June 14, 2019

Yankee Doodle Dash
July 3, at 8 a.m.
Gillson Park, Wilmette

Announcing the Yankee Doodle Dash! Our annual July Fun Run tradition just got a huge makeover, and we can’t wait to share all the fun and exciting changes with you.

Held July 3, 2019, the Yankee Doodle Dash will have participants racing through the streets of Wilmette on a 5K course, beginning and ending at Gillson Park. Participants will receive an awesome Yankee Doodle Dash t-shirt along with some fun Park District swag! We will have festivities before the race including a FREE Kids Dash for children under 7 years old looking to take part in the fun.

Drop off the kiddos at our complimentary participant child care station, then line up for the Yankee Doodle Dash start at 8 A.M. Work up a sweat on this warm July morning as you charge through the 3.1-mile course. Waiting at the finish line will be a FREE beer for all participants 21 & up – remember to bring your ID! Cool down, enjoy music from DJ LT, mingle with the crowd and grab some breakfast from our lineup of Food Trucks that will be parked on Overlook Drive for the after party.

We will be awarding prizes to the two top runners, as well as a special prize for the most patriotic costume! Break out the red, white & blue and show us your spirit! We’ve put a lot of time and energy into making the Yankee Doodle Dash a true-blue FUN RUN. So, come on out and bring the whole family!

Pre-register online, or in person at any Wilmette Park District facility through June 30. After June 30, register on race day starting at 6:30 a.m. at the event. Many thanks to our Stars & Stripes Sponsor, DeGiulio Kitchen Design!

Race Day Schedule:
6:30 a.m. Registration & Check-In
7:30 a.m. Kids Dash
7:45 a.m. Runner Warm-Up
8 a.m. Yankee Doodle Dash 5K
9 a.m. Top Runner Prizes
9:15 a.m. Costume Contest Winner Announced
10:30 a.m. Last Call for Food Trucks

Food Trucks Attending:

  • La Cocinita
  • A La Carte Catering (mimosas too!)
  • Toasty Taco
  • Misercordia Sweets on Wheels
  • Crave Bar

Registration & Fees:
Early Bird Registration (open through 6/30): $30
Registration Fee (day of event registration: 6:30-7:45 a.m.): $35

Packet Pick-up:
Packet pick-up will be at the CENTER FITNESS CLUB (3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette). 


  • Monday, July 1 from 1-8 P.M.
  • Tuesday, July 2 from 8 A.M.-Noon.

*Please note, packet pickup location has changed from previous years.