Full Calendar

Heartland Harvest 5K @ Heartland Community College Fitness and Recreation Center
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am

The 5K course will lead runners through Heartland Community College’s Normal campus to the Corn Crib and back, finishing at the Fitness and Recreation Center where participants will enjoy post-race snacks. Runners will be timed by the Lake Run Club.

Registration is $25 if received by October 18. Students and Alumni receive a $5 discount. Race day registration is $30.

Short sleeve performance shirts will be guaranteed to participants registered by October 1.

Packet pick-up and race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Fitness and Recreation Center gymnasium.

Race time is 9:00 a.m.

Race participants will enjoy a pre- and post-race exhibition featuring promotions and give-a-ways from event sponsors and other community businesses and organizations.

Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and 5k @ Downtown
Oct 20 @ 7:00 am

A cool, late October Chicago area Half Marathon and 5K with a scenic tour of Naperville’s parks, neighborhoods, and downtown district, a fast downhill finish on the river, and two great spectator viewing points within easy walking distance of race village. Use promo code RC-LRC-2019-SAVE-5 to save $5 off of the current Half Marathon entry fee.

Oktoberfest Rotary Run 5k @ GE Park/Union Park Clubhouse
Oct 20 @ 3:30 pm

Every third Sunday in October is our Annual Oktoberfest 5K Run and 1 mile Fun Walk! This run/walk is a fundraiser to support BN Sunrise Rotary’s Youth Services and the CCHS Rotaract Club.

The run is a chip-timed 5k on the Constitution Trail from GE park, looping through Tipton Trails, and back to GE park. Blacktop trails the whole way.

At the end enjoy an Oktoberfest Celebration with free brats, Oktoberfest and regular beer (for those 21 and over), accordion music, and an awards ceremony with fabulous ceramic steins for top three in each 5k age group (10 year groups). Food-and-beer-only option also available, so bring the whole family, even the non-runners! Costumes are sported by several participants, though there is not a costume competition…yet.

Packet pickup from 4 pm to 6 pm on the Saturday before the race, at Fleet Feet in Bloomington.

T-Shirt only guaranteed for those who register by October 5

Race the Dead @ Kick's Bar & Grill
Oct 25 @ 6:01 pm

Race the Dead…if you Dare!


G.R.I.T. Run
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am

“It’s more uphill than down,” the experienced runner panted between gasps. The Grueling, Rugged, Inclined Trail (GRIT) Run is an intense 5K run up hills, through creek beds, along the Sangamon River, and under the canopy of changing autumn leaves. $35 per runner. Kids 12 and under run free. It is the kickoff for the CILCA Homecoming. Find out more about the whole day event at http://www.cilca.org/homecoming.html.

Allerton Park Trail Run
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am
Allerton Park Trail Run

The chip-timed trail race that we fondly just call “Allerton” consists of both a 5.7-mile trail run and 2-mile nature walk held on the estate of Robert Allerton Park in Monticello, IL. Allerton is always on the last Sunday in October, which obviously occasionally falls on Halloween.

This time of year at Allerton is beautiful as the trail run winds through fall-colored forests and past the unique gardens and statuary of Allerton Park. The nature walk breaks off from the trail run before the 1st mile marker to explore the gardens of the park before ending across the finish line in the meadow.

We cannot allow dogs or baby strollers on the course. We do not recommend wearing headphones as we encourage you to enjoy the beautiful natural sounds of the park on your trail run. Both trail runners and nature walkers may find hidden roots, ruts, sharp turns, stones stairs, and other obstacles. The race course follows the river which has proven quite challenging over the years, which can often lead to quite a muddy, slippery, and certainly splattery fun and challenging time. Of course, that is what helps make it a trail run! We take great care with preparing the trail to prevent injuries. The day before the race, we have a crew walk the course, clearing it of the large (3 inch!) green walnut balls, branches and marking roots with orange & blue powder.

Both events of the race ends across the finish line in the meadow. Family and friends gather while a local radio station provides music and commentary. We have a post run potluck style brunch that is largely supported by the food items brought by YOU, the race participants and our sponsors. We have an awards ceremony with many age group awards for only the trail run, and a costume contest with many prize drawings. The trail race is presented by the Second Wind Running Club, a 501(c)3 member of the RRCA.

Race shirts are only available through October 12th. Monticello Triple Crown signup is only available through 7:00pm on October 20th. Last day of online registration is Oct 25 at 7pm. All promotions, Second Wind member discounts, and “LakeRun” Club member coupon discounts are only available online. Packet pickup at Body’N Sole in Savoy on Oct 26 11am to 5pm or on race day at the visitor’s center 7am to 8:45am.

Allerton Park Trail Run – 2019 registration form

St Mary’s 5K Chili Crusade @ St. Mary’s School
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm
St Mary's 5K Chili Crusade @ St. Mary’s School

Packet pick up Saturday October 26th, 10:30am – 2pm at St. Mary’s Chili Cook off, located at the McLean County Fair grounds, West Expo Building.
On site packet pick up, Sunday October 27th from 11:30am-12:45pm (prior to the race) at St Mary’s School.

The race runs throughout historic Bloomington, IL.
Mostly on the Constitution Trail with one loop in St. Mary’s Cemetery. The race will start and end on the trail near St. Mary’s School.

Post-race party at the school. Chili, hot dogs, door prizes and more.

Printable registration form

IVS Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk @ Michael Sonnemaker Memorial Sculpture and Garden
Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm
IVS Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk @ Michael Sonnemaker Memorial Sculpture and Garden

Come join us at the Spooktacular first (official) IVS Trick or Trot Fun Run/Walk.

What could be better than running through a cemetery on Halloween night?? Trunk or Treating while running through a cemetery on Halloween night!!

The run/walk will start near the base of the Michael Sonnemaker statue and then wind past the mausoleums and monuments in Springdale. 

(Don’t be afraid – all the spooks and goblins are trick-or-treating elsewhere).  Along the way there will be trunk or treat stations to fill your goodie bag! 

Runners are encouraged to run in costume and enter the costume contest just before the fun run. 

A photo booth will be available for an enduring image of your fun!

All participants will receive a treat bag and memento of their run. 

Participants are required to bring a headlamp/flashlight. Reflective gear is encouraged.

All participants registered by October 4th can choose the T-shirt option. 

If you won’t be able to run but still want a cool shirt – that option is available as well! Participants who choose the t-shirt option will receive a long sleeve tech shirt with Ivy the IVS Halloween cat (see above) on the front – great for your autumn practice runs or just chilling in front of a fire, making s’mores. Registrants after October 4th will not have the option to include a t-shirt. 
Extra shirts may be available for sale at the event. Not a promise. 🙂 

Packet pick-up will be available on Wednesday, October 30th, from 4-7:00pm in the Woodruff parking lot.

Limited registration and packet pick-up is available race day, between 5:00PM and 5:45 PM, adjacent to the Michael Sonnemaker Memorial Sculpture and Garden in lower Glen Oak Park (near the intersection of Abington and Perry Streets).

Event Schedule 
October 30th 4:00-7:00 PM CDT – Packet Pickup in Woodruff Parking lot 
October 31st 5:00-5:45 PM CDT – Race Day Registration/Check In 
October 31st 5:45-5:55 PM CDT -Costume Contest 
October 31st 6:00 PM CDT – Race Start 
October 31st 7:00 PM CDT – BYO drinks at T n T’s in Peoria Heights immediately after the race

IVC Ghost Chase 5K @ Bananas Beach Bar
Nov 2 @ 9:00 am
IVC Ghost Chase 5K @ Bananas Beach Bar

Entry Fee: $25 early registration thru midnight Oct. 1, $30 after Oct. 1. Families for $60 (max 4 people). To receive a shirt, you must register by Oct. 15th.

Registration/check-in & packet pickup: Downtown Chillicothe 7:30-8:45AM, Saturday morning in front of Bananas. 908 N. Front Street Chillicothe, IL

Ghost Chase is a 5K Race sponsored by the IVC High School Band Boosters (a 501.c.3 nonprofit corp.) with proceeds benefiting the IVC band programs: marching band, concert band, wind ensemble, jazz bands, indoor drumline & guard.

Registration form

Veterans Day 5k @ Illinois State University Student Fitness Center
Nov 9 @ 9:00 am

Please join us for our very first Veterans Day 5k in honor of Sgt. Josh Rodgers. The event is hosted by Illinois State University’s Veterans fraternity, Omega Delta Sigma, and the Illinois State University Army ROTC program.

Initial packet pick-up is on Friday, November 8th, from 8:00AM – 7:00PM at the Alumni Center. Packets can also be picked up the morning of the race from 8:00AM to 8:45AM.

NOTE: In order to be guaranteed a shirt, tickets have to be registered by October 28th. There will be extras available at a first-come-first-serve basis. When registering, please note your shirt size and the branch of military you would like to support for the race. The colors of the branch you choose will be reflected on the shirt.

The race begins at 9:00AM, but please feel free to hang around for snacks and camaraderie with local veteran and military groups from the community!

For more details and to sign up for the race, please use the link provided. If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate to the Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers Memorial Fund directly, please go to: https://ilprairiecf.org/sgt-joshua-p-rodgers-memorial-fund

If you would like to become a sponsor or have any questions that aren’t answered in the registration link, please message us and we will get back to you ASAP. We look forward to seeing you on race day!

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