2017 Knights Challenge

Congratulations to all Winners & Thank You to All


On October 7th we held our fourth annual Knights Challenge 5K Race and 1M Walk to benefit the Hanover Township Food Pantry. We had several participants sign up that morning, despite the cool temperatures and overcast skies. This was our best event yet. Since the weather didn’t cooperate, it was gratifying to see so many people turn out to help us support this worthwhile cause. Thank you to all that helped make this event a success.

Fourth Annual Knights Challenge
5K Race / 1M Walk

With the race underway, Bill Henderson, Race Director, paused for a picture with St. John’s School mascot, who was on hand to cheer on the children participating in our first Kids Fun Dash event.

Jim Kaltinger, who passed on his Race Director hat to Bill, had approached Mary’s Millennium Council in 2013 with his idea about conducting a 5K race. As an avid runner, he knew something about what was involved, but that challenge didn’t stop him from suggesting we sponsor an event. The council approved the idea overwhelmingly and we embarked on a journey which culminated in October 2014 with a successful event. Father Ted, our deceased Pastor, had been a huge supporter of the Knights and our vision to sponsor this race. We are certain that the sun’s rays that poked through the clouds was him smiling down in approval as we continued this tradition once again this year.

The Knights of Columbus, Mary’s Millennium Council in particular, is a great place for a man to share his dreams and together with fellow Knights, Ladies, members of the parish and community, accomplish great things for others in the community.


And The Winners Are …


Participants (runners / walkers) were broken down into age brackets. Top three male and females in each bracket were awarded medals. Overall male and female contestants received special awards. All participants received a technical style T-shirt. (Click image to enlarge)

Brother Knight Dan Klein was the first male runner to cross the finish line at 20:45.6. Colleen Clesen, from St. Charles, was the first female to cross the finish line at 24:40.2. Congratulations to both of them for winning the overall trophies.

Racetime will post official results on our registration page. If you can’t wait until that happens, just email us with your name and/or bib number and we’ll send you your results.




Thank You to Our Sponsors


There are so many people to thank in conjunction with the event. If we have omitted anyone, please forgive us since we all headed home for some well-deserved rest we might not have the complete list. We sincerely appreciated your support.
Our Gold level sponsors are St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church , Packaging By Design and Ron Donofrio Family.
Our Silver level sponsors are Hanover Township, Thomas Smogolski, Assessor, Brian P. McGuire, Supervisor and Advance Health and Wellness.
Our Bronze level sponsors are Countryside Funeral Home & Crematory, Larry Szmurlo FIC, FICF, and State Representative Fred Crespo.
Our additional sponsors, who provided food, beverages and other items for race day are Dunkin’ Donuts Hoffman Estates Locations (2716 N. Sutton Road and 1165 N. Barrington Road), Valli Produce Hoffman Estates, Terri Lynn Inc. Elgin, Mariano’s Hoffman Estates, Pure Hockey (formerly Total Hockey) provided bags, Brother Knight Dan Zych provided bottled water, Moretti’s provided 35 free pizza coupons, Tap House Grill provided 25 free appetizer coupons, Buffalo Wild Wings Hoffman Estates provided gift card, and Sams Club provided gift card (fruit bars & paper cups).


Thank You to Father Gregg Gorczyca, Streamwood Fire and Police Department, Hanover Township, Brother Knights & Ladies, St. John’s Crush teens, St. John’s This Man is You, and Race Time for helping make this event a success.

PHOTOS: Those of you that were at the event know that we were taking pictures throughout the morning and we have posted them in albums on our Facebook Page. If you’d like an original copy of one or more of the photos, please contact us via our webmaster or the Knights Challenge email: info@kofc12801.org. Also, if you’d prefer that we not post a picture that you were in, please let us know and we’ll remove those images.




2017 Knights Challenge


2017 Kids Fun Dash


2017 Knights Challenge Winners


The holiday season is fast approaching, really evident with today’s cool temperatures, and there are many families in our area that could use some extra assistance to make the holidays happy. That is where we, in conjunction with Hanover Township hope to make a difference.By YOUR support of our race today, you too have helped in this worthy cause. For that we will be forever grateful. We hope that you enjoyed the time you spent with us today, and that you will join us next year for the Fifth Annual Knights Challenge 5K. Be sure to follow Knights Challenge 5K on Facebook so that you’ll learn about our event once we begin our planning. If you’d like to be on our email list for next year, mail us at info@kofc12801.org


Knights of Columbus & Hanover Township Food Pantry

Thank You for Your Support

Course Map:

Course Map(Click for Map)



St. John Evangelist ChurchSt. John the Evangelist Church

Packaging By DesignPackaging By Design

Don Forino Family





Advance Health and Wellness

Advance Health and Wellness



Countryside Funeral Home

Countryside Funeral Home




Refreshment Sponsors

(click image for sponsors)