FamilyCore Frosty 5K and Dog Walk

FamilyCore will host the 22nd Annual Frosty 5K and Dog Walk on Saturday, January 30 with race options this year due to the pandemic.  Runners may choose to participate in the in-person event on Peoria’s Riverfront or run on your own time as part of the “virtual race.”

The in-person race, which began as a coat drive for children, leads runners along the scenic route of 3.1 miles or the 1 mile walk along the Peoria Riverfront. Dogs (accompanied by a human) are welcomed on both the 5K and 1 Mile race courses. The race will begin at Running Central (located at 311 SW Water St. in Peoria) and conclude at the Gateway Building (located at 200 Northeast Water St. in Peoria).  Participants will be required to wear a mask during the race.

The virtual version takes place at the runner’s discretion (prior to in-person race completion).  The 5K entry fee is $30 prior to January 22 and $40 the day of the event. A family rate for three to four 5K runners is $80. One mile walkers are $30.  Registration is currently open.  Find full details on the Events Calendar.

The Frosty 5K is one of the main fundraisers for the non-profit organization FamilyCore (previously known as Counseling & Family Services).  With over 80 employees who work with schools, the court system and other social service agencies to connect counseling, intervention, preventative education and other support services with those who have a need, FamilyCore are celebrating 120 years helping central Illinoisans.

FamilyCore provides adoption, counseling, foster care, single parent services as well as youth outreach including after school and summer programs that focus on educational and recreational activities.  With locations in downtown Peoria and Pekin, they are members of the Heart of Illinois United Way and United Way of Pekin.

Contact Veronica Stalter at (309) 676-2400 ext. 282 for race or sponsorship information.  Learn more about the organization at