Places you can Run, Walk, or Roll for CUSR Virtual Cupcake 5K

Cupcake 5K is Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation’s biggest fundraiser of the year! Due to last year’s record breaking attendance, we were able to financially support more participants than ever before. We are hoping to raise more to help more by going virtual this year!

Perks of Virtual Cupcake 5K:

-Get to Run, Walk, or Roll ANYWHERE!
-You get to pick the time and day during the event | beginning October 23 and ending November 1.
-Create your own Roll-N-Stroll party for safe social distancing fun. (Don’t forget your masks!)
-You’ll be supporting local individuals with disabilities.
-Register by October 14 and you’ll get the 2020 race t-shirt.
-Cupcakes will still be involved with the race!

But where are some good places you can participate in the CUSR Virtual Cupcake 5K? Here are a few of our favorite places to go around C-U:

Last Year’s Cupcake 5K Map

We always hear how much Cupcake 5K participants love our usual course. This course starts in Dodds Park, circles the Parkland College Campus and neighboring community, and finishes where it began.

Please Note: Since roads are fully open to vehicles throughout the course, racing on the road is not suggested. Please be mindful of traffic if you choose this course.

Custom Course!

Google map of Champaign Urbana

If you want to do your own thing and create your perfect course, that works too! Here’s a list of the Top 10 Apps for tracking your progress of your race.

**15 Points to Gryffindor for anyone who creates a cupcake shaped course!

Tracking Apps >>

Leonhard Recreation Center

Leonhard Recreation Center is open for members and day pass holders to use! This will be a perfect place to Run, Walk, or Roll indoors. With the option of a treadmill or using the indoor walking track, you’re sure to stay warm while you 5K.

All LRC members and day pass holders must wear a mask inside the facility at all times. They also require anyone intending to use the facility sign up for a timeslot online to help control then number of attendees throughout the facility.

Please visit Champaign Park District mobile app or website for more information.

LRC Info >>

Christie Clinic Illinois 5K Route!

Might as well train for the Christie Clinic Illinois 5K Run/Walk on Friday, April 30, 2021 by using the race course for Virtual Cupcake 5K!

Please Note: Since roads are fully open to vehicles throughout the course, racing on the road is not suggested. Please be mindful of traffic if you choose this course.

Visit the Illinois Marathon website for more information.

Illinois Marathon Info >>



Champaign & Urbana Parks and Trails!

We are fortunate enough to have access to so many beautiful parks throughout Champaign & Urbana. With our Virtual Cupcake 5K, you can participant in any of our local parks and trails! We’ve gathered a selection of parks & trails you can use during the week of the philanthropic event-October 23-November 1.

Champaign Parks and Trails

The Champaign Park District’s 62 parks total over 700 acres of space for fun recreational activities in Champaign. #ExploreChampaignParks and find your new favorite happy place today.


  • Carle at the Fields | Curtis Road from Staley Road to Interstate 57, Champaign
    • Paved Path-10′ wide: 2.4 mi
  • Hessel Park | 1400 Grandview Drive, Champaign
    • Paved Loop Path-8′ wide: 0.98 miles
  • Douglass Park Fitness Trail | 501 E. Eureka St, Champaign
    • Paved Path-8′ wide: .74 miles; with outdoor exercise equipment
  •  Ashland Park Subdivision Trail | Toalson Park East of Prospect Ave & North of Interstate Dr, Champaign
    • Paved Path: 2 miles
  • Greenbelt Bikeway Trail | Begins north end of Dodds Park and finishes in Kaufman Park, Champaign
    • Paved Path: 1.44 miles
  • Boulware Trail | Along 1st St. from Gregory to Windsor Road, Champaign
    • Paved Path: 1.25 miles

Visit Champaign Park District website for more information on fun Champaign parks & trails!

Champaign Parks >>

Urbana Parks and Trails

The Urbana Park District Maintains nearly 12 miles of paved paths and 5 miles of soft trails for the community to enjoy! Get a start exploring through the loop trails in parks, starting and ending in the same location.

  • Crystal Lake Park | 206 W. Park St, Urbana
    • Paved Loop Path: 1.7 miles (large), .35 miles (small)
  • King Park | 915 W. Washer St, Urbana
    • Paved Loop Path: .4 miles
  • Meadowbrook Park | 2808 S. Race St, Urbana
    • Paved Loop Path: 1.85 miles (large), .65 miles (small)
  • South Ridge Park | 3808 S. Myra Ridge Dr, Urbana
    • Paved Loop Path: .65 miles
  • Victory Park | 1000 E. Green St, Urbana
    • Paved Loop Path: .4 miles
  • Weaver Park | 2205 E. Main St, Urbana
    • Soft trails or boardwalk Loop Path: .95 miles

Visit Urbana Park District’s website to find more information on more fun Urbana parks & trails!

Urbana Parks >>

Your Own Home!

If you have a treadmill or some rollers at home, you can participate there! Maybe even circle your home a few several times until you’ve reached 3.2 miles? Still counts!

Where ever you decide to participate in the CUSR Virtual Cupcake 5K, with the proceeds raised from your registration, individuals with disabilities in Champaign-Urbana participate in fun recreation activities.

Deadline to register and receive the new t-shirt design for this philanthropic fitness event is October 14, 2020. You will still be able to register for the race all the way up until October 28 but you will have to purchase a shirt if you miss the first deadline. Extra T-shirt proceeds also benefit the CUSR Scholarship Fund!

Thank you for your support!

Register Online Today >>


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