The Chicagoland Run Club Challenge is a club incentive program created with the goal of building more meaningful relationships with the local run community. This program rewards club participation through special marketing opportunities, coaching outreach, complimentary race weekend amenities and prize purses.

How It Works

Once enrolled, head coaches or team managers will receive a custom $15 discount code for promotion to their respective athletes – who will then use the code to register for either the 2017 Chicago Spring Half Marathon or Chicago Half Marathon. Life Time staff will track team registrations, advise of usage rates throughout the season and award perks accordingly.


As registrations accumulate, clubs become eligible for the following race weekend amenities:

* All spaces include 1 table and 2 chairs

Run Club Challenge

The Run Club Challenge, where groups compete for local bragging rights and top prizes, is a complimentary program open to non-elite, half marathon distance participants. All team members must be registered for the half marathon prior to a team being created. Details include:

  •   Teams must consist of 5-10 individuals
  •   Team scores will be determined by adding the scoring members’ age-graded percentages*
  •   Team scores will consist of the five highest scoring participants
  •   Teams with fewer than five people will NOT be eligible for competition
  •   Teams with more than 10 members must create additional teams
    • Example: If CES brings 100 athletes, they could create upwards of 10 teams, each with unique names (e.g. “CES Fast Team, CES Beer Team, etc.”).
  •   Top three performing teams with the highest combined scores will receive awards:
    • 1st – $1000, 2nd- $500, 3rd – $250
  •   Team members are also eligible for individual awards, within their respective age group category.

Club Competition inclusion, names and rosters can be submitted HERE  and must be submitted one week prior to race day. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

*For more information about age-grading percentages please refer to this the following article

The Fine Print

This program represents an agreement between the Chicago Spring Half Marathon, Chicago Half Marathon and the participating club, its coaches, athletes and relevant support staff. Pass through inclusions and/or entitlements via third parties (e.g. club sponsors, retail partners, etc.) are not permitted within the scope of this program.

Club discount codes are valid for the half marathon distance or 5K distance only. You must be registered for the half marathon distance to participate in the team competition. Individuals must utilize the discount code 30 days prior to the events or before individual race registrations reach capacity – whichever happens first.

Life Time staff will do their best to notify you of approaching sell-outs.

Participants must use your code. Unfortunately, those who fail to register using the team code are not be eligible for a retroactive $10 discount, nor can they be added towards a team’s registration count.

Final team registrations will then be tallied, allowing adequate time for race weekend space allocation and team preparation. There are no post-close registration opportunities. Please avoid promoting your team’s discount code in public areas (like Facebook), as the general public is not eligible for a discounted entry. All discount codes will be unique to the team so yes, we will know if its shared through a third party platform. Teams caught doing so will face immediate disqualification.

To Enroll

Head coaches or club managers wishing to enroll in the program can simply fill-out and submit the online application, found HERE:

Thank you for your continued service to our events, and please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can better enhance your team’s experience. We look forward to an incredible 2017 season!

Contact Us

Life Time Athletic Events
Ph. // 773-404-2281

For a printable form of the 2017 Chicagoland Run Club Program, click here.