Illinois State University is “Celebrating Red” for Homecoming 2022. Be a part of the fun, wear your favorite red running gear, and sign up for the Town and Gown Hybrid 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk. The in-person race will take off at the Student Fitness Center on October 15 at 8 a.m. 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, map out your own as a participant in the virtual race, and get a little extra training help from our “couch to 5K” training schedule.

This year’s registration cost is $15 for all ages in-person and for virtual participants wanting a 5K shirt. Online registration is available until 4:30 p.m. October 7. 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 be guaranteed an exclusive race shirt and a goodie bag. 

Virtual runners will receive a confirmation email in the following weeks after registering, including a bib to print, further instructions, and a link to submit race time. Shirts will be mailed. All participants are encouraged to run on October 15 sporting their Redbird gear to “celebrate red,” 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. Check out all Homecoming 2022 events happening October 10-16.