Half Marathon participants should enter only if they are confident that they can finish the course in 4 hours or less (an approximate pace of 18:00 per mile). The 10K has a similar pace-based cutoff time but promises course control for participants finishing in 3:00 or less. Agreements with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Cook County require that runners, volunteers and race officials vacate the course four hours after the start or at 11:30 am CST. Anyone who continues to run on the course four hours after the start will be picked up by a designated shuttle and transported to the finish line area.
Unofficial wheeled vehicles, such as strollers and baby joggers, are allowed on the course. Other vehicles such as bicycles, skates, skateboards, roller blades, etc., are not permitted on the course. Pets are also banned from the course. However, strollers and baby joggers are not permitted for the Kid’s Dash.
Outside of the Official Pace Team, pacers are not allowed on the course! Any runner who receives assistance from a pacer (either on foot or on bicycle) risks being disqualified by the Race Director.
Only validly entered runners may participate. No one under the age of 17 on race day will be allowed to compete in the half marathon, and no one under the age of 12 on race day will be allowed to compete in the 10K. Please see the Kid’s Dash event page for specific rules on that particular run
The race will be staffed and videotaped at several checkpoints to ensure competitors who cross the finish line have done so after completing the entire course.
Your timing device for the event is the single-use ChronoTrack B-Tag. Your individual timing device is affixed to your bib—two small strips on either side of the back of the bib—and must not be removed. Your race time starts when you cross the start line and stops when you cross the finish line. When you pick up your B-Tag race bib at the expo on Saturday, scan it on our B-Tag scanner to make sure that all your pertinent information is correct. On race day, in order to receive an accurate time, please make sure your race bib is clearly visible on the front of your torso, unaltered and unmodified (do not fold or wrinkle your number), pinned in all four corners, and not covered (by jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.).
Headphones, earbuds, and similar devices are discouraged on the course. Runners should be alert to their surroundings and able to hear course volunteers and other runners.
Cancellations / Postponements
The Race Director reserves the right to cancel or modify races in consideration of extremely adverse weather conditions, or other health or safety factors, that pose an imminent threat to competitors or volunteers. The Race Director reserves the right to disqualify any individual who does not comply with these rules.
Due to the upfront nature of event costs, we have a uniform policy of no refunds, transfers or deferrals to a future year. We know that plans change and unexpected things come up, but we feel it is most fair to apply a uniform policy to all, instead of an arbitrary line of who merits a refund and who doesn't. Thank you for understanding.