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All ages are invited to take part in the Run 4 Home, returning for its ninth year next month. Registration and fundraising are underway. (Photo provided)

DuPagePads presents its ninth annual Run 4 Home – 10K and 5K run and 5K walk – as a way to help end homelessness one step at a time. The event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in Wheaton.

The organization invites all walkers and runners, individuals, groups and families to take part, noting the new 10K and 5K CARA-approved course is designed to appeal to serious runners, casual joggers and walkers. The races are followed by music, refreshments and prizes. Proceeds help provide support services to individuals and families who are homeless in DuPage County, where the number of children served has risen by 39 percent compared to last year.

Open 365 days a year, the agency’s solution to ending homelessness is providing
housing, coupled with support services and employment.

“Homelessness is a community issue and, yet, many people living in DuPage County are unaware that there is a homeless population,” said Carol Simler, executive director. “Last year, we served 1,398 individuals, 236 children and 138 families."


The race steps off at 703 W. Liberty Drive. People can register at or call Jennifer at 630-682-3846, ext. 2520.

Volunteers also are sought, and more information is available at

“We are incredibly thankful for our supporters," Simler added, citing volunteers, runners, walkers and sponsors.


She said Diamond Sponsors for the event are Continental Motors of Naperville, Mike Run 100 and Republic Bank. Other sponsors include: Invesco Ltd., JD Norman Industries, Knickerbocker Roofing and Paving Co. Inc., Jim and Kathy Schlesser, Suburban Life Media, T2 Capital Management, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Bill Hamik, Itasca Bank & Trust, K2 Industrial Services, Ray and Mary Schulte, Spraying Systems Co., Starbucks Coffee Co., Whole Foods Wheaton, Adventist Glen Oaks Hospital, Guggenheim Partners and Naperville Running Co.

About DuPagePads

Founded in 1985, it is the only organization in DuPage County working exclusively to end homelessness. The DuPagePads administration offices are at 601 W. Liberty Drive,