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HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Race Start Time – 7:00AM CT

The HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon gives you the chance to run on traffic restricted Lake Shore Drive! This scenic half marathon course starts in Historic Jackson Park, site of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, and winds through the beautiful Hyde Park neighborhood and University of Chicago campus. The course then takes runners along Chicago’s south Lake Shore Drive, taking in the views of Lake Michigan, Chicago skyline and the Science and Industry Museum campus before a triumphant finish at the golden Statue of the Republic.

Event Pricing

Life Time Members: Active Life Time Fitness members and Team Members receive a $10 discount when entering their member number during the registration process.

Registration Confirmation

Race Day VIP Packages

(1) VIP Race Day Pass includes:

  • VIP packet pickup line at Expo
  • VIP finish area access
  • VIP hot breakfast and beverages
  • VIP gear check within the VIP finish area
  • Complimentary massage
  • Private portable toilets

(1) VIP Race Day Pass with Parking includes all of the above PLUS parking near the start line.

Kids VIP Packages (Ages 5-17) include: VIP finish area access, VIP finish tent breakfast, Private portable toilets at the finish line, and game area
*Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times

*Subject to change based on Covid-19 restrictions


Course Map coming soon

  • The Chicago Half Marathon is one of Chicago’s premier hometown races and has been one of the only races in the city that uses Lake Shore Drive for most of its course, giving you an opportunity to see the city in a way that’s usually not possible.The Half Marathon starts and finishes in Historic Jackson Park, just south of the Museum of Science and Industry. Runners will be able to travel through beautiful Hyde Park before running along traffic-free Lake Shore Drive, offering sweeping views of the Chicago skyline and south shore.
  • A 16-minute mile pace goes into effect as soon as the last participant crosses the start line. This is to ensure our clean-up crew can work to immediately reopen the course at specific time intervals and lessen the community impact of closing Lake Shore Drive.


*Tentative schedule, subject to change. Final schedule will be posted prior to race day. 

Race Day – Sunday, September 26, 2021


Race results will be available online and at the Results Tent on race morning. Awards will be presented to the top three overall female and male finishers in both Half Marathon and 5K distances at the awards ceremony on the main stage. Age group awards will be mailed to the top 3 finishers in the following categories post-race.

14 and Under 40-44 70-74
15-19 45-49 75-79
20-24 50-54 80-84
25-29 55-59 85+
30-34 60-64
35-39 65-69

As a reminder, Clock Time starts when the race begins, and ends when a participant crosses the Finish Line timing mat. Chip Time begins when participants cross the Start Line timing mat and ends when they cross the Finish Line timing mat.

Age group awards are determined by the fastest chip time in each division. Overall awards are based on the Elite/A Corral start time (race start).

Refund, Transfers, Deferrals

While Life Time is committed to planning our scheduled events in 2021, we don’t know the extent to which our lineup will continue to be impacted by COVID-19. As such we have revisited and revised our policy on entry refunds, deferrals, and transfers to provide more athlete flexibility for event participation. A link to this policy will be included in the registration process, whereby participants must indicate that they understand and accept the terms.

Run Cancellation Policy

Days Out By Life Time By Participant
90+ 100% Refund 100% Refund
Free Deferral Free Deferral
15-89 70% Refund 70% Refund
Free Deferral $30 Full/Half Transfer/Defer

$10 5K/10 Transfer/Defer

14 or less No Refund No Refund
Free Deferral $30 Full/Half Transfer/Defer

$10 5K/10 Transfer/Defer

No refunds on services fees, donations or merchandise.
Deferrals are only good for the following year, in the same event.
No refunds on transactions over 365 days.

How to defer your registration:
The defer option can be found by logging on to RunSignUp, navigating to Profile > Upcoming Events > Manage Registration > Defer Registration.
For a video and screenshot instructions, please visit here:
If you are extending your deferral from the 2020 event to 2022, you must redeem your 2021 deferral first and then follow the steps above.
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