Race Wheaton

Race each season for one low price.

Challenge yourself in 2020 with a 5K race for each season.

The Wheaton Park District’s Race Wheaton package is full of extras that you won’t get by just signing up for each race individually. Each race can be registered for individually for $35 per runner (advance pricing 30 days in advance of run*) or you can register for the Race Wheaton package for $100 ($25 per race). Race Wheaton package includes additional shirts for runners and other awesome perks for being a part of this yearly challenge.

Now offering 3-race package for $75!


Interested in a sponsorship opportunity? Please contact Amy Seklecki at aseklecki@wheatonparks.org.

SUMMER RACE: Cosley Zoo Virtual Run for the Animals

2019 Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals: Race Results | Photo Gallery

Due to social distancing guidelines related to COVID-19, this year’s run will be a virtual race.

Registration includes long sleeve race shirts for 5K and 10K runners and short sleeve race shirts for the kids’ 1/2-Mile.* Kids’ 1/2-Mile runners also receive a free duck or chicken feeding at Cosley Zoo.

Because this is a virtual race, it is self-timed. 5K and 10K results may be submitted on the race registration website between 6/6/2020 and 6/21/2020. No results will be posted for the Kids’ 1/2-Mile.

All runners/walkers are strongly encouraged to practice the Chicago Area Runners Association social distancing runner guidelines.

*Race shirts will be mailed directly to registered runners in late June.

Date: June 6-June 21, 2020
Location: Various


FALL RACE: Light the Torch Night Run*

Race through luminary lanes and end with a street fest of music, carnival rides, and food trucks at the Light the Torch 5K Night Run! Presented in partnership by the Wheaton Park District and FT Cares Foundation, this 5K run/walk is a unique race through downtown Wheaton after sunset. Race starts at 6:30P.

If this run wasn’t flashy enough, our glow giveaways should do the trick. Got your own light-up necklaces, bracelets, rings, or headbands? What about a pair of those awesome shoes that change colors with each step you take? Come decked out! The more glow, the better.

This is a timed race and runner bibs are chipped. Overall winners are determined by chip time. All participants will receive a race shirt and finisher’s medal.

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 | Race Start: 6:30P
Location: Downtown Wheaton



WINTER RACE: Lions Club Reindeer Run*+

Presented in partnership by the Wheaton Lions Club and Wheaton Park District.

Get your holiday cheer on in the most festive, active environment imaginable. This winter 5K is sure to put you in the holiday spirit – in fact, we even encourage it! Come out in your best Santa hats or assortment of jingle bells and “Run Run Rudolph” to the finish line! The first 1,250 runners receive a long sleeve tech t-shirt and antlers, and all participants will receive a finisher’s medal.

Wheaton Lions Club Charities primarily supports programs that serve the visually and hearing impaired, programs that help people with diabetic related health issues, and many local social service groups.

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 | Race Start: 8:30A
Location: Downtown Wheaton


+ CARA Certified
+ USATF certified

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SPRING RACE: Fun Run in Color

This is no old-fashioned run. This is the Fun Run in Color.

Here’s how it works: You show up in your brightest white shirts, shorts, and shoes and we shower you along the route with vibrant color made from safe, food-grade, biodegradable cornstarch. By the time you cross the finish line, you’ll be a brilliant color palette of warm and cool hues. With wave starts, four color stations, and a final color toss at the after-party, you’re guaranteed to go home wearing colors you’ve never worn before. Have no fear, these colors are non-toxic and easily come off in the wash.

The Fun Run in Color is an untimed 5K run/walk for all ages and abilities, presented by the Wheaton Park District and the Rotary Club of Wheaton AM. All participants will receive a race shirt and a finisher’s medal. A portion of the proceeds from this run benefit the Play for All Playground & Garden Foundation.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 | Race Start: 8:30A | Location: Downtown Wheaton

fun run in color