Frequently Asked Questions
You've got questions? We've got answers!
Do I have to sign up for the 5K in order to indulge in food truck delights?
Nope! Just show up and bring an appetite. Pay only for what you eat.
Is there a fee to enter the Food Truck Rally?
Yes and no. Yes, if you are a "Very Impatient Purchaser" pass holder and get early entrance for less lines ($10). No, if you will be there later. For more information and to purchase passes through PayPal, go to the Rally page.
Is there a fee to participate in the Sunset 5K or 100-Yard Youth Dash?
Yes, the 100-Yard Youth Dash is always only $10. Check out the other prices on the 5K registration fee schedule. The sooner, the cheaper!
How does race day registration and packet pickup work?
Peter Piper predicts packet pickup will be practically perfect. ONLY BETWEEN 2 AND 3 P.M., there will be five packet pick-up lines for pre-registered participants based on the first letter of your last name.
Event organizers HIGHLY RECOMMEND registering early (the earlier, the cheaper!) and picking up your packet(s) during one of the designated pre-race dates.
If you are positive you want to wait until race day to register, YOUR ONLY OPTION is to do so online independently and pick up your packet at the event. We will not accept cash at the event.
- We suggest you arrive no later than 2:30 p.m. to pick up your packet(s).
- Packet pick-up lines at the event will shut down at 3 p.m. SHARP.
- Of course, we hope Mother Nature cooperates and gives us great weather. If that happens (and it will!), plan for lines to be longer.
Where do the 5K proceeds go?
All proceeds from the event will go toward COD student scholarships.
Each public high school district served by College of DuPage has a dedicated scholarship funded by proceeds of the 5K for their graduates to attend COD and access a world-class education without exorbitant loans. At the time of race registration, participants have the ability to select the high school district that will benefit from their race fee.
Why won't my registration go through on Active.com? It keeps "thinking" when I try to pay. What's it thinking about?
Perhaps it's just daydreaming about food trucks, specifically the lobster rolls and grilled cheeses that will be at the Food Truck Rally.
We do know that the Active.com registration platform prefers Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers, and likes desktops and laptops the most. We've heard many success stories of registration on tablets and phones too, though.
If you try and try again without success, your best bet is to call the Active.com Consumer Support line at (877) 228-4881, option 4.
How long can I expect to wait in food truck lines?
Well, this can vary based on time of day and which truck(s) you are interested in. If you plan to sample various trucks, event organizers suggest you purchase a Very Impatient Purchaser Pass for only $10. New this year, the VIP Pass will allow you to enter the Rally and start grazing at 1 p.m. General lines will open at 2 p.m.
If you plan to participate in the 5K (*reminder* that's not necessary) and eat after the race, you may want to get creative with positioning yourself and lucky friends/family/spouses in another line at the same time. Multitasking for the win! Generally speaking, the lines for all trucks are between 0 and 15 minutes. However, at the peak of the rally, the longest amount of time we heard anyone wait in line was 50 minutes and that was for the super popular trucks. (By the way, they all said it was worth it!)
What if the collapse of civilization is upon us and a food truck runs out of a specific item?
Event organizers can't promise anything. HOWEVER, we make it very clear to food truck owners that they will feel the wrath of lost customers if that happens. Get yourself a Very Impatient Purchaser Pass and avoid that altogether.
What's the bathroom situation?
Actually, the Physical Education Center restrooms are recently renovated and super clean. Showers are available for runners and food truck rally attendees who tend to wear their food.
Why is this the best west suburban event in all the land?
Allow us to elucidate: diverse food truck delicacies; a scenic college campus; really BIG trucks you can actually TOUCH; a chance to raise much need scholarship funds; convenient and expansive parking; and did we mention food trucks?
Where should I park?
All parking at College of DuPage is free. We suggest using the north side of campus off of Fawell Blvd. in lots A or C, or on the south side off of College Rd in lots 1 or 2. Parking Map
Accessible parking is available on the north side of College lot 1, but please note that anyone in that lot may not leave the premises while the 5K Run/Walk is occurring between approximately 4:15 and 5:45 p.m.
Where can I get all the latest and greatest information about the event other than this website?
The Facebook page, of course! Don't forget to share the page and invite those who will be upset if they are left out of the loop! Indicate you'll attend the event on Facebook and be entered into the weekly drawing for $10 in Food Truck Rally vouchers.
Do I need to bring cash?
No cash needed. While there is an ATM on campus, it's a few buildings away from the event. However, all food trucks will accept credit cards. In addition, 5K/Youth Dash registration is all online so we are encouraging participants to register from any device with internet capability instead.
What if it rains?... or snows? It is Chicago, after all.
No big whoop. This event will proceed light rain or shine. Should lightening be detected, the event will be interrupted and the area will be cleared until further notice. The adjacent Physical Education Center arena will be designated as shelter.
For More Information:
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137
(630) 942-2800 (Main)
(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)
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