Lifescape 4th of July Classic Run/Walk

Sun June 27 - Sun July 4, 2021 Rockford, IL 61101 US Directions


$20 - $35 07/04 7:00AM CDT
Events: 8k Run (4.97) 8k Run Kids 13 and Under

2 Mile

$20 - $35 07/04 7:10AM CDT
Events: 2 Mile Run 2 Mile Run Kids 13 and Under

1 Mile Family Fun Walk

$20 07/04 8:00AM CDT - 11:59PM CDT Registration ends July 1, 2021 at 8:00am CDT

1 Mile Family Fun Walk Kids 13 and Under

$10 07/04 8:00AM CDT - 11:59PM CDT Registration ends July 1, 2021 at 11:59pm CDT

Virtual 8k Run (4.97)

$35 Registration ends July 4, 2021 at 11:59pm CDT

VIrtual 8k Run Kids 13 and Under

$20 Registration ends July 4, 2021 at 11:59pm CDT

Virtual 2 Mile Run

$35 Registration ends July 4, 2021 at 11:59pm CDT

Virtual 2 Mile Run Kids 13 and Under

$20 Registration ends July 4, 2021 at 11:59pm CDT
North Madison Street (Right Next to Trolley Station and Whitman Street Bridge )
Rockford, IL US 61101

Join us for the Lifescape 4th of July Classic Run/Walk (Formerly known as the MELD/YSN Classic).

This race is in memory of Joe Marino and his contributions to Rockford's 4th of July celebration and to our community.

Lifescape 4th of July Classic is a race for the ages! This is a race for everyone whether you are an experienced runner, this is your first race, or you are just looking for a fun event to do with their family. This race is a wonderful way to celebrate our nation and support a local nonprofit. 

Racers have the choice of running an 8k, a 2-mile, or participating in the 1-mile family fun walk. All racers will receive race swag, including finisher medals, stylish one of a kind race T-shirts, and....  PANCAKES! After the race, all participants are invited to make the short walk to the Downtown Rockford City Pavilion (Where City Market is held). This race includes a Post Race TAKE HOME Pancake Breakfast! We will have pancakes, plus plenty of other fresh breakfast foods and refreshments.

There will be a rolling start from 7am to 9am in an effort to maintain social distancing. 8k runners need to start by 8:00 whereas the 2 mile runners have until 8:30 am. Racers can come anytime during this timeframe to participate in their race. Further Covid-19 protocols and guidance will be communicated as we get closer to race day.

For those that cannot make it to the event or would like to participate virtually, you have the option of running all of the races virtually and still collecting all the race swag!

Check out this promo video. It was made during our 2019 race, when we had almost 900 participants:

All proceeds benefit Lifescape's programs and services. For decades Lifescape has committed itself to serving our area's older adults, families, and caregivers. We serves thousands of older adults each year through its Meals on Wheels program, Adult Protective Services, Adult Day Program, Health & Wellness Services, Retried and Senior Volunteer Program, Comprehensive Care Coordination, and Advocacy & Assistance programs. You can read more about Lifescape at

With some uncertainty ahead of us regarding the COVID pandemic, we want to let you know that this could turn into a virtual race. Right now, we plan on holding an in person event. If we were to make the switch, we would let everyone know asap, and anyone who was already registered would have the option of unregistering and getting their registration refunded.

All race proceeds go toward supporting Lifescape’s services and programs.

For more information on Lifescape, please check out our website at:


8k Run, 2 Mile Run , and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk



We will contact you with packet pickup information as we get closer to the race day. Packet pickup will be at Fleet Feet Rockford. 

Every Participant Receives a One of a Kind Rockford Art Deli Shirt, Race Medal, and Race Bib

These Race Shirts made by Rockford Art Deli Shirts are Allmade Brand. Allmade is a fully sustainable line of t-shirts that Rockford Art Deli founded. They not only benefit the earth, but the people who make them.

Our Allmade race shirts:

  • Made with 70% less water than your typical shirt
  • Are not chemically treated 
  • Saves around 6.4 oz of crude compared to a typical shirt
  • Prevents 6 bottles from landing in the landfill
  • Provide living wage jobs for people in Haiti


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The 2 mile and the 8k races are both part of the Rockford Road Runners Circuit Series. To find out more, contact the Road Runners at



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