Homecoming Campus Classic race set for Oct. 25

Contact: Deanne Puca
WMU's 16th annual Homecoming Campus Classic race is Oct. 25.

WMU's 16th annual Homecoming Campus Classic race is Oct. 25.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--Western Michigan University holds it's 16th annual Homecoming Campus Classic race Saturday, Oct. 25, on the main campus.

The annual race kicks off the final day of homecoming activities. The Broncos face the University of Ohio. The Homecoming Campus Classic drew about 1,800 participants last year.

Open to people of all ages, the event starts at 8:45 a.m. with the 1K Fun Run and Walk that begins in front of Read Fieldhouse on Western Avenue. The 5K run and walk will start at 9:15 a.m. at the same location. Participants will be timed using Chronotrack B-Tag disposable chips already fastened to their racing bibs. The new certified 5K course will start in front of Read Fieldhouse.

Register online at wmich.edu/campusclassic/registration through Thursday, Oct. 23. Costs are $20 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children under 14. Teams comprised of three to five members for students grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12 and college-aged are $30; teams of family members are $45; and non-student teams fees are $55. An additional $5 fee will be charged beginning Friday, Oct. 24, for all participants, families and teams.

Race map and parking

Maps detailing the 1K Fun Run and Walk course as well as the 5K course can be found at wmich.edu/campusclassic/map.

Free race parking is available until 11:30 a.m. in Lot 13 and the parking ramp on West Michigan Avenue across from the Student Recreation Center. Those who wish to stay and tailgate will have to pay a fee to park, or they will be ticketed. Access will be briefly limited at nearly every building on West Campus while the 5K race is taking place. Parking along the route is discouraged.

Packet pickup and registration

  • Thursday, Oct. 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. downtown Kalamazoo at Gazelle Sports
  • Friday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center
  • Saturday, Oct. 25, 7 to 9 a.m. at the Student Recreation Center


Everyone who enters the race or serves as a volunteer will be eligible for the prize drawing for one $500 travel voucher from AAA Travel.

Specifically for WMU students, 10 free campus parking permits also will be given away. Participants must be present at the post-race drawing to be eligible for the AAA Travel voucher or parking passes. WMU students need to present their student IDs and WIN numbers to claim their parking passes.

All participants and volunteers receive complimentary T-shirts, and refreshments will be available in the Student Recreation Center tennis courts after each race.

The top three finishers in each age group, the top three teams in each division and overall male and female winners will receive a gift from Gazelle Sports. Kids’ 1K participants age 14 and under will receive participant medals.

For more information, visit wmich.edu/campusclassic or call (269) 387-8402.

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