Illinois State’s Homecoming has been around for 100 years, and the Town and Gown 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk has been included for the last 20. Celebrate this milestone on campus or wherever you are as we do our first hybrid race. The in-person race will take off at the Student Fitness Center and make its way through Uptown Normal and around campus. One water stop will be set on the course, and refreshments will be available afterward for all run/walk participants. Check out the course and a “couch to 5K” training schedule.

This year’s registration cost is $15 for all ages both in-person and virtual. Online registration is available until 4:30 p.m. October 13. Once online registration closes, participants may register in person at the Alumni Center. The cost for those interested in the 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk is $15 as well.

Participants who register before September 13 will receive an exclusive race shirt and a goodie bag. Or check out some 5K gear ideas that show Redbird spirit.

Virtual runners will receive a confirmation email in the following weeks after registering that includes a bib to print, further instructions, and a link to submit your time. Shirts will be mailed. All participants are encouraged to run on October 16 sporting their Redbird gear, but you can finish anytime prior to that date! Use #RedbirdHomecoming to be included in our Homecoming photos montage.

Redbirds don’t have to be avid runners to enjoy this event as it is open to all ages and levels. For more information, email Alumni Engagement or call 309-438-2586. Make sure to check out all Homecoming 2021 events scheduled throughout October 11-17.