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5K Dixon Refuge Dash

Join TWI at the inaugural Dixon Refuge Dash on Saturday, September 23, in celebration of Hennepin's bicentennial. A 5K, family-friendly "fun run" at the Refuge's new Hickory Hollow tract, the event will give you a chance to experience what this area along the Illinois River would have been like when Hennepin was first settled. After the race, you can enjoy other bicentennial activities in Hennepin, including a pancake breakfast at the Hennepin Fire Station.

Online registration is now closed.

Day-of registration opens on-site at 7:30 a.m.


Saturday, September 23


Check-in and day-of registration opens at 7:30 a.m.
Runners start at 8:00 a.m.
Walkers start at 8:15 a.m.


$10 entry fee per person.
Children under the age of 16 are welcome to participate but must also pay the entry fee and be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone.
Participants will receive a Dixon Refuge Dash t-shirt.
The entry fee will help support TWI's mission of ecological restoration in the Illinois River Valley.


The race will take place rain or shine, unless there is an extreme weather event.


Parking will be available off Route 26, near the race start. Click here for a Dixon Waterfowl Refuge map and detailed 5K race map.

Registration and Check-in

Online registration is now closed. Day-of registration opens on-site at 7:30 a.m., when check-in for pre-registered participants begins.

Race Course

This is a trail run. It will take place on unpaved surfaces through the new Hickory Hollow tract at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge. Experience this restoration-in-progress as you run through native Illinois habitats like sand and mesic prairie, oak savanna, and mixed woodland. Click here to see a map of the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge and a detailed 5K race map.

The 2017 Dixon Refuge Dash is sponsored by


With additional support from:

Axline Pharmacy

Christina Judd Mennie

Country Stop

Edgewood Park Golf Club

Gonet Insurance

Grasser's Plumbing & Heating

Hennepin Boat Store

John Brandstatter & Sons

Putnam County Rotary

Shore Law and Mediation

William Marino - Hennepin LLC


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