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Run to Remember

7:30 AM Saturday, September 11, 2021
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Join us for the Inaugural Run to Remember, an 8K run/walk through Campustown on September 11. An event to honor the memories of those we miss, cherish those within our midst, and work together for a peaceful tomorrow.

Virtual option available. Can’t join us for the in-person version of Run to Remember on September 11? No worries. Run/walk your own 8K wherever you live. You’ll receive your front and back bibs, race shirt, and medal prior to September 11. Run or walk your 8K when it works for you and post your time to the virtual leaderboard.

Race beneficiaries: United Way of Champaign County & Community Foundation of East Central Illinois 

Race day participant instructions

Learn more about volunteering here



Starting and ending on First Street adjacent to Memorial Stadium, the 8K will tour the iconic campus of the University of Illinois. Parking will be available in the E-14 lot across from the State Farm Center.




Registration opens in early July and will close on September 1 or when we reach a cap of 3,000 participants, whichever comes first.


09/01/21 or when we reach 3,000 registrants $40


THERE IS NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK-UP. Packet pick-up will be available at Body n’ Sole on the following days/times: September 4 from noon to 5:00; September 5 from 1:00 to 5:00; September 7, 8, and 9 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.; and September 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The address for Body n’ Sole Sports is 1317 N Dunlap Ave, Savoy, Illinois.  You can also pay a fee to have us mail you your race numbers and race shirt.

Contact the race hotline (217-372-1444) if your travel plans prevent you from picking up your race packet (race number, back bib, and race shirt).

Dynamic bib assigning: We are using dynamic bib assigning, which speeds up our race number pickup process quite a bit. On Thursday, September 2, we will email each entrant a unique QR code. Print and bring to Body n’ Sole a copy of your QR code (or show it to us on your phone) to be assigned and receive your race number. If you plan to pick up a race number for someone else, you must have a copy of that person’s QR code (paper copy or on your phone). If you can’t get to Body n’ Sole, you can have someone else pick up your number for you as long as that person has a copy (paper or electronic) of the QR code we email you.


The Back Bib is integral to the Run to Remember experience. All entrants receive a front bib with their name and race number. But everyone involved with the race—from entrants to volunteers and sponsors, from race staff to police, medical, and public works officials—will be given a 5 x 7 back bib that says “Today, I Remember…” with a blank space where each person can write the name(s) or event(s) he/she is remembering that day.



Entrants will receive a Bella + Canvas-brand short-sleeve unisex jersey tee. Finishers also receive a great medal and food and drink after the race.

Postrace food will be distributed in grab-n-go fashion—all the food items, plus your beverage and your finisher medal, will be packed in a paper sack that you will pick up north of the finish line. Your postrace goodies will also include a Papa John’s pizza card good for a free one-topping pizza ordered online at more than 20 participating Papa John’s locations in Central Illinois; Hannibal, MO; and Burlington, IA.


Bella + Canvas-brand short-sleeve unisex jersey tee, made of airlume combed and ringspun cotton/polyester. The race shirt will feel oh so soft!! The shirt comes in adult sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL and youth sizes S, M, and L. The race shirt color is heather ice blue. See shirt sizing chart here.


To lessen overcrowding on the 8K course and provide safe spacing as part of our COVID-19 mitigation plan, we will use a wave start. When you register for the race, you will pick one of the estimated finish times below:

Wave A: 40:00 & faster (sub 8:02 pace)

Wave B: 40:01 to 47:00 (sub 9:27 pace)

Wave C: 47:01 to 52:00 (9:28–10:28 pace)

Wave D: 52:01 to 58:00 (10:29–11:40 pace)

Wave E: 58:01 to 67:00 (11:41–13:29 pace)

Wave F: 67:01 & slower (13:30 pace and slower)

Wave G: Walkers and strollers (any pace)


There is a 2-hour time limit on the course (that’s 24:08/mile pace).

Your corral letter will be printed on your bib number. The fastest runners are assigned to the first wave and occupy the first start corral. After these runners have cleared the start line, the next corral moves up to the starting line. After a predetermined interval, the second wave starts and so on. Strollers are allowed in the 8K. If you have a stroller, you must be walking and start in the walker corral, which is G.


  • As per CUPHD and University of Illinois guidelines, unvaccinated participants must wear a face mask or cover and maintain social distance in the staging area, at the start line, during the race (unless you are a safe distance from other participants), and at the finish line.
  • There will be no hydration station on the race route. Participants are encouraged to carry their own fluids. The postrace refreshments do include a beverage.
  • All participants agree to the Ready to Run Pledge (see below).


The Ready to Run Pledge is a social contract that all participants, attendees, volunteers, and staff agree to for Run to Remember on September 11.

The pledge is an acknowledgement of personal responsibility, communal respect, and commitment to health and safety. Run to Remember is a community event, and our approach to keeping everyone as safe as possible must also be a community effort.

All Event Attendees Will Pledge to

  • Follow all current and existing guidelines set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD)
  • Stay home and away from others if experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 prior to the event
  • Wear a mask or face covering if you are not vaccinated and maintain appropriate social distance, and use caution when around large groups during the entirety of the event
  • Follow all instructions from event staff and volunteers.


The top three male and top three female runners will receive overall awards. These runners are not eligible for age-group awards. In addition to the overall awards, there will be five-deep awards for males and females for each of the age groups listed below. Age-group awards are based on chip time.


10 & under 11-19 20-29 30-39
40-49 50-59 60-69 70 & over


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