Readers on the Run welcomes Staley Da Bear

AURORA, IL (September 4, 2013) — Join Chicago Bears’ Staley Da Bear and the Chick-Fil-A Cow in supporting local at-risk youth and families at the Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc.’s (JLKD) third annual Readers on the Run 5K and Kids Fun Run, September 28, 2013 at Mooseheart Child City and School in Batavia, IL.

New this year, Staley Da Bear, official mascot to the Chicago Bears, will kick off the Kids Fun Run. Catch Staley working the turntables, handing out Tackle Reading activity books and other giveaways plus taking photos with runners and their families. At the Kids finish line, the Chick-Fil-A Cow will be handing out prizes and available for pictures.

The 5K is a USATF certified course. Baby joggers and walkers are allowed. The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. The Kids Fun Run kicks off at 9:15 a.m. and is approximately a half-mile.

“We are grateful to our community partner Mooseheart Child City and School for providing a beautiful course that is both challenging and fun.  We encourage families to join us to promote, celebrate and raise critical funds for local early childhood literacy and school readiness programs,” says JLKD President Kristin Celing.

Runners are encouraged to bring a book for our book drive. All donated books will be given back to community partners in the western suburbs, supporting literacy programs.

Registration is open now through September 21 at Race fees are $30 for adults, $25 for ages 11-15, $10 for ages 5-10 and free for children 4 and under. Day of registration will be available from 6:45-7:30 a.m. for an additional $5 fee. All proceeds from the event support JLKD’s literacy and school readiness programs, which benefit local at-risk children. For sponsorship opportunities please contact

The Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) provides outreach services to organizations and individuals in Kane, DuPage, Will and Kendall Counties. Our mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our vision is to train volunteers to improve the lives of children at risk in the community by promoting literacy, developing self-esteem and providing positive programming. For more information, visit, or

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