SIUE Cougars Unleashed Homecoming Run

Wed October 11 - Sun October 15 Edwardsville, IL 62026 US


Join the SIUE Alumni Association for the eighth annual Cougars Unleashed Homecoming Run as part of Cougar State of Mind: Homecoming and Family Weekend 2023. Named the Final Lap Race Management's Best Directed event in 2022, this year's run offers both in-person and virtual 10K, 5K and one-mile runs. Community members, students and alumni are encouraged to participate. Run proceeds will go to the SIUE Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, which proudly awards over $20,000 each year to incoming and current SIUE students. Your support will help our campus community define the future of SIUE.

Register by September 15 in order to receive a race shirt!

Want to join us on campus for the in-person Run?

  • The in-person run will take place on Saturday, October 14 on the beautiful SIUE campus with the new start and finish location in the SIUE Stratton Quad.
  • The first run will begin at 9 a.m
  • All registered in-person runners will receive a complimentary pancake breakfast from Chris Cakes, post-run beer from Global Brew (runners 21 and over) as well as an optional family-friendly Eddie-Palooza and a partial solar eclipse viewing in the Quad to follow.

Need to run virtually?

  1. The virtual run can be completed anytime and anywhere between October 11-15.
  2. Register for a virtual 10K, 5K or 1 mile and invite your friends to join!
  3. Run/walk the distance inside on your treadmill or outside on a course of your choosing anytime between October 11-15.
  4. Report your time using the special link that is emailed to you after you register.
  5. Send a run selfie to to be featured in a post-event video montage.

Race timing provided by Rich Luers, SIUE alumnus and owner of Final Lap Race Management.

Packet Pick Up
For those registering in advance, packet pick up with take place at RunWell located at 142 N Main St, Edwardsville, IL on October 11 and 12 from 2-8:00 p.m.. Day of registration and packet pick up will take place at SIUE's Stratton Quad.


Run Bags, Photos and Award Information

Run Bag Pick-Up

  • All registrants, including those who made an online store purchase on or before September 15 can pick up their items at Birger Hall on the SIUE campus
    • Wednesday, October 11 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Contact us with any questions or concerns.

Pictures and Selfies

  • We would love to see any/all selfies that you take during the virtual run. Post and tag any photos you post on your social media accounts with #CougarsUnleashed
  • Please email your photos to us so we can include them in a run photo montage that will be shared after the run is complete.


  • Medals will be awarded to the top male and female 10K/5K in-person finishers as well as the top two male and female runners in the following age divisions:  14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+
  • Medals will also be awarded to the top times in male and female divisions for the virtual 10K and 5K. Winners will be contacted after the run to coordinate medal pick-up.

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Run Routes

Check out the NEW routes for each of our in-person runs:


Like this page and invite your friends on Facebook.

If you continue to use this site, you consent to use all cookies. We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. Read how we use cookies and how you can control them by visiting our Privacy Policy.

If you continue to use this site, you consent to use all cookies.