Chicagoland's best race!

Great post race food

Lots of treats from area establishments

Separate Races

Separate Races for men and women. Great for spectators!

Well Organized

Brought to you by the Oak Park Runners Club

Health fair

Get a great post-race massage and more from our sponsors

Tech Shirt

All participants except for the Junior Dashers will receive a tech racing shirt!

OPRF High School

We start and end the race at the High School and have use of the indoor facilities for gear check, the health fair and more.

Free Photos

Download your photos for free after the race

Best Volunteers

We have the best volunteers. You can volunteer and also run a race. Interested in volunteering?

Award Winning

CARA race of the year numerous times

Packet Pickup

You can pickup your packet:
Friday, April 8 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm at Fleet Feet Oak Park store, located at 102 N. Marion Street, in Oak Park
Saturday, April 9 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Fleet Feet Oak Park store, located at 102 N. Marion Street in Oak Park,
Sunday, April 10 from 7:30 am until 20 minutes before your race, at the Oak Park River Forest High School
Smart runners avoid the race day lines and visit Fleet Feet to get their shirt and bib.

Junior Dash

We have a special race for our youngest runners. Then Junior Dash lets our 5 and under children run with two time Olympic Trials Qualifier Jane Murphy in a fun race where everyone is a winner! More info
Register now!

CARA Runners' Choice Circuit Race

This race has applied for and received the Chicago Area Runners Association designation as a 2016 CARA Certified Race. This race has agreed to adhere to and uphold CARA’s Best Practices Guidelines. These Guidelines embody the highest standards for quality, safety and comfort for participants in a road race. More Info

RRCA Regional Championship Race

Since 1958, the RRCA has awarded championship events through a competitive bidding process at the National, Regional, and State level to RRCA member clubs and events to promote the sport of distance running. The goal of the RRCA Championship Event Series is to shine a spotlight on well-run events and to award top performing runners in the open, masters (40+), grand masters (50+), and senior grand masters (60+) categories for both men and women. The Good Life Race will be an RRCA 5K Regional Championship race this year!
Visit the RRCA for more information. Good luck to all participants!!


Sunday, April 10, 2016
1 Mile Youth Race (for kids 5-12) 8:45 AM
Women’s 5K Race 9:10 AM
5K Fitness Walk 9:11 AM (right after the Women's 5k start)
Men’s 5K Race 9:50 AM
Junior Dash (for kids 5 & under) 10:30 AM
Awards Ceremony (in south cafeteria) 11:00 AM
Health Fair and Expo (in main hallway and south cafeteria) 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Race Shirts

All 5K, youth mile and fitness walk participants will receive a 100% polyester, "cotton feel" race tech shirt. Please check the sizing chart to be sure your shirt will fit well.


The course is flat, fast and USATF certified, View the course map.


The start and finish lines are at the Oak Park River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville just north of Lake Street, Oak Park.

Help us reduce our carbon footprint by carpooling, using public transportation, or riding your bicycle to the event.

To determine the best route to travel via public transportation, either use the CTA’s trip planner at Since we are less than a mile from the Metra Oak Park stop serving the Union Pacific West Line you may want to take the train. You can view a schedule at Metra's web site:

Bicycle parking is available at the race site near the start/finish area and behind the school next to the stadium


There is a parking garage on the corner of Scoville and Lake with 300 parking spots. There is a nominal charge for parking in the garage. In addition there is lots of free on-street parking south of Lake Street and west of the High School. Please look for no parking signs and DO NOT park along the race course.

Our Charitable Benefactors

The Good Life Race will be donating its proceeds to the Collaboration for Early Childhood and the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. After the 2015 race we were proud to donate $25,000 to the Collaboration for Early Childhood. Help us top this amount in 2016! More info


Awards will be given out for overall, age group and special category winners.
More information

Gear Check

Indoor Gear Check will be available from 8:00 am to 11:30 am in the the Oak Park River Forest High School Main Hallway. Please pickup all checked gear by 11:30 am!!

Mother-Daughter & Father-Son Competition

Does your whole family enjoy running? Then why not compete as a Mother-Daughter team in the Women's 5K race or a Father-Son team in the men's 5K race? The top three teams in each category as determined by averaging the two-person team's race times will win an award!

When you register be sure to choose the Mother-Daughter or Father-Son option.

Athena & Clydesdale Awards

Our larger athletes can race against each other for awards in Athena and Clydesdale divisions. More info


No refunds are permitted.
No deferrals of entry to future years are permitted.
No transfer, sale or attempted sale of entries is permitted.
These include requests due to injury, pregnancy, surgery, personal circumstances and professional commitments.

Community Team Challenge

The Community Team Challenge is a friendly competition for both the women’s and men’s’ 5k races. The challenge is open to groups of employees (and family members) from organizations within the business and public sectors. It's a great way for people who work together to engage in a healthy activity and friendly competition. More info

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