DeKALB – The DeKalb Corn Classic race isn’t going to be on the same weekend as Corn Fest this year.
But that’s the only major change in the 32nd annual race, which features a 10K race and a 3K walk/run. Corn Fest organizers moved the annual community music festival to Labor Day weekend, but the DeKalb Corn Classic race remains the weekend after Northern Illinois University students move in.
“Unfortunately, we couldn’t change it when the date was realized for Corn Fest,” said Patricia Maxwell, marketing director for the race.
That means runners and walkers will start the 3K at 7:55 a.m. Saturday at Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St. in DeKalb. The 10K race will start at 8 a.m. For more information, see www.dekalbcornclassic.org.
Organizers expect more than 400 runners to participate this year, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the DeKalb Park District. The race is certified by the Chicago Area Runners Association, and awards will be given to the overall winners as well as the top three in each age division.
Runners will go west along Barb Boulevard to First Street, with runners in the longer race looping south on First Street past Harvestore Drive. The course also travels north through Lions and Prairie parks before crossing Taylor Street at Glidden Avenue. Then, it follows Alden Place and Second Street to end at Huntley Middle School.
Motorists should avoid the intersection of Fourth Street and Barb Boulevard from about 8 to 10 a.m., depending on the pace of the runners, DeKalb Police Community Relations Officer Chad McNett said. He also suggested motorists avoid First Street south of Taylor Street, as well as the intersection of Taylor Street and Glidden Avenue.
Officers will be positioned along the route to direct traffic, but runners are given priority, McNett said.
Parents taking their children to AYSO soccer games at Kiwanis Park, 391 Fairview Drive, should take Lincoln Highway and go south on Fourth Street to avoid race congestion.
“We’re hoping that AYSO’s message got out,” McNett said, “and enough people remember to avoid that congestion.”