There is no denying the fact that 2020 has brought a lot of uncertainty, impacting everyone’s life in some way. At Marklund, our mission to make everyday life possible for individuals with profound disabilities… will always remain the same.

As a non-profit organization, we rely on our annual fundraising events to fill the service gap of $13,200 per resident, per year – assuring the highest standard of Marklund care. Not only does the Run, Walk & Roll event help fill this gap, it gives individuals the platform to get active while celebrating Marklund with fellow friends, family and community members.

Though we cannot predict what is to come this October, we can guarantee proper action and accommodations will be in place to provide a safe, and fun event for all participants. Please review the two possible scenarios below.

The physical Run, Walk & Roll 5K/1Mile event will be held “live” in Geneva as planned on
Sunday, October 18th at 8:30 a.m., as large group gatherings are permitted safe.

Appropriate health precautions and resources will be added to assure the safety and comfort
of our participants, residents, volunteers, vendors, sponsors and spectators.

We encourage all that are ready to participate in a traditional race to join us!
Though, we understand that some individuals may not be ready to be in a crowd setting during this time.
In this instance, we will be offering our VIRTUAL 5K and 1 Mile registration options,
where participants can still join in on all the fun, receive race gear, support Marklund and stay active!

Large gatherings and events are not permitted or in the best interest of attendees health and safety.
EVERYONE will be converted to participate in the VIRTUAL Run, Walk & Roll 5K/1Mile.

What is a virtual 5K/1Mile event?
How can I receive race updates and stay involved with Marklund?
Check out ALL details by viewing our

Keep hope alive with Marklund

1 Mile: $40

5K: $50

Hoodie Only: $30




Not applicable to “hoodie only” purchase.

Registration includes 2020 Run, Walk & Roll event hoodie,
race bib (5K chipped timing or virtual timing link),

finisher award, entry into after party, and much more!

Event hoodies guaranteed to all participants that register before 9/18.
(Design coming soon!)


Our Run, Walk & Roll sponsorship packages offer a wide variety of opportunities that allow businesses to connect with their communities while supporting the everyday lives of individuals with profound disabilities.


We could not do this without the
helping hands of our volunteers!

Sign up today to join Marklund in assisting our participants, residents and spectators.

Volunteer details and Registration

QUESTIONS? Contact Race Director, Natalie Sarby, at or (630) 593-5461




Run, Walk & Roll History

Marklund’s Run, Walk & Roll was established in 2013 as a fun and community friendly way to raise awareness and support for Marklund’s programs and services.  From the initial Run, Walk & Roll logo designed by Geneva High School students, to the enormous support from our local businesses, neighbors and friends, this event continues to surpass all expectations.


Since its inception, the Run, Walk & Roll Series has raised over $540,000 in net proceeds to support the children and adults with developmental disabilities being cared for at Marklund.
Looking Back at Run, Walk & Roll-Geneva

2017 Run, Walk & Roll-Geneva

2018 Run, Walk & Roll-Geneva

2019 Run, Walk & Roll-Geneva

photos courtesy of Marklund
and Press Photography, Inc.