12,000 Compete in 21st Annual Chicago Half Marathon & Life Time 5K
Race draws participants from 50 states and 41 countries, athletes of all ages
CHICAGO, IL – 12,000 participants from 50 states and 41 countries around the world weaved their way through Chicago’s historic south side on September 24 during the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K – produced by Life Time – Healthy Way of Life. This year marked the 21st running of the endurance event, Chicago’s premier half marathon, and for many participants, a tune-up for the marathon in Chicago next month.
Athletes trekked along a scenic route through Jackson Park, University of Chicago’s campus and a traffic-free Lake Shore Drive before crossing the finish line. Below are the unofficial results from the event:
|1st Courtney Peterson (26) 1:23:55 Chicago, IL||1st Damon King (27) 1:12:28 Chicago, IL|
|2nd Lorna Vargas Fonseca (39) 1:25:38 San Jose, Costa Rica||2nd Johnny Binzak (25) 1:12:51 Chicago, IL|
|3rd Krista Lederer (37) 1:28:07 Chicago, IL||3rd Kyle Larson (27) 1:14:19 Chicago, IL|
|1st Ann Kotze (29) 20:35 Chicago, IL||1st Chad Aubin (28) 16:49 Bloomington, IL|
|2nd Jasmin Searcy (31) 22:31 Chicago, IL||2nd Daniel Lindbloom (31) 16:50 Evergreen Park, IL|
|3rd Julie Volchenboum (47) 22:43 Chicago, IL||3rd Reid Basting (27) 17:33 Urbana, IL|
The half marathon is the fastest growing distance of the endurance running event space. More than 10,000 of today’s participants challenged themselves to complete the half marathon, while more than 1,300 took part in the 5K distance. Women accounted for 58 percent of the participants, and while every state was represented in the race, more than 7,500 of today’s athletes hail from Illinois.
Additionally, avid runners of all ages participated, including a 91 year old and a 7 year old who completed the 5K race distance and an 82 year old and 11 year old who completed the half marathon race distance. The average age of both 5K and half marathon runners was 36.
Upon crossing the finish line, each race participant received a gold medal weighing one full pound and measuring six inches wide. It stands as the largest finisher medal in the Midwest.
The event was the second and final race in the 2017 Chicagoland Half Marathon Series. The sold-out program also included the Chicago Spring Half Marathon on May 21 and drew 2,000 ambitious participants competing in both races. Athletes who completed both half marathon distances earned a custom 26.2 Challenge finisher medal.
This year, the race generated more than $300,000 for several of its charity partners, including the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Big Shoulders Fund, and Hand-In Hand Hurricane Relief.
Today’s race results are available at the Chicago Half Marathon website.
Life Time invites athletes to warm up their Thanksgiving appetite by registering for the 40th Annual Art Van Turkey Trot Chicago on November 23 at www.turkeytrotchicago.com.
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, including participant results from today’s race, 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.