This year marks the 5th annual Run for Hope, now Cupcake Classic. The Cupcake Classic (formerly Run for Hope) is a Kids One-Mile run, and a 5K run (or walk for those that just want to stroll through this beautiful Downers Grove neighborhood) to raise money for the Noah's Hope Fund. It is a timed event which starts near Blackstone Drive and 67th Street, and takes participants through the surrounding neighborhood of Downers Grove.
The name has been changed to Cupcake Classic, because once participants cross the finish line they will be participating in the area's largest birthday party. It is a birthday party to celebrate Noah and Laine VanHoutan's birthdays, and to help us continue the fight against Batten Disease. As runners and walkers cross the finish line they will receive a delicious birthday cupcake.
After the event, celebrate with your family and friends at the post-race festivities on the North-East grounds of McCollum Park, behind the Fire Station. Ronald McDonald join in the celebration, along with face painters and balloon artists.
The Noah's Hope Fund was developed by the VanHoutan family from Downers Grove whose 2 children are suffering from Batten Disease, a terminal disease in which there currently is not a cure.