Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk kicks off Homecoming weekend

Help kick off Saint Xavier University’s Homecoming weekend with the 9th annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The race begins and ends at Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St., and travels through the heart of Evergreen Park. All participants receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and a free ticket upon request to the homecoming football game against Quincy University (IL).

Individual registration fees are $20 for runners/walkers and $15 for Saint Xavier students, with a $2.50 discount for all current Chicago Area Runners Association members. Day-of-race registration costs $25 for the general public and $20 for University students, and will be held from 7: 30 a.m. to 8: 30 a.m. at Saint Xavier’s Shannon Center. Purchase a pair of running or walking shoes at Running for Kicks from August 1 to September 23 and receive $10 off the registration fee. For more information, call Running for Kicks at (708) 448-9200.

More than 1,000 participants are expected at this year’s Cougar 5k, said Jennifer Kjos Quinlan, Shannon Center Facility Manager.

“Since the inaugural race in 2001, this event has not only been a part of Saint Xavier’s Homecoming Weekend but also become a community tradition,” Kjos Quinlan said.

Complimentary refreshments, including bagels, muffins, fruit, cookies, coffee and water, and free services such as chair massages, blood pressure checks and stretching will be available for all participants. After the race, participants may show their race bibs to enjoy a discounted brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gilhooley’s Grande Saloon for only $5.95 per person.

Cougar 5k sponsors include Gilhooley’s Grande Saloon, Gallagher Investment Services, Jimmy Johns, Core Fitness and Physical Therapy, Go Promotions, Greenwood Chiropractic, OccuSport, Running for Kicks, Chartwells Dining Services, Aquafina, Saint Xavier Alumni and Parent Relations, Village of Evergreen Park, SouthtownStar, Southwest Observer, The Mix 101.9FM, Shannon Center members, Machon and Machon and Pizza Man.

For more information about the Cougar 5k, please visit, keyword: athletics or call the race hotline at (773) 298-3592.