Just for the HILL of it!

Hill Yeah! 5k Challenge

May 15  |  8:00a  |  West Park


Inwood Run Club rates available

Virtual runners will receive a Hill Yeah! 5k Challenge hoodie and are eligible for run3 benefits.

For all race questions, contact Denise Ryan at dryan@jolietpark.org

About the Race

Just for the HILL of it!

Nearly 50 years ago, Karl Minor and his friends pioneered what would become a local running institution. His morning runs would consist of the same route – 10k of hilly roads through Rockdale and Joliet, IL.  That route would eventually become the Rockdale Ramblin’ Run, hosted by the Joliet Park District for many years.  While the race no longer occurs, the hills remain. In honor of that challenge, run3 presents the Hill Yeah! 5k Challenge.

The Hill Yeah! 5k Challenge begins and ends at West Park, one of Joliet's oldest and most scenic public parks. Rambling through the hilly local neighborhoods and the park itself, the Hill Yeah! 5k Challenge will test your stamina at almost every turn.

Will it be easy? Nope. Worth it? HILL YEAH!

Hill Yeah! 5K Challenge registration includes a custom hoodie and custom medal.  Packet pickup will be Friday, May 14 from 6a-7p at Inwood Athletic Club (3000 W Jefferson, Joliet). Hill Yeah! 5k Challenge is not a chip-timed race.

STAGGERED START TIMES; In order to accommodate state guidelines for COVID-19, runners will be assigned a start corral upon arrival. Corrals will be assigned on a first come, first served basis and are limited to 50 runners per corral.

$35 thru April 30 | $40 May 1-14 | $50 race day

The Hill Yeah! 5k Challenge is the first race in the 2021 run3 circuit.  Register for all three Joliet Park District races to receive free custom run3 swag. Click here for more information on run3. 

Can’t you just bring back the Rockdale Ramblin’ Run 10k?


How can I register for the Hill Yeah! 5k Challenge?

Online registration is available here. You also can register in-person at the Joliet Park District, 3000 W Jefferson St in Joliet or call 815-741-7275 x100.  run3 registration is available here.  Runners who register for run3 (available through 4/30) will receive discounted registration.

Can I run the Hill Yeah! 5k Challenge virtually?

You are welcome to register for the race and run on your own, however, all race packets must be picked up in person.  Finishers medals for virtual runners will be included at packet pickup.  Please contact Denise at dryan@jolietpark.org for more information.

Will race day registration be available?

Race day registration will be available if the race does not sell out.  Race day registration is $50.  Please note that apparel availability and size selection may be limited on race day.

Is there a group registration rate?

There is not a group registration rate for the Hill Yeah! 5k Challenge.

When and where is packet pickup?

Race packet pickup for pre-registered runners will be Friday, April 14 from 6a-7p in the Community Room at Inwood Athletic Club (3000 W. Jefferson in Joliet).  Packet pickup also will be available on race day. 

Is there an available course map?

The course map is available here.  Please note that the final stretch through West Park is NOT mapped.  The finish line will be on the east side of the park near the start line.

Where should I park on race day?

Parking will be available at the following lots on race day: Overhead Door Company of Joliet (48 Meadow Ave), Rockdale Village Park (Ferris St between Meadow and Moen), Rockdale Police Station (enter off Brandon Road near Moen). 
There also is ample street parking in the neighborhoods around West Park. Please refrain from parking in any business lots that are not specified here.

Will there be a gear check area?

Gear check will not be available.

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

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

How does my company become a Hill Yeah! 5k Challenge sponsor?

Contact Beth Ley, Corporate Relations Supervisor, for more information on sponsorship or participation in any of the Joliet Park District run3 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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