Tag is usually part of the race bib. It's a strip of plastic either on the back or bottom of the bib. When putting on your race bib, make sure that you don't assume the B-Tag is an unnecessary part of the race bib and tear it off.
OSD5K advises the following, to ensure an accurate race time:
•Make sure your race bib is clearly visible on the front of your torso.
•Make sure your bib isn't folded or wrinkled.
•Keep your bib pinned in all four corners.
•Don't cover your bib with clothing, runner belts, or water bottles.
Race results will be posted at the race end, at the breakfast and available on our website.
14. Who are you raising money for?
All proceeds from the OSD5K Run-Walk & Rockton Firemen's Association Pancake Breakfast will benefit the Carrie Lynn Children's Center. Please see our charity page to learn more about the center and what they do for both Winnebago and Boone County residents.
2014 OSD5K Donation: $3,800.00
2015 OSD5K Donation: $6,000.00
2016 OSD5K Donation: $6,500.00
2017 OSD5K Donation: $6,250.00
2018 OSD5K Donation: $7,500.00
2019 OSD5K Donation: $5,500.00
15. Where should I park?
Free parking will be provided in the north portion of the Hononegah High School main parking lot. Registrants and guests are encouraged to car pool to save space since a portion of the lot will be barricaded for the race activities. Please enter the parking lot from the Salem Street entrance (west side of campus). The main entrance on East Main Street will be closed to protect runners/walkers. Follow the OSD5K Course link for directions.
16. Where can I find your SNS?
17. Do you have a photographer for the event?
We are excited to report that Tim Speer Photography has agreed to donate his services again this year. Tim will provide race day photos for FREE download to all participants. This will include our OSD photo booth for you and your family at the awards presentation. We have also arranged for all photos to be available through our Runsignup account which will allow you to search for yourself by bib number or name. More information on the process to access your photos will be provided in your swag bag.
18. Do you allow walkers/strollers/skateboards/dogs?
Strollers and walkers are welcome at the race. If you will have a stroller or are walking the 5K, please line–up at the rear of the race start to minimize the injury potential of runners. Walkers will be started a few minutes after the runners and are required to stay to the right so as not to obstruct runners as they return from the turn around. Skateboards/scooters/rollerblades and pets are not allowed at the race. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
19. What are the age divisions?
8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
20. What awards and prizes do you offer for participants?
1. First 350 registered participants will receive the OSD5K Medal.
2. Top overall male & female finishers will receive the OSD5K Medal, OSD5K Winner Concert Badge, and extra concert ticket for 6/20.
3. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male & female finishers of each age division will also receive a Concert Badge that grants entry to OSD concert on 6/20.
The OSD5K Winner Concert Badge allows FREE entry to the Concert Stage on Saturday, 6/20.
Raffle Prizes will be pre-drawn randomly after June 12th, 2020 by the race director. Participants that find our OSD5K Guitar Pick attached to their race bib are winners. Simply present your pick/race bib at the post run event to receive your prize. Prizes have inlcuded 30/90-day single & couple gym memberships, Rockford Speedway Family 4-Packs, a free stay at Hotel Goodwin, Fleet Feet gift cards, 1-hour massages, Sam Villa hair dryers/flat irons, gym gear/bags and nutritional supplement kits in the past. Awards and raffle prizes must be claimed at the post run event and will not be mailed.
21. Will there be medical staff on scene?
Rockton FD staff will be on scene as available.
22. Is there a gear check?
No. Parking and the run start/finish are in the main lot and your vehicle will be within walking distance.
23. What do you offer, post-race?
Water, sport drink, oranges and bananas will be provided at the end of the race as available. All registered participants are encouraged to join us at the Awards/Raffle prize presentation from 9-11:00 am.
24. What if I don’t want to run, but would like to make a donation?
Secure online donations can be made through our online registration page. If you would like to sponsor the event or just help out, contact us at .
We have added the OSD ZERO-K this year to allow non runner/walkers to participate through a virtual race, get some of the swag and still help CLCC.
25. Is the course certified and where can I find a map?
Yes, we received USATF certification in 2014. Map/photos of course layout can be found on our course page of the OSD5K web page. We do offer Google Earth Flyover and Map my Course.
26. How do I give feedback after the race?
Good or bad we want your feedback. We offer an online feedback form that will be forwarded to you by email after the event for suggestions and comments.
27. What is the ZERO-K?
All the fun with none of the run! We have added a virtual race for all non-runners or walkers that want to help CLCC from their couch. OSD ZERO-K participants still receive the OSD5K shirt and OSD festival pass. Those that do join us race day can line-up with our walkers and finish their race at the starting line.
28. How can I confirm that I signed up for the race?
Follow THIS LINK to our (RunSignUp) online registration page. It will allow you to confirm your registration by name or email address.
29. Is the OSD5K a Rockford Road Runner Circuit Course Race?
Yes, we were pleased to be designated a RRR CC race in 2018. This means we meet the CC requirements to include kid friendly pricing, course/award standards and have completed the application and approval process.
30. What if you didn't answer my question and I don't want to wait for an email?
Call us at (815) 662-5770.