Participants from all 50 states and 41 countries are expected to weave their way through Chicago’s historic south side during the race. The scenic course begins and ends in Jackson Park and runs through the University of Chicago campus and a traffic-free Lake Shore Drive.
Avid runners of all ages will participate in this year’s event, including an 82-year old and 11-year old who will take on the half marathon race distance, and a 91-year old and 7-year old who participate in the 5K race distance. The race is expected to draw thousands of spectators. An additional 1,400 volunteers will be on hand to ensure the safety and organization of the event.
Upon crossing the finish line, each runner will receive a gold medal weighing one full pound and measuring six inches wide – the largest finisher medal in the Midwest. Following the race, athletes, friends and family are invited to celebrate at the Finish Festival, the official post-race party.
This year, the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K has expanded its partnership with several charities. In addition to benefitting long-time partners like the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Big Shoulders Fund, the race will also raise funds for Hand-In Hand Hurricane Relief, which will be used for emergency relief and recovery efforts in Texas and Florida and other areas devastated by the recent hurricanes.
The race weekend officially kicks off with the Chicago Half Marathon Health & Fitness Expo for participants (Friday, September 22 from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 23 from10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at Soldier Field. Limited registrations will be available at the Expo.
WHERE: Chicago Half Marathon & Life Time 5K
Jackson Park | 6300 South Cornell Avenue (Cornell Ave. at Hayes Dr.), Chicago, IL
WHEN: Sunday, September 24, 2017
7:00 a.m. Chicago Half Marathon begins
7:45 a.m. Life Time 5K begins
A full schedule included below6 a.m. Lake Shore Drive Closes | Between 31st and 67th Streets
6:45 a.m. Wheelchair/AWD Start | Half Marathon
7 a.m. Chicago Half Marathon Start
7:35 a.m. Wheelchair/AWD Start | 5K
7:45 a.m. Life Time 5K Start
8 a.m. Finish Festival Opens | Jackson Park
11:30 a.m. Finish Line Closes
VISUALS: 12,000+ athletes of all ages and backgrounds traversing a traffic-free Lake Shore Drive
Thousands of spectators cheering on their favorite athletes
Scenic views of the city skyline, Hyde Park and Jackson Park
Finish Festival celebration featuring food, beverage & live entertainment
About Life Time®—Healthy Way of Life
Life Time® is a privately held, comprehensive healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment lifestyle company that offers a personalized and scientific approach to long-term health and wellness. Through its portfolio of distinctive resort-like destinations, athletic events and corporate health services, the Healthy Way of Life company helps members achieve their goals everyday with the support of a team of dedicated professionals and an array of proprietary health assessments. As of Sept. 15, 2017, the company operates 127 centers in 27 states and 35 major markets under the LIFE TIME FITNESS® and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC® brands in the United States and Canada. For more information visit www.lifetimefitness.com.
For more information about the Chicago Half Marathon, visit www.chicagohalfmarathon.com. Additional information on Life Time Athletic Events is available at www.lifetmefitness.com, on Twitter @ChicagoHalf and by liking the Chicago Half Marathon Facebook Page.