Giving To Concordia


Kindness 5K: Sharing Life. Love. Light.

Thanks for Joining Us at the Batavia Riverwalk!

We did it! Thanks for your participation in the 2018 Kindness 5K we have fully-funded a SECOND "Katie" Scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year. Two students will receive the benefit of your generosity. Discussions are already under way for next year. In the meantime, here are the 2018 results:

Kindness 5K Age Group Results

Kindness 5K Overall Results

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. More than a typical road race, our celebration will feature fun-filled and faith-based activities for race participants and their fans.


Kindness CampKloess Twins with Dog

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 projects including:

  • 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
  • PAINT A PEBBLE to surprise someone through Kindness Rocks!
  • JOT A NOTE to encourage a college student at Concordia University Chicago
  • THANK a First Responder by sharing and encouraging word
  • ENCOURAGE the homeless served by PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)

Kindness 5K Photo Booth
Kid Zone

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

Our final event will be a worship service 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

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 a second "Katie" scholarship in 2018-19. Give Today >>

Participate with Virtual Registration

Virtual registration has how closed. Shirts were shipped on Wednesday, Sept.5 by USPS Priority Mail and should arrive on/around Saturday, Sept. 8. Be sure to share photos of your race with #Kindness4Katie #Kindness5K #lifelovelight

Volunteer for the Kindness 5K

Volunteer registration has how closed. More than 100 individuals have signed up to make the 2018 Kindness 5K possible. We hope you'll consider joining us in person on race day.

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 

Contributing to the Kindness 5K puts sponsors' names in front of more than 500 participants. In 2017, that included runners and volunteers from 25 states as well as 86 cities throughout Illinois. Support ensures  every registration dollar adds to "Katie's" scholarship.

Review the 2018 Sponsorship Brochure and return your commitment form or give online and select "Kindness 5K Sponsorship" in the drop down menu. Sponsor Today>> 

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