I Love Forest Park 5K: Frequently Asked Questions

The I Love Forest Park 5K is one of our most popular annual events. To help you before you register, we've gathered a few of the most common questions we get asked.


When is packet pickup?

Packet pickup is for race check-in, race bib and shirt collection and some fun swag and freebies.
Packet pickup is here in the Visitor’s Center on Friday, August 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., as well as the morning of the race when registration opens up at 6:30 a.m.

Will I be guaranteed a race shirt?

Anyone who signs up by midnight on Sunday, August 12 will be guaranteed a race shirt. Anyone who registers after that date may still select a shirt in their registration, however a shirt will not be guaranteed. Those who registered on or after August 13 will be provided a shirt on a first-come-first-served basis during packet pick-up or on the morning of the race if any shirts remain.

Registered kids will get a t-shirt (if registered by Aug 12) and kids who complete the entire race course will receive a finisher medal.

What is the shirt exchange policy?

Shirts may be exchanged for alternate sizes only after the run has kicked off, or after 7:40 am on Sunday, August 25. Sizes and styles will be exchanged based on availability and only until we have exhausted our supply. 

Do all finishers receive a medal?
No, but we do award medals for the top three finishers in each age category, as well as a master's category. 

Where can I park?
To ensure the safety of our runners, some of the usual parking will be unavailable. Please click here to view our event parking map.

Are dogs allowed at this race?
Yes! Pets must be kept on leashes and waste must be picked up.

Are roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, or bikes allowed?
No, due to safety concerns roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, or bikes are not permitted. 

Can I bring my young child in a stroller for the run?
Yes! If the child is only riding in the stroller while the adult runs, there is no additional entry fee. 

Can I walk?
Yes!

Can I run with my child in the Kids Obstacle Course?
Yes! Parents are welcome to watch or participate as they would like. We also have an adult or two, depending on registration, lead the Obstacle Course, and the route is blocked to any through traffic.

I'm a Forest Park Forever member, do I get a discount?
Yes! Please email us for more information.

What is the refund policy?
No refunds for the 2019 run will be honored or issued after 5 p.m. on August 23. Fees are, after that point, final and non-refundable.

How does Forest Park Forever make this a zero-waste event?

  • We recycle! Please look for the recycling bins in the Event HQ!

  • We compost! Our water cups are compostable, and our post-event fruit is naturally biodegradable!

  • We source our generators from a great company called Green2Go that uses eco-friendly fuel to run their generators. (http://www.rentgreen2go.com/)

  • Ordering enough extra shirts to ensure all race participants get a shirt in their size results in many wasted t-shirts. To help us keep this event green be sure to register by August 12 if you want to be guaranteed a shirt!

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Do you have a question about the I Love Forest Park 5K not answered here? Feel free to get in touch!