• Event Time 8:45 AM-11:30 AM
  • Event Date April 23, 2017
  • Event Location Oak Park River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville just north of Lake Street

Registration is now open for the Good Life Race.

For 35 consecutive years, the Oak Park Runner’s Club (OPRC) has hosted the Good Life Race, one of the most prestigious 5K race events in the Chicago area. The Race is a family friendly event that draws runners and walkers of all ages from the Oak Park – River Forest area and beyond. The Good Life Race has been awarded “Best Race in the Chicago Region” for four of the last five years.

The Good Life Race is also unique in that it boasts separate 5K races for men and women in addition to several additional family-oriented events. Last year, this popular community event brought out over 2,000 people to participate in the 5K races, the Youth Mile Race, Mother/Daughter and Father/Son competitions, 5K fitness walk, Health Fair and Junior Dash.

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 2016 race, the Good Life Race was proud to donate $17,500 to the Collaboration for Early Childhood. Help us top this amount in 2017!

Read the Wednesday Journal article “Good Life Race is better than ever: Oak Park event has won Race of the Year award from CARA four of last five years“.


Event Date & Start Times

Sunday, April 23, 2017

1 Mile Youth Race (for kids 5-12) 8:45 AM
Women’s 5K Race 9:10 AM
5K Fitness Walk 9:11 AM
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

The race starts and finishes at the Oak Park River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville, Oak Park.

Junior Dash

Get the whole family involved! The Junior Dash is a race for kids 5 and under starting at 10:30 AM.

New and improved un-timed event includes separate races and distances for various ages and a special award for all participants.

The race has three distances:
200 meters for ages 5 and older
100 meters for age 4
20 meters for ages 3 and under

Parents are allowed to run with their children.

Register now as this popular event has filled up in the past.

 Youth Mile

The Good Life Race kicks off with the Youth Mile at 8:45 AM. This event is for kids ages 5 to 12 and starts at the Oak Park River Forest High School, continues east on Ontario, north on Taylor, west on Erie with a final turn south to the finish on Scoville.

Both 5K races and the Youth Mile are chip-timed.


Medals will be awarded to top 3 in each Youth Mile age group.

Ribbons will be awarded to all Youth Mile finishers!