Race Info

6th Annual Illini Veterans Memorial 5K

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Race Day Information

Date: April 15th, 2018

Packet Pickup at Foellinger Auditorium Forecourt on Main Quad: 8 AM

Ceremony Begins: 10 AM

Race Begins: 10:20 AM

Location: Foellinger Auditorium

Foellinger Auditorium Address: 709 S Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

Parking: Please see attached map

Packet Pickup Information

For those who have registered, feel free to come pick up your packets early at the Center for Wounded Veterans (dates, times, and address posted below). Please note that Race Day packet pickup will be at the race location, the main quad. If you have more runners to register, you can easily do that when you pick up your packets! Parking maps are attached and available on the Illini Veterans Memorial 5K website (posted below). For those registrants that missed the T-Shirt deadline (March 26th), t-shirts are not guaranteed and will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Packet Pickup Times

Friday, April 13th, 5-8pm

Saturday, April 14th, 12pm-4pm

Sunday, April 15th, 8 am-10 am at Foellinger Auditorium (Race Day pickup will be at race location, NOT Center for Wounded Veterans)

Packet Pickup Location (For April 13th and 14th)

Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education

908 W. Nevada St

Urbana, IL 61801

Parking Maps, Route Maps, Other Info…



Guest Speaker

We are excited to announce Paul Lewis as our guest speaker for the race! Mr. Lewis was a Marine stationed at the embassy in Tehran, Iran when it was overrun in November 1979. He was held as a hostage for 444 days, until their release in January 1981.

Top Finisher Prizes

Top finishers (1st-3rd) in each age group will be awarded race medals with the date, their position, sex, and age group. Top overall finishers for both males and females will also receive a race medal.


Previous 5K T-Shirts for Sale

Missed out on past Memorial 5Ks? Or just want more of the shirts? Good News! The Illini Veterans will be selling 5K shirts from past years to clear up some space and to drum up more proceeds for the Center for Wounded Veterans. T-Shirts will be sold for $0, cash preferred, credit/debit-accepted!


T-Shirt Design

This year's race shirt will be orange for that Illini Spirit! The design on the front will be the logo included below. Register before Early Registration ends to guarantee yourself a T-Shirt on race day!

Staging Location

Last year, we moved the starting/staging location to Foellinger Auditorium, right in the middle of the beautiful main quad! Our new location was a huge success, so we’ll be returning to the same spot. Using Foellinger Auditorium as a starting location allows us better access to restrooms, shelter areas, and improves our finish line procedures.



We will be announcing our new sponsors on our Facebook page ( and on the Illini Veterans Webpage ( in the months and weeks leading up to the event. We have been fortunate to work with several wonderful sponsors that share our passion for supporting student veterans in higher education. If you know of a business that would be interested in becoming a sponsor for our event, please have them contact us at


Severe Weather Disclaimer

The Memorial 5K will be held rain or shine. However, if the weather becomes more serious, to include, but not limited to, lighting, strong winds, heavy downpour, and flooding, the race committee may make the decision to cancel the race. If this is to occur, we cannot offer refunds or returns on race entries. All proceeds will still go towards the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education.


Contact Info:

Brent Blackwell

Memorial 5K Race Director / Illini Veterans President

Foellinger Auditorium