2018 5k Results

Congratulations to all Winners & Thank You to All


On October 6th we held our fifth 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. It had rained heavily overnight, but at race time, the sun came out for awhile, as if God was shining down on what we were about to accomplish.  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.

Fifth Annual Knights Challenge
5K Race / 1M Walk

Bill Henderson, Race Director, gives final instructions to racers before the start of the 5k.  He was able to participate as one of the walkers, thanks to the many volunteers who came out to help.

Many of Mary’s Millennium Council’s  fund-raising ideas come from its members.  We have several avid runners,  and the 5k was a great way for us to increase our support for Hanover Township.  Throughout the year, St. John the Evangelist Parish, assisted by the Knights and Ladies Auxiliary, collects food for the pantry.   They also distribute food from the food truck during the summer and at holiday time.   There’s also the annual Giving Tree which collects thousands of gifts for Hanover Township distribution at Christmas time.

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 as well 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 images to enlarge)

Brother Knight Dan Klein was the first male runner to cross the finish line at 22:13.5. Colleen Clesen, from St. Charles, was the first female to cross the finish line at 25:30.0. Congratulations to both of them for winning the overall plaques.

Racetime has provided us with the official results. Click on the links below (by age or overall finishers) for 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, Ron Donofrio Family, State Representative Fred Crespo, and State Senator Cristina Castro.

Our Silver level sponsors are Hanover Township, Thomas Smogolski, Assessor, Brian P. McGuire, Supervisor and Advance Health and WellnessBeacon Funding,Burd’s Auto Bays,Power Packaging, a DHL Company, and Costco Wholesale – Schaumburg.

Our Bronze level sponsors are Countryside Funeral Home & Crematory, CD One Price Cleaners (Hanover Park), Henderson Family – Team MeredithLarry Szmurlo FIC, FICF,Kevin Navarro Agency, Streamwood,Tap House Grill – Hanover Park, Morici, Figlioli & Associates, Buffalo Wild Wings – Hoffman EstatesKiwanis Club of Streamwood, and Walgreens of Streamwood.

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),  Mariano’s Hoffman EstatesPure Hockey (formerly Total Hockey) provided bags, Brother Knight Dan Zych provided bottled water, Brother Knight Rich Zych provided apples, Moretti’s provided 35 free pizza coupons, Tap House Grill provided 25 free appetizer coupons, Buffalo Wild Wings Hoffman Estates provided gift card, Costco provided granola bars and more.


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.


Keeping Participants Safe: Hanover Township Volunteers, Streamwood Police Officers, and Streamwood Fire Department Paramedics. Thank you for your service.

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.



2018 Knights Challenge Awards

 2018 Kids Fun Dash

 2018 Knights Challenge 5k Run / Walk



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