The Chicago Half Marathon gives you the chance to run on Lake Shore Drive! This scenic 13.1 mile course will start and finish in Jackson Park and showcase the south lakefront, the Jackson Park Golf Course and the Midway Plaisance on the University of Chicago campus. The Lake Shore Drive stretch offers beautiful views of the great Chicago Skyline. Participants must maintain a 13 minute per mile pace to participate in the half marathon. Click here for the proposed route.
Medical support during the Chicago Half Marathon and 5K will be provided by health care professionals.Medical assistance will be available at each water station along the route providing medical assistance as needed. A fully-equipped medical facility will be located near the finish line. Participants requiring medical assistance may be transported to one of the nearby hospitals, and will be billed by the hospital and ambulance provider. Participants must give on-scene medical personnel the freedom to determine which facility will be utilized.
IMPORTANT: Each participant must complete the medical information form on the back of your bib number. Please take time to fill out your medical information and provide emergency contact information. This will make your important health care information available to health care professionals in the event you are unable to communicate with them.
MILE MARKERS & SPLIT TIMES
Each mile marker will have a large display clock that will indicate the running time of the event. These display clocks will show the time from the official start of the race, not your personal “tag time”. A system has been developed to display the mile marker sign, clock and colored warning flag (see flag warning system information later in the email). As you go by each mile, you will see an information station providing you with the status of the race. As you look at this station, you will know where you are on the course, the official race time and race conditions.
The Chicago Half Marathon course features more than 15 entertainment groups ranging from spirit squads, school bands, and local bands.
WATER AND GATORADE AID STATIONS
There will be 10 water and Gatorade (Gatorade Endurance Formula) stations along the course and at the start/finish. Water stations will be located at the following locations
All water stations on the course are single sided will have a medical personnel and portable toilets located near each aid station location
Portable toilets will be added in locations throughout the course. The portable toilets will be located at each aid station.
For your safety and for the timely reopen of the streets to vehicular traffic, you must reach key locations by specified times or you will be required to take transportation provided.
PLEASE DO NOT START EARLY! Traffic and safety rules prohibit early starts. Early starters will be eliminated from the Official Results.
If you cannot maintain an 13-minute per mile pace, you will be required to board the support buses.
SAG (SUPPORT) WAGON AND BACK OF THE PACK CREW
The Back of the Pack Crew and SAG Wagon will signify the end of the field and the maximum 13-minutes per mile pace. They will not start timing until the last person crosses the start line and will be with you throughout the race. If you cannot keep pace, the Crew will help you as you board the SAG Wagon.