Since its inception in 1981, the Corn Fest 10 km Race event has grown to include a 3 km Run/Walk. The addition of this event has made the DeKalb Corn Fest Races a true "family affair". The planning and implementation of this fitness-oriented event occurs through the dedicated efforts of a volunteer committee:

In an effort to keep the 100+ volunteers coming back year after year, special 5, 10, 15, and 20-year recognition awards were initiated for our "super" volunteers! See our Honor Roll page. In order to accommodate the growing number of participants, the race site was moved from Huntley Middle School to DeKalb High School in 1989, which the high school later became the new Huntley Middle School when a new high school was built. In 2002 the 10 km race course was modified, making it a more appealing course for runners, and was once again certified as a sanctioned event with the USATF Illinois. The $1,000 worth of prize money for the 10 km race attracts elite runners from the area. The race is currently listed on the racing circuits of the Starved Rock Runners LTD. and the Northern Illinois Trail Runners; clubs that award points to their members for participation and/or winning.

The 3 km Walk/Run is a family oriented event! Three generations are seen participating in this out and back course through the local neighborhood. Parents pushing babies in strollers, the family dog in tow, children on roller blades, tricycles and bicycles, and elderly couples strolling arm in arm have all comprised the field for this event. Since this is a “fun” event, official times are not published, but times are displayed on the race clock for participants to view as they cross the finish line.