20 Years Running!

Sundowner 5k

Thursday, July 18 | 7:00pm
Pilcher Park | 227 Gougar Rd. | Joliet

$35 pre-reg  thru June 20 | $40 pre-reg June 21 - July 17

$50 race day | Inwood Run Club and group rates available

Splash Dash - 1 Mile Junior Jog + 50 Yard Dash | 6:30p

$15 pre-reg + race day

For information on group rates or any other race questions, contact Denise Ryan at dryan@jolietpark.org.

About the Race

Join us for a local summer tradition ... 20 years running! This USATF-certified course route was redesigned and repaved in 2017 and features a scenic wooded route through historic Pilcher Park.

Of course, the Sundowner wouldn’t be complete without the Splash Dash – a 1 Mile Junior Jog for kids ages 6-12 and a 50 Yard Dash for kids age 6 and under.  All youth participants will receive a custom t-shirt and medal.

Pre-registered 5k runners will receive a custom short-sleeve performance t-shirt and all runners will receive a finisher’s medal and bonus anniversary swag! All runners will be treated to a post-race cookout in the pavillion.

The Sundowner 5k is a chip timed race.  The overall male / female and masters (age 50+) male / female winners will be awarded prizes.  In addition, age group awards will be given to the top 3 male/female finishers in each bracket.  Please see the FAQs for age group brackets.

The Sundowner 5k is the second race in the 2019 run3.1 circuit.  Click here for more information.

20 Years Running!

How can I register for the Sundowner 5k?

Online registration for the 5k race is available here; registration for the Splash Dash is available here. You can also register in-person at the Joliet Park District, 3000 W Jefferson St in Joliet.  Sundowner 5k registration is $35 through June 20, then $40 from June 21 through July 17. Splash Dash registration is $15 through race day.  Pre-registration closes on July 17 at 4pm.

Will race day registration be available?

Yes! Race day registration for the Sundowner 5k is $50; race day registration for the Splash Dash is $15. Please note, shirt availability and size selection may be limited on race day.

What is the group registration rate?  How do I sign up my group?

Organized groups of 6-15 runners can receive a $5/runner discount on registration.  Groups of 16 or more runners can receive a 20% discount on each runner’s registration.  Discount is based on the date registration forms are submitted; pre-registration price increase deadlines will not be waived.  Interested groups may contact Denise Ryan for more information – dryan@jolietpark.org.

When and where is packet pickup?

Race packet pickup for pre-registered runners will be in the Community Room at Inwood Athletic Club (3000 W Jefferson in Joliet). Dates and time are as follows: Tuesday, July 16 from 3-7pm and Wednesday, July 17 from 7am-7pm. Packet pickup also will be available on race day.

What age children are allowed to run in the Splash Dash?  Can I run with my kids?

The 1 Mile Junior Jog is for children ages 6-12 years, and the 50 Yard Dash is for children age 6 years and under.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to run with their children in either race.  For the safety of all participants, strollers and bikes are not permitted on the course.

Where should I park?

Parking is limited near the race site.  Offsite parking will be available, and a FREE shuttle service will run continuously to transport you to and from the race site.  Gear check will be available.  Check back for more information on offsite parking location.

What are the shuttle hours?

Shuttles will run continuously from 5p-9p.  Please be sure to arrive with ample time to park and shuttle to the race site.

Will there be a gear check area?

Yes, gear check will be available.  Runners should pick up their items post-race ASAP after the race.  Any items left behind will be returned to Inwood Athletic Club and available for pickup the following day starting at 9:00am.

Can I run with my dog? What about a stroller?

For the safety of all participants, spectators, and your pets, we do not permit pets or strollers (or bikes or rollerblades) on the race course.

What are the age group brackets for awards?

The top three male and female finishers in each age group will receive an award.  Age group brackets for the Sundowner 5k are as follows:

0-9 | 10-14 | 15-19 | 20-24 | 25-29 | 30-34 | 35-39 | 40-44 | 45-49 | 50-54 | 55-59 | 60-64 | 65-69 | 70-74 | 75-79 | 80+

What kind of food do you serve at the cookout?

While the menu may vary from year to year, past cookout menus have included hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken sandwiches, chips and cookies.

Can my family or friends buy a meal at the cookout?

Yes!  Additional meal tickets are available for purchase for $5/person.

How does my company become a Sundowner 5k sponsor?

Contact Beth Ley, Corporate Relations Supervisor, for more information on sponsorship or participation in any of the Joliet Park District run3.1 race events: 815-741-7274 x 319 –OR- bley@jolietpark.org

Still have questions? Need more information?

Contact Denise at dryan@jolietpark.org

No refunds due to inclement weather and/or race cancellation.

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