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Life Time Chicago Half Pre-Race Party

Friday, September 27 – Saturday, September 28, 2024

The party has arrived. Give a warm, Second City welcome to the Life Time Chicago Half Pre-Race Party! Before you run through Chicago’s historic Southside, stop by the Pre-Race Party to experience live music, food and beverages, and plenty of running gear and accessories to get you ready for race day. Come for Packet Pickup, stay for the party.

Location & Schedule

Morgan Manufacturing
401 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60642

Friday, September 27th 1pm – 7pm
Saturday, September 28th 10am-5pm

More than your traditional Packet Pickup, Chi Half athletes (+ friends/family) can look forward to: 

  • MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT, featuring live music and motivational content to get you race day ready.
  • FOOD AND DRINKS, including beer and non-alcoholic options for purchase.
  • Unique SPONSOR ACTIVATIONS from leading outdoor/running brands, vendors and exhibitors.

Gather your crew and turn race day into race weekend. Who’s ready to join the Chicago-style party this fall? 

Packet Pickup Information

Bib Assignment
Dynamic bib assignment will be conducted at Packet Pickup.

What does this mean?
Athletes will receive their bib number at the point of picking up their race packet. Corral placement is done by estimated finishing time. Your corral letter will be shown on a sticker that is placed on your bib at the point of pickup.

Any request to move to a faster corral or to switch race distances must be made at the Solutions kiosk during Packet Pickup. Be sure to review your corral before leaving Packet Pickup.

*5K athletes will be self-seeded based on their provided run time.

  • All participants must pick up their race bib during one of the Packet Pickup times, unless they purchase either the Race Day Will Call or Athlete Packet Mailing option.
  • Participants must bring a photo ID to pick up their race packet. Participants may pick up on behalf of their friends/family by presenting a copy of the participant’s photo ID. A digital photo on a cell phone will suffice.
  • Participants will receive their race goody bag, filled with their race bib with timing chip attached, safety pins and race shirt. 
  • Those who wish to exchange shirt sizes may do so at the Results Tent on Race Day, subject to available sizes. Shirt exchange will only be available after Will Call Packet Pick Up is over.
  • Important: Participants must complete the medical information on the back of the bib – which must be worn on race day.

NOTE: There is NO Race Day Packet Pick Up for those who did not purchase Race Day Will Call. Please plan accordingly.

Alternative Packet Pickup Options

Athlete Packet Mailing

Prefer to have your athlete items shipped to your door? Athlete Packet Mailing allows you to bypass attending the packet pick-up, and have your official race bib, shirt, and goody bag shipped directly to your door. Should you need to replace items that were mailed to you, there will be a $40 service charge assessed.

*Deadline to reserve this service is September 1.


Will Call

Race Morning Will Call is open 5:00 AM CST – 6:30 AM CST for Half Marathon participants, and 5:00 AM CST – 7:15 AM CST for 5K participants. Failure to arrive during this time frame will result in a Did Not Start (DNS) status, and you may not be able to start the race.


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