Run the only race in Forest Park that benefits the Park!

Many thanks to everyone who joined us for the 2016 5K! Stay tuned for details about the 2017 race in the coming months.

Enjoy the most beautiful running route in the entire region — you will pass the Deer Lake Savanna, Pagoda Circle, the World’s Fair Pavilion, Government Hill, the Boathouse, Art Hill, the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Emerson Grand Basin!


The race begins and ends in the Visitor Center lots just south of the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park.

Packet Pick-up: 

  • Friday, August 26, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center, 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park
  • Saturday, August 27 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at Big River Running Company, 606 North & South Road, University City, MO 63130 (located at the corner of Delmar Blvd. and North & South Rd.)
  • Sunday, August 28 – Race Day! 6:30-7:25 a.m. for 5K; 6:30-8:25 a.m. for Kids Fun Run at the Visitor Center lots in Forest Park (map)
    • Please note: Registration and check-in staff will not be able to provide assistance prior to opening time, nor beyond times listed.

Hoping to register for the I Love Forest Park 5K at the last minute? On-site registrations can be made during these packet pick-up times. ONLY those who registered by August 5 will receive a run shirt when they pick up their packet. Anyone who registered after August 5 will have a chance to receive a run shirt at the registration HQ on event day – shirts are first come, first served until they are gone. 

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5K: $35
Kids Fun Run: $15
*New* Virtual Runner: $35

Virtual Runners – support Forest Park Forever while beating the heat and sleeping late! Virtual runners will receive the same t-shirt as 5K Runners, and enjoy the satisfaction of supporting the only run in Forest Park whose proceeds benefit the Park. T-shirts can be picked up at any of the packet-pickups, or at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center any weekday from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., August 29-Sept 2.


  • 6:30 a.m. - Registration & t-shirt pickup opens
  • 7:00 a.m. - Pre-run warm ups & yoga led by Joy Montes from Joy of Yoga
  • 7:30 a.m. - 5K kicks off
  • 8:00 a.m. and beyond - Post-run party!
  • 8:30 a.m. - Kids Fun Run kicks off
  • 8:45 a.m. - Race awards presented (generously provided by Lululemon) 

Grand prizes will be awarded to the top finishing male and female, courtesy of Lululemon Athletica. Each will be given an in-store fit session and a complete outfit of the winners' choice – available only at the Central West End location.

Many thanks to all of our amazing sponsors!

Sprinter Sponsor

Jogger Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors

We are excited to be partnering once again with NOW 96.3 to provide music during the I Love Forest Park 5K! A DJ will be playing tunes from 6:20-10:00 a.m. 

Need new run gear? Pick some out at a special Lululemon Athletica pop-up-shop that will feature the latest and greatest run products from the store as well as a unique St. Louis product available ONLY at the I Love Forest Park 5K! You can feel even better about your purchase at the pop-up since 40% of all proceeds will be donated to Forest Park Forever.

A fun look at Forest Park Forever's annual race/walk fundraiser — made by Once Films.

2015 Race Recap

2014 Race Recap

The 2014 I Love Forest Park 5K was a fantastic success. This event reminds us that Forest Park is an urban oasis enjoyed by so many healthy and active St. Louisans. Thanks to our donors, sponsors, runners and walkers for actively celebrating one of the community’s great public recreational destinations.
— Lesley Hoffarth, President & Executive Director Forest Park Forever

The 2015 I Love Forest Park 5K & Kids Fun Run took place on Sunday, September 13. The race drew record crowds and raised $20,000 to support maintenance efforts in Forest Park!

For more information about this event, please read our news release.