Race Information

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Start Time: 5 p.m. (other activities begin at noon)

Registration is now open!

Want $50 in Food Truck Rally vouchers?  Then register for the 5K or RSVP to the Food Truck Rally before Sunday, August 7 to win them! (See below for rules.)


"All the Cool Kids Are Doing It" 5K Registration Perk

Hey Cool Kids! Yeah, you... If you're registered for the upcoming COD Sunset 5K Run/Walk, then you are automatically deemed "cool."  (Not a "cool kid" yet? Just register for the race to qualify for this perk!)

Use your favorite tactics to recruit three (3) 2016 race registrants at the special rate of $10 each and you will be sent a voucher for a 2017 free race entry.

(Don't forget... Race registration is not required to patronize the food trucks.)

How to redeem the perk!

  1. Convince three (3) people to register online for the 2016 COD Sunset 5K Run/Walk.
  2. They must use discount code "IMCOOLTOO" and reference you when prompted during online registration. (Must sign up under the "General Registration" category on Active.com. Discount code will only work when a "Cook Kid's" name is also mentioned.)

More details about this registration perk are at the bottom of this page.

Additional Incredible Registration Incentives:

  • Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female age group winners.
  • $200 Visa gift cards will be awarded to the Top Overall male and female runners and the "Middle of the Pack" winner.
  • $5 registration fee for currently enrolled COD students (limitations apply)
  • All 5K participants are eligible to win a free iPad.
  • $2 COD Food Truck Rally voucher included in each race packet
  • Teams of at least three people can compete for Best Time or "Luck of the Draw". Each winning team member will win a $50 Whole Foods gift card! 


Location and 5K Course

College of DuPage Football Stadium (start/finish)
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Same course as 2015 (new map available soon)
2015 USATF certification #IL-15035-JW

100-Yard Youth Dash Information

  • 4 p.m. start time on football field
  • $5.00 registration fee (in advance and on race day)
  • Two age divisions (4-7, and 8-12 years old)
  • $25 Visa gift cards will be awarded to the fastest girls and boys in each age division.
  • Unofficially timed with stopwatches and eagle-eyed COD Cross Country team members

    Don't forget about the Touch-A-Truck and other Kid Zone activities!

Registration Information

College of DuPage is celebrating its 50th Anniversary! To commemorate this special occasion, the 5K registration fee will reflect COD's inaugural academic year of 1967.

Registration is now open at Active.com. Please note that onsite race day registration will not be available.  You can register for the event on the day of, but it must be from a device with internet capability.  For technical assistance with online registration, please call Active.com Consumer Support line at (877) 228-4881, option 4.

5K Run/Walk

Early Bird Price

May 1 thru 14

(description below)


May 15 thru Sept. 16

Race Day (not available onsite)

Currently Enrolled COD Students (limitations apply-see below)




Seniors (Age 60+)

"Pay the Date"



Children (Ages 5-12)

"Pay the Date"



CARA Members

"Pay the Date"



General Registrations

"Pay the Date"



100-Yard Youth Dash


Ages 4-7




Ages 8-12




*Children under 4 years of age participating in the 5K are free and registration is not needed.


"Pay the Date" Early Bird Registration Fee

For the first two weeks of registration, you can sign up for the 5K at the low, low cost of the calendar date. Beginning Sunday, May 1, 2016, the 5K registration fee will be $5.01. It will increase by one cent every day until Saturday, May 14, 2016 and end at a whopping cost of $5.14.

Important Information about Race Day 5K Registration:

  • Onsite registration will not be available except for the 100-Yard Youth Dash (cash only- $5.00).  You may register for the 5K on the day of, but it must be from a device with internet capability.
  • Race day registrations after 4:30 p.m. are not guaranteed ranking.
  • Team registration is not available onsite.
  • Race day registrants are not guaranteed to receive a race packet, including official race tech shirt, drawstring backpack, and $2 COD Food Truck Rally voucher.

Currently Enrolled College of DuPage Student-Priced Registration Limitations:

  • Only the first 250 student-priced registrants who check in at the event will receive complete race packets, including official race tech shirt, drawstring backpack, and $2 COD Food Truck Rally voucher.
  • Must pick up packet on race day from the Registration Area between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. If the race packet is not claimed in this timeframe, it will be forfeited.
  • Pre-race day packet pickup is not available for COD student-priced registrations.
  • Enrollment status is subject to verification. Student ID number is required at the time of registration.
  • Bibs and timing services will be available for all 5K participants.
  • Currently enrolled COD students who prefer to not be subjected to the above limitations can register under the category of "General Registration" and pay full price.



Teams consist of 3-15 people and can be created at the time of registration on Active.com.

TO CREATE A TEAM, the person designated as the team captain enters the team name during self-registration. (Decide on the name in advance to save time.)

  • Team Captain has the option to require a password for others to join.
  • It is suggested that the captain communicate with potential members that the team has been created and what the password is, if any.

TO JOIN A TEAM, you will search for and select the team name during self-registration.

POST-REGISTRATION TEAM FORMATION: Teams may be created after self-registration has occurred by logging into Active.com. Click on "My Events" and modify the existing COD 5K form with the steps listed above.

Fastest Team Award

Each member of the fastest team will receive a $50 Whole Foods gift card! The winning team's time will be based on the average of top three team members' times.

"Luck of the Draw" Team Award

After all race participants have made their way to the finish line, a team name will be drawn from a hat and the lucky team members who participated in the race will each win a $50 Whole Foods gift card!

Additional Teams Information

  • Onsite registration will not be available for new teams or additional team members.
  • All members must check in at the Teams table in the registration area by 4 p.m. for prize eligibility.
  • Winning teams will be announced at 6:15 p.m. during a short award ceremony at the Lakeside Pavilion.
  • Winners must be present to accept awards
  • Only teams with at least three (3) registered members will qualify
  • Only team members with an official time will qualify
  • The team deemed "fastest" will not be in the running for "Luck of the Draw"
  • Teams may have a free professional photo taken on race day, which will be emailed within one week of the event to Team Captains. (All teams that wish for this benefit must check in at the registration table no later than 3:30 p.m. as there may be a line.)

Race Packets

5K participants will receive a short-sleeved technical shirt in a nylon drawstring backpack, including a $2 COD Food Truck Rally voucher. Only the first 250 COD student-priced registrants who check in at the event will receive complete race packets from the Registration Area.

Pre-Race Day Packet Pickup

Details will be provided soon.

Race Day Packet Pickup

Grab your packet and then some grub at the COD Food Truck Rally!
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in College Rd. parking lot 1A (Registration Area).

Event Parking

Ample free parking will be available off of College Rd. in lots 1 and 2, just west of the COD Food Truck Rally and football stadium, or off of Fawell Blvd. in lots A, B, and D. There will be plenty of volunteers and clear signage to direct you to the event from all parking areas.

Aid Stations and Comfort Facilities

There will be an aid station and water stop along the course to ensure happy and safe participants. Restrooms are located within the Physical Education Center (PEC), just north of the festivities.

Additional Information

  • Walkers and strollers are welcome and will be asked to position themselves behind the runners at the starting line.
  • Bicycles, in-line skates, other wheeled vehicles (except wheelchairs and strollers) are not allowed.
  • Animals are not allowed.
  • This event will proceed rain or shine.
  • College of DuPage is a tobacco-free campus.
  • All registration payments are final.
  • No refunds will be processed unless a doctor's note specifically referencing a need to cancel registration for the College of DuPage Sunset 5K is submitted to COD5K@cod.edu by Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. CST.
  • Registrations may not be transferred to another individual.

If you need special accommodations for the 5K Run/Walk, please e-mail COD5K@cod.edu or call Ami Chambers, race co-director, at (630) 942-3823.

For Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations, call (630) 942-2141 (voice) or (630) 858-9692 (TDD).

CARA Certification

This race has applied for and received the Chicago Area Runners Association designation as a CARA CERTIFIED RACE. This race has agreed to adhere to and uphold CARA's Best Practices Guidelines. These Guidelines embody the highest standards for quality, safety and comfort for participants in a road race.

Due to CARA's advocacy efforts, runners in the Chicagoland area enjoy some of the highest quality road races in the country. To view the Guidelines and to learn more about CARA, visit www.cararuns.org.
The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland. CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run – farther, faster, better, for life.

Registration is now open!

*$50 Food Truck Rally Voucher registration incentive rules:

  • Those who have already registered for the 5K or RSVP'd for the Food Truck Rally will be eligible for the drawing (excluding previous winners).
  • Winner will be notified via email on Monday, August 8.
  • Valid only for those 18 and older. 5K registration categories include general registrations, COD students, CARA members, and seniors.
  • No award substitutions or cash equivalents.


"All the Cool Kids Are Doing It" Registration Perk Details:

(Instructions to take advantage of this incredible perk are at the top of this page.)

  • Successful "Cool Kids" will receive a 2017 race voucher within 30 days after 2016 event. Date of next year's event will be decided after January 1, 2017 and we promise you'll be the first to know about it.
  • 2016 registrants who were recruited by a "Cool Kid" and paid the incredibly low $10 rate can also recruit three (3) additional registrants and receive a voucher for a 2017 free race entry.
  • A log of successful "Cool Kids" will be securely maintained at the COD Sunset 5K headquarters.
  • To qualify for the perk, each recruited 2016 registrant must enter a "Cool Kid's" name (someone who is already registered) when prompted during online registration.
  • It is not assumed that all "Cool Kids" know and/or like their recruits.  They may or may not be on a team together, also.  However, it is simple to create or join a team.  Just follow the prompts during online registration.
  • Limited to one free 2017 race entry per "Cool Kid."
  • This registration perk is available for a limited time only.

Contact Information

CARA CertifiedFor More Information:
Ami Chambers
Race Co-Director
(630) 942-3823

2016 Sponsors

DuPage Medical Group - We Care For You


Naperville Running Co.

Lisle-Woodridge Fire District

College of DuPage Foundation




the Mac

WDCB Jazz - 90.9 FM

Laps With the Chaps 2015


2015 Laps with the Chaps

Over 1200 participants enjoyed the beautiful weather on September 26, 2015 when College of DuPage hosted the 5th annual Laps with the Chaps 5K Sunset Run/Walk and COD Food Truck Rally!