JJK 5K Run & Walk During the NASCAR Cup Series Weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway

Don’t miss the fun and excitement of the inaugural JJK5K Race on June 3 at World Wide Technology Raceway as part of the 2023 NASCAR weekend. This marks the first-ever race named in honoring hometown champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee. She has dedicated her life after Olympic competition to supporting the youth of East St. Louis. Please join us for this incredible opportunity to celebrate her accomplishments, welcome NASCAR back to World Wide Technology Raceway, and enjoy a day of racing!

There are two events to choose from — the 5K run or 1.25 mile walk around the oval track.  

It will be a unique experience for a great cause!  All activities take place on the same track NASCAR drivers race for the Enjoy Illinois 300 race.  Race proceeds benefit the JJK Foundation – a vital part of the Metro East community supporting many youth programs.

Registration for the 5K includes

  • T shirt
  • Commemorative event medal
  • Free and convenient parking
  • Ticket to the NASCAR Truck race on June 3
  • Post-race concert
  • Free downloadable photos for all participants
  • Awards for top three finishers in various classes
  • Opportunity to purchase Enjoy Illinois 300 tickets for 20% discount if registered by May 6 


It’s hard to believe our hometown Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee has never had a run named in her honor… Join us as we change that and host the JJK5K on the 1.5-mile oval track at the heart of World Wide Technology Raceway.

ALL ARE WELCOME: Individual runners, teams, families, friends and even dogs are invited to register for the JJK5K and after-party. Big River Running Co. will manage the race details – so if you’re going for a personal best or just looking to celebrate NASCAR’s return to WWTR, this event on the track will make memories to last a lifetime. 

Register here: By May 6th for preferred pricing. 


Stay tuned for details!! All JJK5K participants and guests ticketed for the Saturday NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 race are invited to enjoy a post-race party – including a live concert by global hip-hop artist Flo Rida. 

June 3 Schedule

  • NASCAR Truck Race: noon to 3:00 PM on the oval
  • JJK5K and 1.25 walk: 3:30 to 4:30 PM
  • JJK5K awards presented by Jackie Joyner Kersee: 4:45 PM
  • Concert 5:00 PM
  • Midway activities and concessions open throughout the day

Registration Fee 5K

  • $45 March 1 to May 6
  • $50 May 7 to May 28

Registration Fee for 1.25 Mile

  • $15 March 1 to May 6
  • $20 May 7 to May 28

Race Packet Pickup: 

  • Thursday June 1, Ball Park Village (4:00 to 8:00 PM)
  • Saturday June 3, Will Call (8:00 AM to noon)


So many once-in-a-lifetime memories in the making! 

JJK will present the award medals and be available for photos with participants. All proceeds from the 5K run and walk will benefit the Jackie Joyner-Kersee (JJK) Foundation.


About Jackie-Joyner Kersee

Having been named by Sports Illustrated as the ‘Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century’, Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s athletic credentials are unquestionably among the best ever, in all of sport. A six time Olympic medalist, including three Olympic gold medals, Joyner-Kersee dominated the Olympic heptathlon and long jump events throughout her career which spanned four Olympic Games.  Astonishingly, despite the advancements in technology and training used by athletes around the world over the last two decades, Jackie Joyner-Kersee still holds the World Heptathlon Record she set over 20 years ago at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.

Jackie grew up in East St. Louis and was the first woman in history to earn more than 7,000 points in heptathlon. Having also earned six Olympic medals, Kersee still holds the world heptathlon record, as well as the Olympic and national records in the long jump. 

In addition to being one of the top track-and-field athletes of all time, Kersee returned home to give back to her community. She established the JJK Foundation and JJK Center in East St. Louis 23 years ago to ensure children in the area have access to high quality after-school programs and a safe environment within the community.

Born and raised in East St. Louis, Jackie is committed to ensuring that all children have access to high quality after-school programs, safe recreational places within their communities, and caring adults to help them achieve their dreams. Jackie is the heart and soul of this organization and serves as living proof that kids in East St. Louis can dare to dream big and if they have the drive and determination, they can accomplish anything they desire.


  • Registration closes at noon June 1st
  • Race ticket will be emailed by prior to race.

The race will start at 3:30 pm on Saturday, June 3, from the WWTR starting line.

Yes! Both the JJK5K and walk are on the track  See map at registration link.

  • Truck race ticket (this is a reserved seat but if you are with a group, you can likely move around)
  • T-Shirt
  • Commemorative medallion
  • Admission to Flo Rida concert immediately following JJK5K race.

  • Target time for starting the JJK5K and 1.25 mile walk (pet) is 3:30
  • Planned for 30 minutes after the end of the truck race.
  • Award presentation approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the race. 
  • Flo Rida concert immediately after the race.
  • No charge for parking
  • If you are picking up a registration packet at will call, it is easier to park in the area indicated on the map and cross the bridge to the infield. To minimize walking park close to the bridge.
  • If you have already picked up your registration packet or wish to park next to the midway, follow the signs to the orange parking area indicated on the map.
  • At Ball Park Village, Thursday June 1, 4:00 to 7:00 PM
  • At will call from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
  • Registration closes at 2:30 PM

Open Map PDF

We love dogs, bring them along and pets receive a scarf.  We can accommodate them at the race.

All participants receive a custom commemorative T-shirt, participant medallion honoring Jackie and medals for the top three finishers in five year age groups.

  • Suggest you visit the midway
  • Move to the JJ5K and 1.25 mile walk, approximately 3:00
  • Gold, silver and bronze medals for male and female first place, second place and third place finishers 14 & under and in five year groups starting at 15 – 19.  
  • Trophy for male and female top finisher
  • Medal for top three finishing pets

Yes, throughout the course.

Yes, midway and infield locations.

  • Jackie will present the awards and be available for photos.