Category Archive: News

Faces of PN: Peripheral Neuropathy Success Stories! FB Group Founder

Photo provided by the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy

Michael Wright, founder of the Facebook group, Peripheral Neuropathy Success Stories! and a participant in this year’s Run the L Challenge shares his PN journey with us:

Idiopathic peripheral neuropathy has plagued me for the last several years. When I was first diagnosed about four years ago, I was determined to build alliances and to fight like HECK. One of the first things I did was look for a Facebook support group. I found a lot of them, but they all depressed me! Way too many pity parties. That’s why I started PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY SUCCESS STORIES. My goal was to educate, inspire, and humor. In just over a year, the group has grown to nearly 10, 000 members in 100 countries. This group has been a great way for me to build alliances and friendships with members around the globe. There are a number of value-added offerings in our group. One of my favorites is our regularly scheduled zoom session, held every other Thursday afternoon. Typically, we have a guest speaker followed by enough time for members to talk and connect with one another. Building alliances helps all of us feel supported. We know that we are not in this alone. If you have PN and are reading this and not a member of our group, please look for us on Facebook. It would be a pleasure welcoming you to our family!

It didn’t take me long to find THE FOUNDATION FOR PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY! Building an alliance with this organization has helped me feel supported even more. The resources, education and advocacy that they provide are all quite impressive. Since they are trying to help our community of PN patients, I wanted to find ways to help them too. I found three easy ways: 1. I do a birthday fundraiser when my birthday rolls around each year. 2. I use AMAZON SMILE when I order items from Amazon. Amazon Smile allows people to choose an organization that will receive a small cut of each order placed. It’s the exact same look and feel as regular Amazon. Doing this is a no brainer. 3. I look for opportunities to tie into fundraising campaigns and activities that are sponsored by The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy.

In early August, I found out about the Chicago L race. This race was an opportunity for participants to walk, run, or cycle the distance of the CHICAGO L transit system: 131 miles. The goal was to complete this distance within an eight-week period and could be done virtually. My entry fee and donation by friends who sponsored me were a benefit to The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy. 

This race was a huge motivation to me to get out there every day to walk. And walk I did, despite my neuropathy, foot arthritis, and lumbar disk issues! After my daily walk, I logged into the race portal and posted my distance and time. The portal let me see where I ranked amongst the 1300+ participants. I have always loved competitions, so this was right up my alley! I found myself pushing to walk a little bit further as the days passed by. It was fun seeing my rankings improve over time. On rainy days, I took an umbrella with me. On hot days, I took a bottle of water and wore my cushy Hoka flip flops! I kept on keeping on and ended up finishing #86. I was slow and steady, but was so pleased with how I finished! Moments on those nature trails each day made me forget my ailments! The race ended too soon, but I still get out there each day. My moments of daily walking are usually my favorite ones in the course of a day. As you see, my fight for overcoming neuropathy includes staying active, staying distracted, and being an advocate for The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy and for others also fighting. I encourage you to join the Foundation and to take advantage of its resources. I also encourage you to find a positive support group, such as PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY SUCCESS STORIES. Why do this alone when you can do it together?

Michael Wright has had peripheral neuropathy for five years. In addition to distractions, he has found that a spinal cord stimulator and the right combination of medications have significantly reduced his pain. He is always happy to share his experiences. He lives in Charlotte, NC.

Important Event Update

Posted Sunday, Sep 29 – 5:15 AM

Conditions are improving in Jackson Park, with this storm front expected to completely pass the venue by 6:00 AM. The event is scheduled for an on-time start, although rain is forecasted throughout the morning. Shuttle buses will begin departing at 5:15 AM from Belmont Station, and 5:30 AM from Millennium Park. The EAS level is currently GREEN.

Please stay tuned for further details. Thank you for your patience.

Posted Sunday, Sep 29 – 4:40 AM

The Jackson Park race venue is currently experiencing heavy rainfall and intermittent lightning. We are currently holding all shuttle buses from both Millennium Park and Belmont Stations, but expect to resume operation soon. Athletes currently driving to the venue should park in their respective lots, but are advised to remain in their vehicles until further notice on this page.

HOKA ONE ONE to Title Chicago Half Marathon

Hoka will title the 2019 and 2020 events

CHICAGO, May 15, 2019—The Chicago Half Marathon, scheduled for September 29, 2019, today announced HOKA ONE ONE as the title sponsor for its 2019 and 2020 events. As a title sponsor, HOKA and Life Time will bring to life their joint passions for inspiring athletes through on-site activations.

Life Time Run Senior Brand Manager Dan Lakin says of the partnership, “We’re excited to bring the spirit and energy of HOKA ONE ONE to the Chicago Half Marathon and be an extension of their amazing Humans of Hoka program.”

Each year, the HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon, presented by My Fit Key and owned and produced by Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand that also operates 10 athletic resort destinations throughout Chicagoland, welcomes more than 12,000 runners on an out-and-back course along Lake Shore Drive with views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.

Registration for the HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon and 5K presented by My Fit Key and produced by Life Time is now open. More information, including the event schedule, race course and more is available at

About Life Time® – Healthy Way of Life
Life Time champions a healthy and happy life for its members across 143 destinations in 39 major markets in the U.S. and Canada. As the nation’s only Healthy Way of Life brand, Life Time delivers an unmatched athletic resort experience and provides a comprehensive healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment experience that goes well beyond fitness to encompass the entire spectrum of daily life for individuals, couples and families of all ages. For more information visit #LoveYourLife.

Life Time presents HOKA ONE ONE as title of Chicago Half Half Marathon

HOKA ONE ONE® produces premium performance footwear for athletes of all types. Initially distinguished by their extra-thick midsoles, HOKA shoes were first embraced by competitive ultrarunners because of their enhanced cushioning and inherent stability, and today are designed to meet the running, walking and fitness needs of a wide variety of users. HOKA’s road running, trail running, hiking and fitness shoes appeal to serious runners and fitness enthusiasts alike who enjoy the shoes’ unique ride and performance characteristics. For more information, visit or follow @hokaoneone #timetofly. 

Workday Workouts

Squeeze in activity throughout the day with these creative body-strengthening mini-workouts.


There’s no doubt that many of us pull crazy hours at work and home, with workdays that start early, end late, and call for packing in family time and other priorities around the edges. And workouts often get short shrift. But getting and staying fit requires a lot less time than most people think. Do you have 20 minutes? Ten minutes? Two minutes? If so, you can make strides in your fitness.

“It’s so important to keep moving throughout the day because our bodies are meant to move,” says David Freeman, NASM-PES, OPEX CCP, national manager of Alpha Training at Life Time in Chanhassen, Minn. “When we were kids, movement was life. As adults, we can set up times for ‘recess’ and play, just like we had in school.”

Over the course of a single month, nudging even a few five- to 15-minute sessions into each day can make a huge difference in your energy, mood, and fitness. The secret lies in using every opportunity to move, stretch, and strengthen.

What follows is an entire day of movement, starting from the moment you hit the alarm until the time you hit the sack. Pick and choose among the suggestions to create a plan that works for you.

First Thing in the Morning

Mornings may be the best time for you to fit in a heart-pumping, body-strengthening workout. Many people initially resist the idea of exercising at this time of day, but “if you are able to get your workout in at 5 a.m. or 6 a.m.,” says Freeman, “you will be ahead of the game.”

Start with a few moments of deep breathing or meditation to prepare your body for action. Next, focus on multijoint strength-training movements like those below to engage your entire body and raise your heart rate in under 10 minutes. Start with slow, controlled reps, gradually building to a quicker pace. For maximum effect in minimum time, complete your last few reps by holding each exercise at its most difficult point for 15 to 20 seconds, or until you simply can’t hold it any longer.

“Your workouts don’t need to be lengthy to see, and feel, results,” says Jennifer Blake, NASM-CPT, RKC-II, a personal trainer and powerlifting coach at Life Time in Minneapolis.

The Moves

Lunge: Step forward with your right foot, bending both knees until they’re at 90-degree angles. Push off your front foot to return to the start position. Repeat for one minute, alternating the lunging foot.

Pushup: Get on the floor in a plank position, with your knees either on the floor (easier) or off (harder). Lower your chest until it’s about 4 inches from the floor, then press back up. Do as many as you can in one minute with good form.

Yoga boat pose: Sitting on the floor, balance your body weight on your sit bones as you lift your feet off the floor. Keep knees bent with shins parallel to the floor. Extend your arms parallel to your shins. Hold for up to one minute.

Triceps dip: Sit on the edge of a chair. Place your palms on the chair with hands partially underneath your thighs and fingers pointing toward your knees. Lift your butt off the chair, then shift it forward, supporting your weight with your hands. Extend your feet away from you to make this move harder; keep them closer to your body to make it easier. Lower your butt toward the floor by bending your elbows until they reach a 90-degree angle. Press back up until the arms are fully extended. Repeat for one minute.

Plank and side plank: Get on the floor in a plank position on your forearms, with elbows directly under shoulders and legs extended. Hold one minute. Then move directly into a side plank. Rotate your body sideways, balancing on your forearm and the edge of your bottom foot. Raise your opposite hand toward the ceiling. Move back into a regular plank, then transition into a side plank on the other side. Continue alternating between these positions for one minute.

Wall sit: Stand with your back against a wall. Walk your feet forward and slide your back down the wall, bending your knees up to 90 degrees. Hold for one minute and then move on to the next exercise.

Reverse plank: Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you and palms on the floor just behind your buttocks. Press into your hands as you lift your hips so your body is straight, and squeeze your glutes together. Lower and repeat for one minute.

At the Office

The longer your workdays, the more crucial it becomes that you squeeze in breaks for movement. The value of little movements adds up fast: You can build fitness while keeping your energy high, your mood positive, and your focus strong.

Not sure how to make those breaks happen? Start by avoiding the elevator whenever possible. Don’t sit when you can stand or pace, and don’t call or email when you can walk to a colleague’s office.

Additionally, consider adopting an intermittent strength-training routine that you can perform over the course of the day, turning out a series of distinct body-weight exercises whenever you have a one- or two-minute break. Or, schedule two 10-minute activity breaks into your day, taking advantage of those low-energy moments when you tend to get distracted and lose steam (or feel tempted to hit the vending machines).

Try this 10-minute routine that builds strength without producing too much sweat. Some of the moves require a resistance band, which is a relatively inexpensive and portable piece of equipment for the office.

The Moves

Chair pose: Stand with your feet 6 inches apart. Bend your knees slightly and push your rear backward, as if you were sitting back into a chair. Lift your arms as high as possible. Keep your body weight over your heels. Hold for 30 seconds.

Bridge: Lying on your back, place your arms at your sides next to your torso, palms down. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor, hip width apart. Lift your hips as high as possible. Hold for 15 seconds. Release and repeat four times.

Plank: Lie on your stomach. Place your elbows under your shoulders with your forearms on the floor. Lift your body off the ground so you are balanced on the balls of your feet and forearms. Hold 30 seconds. Lower and repeat one time.

Back extension: Lie on your stomach with your arms by your sides. Squeeze your legs together as you lift your head, upper back, and arms. Keep your feet on the floor. Lower and repeat 15 times, holding the last repetition for 15 seconds.

High lunge: Stand and step forward into a lunge, sinking down until your forward thigh is parallel to the floor. Raise your arms overhead. Reach back through your rear heel and forward through your front knee. Hold 30 seconds.

Negative pushup: Starting from a high plank position with hands directly under your shoulders, slowly lower your body toward the floor. Try to take 15 seconds to reach the floor.

Squat: Stand on a resistance band, holding one end in each hand. Bend your elbows and lift your hands to shoulder height while squatting until knees are bent 90 degrees. Rise and repeat.

Chest press: Lie on your back on a resistance band and bend your knees. Get a good grip on the band with each hand. Starting with your elbows bent, press your hands upward until your arms are extended. Lower and repeat several times.

Seated row: Sit on a chair with your legs extended and heels on the floor. Place a resistance band under your feet, holding an end in each hand. Pull your elbows back as if you were rowing a boat, and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Release and repeat several times.

Lateral raise: Stand with your feet on the middle of a resistance band. Grasp an end of the band in each hand, placing your arms at your sides. Raise your arms outward to shoulder height. Slowly lower and repeat several times.

Triceps extension: Hold one end of a resistance band with your right hand and raise that arm overhead. With your left hand, grab the other end of the band behind your back, near your waist. Extend your right arm, then lower. Repeat several times with each arm.

Overhead press: Stand with your feet on a resistance band and grasp a handle in each hand. With hands at shoulder height, press your arms upward, extending them overhead. Slowly lower and repeat.

In-Between Moments

Granted, some days are too hectic to find even five minutes to spare. Take advantage of the busyness and make the most of in-between moments at the office with these ideas.

The Moves

While on the phone:

  • Use a hands-free headset so you can stand and move around as you talk.
  • Step up and down on a stair or step stool.
  • Do a wall sit.
  • Stretch in your office doorway. Place your hands on the frame at shoulder height. Lean through the doorway to stretch the front of your shoulders. Hold 20 seconds. This stretches your chest and shoulders, both of which tend to tighten up from lots of sitting.

At the copier:

  • Do shoulder-blade pulls. These will strengthen your upper back and combat the forward slump that comes from working at a desk. Straighten your back with your head up, inhale, and pull your shoulder blades together, holding for a count of five.
  • Release and exhale, and repeat 12 times. Do three or four sets.
  • Practice optimal posture. Stand as straight as you can, lift your head, drop your shoulders downward, and pull your bellybutton in toward your spine.
  • Breathing deeply, maintain this at-attention posture until your copy job is complete.
  • Do single-leg calf raises. Place your hands on the copier for balance. Lift one foot off the floor. Rise onto the ball of your standing foot. Hold for a count of five. Lower and repeat 15 times. Then switch legs.

During a meeting:

  • While seated, focus on drawing in the deep abdominals as if you were zipping into tight pants. This strengthens the transverse abdominis, an important muscle that helps support your back and reduces your vulnerability to backaches.
  • Stretch your forearms. This helps counteract the tightness that comes from typing and moving a mouse. Hold your right arm in front of you, your hand flexed upright. Use your left hand to gently pull back on your fingertips. Hold for 30 seconds. Release and repeat, this time with your fingers facing down to stretch the top of your forearm. Then repeat with the other arm.

While working at your desk:

  • Place a medium-size ball (roughly the size of a kid’s soccer ball) between your knees and squeeze. Hold five to seven seconds, release slightly (without dropping the ball), and repeat until your inner-thigh muscles are fatigued.
  • Sit tall, bringing your bellybutton toward your spine. This will strengthen your abdominal muscles, which will help you sit with proper posture. Try to sit this way all day long.
  • Pull your shoulders back and down. This will strengthen your upper back, counteracting that forward slump — and resulting headache and neck tension — that’s so common when working at a computer. Hold for a count of five, release, and repeat 10 times.
  • Grab one knee, pull it to your chest, and hold for 20 seconds. Repeat with the other knee. This will help release tension in your lower back.
  • Stretch your neck, which can get tight if you allow it to jut forward as you work at your computer. Bring your right ear toward your right shoulder. Hold for 20 seconds, then repeat on the left. Rotate side to side, too. Finish by resting your head on the back of your office chair for 20 seconds to stretch the front of your neck.
  • Explore the benefits of yoga while at your desk with these three seated poses.

End of the Day

As soon as you get home, drop your briefcase or bag by the door and get active. Head out for a quick walk with the dog, either on your own or with your roommate, your partner, or a friend. Put on some music and dance while you do housework or prepare dinner. Go for a relaxing bike ride around your neighborhood or play a game of catch with your kid.

Or drop to the floor and stretch to send the stress of the workday packing. Here are two suggestions.

The Moves

Cat-cow: On all fours, inhale, and on your exhale round your back upward, reaching your midback toward the ceiling for cat pose. On your next inhale, slowly arch your spine, lowering your belly and lifting your tailbone, shoulders, and head. Look up slightly, creating a stretch in your neck for cow pose. Repeat, synchronizing breath with movement.

Seated hip stretch: Sit cross-legged, your right shin in front of your left. Bend forward from the hips until you feel a stretch in your right buttocks. Hold for a count of 20. Release, switch legs, and repeat.

While we may feel stretched for time and distracted by the busyness of work and everyday living, working movement into our daily routines can actually help us feel more grounded,” says Blake.

Don’t worry about what your coworkers will think, and don’t buy into the idea that you’re too busy: Finding ways to work fitness in around the edges is as beneficial for your productivity as it is for your well-being. On the days you can manage to hit the gym, you may not need all these bite-size fitness breaks. But when making space for a full-size serving of fitness is all but impossible, these mini workouts are your body’s best defense and your schedule’s best friend.

“The trick is to create habits that you would hate saying no to, so you don’t,” says Blake. “And then a year later, when you look back on how far you’ve come, and hopefully how much fun you’ve had, you can’t imagine life any other way.”

Alisa Bowman is a journalist and author who covers health, relationships, psychology, and parenting.

Full article can be found on Experience Life!

Chicago Half Marathon Ignited by Athlinks

2018 Athlete Guide

Welcome to the 22nd annual running of Chicago’s Hometown Race, the Chicago Half Marathon and 5K presented by MY FIT KEY.

The Chicago Half Marathon celebrates Chicago’s rich history with a nod to the 125th Anniversary of the World Columbian Exposition held in 1893 at the same site where we will celebrate your victorious crossing of the Finish Line.

In this 22nd year, we also look to our future as Jackson Park will soon undergo a major facelift, welcoming the Barack Obama Presidential Center.

A few changes will take place this year, most notably the introduction of the Healthy Way of Life Expo where you will pick up your race materials. With a new location, fitness demonstrations, the Lagunitas Shake-out Run and more, you won’t want to miss the fun.

Please take a moment to review this year’s Athlete Guide which is full of all the important race weekend details.

Welcome to race week – game on!

The Hill-Run Workout

This high-intensity workout takes hill repeats to the next level.

If you’re searching for a simple way to amp up your cardio training, look no further than the nearest hill.

Incline workouts improve endurance, increase cardiovascular capacity, burn fat, and build leg strength, says Rebekah Mayer, RRCA, national training manager of Life Time Run.

“When programmed into interval training, hills allow you to push into a higher heart-rate zone,” she explains. Without having to sprint, you burn more fat than you would while running on a flat surface. Running uphill also works your quads, glutes, and calves.

The Sisyphus workout is named after the Greek king who paid for his crimes by rolling a boulder up a hill — only to see it roll back to the bottom before he reached the top, forcing him to start over, again and again.

The protocol trains you to not only push beyond your comfort zone, but to also adequately recover.

Runners can practice hill intervals in the off-season to build strength for flat races in the 5K to 10K range. Marathoners might incorporate the Sisyphus workout into midseason training to prepare for hilly courses.

Those who aren’t training for a specific race but want to build general fitness can perform this workout two or three times a month — yes, per month, because it really is that intense.

Sisyphus Workout

Warm-up: Start with a 10- to 20-minute easy-paced run, followed by a five- to 10-minute dynamic warm-up.

Workout: Locate a hill with a moderately steep incline that is long enough to allow for a two-minute run — a quarter-mile is plenty for most people. Then, perform four hill repeats as noted below.

The Pace

Uphill: Aim for an intensity that is challenging but sustainable for the full uphill interval. It should be a pace at which it is “difficult to carry on a conversation,” says Mayer. If you know your 5K pace, use it as a guideline.

Downhill: Recover with a slow jog or walk. Catch  your breath and shake out your arms.

The Form

Uphill: Lean forward from your ankles and gaze slightly uphill. Focus on landing on your toes, lifting your knees, and pumping your arms. Keep your steps quick and light; avoid long strides or lunging.

Downhill: Shorten and soften your stride. Walk as needed.

The Repeats

Repeat 1: Run uphill for 30 seconds, then jog or walk back to the bottom.

Repeat 2: Run uphill for 60 seconds, then jog or walk back to the bottom.

Repeat 3: Run uphill for 90 seconds, then jog or walk back to the bottom.

Repeat 4: Run uphill for two minutes, then jog or walk back to the bottom.

One set of all four repeats equals about five minutes of uphill running. New runners and beginning exercisers should start with one set. Advanced exercisers and experienced runners can complete two or three sets.

This originally appeared as “Hill Runs” in the May 2018 print issue of Experience Life.

 is a writer and personal trainer in River Forest, Ill. She blogs at

Expert Answers: Non-Running Exercises to Increase Your Speed

Our expert has tips to get you moving faster and more efficiently.

Q | I’m a runner, and I’m curious if there are any exercises I can do beyond running to get faster?

A | Because we run on one leg at a time, unilateral power movements are especially effective at building speed.

“Training modalities that have the individual on one leg have a great carryover to running performance,” says Andrew Long-Middleton, a personal trainer at Life Time in St. Louis Park, Minn. Practicing unilateral power movements “will translate into a more efficient, faster runner,” he explains.

Long-Middleton recommends exercises like the Single-Leg Bound (below) for building speed. Perform five to 10 sets no more than twice per week after a warm-up.

It’s important to remember that single-leg power moves increase the force affecting your lower legs. With running and jumping, some people may experience shin pain. Take care to land softly when jumping, and periodically check in with your body by running your thumb down your shin. If you feel pain, it may be helpful to increase the recovery time between sessions and make sure your whole-foods diet is well balanced (calcium; vitamins D, K, C, and E; phosphorus; and magnesium all play vital roles in bone health). If the pain continues, see your healthcare professional.

(For more on unilateral training, check out “Taking Sides: The One-Sided Strength Workout“. Learn more about speed training at “Speed Workouts X 3“.)

Single-Leg Bound

Single Leg Bound

  • Standing on your right leg, swing your arms back slightly, and gently bend your standing knee to assume a single-leg athletic stance.
  • Swing your arms forward for momentum and jump off your standing foot. Drive the left knee up for additional power.
  • Land softly on your right foot, slightly bending your knee, while allowing your arms to swing behind you once again. The distance of the bound will vary from person to person, but aim to keep each repetition about the same length.
  • Repeat the movement on the same leg without stopping until the distance between bounds shortens — or no longer than 20 seconds.

Illustrations by Colin Hayes

A version of this article first appeared in the July/August 2016 issue of Experience Life magazine. Click here to subscribe


Modifying and Progressing the Single-Leg Bound

Make It Easier: Double-Leg Bound

Newer exercisers can begin with a two-legged bound to get their bodies accustomed to the stress of power movements. Perform the above move while jumping with both legs. Once you build up your comfort with the bilateral version, try the exercise on one leg.

Make It Harder: Triple-Tuck Jump

  • Perform three single-leg bounds on one leg, then jump to bring that knee to your chest.
  • Land softly, and immediately perform the next series of three bounds on the same leg.
  • Stop when height or distance shortens, or no longer than 20 seconds. Repeat on the other leg.

Lauren Bedosky is a Minnesota-based health and fitness writer.

Chicago Half Marathon Celebrates Chicago History In 2018 Shirt and Medal Release

Chicago’s Hometown Race Draws Inspiration from Chicago’s Past to Lead Us Into the Future

The Chicago Half Marathon and 5K presented by My Fit Key is held annually in Chicago’s historic Jackson Park, once home to the 1893 World Columbian Exposition.  In 2018 Chicago celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the World Columbian Exposition.

The 1893 Worlds Columbian Exposition ushered in a new area and changes with the introduction of many new products, entertainment and technology. The first ferris wheel and brands such as Quaker Oats, Wrigley Gum, Aunt Jemima and Pabst Blue Ribbon to name a few.

As Chicago prepared to set the stage a contest, sponsored by Chicago’s Interocean Newspaper, was designed to place Chicago on the map and leave visitors with a lasting impression. As a result of this contest multiple Chicago icons were born. Most notable; the Chicago Y symbol, and artist Charles Holloway’s goddess and with the motto “I WILL”.

The Y symbolizes the three sides of Chicago; north, south and west. Forever divided by the branches of the Chicago River.  This symbol is found throughout Chicago in architecture and municipal seals.

Chicago Artist Charles Holloway entered one of these contests with his goddess figure suited for battle. Reflecting her defiant attitude, she wore a breastplate that read “I Will.” With her crown depicting a phoenix rising from the flames, she also seems to symbolize the resolve of Chicago to rise from the ashes of the Chicago Fire, which destroyed much of the city.

I WILL become the motto of Chicago. Symbolizing the spirit of the people of Chicago rising from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire.

As we celebrate this historic event, we celebrate the changes coming to Jackson Park. The park will soon go under an expansion to include the site of the President Barack Obama Library and the existing golf course to transform to an 18-hole Tiger Woods Golf Course. 2018 maybe the last time we hold the Chicago Half Marathon and 5K in this exact location and certainly will be the last time we hold the event in it’s current state.

We couldn’t think of a better time to bring the Chicago motto and Holloway’s goddess to the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K.

2018 Chicago Half Marathon and 5K Participant Shirt

Half Marathon Participant Shirt

5K Participant Shirt

Chicagoland Half Marathon Series Medal

The Chicagoland Half Marathon Series honors participants who take on both the Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon and Chicago Half Marathon within the same year with the 26.2 Challenge medal.

It takes a lot of ambition and will to take on multiple endurance races just 5 months apart. It is with this, we reveal this year’s 26.2 Challenge medal featuring the Chicago “Y” which will hold the Chicago Spring Half Marathon medal and Chicago Half Marathon medal together as one.

26.2 Challenge Medal

26.2 Challenge Medal Set


Welcome My Fit Key to the Chicago Half Marathon | 5K

22nd Annual Chicago Half Marathon & 5K Announces New Partnership with MY FIT KEY

Chicago, June 6 — Life Time — Healthy Way of Life today announced a new partnership for one of its marquee Life Time Events, beginning a two-year presenting sponsorship between MY FIT KEY and the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K.

The 22nd Annual Chicago Half Marathon & 5K Presented by MY FIT KEY, will take place on Sept. 23, 2018 and will introduce the endurance community to DNA testing for athletes.

“More than 12,000 runners from across Chicagoland, the United States and the world join us for a truly unique Chicago event with sweeping views of the famed Chicago skyline and premium race amenities at the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K,” said Dan Lakin Senior Run Brand Manager at Life Time.  “Together with Life Time, the nation’s premier healthy living and entertainment brand, MY FIT KEY will help deliver the premium experience that makes the Chicago Half Marathon a signature event in the fall racing season for new and veteran athletes at every level.”

Fritz Gartner, President of MY FIT KEY said of the partnership; “MY FIT KEY is excited and proud to sponsor the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K.  This as an ideal opportunity to showcase one of the fall’s most anticipated races through one of the country’s most beloved cities, and we trust our products and services will help endurance athletes better understand how their DNA impacts their performance.”

The Chicago Half Marathon & 5K Presented by MY FIT KEY is the second of two races in the 2018 Chicagoland Half Marathon Series, which also included the May 20 Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K.  Participants who complete both half marathon distances will earn a custom, 26.2 Challenge finisher medal at the final event. Currently, more than 1500 athletes are registered for the Series.

Benefiting charity partner Chicago Run, 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 through Hyde Park and the Museum of Science and Industry 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.

Participants receive a participant shirt commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the World Columbian Exposition, finisher medal (the largest in the midwest) and access to the legendary finish festival featuring a live concert, Lagunitas beer, pizza and more. Registration is $105 for the half-marathon distance and $40 for the 5K, and is available at


MY FIT KEY provides DNA testing for athletes.  We help unlock the potential for better training, improved performance, fewer injuries, and optimal recovery through genetic insights.  By marrying the knowledge, practice and standards of medicine with the science of DNA and genomics, we give athletes the tools to reach new levels of achievement, personal empowerment and health. More information is available at

About Life Time® – Healthy Way of Life

Life Time champions a healthy and happy life for its members across 135 destinations in 38 major markets in the U.S. and Canada. As the nation’s only Healthy Way of Life brand, Life Time delivers an unmatched athletic resort experience and provides a comprehensive healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment experience that goes well beyond fitness to encompasses the entire spectrum of daily life for individuals, couples and families of all ages. More info is available at