26 N Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014



Sunday, May 5, 2024 @ 8 AM

Nearly 30 years ago, a 5K charity event was born to honor Bob Blazier’s unparalleled community accomplishments and tireless efforts to reinvigorate downtown Crystal Lake by renovating, reconstructing, and raising the curtain on a new performing arts center. Recognizing the crucial role that Raue Center would play for the community, Bob asked that this new 5K race benefit the historic non-profit theater.

Raue Center’s Bob Blazier Run for the Arts continues to grow and build community, just like Bob.  For over 60 years, “Mr. Crystal Lake” has defined what it means to be a community-minded citizen. Raue Center celebrates his dedication and commitment to education, healthcare, and building businesses.

Come out and run for the arts for a chance to win a coveted BOBble Head Trophy! This year Bob and Raue Center are keeping it comfy with a 5K/1 Mile “Pajama Run!” Roll out of bed and come down in your favorite PJs, nightshirts, or nightcaps and run for the arts! Click HERE to learn more about Bob Blazier and the coveted BOBble Head Trophy he inspired.

Interested in running with a team?

The Bob Blazier Run for the Arts Corporate Challenge is designed to help companies foster healthy lifestyle choices and a commitment to wellness while participating in a fun and exciting competition. The challenge is easy! Get as many employees, business partners, friends, and family together to compete in four categories: Greatest Overall, Most Money Raised, Most Team Spirit, and Best Average Team Time!

*All registrations include a Race Day long-sleeve shirt. T-shirts are only guaranteed to the first 250 5K registrants ($2 extra for XXL). After April 21st, shirts will be given out on a first come first serve basis.

Train to Finish a 5K!
Saturday, March 23 – May 5, 2024
BAm (Be Amazed) training is a beginner program that will support you on your path to fitness through a guided walk/run interval program that progresses over 6 weeks — even if you don’t like to run! BAm is open to all ages of adults, fitness levels, and abilities! Make friends and meet your personal wellness goals in a supportive environment!


Interested in sponsoring this event?
View our packages here
For more information, contact Meredith Schaefer, mschaefer@rauecenter.org