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Elite Program

Elite and up-and-coming runners are invited to take on the Chicago Half Marathon!

The HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon produced by Life Time is honored to host top American and International athletes at our 2022 event. By submitting an application below, Elite Athletes can receive anywhere discounted or complimentary entry, as well as an opportunity for free accommodations and eligibility for prize money.


Our entry standards are as follows:

  • Men’s Half Marathon: 1:07:00 (or 2:25:00 for full marathon)
  • Women’s Half Marathon: 1:18:00 (or 2:42:00 for full marathon)

**We encourage athletes to apply if they are a few minutes over. Previous results are required. Any application that is submitted without links to online official race results will not be considered. It is the responsibility of the athlete and/or agent to supply accurate and correct internet links to race results.


Upon being accepted into the Elite Athlete Field after submitting an application below, we offer the selected Elite Athletes the following benefits:

  • Eligibility for prize money (only accepted Elite Athletes are eligible)
  • Discount or complimentary entry to the Half Marathon
  • Eligibility for one of ten available free hotel rooms (selected on September 1st, 2022)
  • Access to the elite athlete hospitality tent on race day


Here is the prize money breakdown for both the men’s and the women’s half marathon event:

1st: $2,500

2nd: $1,500

3rd: $1,000

4th: $750

5th: $500


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  • ONLY REGISTERED ELITE ATHLETES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZE MONEY. Anyone not registered as an accepted Elite Athlete is not eligible to win prize money.
  • Elite Athlete must attend the pre-race Elite Athlete technical meeting and filming/interviews (if selected).
  • If a non-Elite Athlete finishes in the top three of the half marathon (and thus finishes in a place where prize money is offered), that athlete will NOT be paid the corresponding prize money amount, but will still finish in their respective place. EXAMPLE: if a non-Elite Athlete finished 2nd by time, that athlete will still be considered our runner-up, but they will not be paid the 2nd place prize money as they were not an accepted Elite Athlete. In this example, the 1st and 3rd place finishers (assuming they are both registered as Elite Athletes) will still receive the corresponding 1st and 3rd place prize money amounts.
  • Airfare and local transportation is not currently offered to Elite Athletes. We will offer space for ten athletes to receive free hotel accommodations based on strength of application, to be awarded on September 1st, 2022. 
  • All Elite Athletes must attend the mandatory technical meeting on race weekend.
  • Any athlete who has ever been convicted of a doping violation by USADA, WADA, IAAF, etc. and thus has served a ban from competition in the past or is currently serving a ban from competition is not eligible to compete in the Elite division of the HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon produced by Life Time, and thus is not eligible to win any prize money from our event.
  • Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USATF and IAAF rules, in accordance with USOC, USADA or World Athletes (IAAF) procedures. Athletes found, after a disciplinary hearing, to test positive for prohibited substances, as defined by the WADA/USADA code and/or World Athletics, or who refuse to be tested, will be disqualified from this event and may lose eligibility for future competitions. Any prize money payable to an athlete who has tested positive shall be withheld until the final disposition of all disciplinary proceedings. BEWARE: Some prescriptions, over the counter medications and nutritional supplements may contain prohibited substances. Information regarding drugs and drug testing may be obtained by calling the USADA reference hotline at (800)-233-0393 or at


Once we have received your Elite Athlete Application form, our Elite Athlete Coordinator will contact you or your designated representative to discuss your eligibility within 48 hours.

*Please note that this is an application only and does not guarantee acceptance. Previous results links are required. Any application without links to online official race results will NOT be considered. It is the responsibility of the athlete and/or agent to supply accurate and correct internet links to race results. Deadline to apply is TWO WEEKS prior to race day (September 11, 2022).

Elite Athlete Application

Elite Athlete Application

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