The Race

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, Skokie's Backlot Dash 5K and Kid's Run will be held in Downtown Skokie (in and around the grounds of Skokie's Backlot Bash) and will include a half mile kids run.

Race day registration:
6 – 8 a.m.
Kids ½ mile Fun Run
8:30 a.m.
5K race begins
9 a.m.
Awards ceremony will follow 5K

Participants will receive
the following:

5K Run
• Chip timing
• T-shirt
• Reusable bag
• Backlot Bash water bottle

Kid's Run
• Baseball cap
• Reusable bag
• Backlot Bash water bottle
• Participation medal
• Ice cream following the race

Sponsor the Race
Put your brand in front of nearly every Skokie demographic! Contact Diane Hardy at (847) 929-7156 today.

A CARA-certified course

Skokie's Backlot Dash 5K is a Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) certified race. Dash organizers have agreed to adhere to and uphold CARA’s best practices guidelines, which embody the highest standards for quality, safety and comfort for participants in a road race. Due to CARA’s advocacy efforts, runners in the Chicagoland area enjoy some of the highest quality road races in the country. To view the guidelines and to learn more about CARA, visit

CARA is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland. CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run farther, faster, and better -- for life.

CARA recommended age groups for certified races are as follows: Male and female – 14 & under, 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, 80-84, 85 and over.

Pre-register for 'The Dash' now!

Download the entry form (pdf)

Register online

Pre-race packet pick-up will be available on August 27 & 28 at Fitness First!, 9300 Weber Park Place, Skokie, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.