2020 Event Cancelled
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August 10 – October 4


To our valued Chicago Half Marathon family,

These last few months have been unlike anything we have ever experienced so we sincerely hope you and your family are safe, healthy and well. We hope you have found ways to stay positive, active and hopeful during this time.

We appreciate your patience as we navigate the uncertainty surrounding the return of large-scale athletic events. Unfortunately due to ongoing public safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon & 5K scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 27, 2020.

In a time when it feels like we need our running communities more than ever, we share your pain in not being able to gather together in Jackson Park this fall. Because of this unfortunate cancellation, we are offering the following options to all registered participants:

COMPLIMENTARY DEFERRAL to the 2021 HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon & 5K on Sunday, September 26, 2021 (Date subject to approval by the City of Chicago).

DONATE your registration fee to Chicago Public Schools via the Life Time Foundation. Your 100% tax-deductible donation will support Chicago Public Schools as they continue to safely provide meals to students during this time of crisis. Learn More.

GET A REFUND for your registration fee, minus processing fees.
All decisions must be submitted before October 1, 2020, through your RunSignup Registration.

Make your decision by following these steps:
1. Go to our Event Page
2. Select your preferred option
3. Click “Continue”
4. Login to your account
5. Click “Save Decision”

Please take a moment to read through the FAQ’s. If you have questions after reading this page, feel free to email us.

We will miss seeing you in person this fall but stay tuned as we introduce an exclusive Virtual Challenge in the coming days. Together, we can stay connected, motivated and resilient. We will rise above and come together again in celebration of our incredible Chicago running community.

Thank you for your continued support and stay well!

The HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon & 5K Team

*Last updated 7.21.2020 4:30 PM CT.


Celebrate the 24th annual running of the HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon & 5K, a signature event produced by Life Time.

Stepping off on Sunday, September 27, 2020, the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K is centered around Chicago’s historic Jackson Park, once home to the 1893 World Columbian Exposition. The course highlights Chicago’s historic south shore and features a traffic-free Lake Shore Drive–the only Chicago race to completely shut down this main transportation artery.  Runners traverse the streets of Hyde Park and the Museum of Science and Industry Campus before taking on the north and south Lake Shore Drive lanes and finishing at the Statue of the Republic or “Golden Lady” as she’s known to locals.

The Chicago Half Marathon supports the programming of our benefiting charity partner Chicago Run, promoting the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs.

Register and Receive

  • Gender-specific tech running shirt*
  • Huge custom finishers medal* worthy of Chicago’s “big shoulders”
    • Finisher medals for all who cross the Finish Line of the half marathon and 5K distances.
  • On course-entertainment including live DJ’s and local bands
  • 10 aid stations with hydration and restrooms
  • Access to our epic Finish Festival at Jackson Park
    • Beer Garden (21+)
    • Pizza from Chicago’s own Home Run Inn
    • Live concert on the main stage and more!
  • Complimentary round-trip shuttle service (must have opted in during registration)
  • Awards for overall and top three runners in each age group

*Digital rendering of the 2019 medals and shirts pictured.


The HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon and 5K is amongst the premier events produced by Life Time. We take your registration with honor and strive to produce the best athlete experience possible. In addition to holding ourselves to high quality standards, we adhere to the standards and industry best practices set forth by USA Track & Field.


The HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon | 5K is among more than 30 athletic events owned and produced by Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand. We believe every event is an extension of our Healthy Way of Life philosophy and brand, and it’s always our goal to deliver an exceptional event experience for both participants and spectators. For more information please visit Life Time Events


This great race experience is made possible in part by our generous sponsors.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?
For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact our sponsorship team.