A 5K is held every year the weekend of Homecoming. Students and alumni reconnect and bond over this experience. For some, this run/walk is a challenge, for others it is another step in their marathon training, for all it is something fun to do with fellow members of the Illinois State University community to share your Redbird pride!

Illinois State red tank top

Illinois State red tank top

Last year there was a News story to help you prepare your body for the race. Ways to prepare included a 7-week training schedule, warm-up suggestions, and the reminder to hydrate. This year, we will help you gear up for the festivities!

Nike black performance leggings

Nike black performance leggings

The 2019 homecoming theme is “come one, come all” a nod to ISU’s extensive circus history. Over its 90 years in existence, the Gamma Phi Circus has captured the attention and curiosity of everyone who has attended their shows. But, we don’t want you to look like a clown as you run this homecoming. Take a look at some of the activewear options that we have for you.

Maybe you were a part of the track team while you were a student, or maybe you have found a love for running. We’ve got you covered  with your classic track style tank top. Pair this top with some Nike leggings or some shorts and you have a full Redbird ensemble. For you, this isn’t just a casual 5K, it’s a race!

Illinois State Redbirds black Nike dry-fit shirt

Illinois State Redbirds black Nike dry-fit shirt

No matter what kind of runner you are, you’re probably going to work up a sweat. Don’t worry about cotton clinging to you, we have dry fit options. Check out this great Nike dry-fit t-shirt that is sure to keep you cool. This shirt pairs great with your favorite pair of Redbird basketball shorts. Comfort is key!

Redbirds "Family" long-sleeve shirt

Redbirds “Family” long-sleeve shirt

Speaking of basketball, the Illinois State Basketball teams always wear warm-up uniforms. As was mentioned in last year’s story, stretching and warming your muscles is very important in preventing injury. While you’re putting together your 5K wardrobe, you might as well pick up a warm-up uniform of your own. For your warm-up uniform, you are going to need a nice dry-fit long sleeve shirt, and some joggers. You can be part of the team with this Men’s Basketball warm-up shirt!

Finally, if you’re worried about the weather, we have options for you! With homecoming being in October and the 5K taking place in the morning, sometimes it can be chilly and you may want to run wearing layers. No worries. Check out one of these awesome sweatshirts.

Redbirds Nike women’s pullover

We have a variety of different styles. Everyone loves a good quarter-zip. This nice Redbird red option is perfect for showing off your school spirit and it can keep you warm.

We also have a nice black quarter-zip option that provides a lot of pockets, perfect for your phone and ID. The Athletics logo really pops off the black background!

Redbirds Columbia men's quarter-zip

Redbirds Columbia men’s quarter-zip

No matter what you prefer to wear while running, Illinois State has you covered. If you look good, you feel good, and you’ll be more motivated to get out of bed Saturday morning and run in the 5K! Check out more apparel options at any of the retailers listed on the Alumni website.