Giving To Concordia


Kindness 5K: Sharing Life. Love. Light.


Peg Bond Center at the
Batavia Riverwalk
Houston St at Island Ave, Batavia

Check In Opens 7:15 am Race Begins 8:30 am Closing Worship 10:00 am

2019 Course Map along Fox River Trail

Individual Early Bird (Virtual Too!) 
$25 until Aug 16, $35 after

Family Early Bird (2 adults, 2 children age 4-12)
$60 until Aug 16, $70 after

CUC Student Rate
$20 includes transportation

Click Here to Register Today

Early Bird Rates Until Friday, August 16


The Kloess family nickname, the "5K," inspired the Kindness 5K, a run/walk/stroll to honor Katie's legacy and to glorify Christ, the true reason for our actions, so that others might know Him. Our celebration will feature fun-filled and faith-based activities for race participants and their fans. 

Kindness Camp 7:15 - 10:00 am

Kindness 5K 2019 Kid Zone

More than a typical road race, Kindness 5K participants are invited to "Kindness Camp" before and after the race. Activities will help leave a local impact in Batavia, enrich Chicagoland and connect to global kindness opportunities.

Stay tuned for info on 2019 projects such as:

  • BRING BIRTHDAY ITEMS for the West Suburban Community Pantry (click for details)
  • DROP OFF POP TABS for Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • CALM ANXIETY with the Lutheran Church Charities - Comfort Dogs
  • LIVE GENEROUSLY then stop by Thrivent table for info
  • PRAY for a Service Person and take a keepsake for future reminder

Kindness 5K 2019 Kid Jenga

Kid Zone
 7:15 - 10:00 am

Katie decided at Concordia that she wanted to grow up...but not too much! A Kids Zone will be available before, during and after the race with games and activities for Katie's younger fans as well as the young at heart. Activities are geared for those 12 and under. Entrance is free, but registration is required. Register Today >>

Post-Race Worship 10:00 am

Our final event will be a worship service led by Pastor Matt Hoffman (St. Andrew's Lutheran Church/Park Ridge) and closing with a Victory Lap around the Batavia Riverwalk green. This final reminder celebrates our Victory in Heaven which Katie has received.


Kindness 5K 2017 Witte Family

Register as a Virtual Participant

Distance or schedules make it difficult to join us in Batavia? Become a Virtual Participant and share kindness wherever you serve and lead. Register by August 15 in order to guarantee your participant shirt arrives on/around Friday, September 6. Then share photos of your race with #Kindness4Katie #Kindness5K #lifelovelight Register Online >>

Share Kindness through Giving

All proceeds support the Katie Kloess Life. Love. Light. Memorial Scholarship at Concordia University Chicago. Help us reach our goal to award three "Katie" scholarships in 2020-21. Give Today >>

Volunteer for the Kindness 5K

More than 100 individuals help make the Kindness 5K possible. We hope you'll consider joining us in person on race day. Sign Up to Serve Online>>

Become a Life. Love. Light. Fundraiser

You can help reach our goal to fund another "Katie" scholarship in 2018. Click "Become a Fundraiser" link on right side of the landing page to customize your web page. Set a goal, tell your Katie story and then share with friends. Begin Today >>

Sponsor the Kindness 5K

The "Year of the Cougar" at Concordia University Chicago is the ideal time for supporters to get more roar for their sponsorship dollars. Partners will support three signature events while receiving exposure to nearly 2,500 participants. All proceeds support scholarships at Concordia-Chicago including adding directly to "Katie's" scholarship.

Review the 2019 Year of the Cougar Sponsorship Brochure and return your commitment form or give online and select "Year of the Cougar" in the drop down menu. Sponsor Today>> 

Questions? Contact the CUC Office of Alumni Relations at or toll free at 888-258-6773.