Sunday's inaugural Run for the Parks 5K course takes place on the Lakefront Trail in Burnham Park. Credit: Chicago Parks Foundation

LAKEFRONT — A nonprofit organization is hosting its inaugural 5K event Sunday to raise money to fund and restore Chicago parks and programs.

The Chicago Parks Foundation will mark its 10th anniversary with its “Run for the Parks! 5K Run, Walk, or Roll” from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday along the lakefront trail at Burnham Park, 3100 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

The timed out-and-back course starts and finishes just south of 31st Street Beach on the Lakefront Trail within Burnham Park. The 3.12-mile-long course welcomes runners, walkers and manual wheelchairs.

“After a decade of working closely with our communities, the CPF looks forward to bringing more park ideas to action by amping up our fundraising efforts through new signature events like this 5K,” Willa Iglitzen Lang, CPF executive director, said in a statement.

For a $40 entry fee, 5K participants will get a commemorative T-shirt, as well as a ticket to the post pancake party that begins at 8:30 a.m., featuring breakfast, refreshments, a DJ and more. Those who would like to participate only in the post party can get a ticket for $20.

Proceeds will go towards the funding Chicago parks and programs. CPF has managed over $20 million in grants for the Chicago Park District to help fund Chicago’s youth-supported programs and other amenities.

The Foundation stated on its website: “Our goal is to bring more equitable and accessible park events to the central and south sides of Chicago, particularly as we mark our ten-year milestone. We chose this special Lakefront location within Burnham Park, just south of 31st Street Beach, to spotlight one of Chicago’s many hidden gems among our incredible 600+ parks.”

Registration for the event can be found on the CPF website.

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