Race Information


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Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017

Location and 5K Course

College of DuPage Football Stadium (start/finish)
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Similar course as in 2016 (View 2016 map; 2017 map coming soon)
USATF certification #IL-17056-NM
CARA certification (pending)


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You spoke and we listened!  Changes this year include:

  • Additional registration stations
  • Added 700+ parking spots
  • Finisher medals for everyone!  (You get a finisher medal, and you get a finisher medal! Everyone gets a finisher medal!)
  • Predicted pace lineup to prevent the dreaded "start line clog"
  • Designate your race fee proceeds to the high school district of your choice (options available will be those served by College of DuPage)
  • Youth Dash participants will each receive an unchipped bib!
  • Age categories for the Youth Dash have been adjusted for a fairer competition.


Register now! (Use either Chrome or Firefox browsers)

  • You do not need to register for the 5K to attend the Food Truck Rally.
  • STRONG RECOMMENDATION: Register online and pick up your packet before race day to avoid lines. (Due to great weather last year, lines were longer than expected.)
  • Race day registration closes promptly at 4 p.m.
  • 5K race day registrations after 4 p.m. are not guaranteed ranking or a race packet, including official race tech shirt and drawstring backpack.
  • Onsite cash race day registration will not be available.
  • Team registration will be available onsite (credit card only).
  • Children ages 4 and younger can participate in the 5K for free and without registration.
  • Walkers and strollers are welcome and will be asked to position themselves behind the runners at the starting line.
  • CARA members receive $5.00 discount beginning Sun., 6/11.
  • Bicycles, in-line skates, and other wheeled vehicles (except wheelchairs and strollers) are not allowed.
  • For technical assistance with online registration, please call Active.com Consumer Support line at (877) 228-4881, option 4.

2017 5K Run/Walk
Fee Schedule

*COD students
(See below)


General registration
(COD staff,
alumni, community members)

Kids (5-12),

Sat., 4/22




Sun., 6/11


(CARA: $10)


Tue., 8/1


(CARA: $15)


Sat., 9/16


(CARA: $20)


THE BIG DAY! Sat., 9/23


(CARA: $25)


*Currently Enrolled COD Student-priced Registration Information: 

  • Student clubs interested in registering and paying with club funds should email COD5K@cod.edu for instructions on how to do so.
  • Enrollment status is subject to verification. Student ID number is required at the time of registration.
  • College of DuPage students who register for the 5K at the discounted price will still receive complete race packets, including chipped bibs, official race tech shirt, and drawstring backpack.


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  • New format to offer a fairer competition.  There will be three separate dashes: ages 4/5, then 6/7, ending with 8/9-year olds.
  • 4 p.m. start time on football field
  • $5.00 registration fee (in advance and on race day)
  • $25 Visa gift cards will be awarded to the fastest girls and boys in each age division during Awards Ceremony after the 5K.
  • Unofficially timed with stopwatches and eagle-eyed Crossfit employees
  • All Youth Dash participants will receive a congratulatory medal and unchipped bibs. 
  • 5K shirts (adult sizes only) are available for purchase through Active.com at the time of registration.

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


  • Teams consist of 3-15 people and are created/managed on Active.com.
  • Teams may have a free professional group photo taken on race day, which will be emailed within one week of the event to Team Captains.
  • Day-of registration (credit card only) will be available for new teams or additional team members.
  • Winning teams will be announced during a brief award ceremony.
  • Winners must be present to accept awards.
  • Only teams with at least three (3) registered members and official times will qualify.
  • If the Top Overall Male or Female is a member of the fastest team, he or she will not be eligible to receive a $50 Whole Foods gift card. 

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.

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

  • 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.

, you will search for and select the team name during self-registration.

(Teams may be created after an individual registers themselves by going to myevents.active.com.)


5K participants will receive bib assignments and a short-sleeved technical shirt in a nylon drawstring backpack. Youth dashers do not receive a packet.

Pre-Race Packet Pickup

It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that 5K participants pick up packets ahead of time to avoid lines and congestion on race day.

There will be three opportunities with varying locations for packet pickup ahead of race day.  Stay tuned for that announcement.

Race Day Packet Pickup

It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that 5K participants pick up their packets ahead of time to avoid lines and congestion on race day.

Available only until 4 p.m. in College Road, parking lot 1A
(Registration HQ).


Two extra parking lots totaling over 700 additional spots have been added for the 2017 event! 

Ample free parking will be available on the north and south sides of campus, including Fawell Blvd. lots A, and B, and College Road, lots 1 and 2. There will be plenty of volunteers and clear signage to direct you to the event from all parking areas.


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 and west of the festivities.


  • Awards will be given to the top three male and female winners of each age group category:
    • Under 14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and Over 70
  • 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. 22, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. CST.
  • There is no fee to transfer registrations to a different category.  However, the participant will be charged the difference. 
    Participants can follow the below steps to transfer to a different registration category after logging into myevents.active.com:
    1. Locate your registration
    2. Click Change event category
    3. Select your new category
    4. Click Continue
    5. Verify your registration information
    6. Agree to all waivers
    7. Enter your electronic signature
    8. Click Continue
    9. Click Complete
  • 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).


This race has been certified by the Chicago Area Runners Association since the inaugural event in 2011. The 2017 event is in the application status and this message will be updated when the certification has been granted.  

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Contact Information

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Ami Chambers
Race Co-Director
(630) 942-3823


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2016 Sunset 5K


2016 Sunset 5K

More than 1,100 people representing over 100 towns and six states stepped off in the 6th annual COD Sunset 5K.

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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