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Sign up for the Concordia-Chicago Kindness 5K: Sharing life, love, light


Concordia University Chicago will host the 2019 Kindness 5K on Sunday, Sept. 8 at Batavia Riverwalk (Houston St. & Island Ave.) in Batavia, IL, to celebrate and continue the life, love and light shared by Katie L. Kloess BA ’09, MA ’11.

The Kloess family has continued their partnership with Concordia-Chicago for the third year to host a family-friendly event for participants of all ages, abilities and location. Not a typical road race, the event encourages participants to run, walk or stroll the course along the Fox River Trail, or register to join virtually when distance or schedule keeps them from the starting line.

A “Kindness Camp” on site will feature ministries that were important to Kloess in order to help teach participants about kindness opportunities locally, regionally and globally. Guests are asked to bring “birthday in a bag” items (such as cake mix, packaged balloons and birthday candles) for the West Suburban Community Pantry of Woodridge, IL, and soda pop tabs for the “Pop Top Dump” collection for Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Ronald McDonald Houses. A “Kids Zone” will feature games and fun for younger spectators who might not be completing the course.

Event Schedule:

  • 7 a.m. - Onsite packet pick-up and Kindness Camp opens
  • 8:30 a.m. - 5K Run, Walk, Stroll event begins
  • 10:00 a.m. - Closing worship and VICTORY lap for all participants and volunteers

Katie Kloess lived her life to the fullest, emulating Christ and embracing the mantra, “Be kind on purpose today.” She was killed in an automobile accident on Dec. 15, 2016, while traveling to coach the girls’ basketball team from Zion Lutheran School in Marengo, IL. Her passing initially cast a darkness upon those mourning, but Kloess’ light inspired the #Kindness4Katie movement, which has extended across Chicagoland and around the world.

The Kloess family holds a combined 10 degrees from Concordia-Chicago, where Katie was an award-winning student-athlete and graduated with academic honors. All proceeds from the Kindness 5K help fund a scholarship in Katie’s honor to support a student who excels in sharing life, love and light through kindness for others. Teagan Dunning, a Concordia-Chicago senior majoring in Christian ministry from Zionsville, IN, is the 2019-20 scholarship recipient. This year’s race will provide funds for two more “Katie” scholars in the 2020-21 academic year.

For more information, to register online, volunteer or be a sponsor, please visit: or contact Paige Craig, Director of Alumni Relations at 888-258-6773 or