Walk or Run with us on Saturday, September 7, 2019 in the Second Annual Matthew Farrell 5K at Crystal Lake Park starting at 8:00 am (onsite registration starts at 7 am). This event is in memory of Matthew C. Farrell, who was a longtime supporter of the Arts, Education, and the Champaign-Urbana community.

$30 Pre-registration is available now! We are urging participants to pre-register to ensure you have a spot. Day of registration at the park will available starting at 7:00 am and will cost $35.  

All proceeds for this event will go to The Matthew C. Farrell Memorial Fund giving a graduating Urbana-Champaign student who plans to study the Arts, a full ride to Parkland College. The scholarship was inspired by Matt’s love for the Urbana-Champaign community and his experiences within the community, including his Art Education at Parkland, which proved to be a pivotal experience for him.  Moreover, he had a passion for running and strived daily to live a healthier lifestyle.  He brought people together through his interests and will continue to do so for years to come. 


Q1. Where is the 5k?

The 5k will take place in Crystal Lake Park, 206 W. Park St, Urbana, IL 61801. Registration and the race will start at the Boat House.

Q2. What time does the run start?

Registration starts at 7:00 a.m. and the run will start at 8:00 a.m.

Q3. Where can I park?

There is limited parking at Crystal Lake Park, but there will be additional overflow parking at the shops on Broadway Ave.

Q4. Where and when can I register?

You can register online until September 6th and in person on September 7th at Crystal Lake Park. Early bird registration available through May 31st.

Q5. What do I get with registration?

If you have registered as of August 10th, you will be guaranteed a tee-shirt! Later registrations are not guaranteed a t-shirt, although there are still plenty remaining for the new few weeks of pre-orders. Shirt sizes are not 100% guaranteed.

Please note: Registration done online before May 31st is $20, between June 1st to September 6th is $30. Registration on-site on September 7th will be $35.

Q6. Will this run be timed?

The run will be a fun run, where participants can run, jog, and walk at their own pace. There will be a clock at the finish line if participants want to time themselves.

Q7. Can I bring my dog?

Yes, Crystal Lake park is pet friendly to dogs on leashes.

Q8. Can I volunteer?

Yes, we appreciate anyone who wishes to volunteer to help with setup, the event, and breakdown. Click this link to volunteer.