Arny Johnson 5k & 1 Mile

Sat April 4, 2020 Rockford, IL 61114 US Directions


8:30AM CDT - 10:00AM CDT

1 Mile

8:00AM CDT - 8:30AM CDT

Arny "Double" Both the 1 Mile & 5k

8:00AM CDT - 10:00AM CDT

Volunteer - Arny Johnson Race

6:30AM CDT - 11:00AM CDT
Arny Johnson 5k & 1 mile - Canceled

Dear Runners,
It is with great regret that we will be canceling the annual Arny Johnson Classic event due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). As all are aware  recent restrictions and recommendations by local government agencies have asked that all events or groups be limited to no more than 25 people. For the safety of our participants and volunteers it is clear that, sadly, we cannot hold the event this year.  Proceeds from the Arny Johnson in the past few years as been instrumental in providing funding for Annie's Locker Annual Share a Pair program that has provided so many running shoes and socks to local undeserved children.

We will be sending additional communication to the email  that you registered with for this event with details on where and how to pick up swag and other details.  Again we wish to thank all for your continued support and understanding at this very difficult time.  We will begin planning for the 2021 very soon and hope to see all there!

Be Safe Keep Running!

Annie's Locker, Arny Johnson Race Committee, Rockford Road Runners


The 35th Annual Arny Johnson 5K & 1 Mile run/walk will be held on Saturday, April  4, 2020, at Harlem High School in Rockford (Machesney Park.) The 5k run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m., while the 1 mile run/walk starts at 8:00 a.m. The event is hosted by the Rockford Road Runners with proceeds going to Annie's Locker.  Note: Due to ongoing construction at Rock Cut we are not permitted to run in the park this year as such we will not have a 10 mile race this year, the 10 mile will return in 2021!

Participants receive Arny Johnson shirt and Finisher Medal

Course Record Awards! $200.00 Cash to Top Male and Female that breaks current
course record:
Male: Tyler Sigl 15:06 (2009)  Female: Nicole Braunsdorf Shortslef. 17:42. (2015)
Cash awards: $100 to male and female overall & $75 male and female masters winners in the 5k.                                                   
Age Group Awards: 9 & under, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+   First place Team Awards: Open Female, Open Male, Open CoEd, Masters CoEd, & Corporate. (Note Team Competition is only in the 5k).

The 5k run/walk will follow the scenic Willow Creek Path out and back beginning at 8:30 a.m..  Runners begin in front of Harlem high school and take the path that runs south of the school. 

1 mile runners/walkers begin in front of high school beginning at 8:00 am before start of the 5k.  They will follow Willow Creek Path south of school out and back.

The courses are fast, flat out-and-back on the Willow Creek Path.

Packet Pickup:  Friday April 3 from 7 am to 6 pm at FitnessWorks 3619 Morsay Drive, Rockford, IL   

Packet pickup day of race Saturday April 4 - 7:00 am-8:00 am Harlem School gym 1 Huskie Cir, Machesney Park, IL 61115.   Late registration also at these places. 


 Course certification #IL15001JW

Course Records: 5K Male - Tyler Sigl 15:06 (2009) 5K Female – Nicole Braunsdorf Shortslef 17:42 (2015)  -

***  Please note: Willow Creek Path is narrow.  For runner safety, we cannot allow strollers or pets.

Day of Race Registration.

No Discounts.

Arny Johnson Teams 5k

Something new this year Annie’s Locker has setup the race so you can be a part of a team if you are running the 5k, YOUR team or a Company team.  You can create the team when you sign up choose your team name and then tell your friends that you want them to join your team when they signup. Friends only need to pick your team from the list and join it when they signup  No extra cost to you or to anyone signing up.  All of the race proceeds go to support Annie’s Locker and all that they do in our community.

Team Categories and the rules.
Open Female- all members are female any ages young or old, need a minimum of 4 to score, you can have up to 7 on your team. Top 4 combined times is your teams score.  
Open Male - all members are male any ages young or old, need a minimum of 4 to score but you can have up to 7 on your tea. Top 4 combined times is your teams score.
Open Mixed CoEd - at least 2 members are female any ages young or old and 2 male any ages young or old,  need a minimum of 4 to score (2 males & 2 females) but you can have up to 7 on your team, the top 2 males & 2 females combined times is your teams score.
Masters Mixed CoEd - at least 2 members are female 40 or above and 2 male 40 or above,  need a minimum of 4 to score (2 males & 2 females) but you can have up to 7 on your team, the top 2 males & 2 females combined times is your teams score.  All members of the team must be 40 or above.
Corporate Team - Corporate teams are defined as, either all entrants work for the company or a company sponsors all of the entrants signed up for the team. Can be any combination of male and female or all male or all female.  If your Company would like to sponsor a team let us know and we will help make it easy for the company pay for and sponsor their team with as few as 4 or as many as 7 on a team.
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9929 N. Alpine Road
Rockford, IL US 61114
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All of the following are some of the things not allowed in Rockford Road Runners for the safety of all participants; strollers, baby Joggers, animals, and bicycles. Race official’s decision are final. If you are uncertain always ask first.

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