September 23, 2017

Join us for the 8th annual Matt’s Mile, 5k and 10k, a running event on the beautiful trails of Prairie Crossing and Oak Openings.  Enjoy the prairie, lakes, horse stables and a majestic oak savannah. The runs are chip timed and festivities and food are included in the race fee. It’s fun for the whole family!

This event honors the memory of Matt Hupp, a passionate athlete who lost his battle with Burkitt’s Lymphoma at the age of 13. All proceeds benefit the 12 Oaks Foundation, providing funding to keep kids involved in sports and community activities when their family is faced with financial hardship due to cancer treatment.


NEW for 2017 -We are adding a Group/Team competition.  Teams can compete in both 5k and Mile (13 and under).  Teams compete for:

  • Fastest time (top 5 runners in team)
  • Most dollars raised
  • Most members in Team
  • Teams and/or individuals can set up their fundraising page here 

Gather your work colleagues, running mates, neighbors or friends, and join in on the fun!

Schedule for September 23, 2017:

Kids Mile     5:00PM

5K/10K         5:20

Registration Information:

Registration will be limited to 750 runners.

Registration Prices:

Mile (13 and under): $25

10k and 5k: $40

Event Only $15

Registration Options:

  • Individual
  • Group/Team

For family registrations over $140, contact administrator for family discount code.

Day of race registration accepted (with $5 upcharge per event), but will close promptly at 4:45pm.

All registered participants will receive a food and drink ticket for the evening. Dinner provided from 6:00-7:45pm. Drinks available until 9:00pm. Extra tickets will be sold for beverages.

Packet Pick Up:

Race packet pick up will be at Aspire Planning Group, 960 Harris Rd. Suite 2B, Grayslake, IL on Friday September 22 from 3:00-7:00pm and on race day from 3:30-4:45pm.


Prairie Crossing Metra lot across from race site


Awards ceremony will be held at approximately 7:00pm.

All runners who beat Matt’s time will be entered into a special raffle. Times to beat are:
1 mile time: 6:13
5k time: 21:27

Medals are also given for winners of the following age brackets:

5k: <10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+

10k:  Under 14, 15-19,20-29,30-39,40-49,50-59,60+

Mile – Male/Female winner in 10 and Under and 11-13 bracket

Group/Team Prizes will be awarded in 3 areas:

Team with fastest time for top 5 runners (5k) and 1 Mile

Team with most participants

Team with Highest Fundraising

Note: Mile teams must be Created by an adult. That option is available on the registration site (called non-participating adult).

Participants can have runners run in any race to be counted for the team total but the runners will have to have at least 5 participants in either the 5k or Mile to be scored for the fastest time. Teams and/or individuals can set up their fundraising page here 

For the 2016 Matt’s Miles race results: Click Here! 

The weather was beautiful for a run on the prairie, Saturday, September 24 for Matt’s Miles. Over 230 people participated in the run and walk, with many running in the new 10K race. 

Photos from Matt’s Miles 2016

Thanks to our participants and our sponsors for joining us. All of the proceeds will benefit the 12 Oaks Foundation whose mission is to provide grants to families in need to cover the costs of sports and community activities for their kids.

For the 2015 Matt’s Mile and 5K race results: Click Here!