Registration and Race Day Info

Sunday, October 18, 2020


17th Annual “THIS RUN’S FOR JACK” 5k Walk/Run


TRFJ2020 will be a VIRTUAL EVENT.  Please watch for registration details in the next week.

A look back …





Avoid race morning lines and pick up your packet on Friday (5-8PM) or Saturday (9AM-1PM).


Thank you for volunteering. Link takes you to the TRFJ Signmeupgenius form.


Sponsorships underwrite the costs of the race so participant donations can fully fund melanoma research, awareness and healing. Many levels to choose from.


Thank you Sponsors

Always Great Smiles


Jack’s Story

Jack Marston was an avid runner and four-time Chicago Marathon participant. Jack lost his battle to melanoma on July 12th, 2004. In honor of Jack, the countless hours he gave to the community, his athletic successes and the four marathons he ran (one for each of his children), “This Run’s For Jack”.

TRFJ Highlights

  • USATF Certified Course through the scenic Lake Ellyn neighborhoods in Glen Ellyn, IL
  • 8:00AM Start Time
  • Race Fees are set at $25 for early registration (prices increase after September 30).
  • 1,000 – 1,500 Participants
  • Free LONG SLEEVE cotton shirt
  • Great GOODIES from our Sponsors
  • FREE food, coffee and water
  • Ackerman Sports Center, 800 St. Charles Rd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
  • HOSPITALITY TENT for families touched by melanoma
  • Kids Zone the place to be while mom and dad are on the course.
  • FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENINGS by dermatologists
  • TEAM CHALLENGE to compete as a team with your colleagues, friends and neighbors or participate in honor of someone who has been affected by melanoma.
  • TRFJ VIRTUAL RUNNER – support a team or form your own group!

Pre-Race Information

Packet Pick-Up Time and Location

800 St. Charles Rd., Ackerman Sports Center, Glen Ellyn
Friday 5-8PM
Saturday 9AM – 1PM


We invite you to further help fight melanoma by setting up a secure on-line fundraising page to circulate to supporters who may not be able to attend the race. Click here to SETUP A FUNDRAISING PAGE.


We LOVE our Volunteers! We would be unable to hold this event without the support from over 200 wonderful, fabulous, awesome volunteers! Click here to VOLUNTEER

Team Challenge

An opportunity to compete as a team with your friends and neighbors or participate in honor of someone who has been affected by melanoma. LEARN MORE HERE

Family Tent

A gathering place for families who have been affected by melanoma. The tent serves as a place of respite offering food, coffee and friendship. LEAN MORE HERE

TRFJ Virtual Runner

Can’t attend the 5k? Form your own out-of-town group or support a team with a virtual run … LEARN MORE HERE


Sponsorships allow donations to go directly to research and awareness. Many levels to choose from.  LEARN MORE HERE


Click here to read participant stories from past races.

Mail-In Registration Form

Click here to download mail-in form 



Race Location and Parking

Ackerman Park, Glen Ellyn, IL800 St. Charles Rd. Enter Ackerman Park at the EAST entrance near the water tower. This is also the drop-off point. Overflow parking maps will be available from our volunteers.  Carpooling, biking, and walking are encouraged. We are expecting a large crowd, so please allow plenty of time.

Race Day Schedule

6:00 – 7:30 Race Day Registration & Timing Tag Pick-Up Kiosks will be available on race morning, accepting cash and credit cards.
7:45 Welcome & Announcements
8:00 Start
8:30 Party at the Finish Line
9:00 Awards Ceremony
Plus: Lou Malnati’s Pizza at the finish line, The Kid’s Zone, music, awards, free skin checks and more!

Computerized Timing (Runners Only)

Only runners will receive a timing chip. As you cross the start and finish lines, your time will be recorded. PLEASE do not forget your bib/chip at home. Walkers will not receive a timing chip unless specifically requested at registration. NO CHIP – NO TIME!

Course Information

  • Course certified by USAFT IL
  • Split times each mile
  • 5k course map available at packet pickup
  • Strollers & baby joggers are welcome, but will start at 8:05.
  • NO pets, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters or bikes permitted.
  • Water is provided at the start, mile 1.5, and at the finish.
  • First aid is available at the start & finish line.

Results and Awards

  • 1st place overall male and female receive medal and gift.
  • 2nd and 3rd place overall male and female winners receive medals.
  • Custom ribbons to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each age group.
  • Age groups are: 8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Updates and Miscellaneous Information

Watch for updates and additional information appearing on our Social Media pages or in e-newsletters sent from Jack’s Fund.


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