The annual Town and Gown 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, beginning outside the Student Fitness Center and ending on the Quad.
For participants wishing to register for the 5K, there is a $35 fee. Registration for the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is $10. There is no fee for small children or strollers.
Participants may register in person at the Alumni Center, open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., until the Friday before the race.
Participants may register the day of the race between 7 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. at the Student Fitness Center.
The 5K will be chip timed, thanks to the Town of Normal.
All participants should wear red and white.
“This 5K is a partnership with the town, [the Alumni Center] and ISU, hence the ‘gown’ — as in commencement gown — portion of the event title,” Stephanie Duquenne, associate director for Alumni Relations, said.
Duquenne said this event is a tradition amongst many and that it brings a large number of alumni and community members out each year.
Prizes at the event will be awarded to the overall 5K male and female winners, as well as the top three male and female finishers in each age bracket.
The 5K run will include two water stops and refreshments afterwards for all participants of both the 5K and the run/walk.
Duquenne said the Alumni Center is expecting a turnout of about 350 people for the event this year, similar to last year.
“This event has been around for years. It started as another way [for the Alumni Center] to build a partnership with the Town of Normal and ISU,” she said.
The route for the event can be found at illinoisstatehomecoming.com/5k, said Duquenne.
“Bystanders are welcome to view the route and find a good place to watch the event. The ending and awards ceremony will be on the north end of the Quad,” she added.
Parking is available in the South University Street Parking Garage. There will be no refunds and no pets allowed.
“Campus Rec has the talent … to put on this event and Alumni Relations assists with marketing and registration,” she added.