Community Members Invited to JJC’s Annual Haunted 5K on Oct. 23

The Joliet Junior College Foundation and Athletics Department are proud to host the third annual Haunted 5K Run and Walk on Sunday, Oct. 23 on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. All ages are invited to attend; in addition to the 5K, there will be a one-mile race for children under 12. lightroom(1of17)

Packet pick-up and race day registration is open from 7 – 8 a.m.; the One Mile Kids Monster Dash (12 and under) starts at 8:30 a.m; and the chip-timed 5K Run and Walk begins at 9 a.m. The 5K participants will enjoy a spooky, certified flat course around JJC’s Main Campus.

The first 500 race registrants in the 5K and Monster Dash will receive Haunted 5K winter hats while supplies last. Kids who participate in the Monster Dash will also receive a medal.

See last year’s photos

“We are expecting more runners, walkers and kids than ever as this fall event continues growing in popularity each year,” said Alumni Relations and Annual Fund Manager Kelly Larson. “It’s a great 5K for competitive runners, but it also provides a healthy, fun activity for the whole family all while supporting our students.”

The past two Haunted 5K events at JJC were a huge success, with last year’s event hosting more than 400 participants, helping to raise $40,000 for student scholarships, college programs and athletics.

Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes in this themed race. After the race, runners and their families are encouraged to stay for kid activities, face painting, candy and more.

A tombstone award and $100 cash  will be awarded  to the top overall male and female in the 5K, based on gun time. The top three male and female competitors in each age group will also receive prizes, based on chip time. Additionally, awards will be given to the team with the most participants as well as the fastest runner in costume.

The entry fee for the 5K is $30, and increases to $35 after Oct. 16. The One Mile Kids Monster Dash is $15.

Register online at Online registration closes on Oct. 20. Participants can also register via mail by sending a check payable to Joliet Junior College Foundation/Haunted 5K,  1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431.

For more information about the JJC Haunted 5K or to view a course map, please visit

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