your pace...your place...YOUR race!

Hill Yeah! Virtual 10k

April 1 -May 15

$25 registration | $10 shipping (optional)

For information on group rates or any other race questions, contact Denise Ryan at

About the Race

your pace...your place...YOUR race!

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.  Known as the “Toughest 10k in the Midwest”, the race tested runners with inclines from the first turn (really? already?) to the infamous “Morgan Hill” to the deceiving final stretch (it didn’t look that far!).  While the race no longer occurs, the route continues to be a favorite among local runners looking for a challenge.  In honor of that challenge, run3 presents the Hill Yeah! Virtual 10k.

The Hill Yeah! Virtual 10k can be run any time between April 1 - May 15 in the location of your choosing (ie - outside, inside, track, treadmill).  Once completed, times can be submitted here.  As homage to the Rockdale Ramblin' Run, runners (or walkers!) are encouraged to incorporate hills into their route.  These can be on the road, a set of stairs or the incline setting on a treadmill.

Hill Yeah! Virtual 10k registration is $25 and includes a custom hoodie and custom medal.  Runners may pick up their hoodie and medal in person or choose the shipping add-on at checkout.  Packet pickup will be Saturday, May 16 from 9a-3p at Inwood Athletic Club (3000 W Jefferson, Joliet). This will be a curbside packet pickup; please check your email and social media for procedures. Shipping is $10 flat fee (US only); packets will be sent in early May. 

Registration deadline is Thursday, April 30.  Registration is limited to 250 runners.

The Hill Yeah! Virtual 10k is the first race in the 2020 run3 series.  Register for all three Joliet Park District races to receive free custom run3 swag. Click here for more information on run3. 

What the heck is a virtual race?

Simply put, a virtual race is run (or walked!) on your own time in the location of your choosing. Once you register for the Hill Yeah! Virtual 10k, you will have from April 1 – May 15 to complete your run (or walk) and submit your time. You can choose to do your run (or walk) ANYwhere - inside or outside, on a treadmill or on a track. 

How do I submit my time?  How do you know I’m being honest?

Beginning on April 1, times for registered runners may be submitted here. Runners are on the honor system for time submission.

How can I register for the Hill Yeah! Virtual 10k?

Online registration is available here. You also can register in-person at the Joliet Park District, 3000 W Jefferson St in Joliet.  Registration is $25. Runners may choose to pick up their packet in person or have it shipped for an additional $10.

Will registration be available during the race window (April 1 - May 15)?

Yes.  Registration closes on April 30 or at the race cap of 250 runners, whichever comes first.

Is there a group registration rate?

There is not a group registration rate for the Hill Yeah! Virtual 10k.

How do I get my hoodie and medal?

Runners may either pick up their packet or choose to have it shipped.  Shipping is $10 (US only) and must be selected at the time of registration. Packet shipping will begin on May 1. Runners who wish to pick up their packet may do so on Saturday, May 16 from 9:00a-3:00p at Inwood Athletic ClubThis will be a curbside packet pickup; please check your email and social media for procedures. Shipping and packet pickup may be subject to delays due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Can I run the Rockdale Ramblin’ Run race route?

Of course!  If you’re not familiar with the route, here’s a link to a PDF map.  Runners are encouraged to exercise caution when on the route as some streets may be busy.

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

Sure! It’s your race!

How does my company become a Hill Yeah! Virtual 10k 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-

Still have questions? Need more information?

Contact Denise at

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


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