Since the year 2000, it has been an Eastern Illinois University tradition to stage a 2.5K race for runners and walkers wishing to show off the overall athleticism of the EIU community. This 1.5-mile road race, sponsored by the EIU Department of Recreation Administration and the City of Charleston, begins at 9 a.m. Participants begin at the corner of Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue, making their way north on Seventh Street to the Charleston Square, then returning to Old Main via Sixth Street.
This event is managed by Recreation Administration students as a class project. Any proceeds from the race are donated to the Rho Phi Lambda (the Recreation Administration Club), KSS Club, and EIU Track & Field.