Sunday, September 25, 2016 • Chicago, IL • Course Map
Join thousands of fellow runners at one of the nation’s premier half marathon road race events, the Chicago Half Marathon & Life Time 5K that takes place each September here in what’s famously known as the Windy City.
More than 8,500 runners crossed the finish line at the race’s 2013 running, including more than 7,800 runners in the half marathon alone. Named by Runner’s World as one of the top 10 half marathons in the United States a few years back, the race takes you along Chicago’s famed Lake Shore Drive for more than half of the 13.1 miles of the course, offering up breathtaking, scenic views of the city’s lakefront parks and downtown skyscrapers.
The out-and-back course starts and finishes at Jackson Park, next to the Museum of Science and Industry inside the park, and follows its first couple of miles on a run around the perimeter of the park, along Cornell Avenue, Stony Island Drive and Marquette Drive.
After taking runners around the southern end of the park, the course then turns northward for the next stretch of the race, which unfolds entirely along Lake Shore Drive toward Burnham Park.
Once runners make it the three miles to Burnham Park, they reach the turnaround and begin the final three-mile stretch of the race back to the finish line at Jackson Park.
As you might expect, the race is run entirely on paved surfaces throughout the city streets of Chicago, which provides a very runner- and spectator-friendly environment for the race. Friends and family to see runners at the start, at mile 3, near the front of the museum near mile 4 and along Lake Shore Drive and by the east side of the museum near the 57th Street beach.
Due to the busy nature of Lake Shore Drive — the street is home to several churches, parks, lake harbors and a golf course — race organizers ask that participants keep at least a 13-minute-per-mile pace, and finish in just under three hours (which means runners only, no walkers).
Race Climate & Weather
Weather conditions in Chicago in the early fall are beginning their steady cooldown towards the city’s famously frigid winter season, but are still mild to moderately warm in mid-September, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 37°F (in 1974) and as high as 99°F (in 1953).
On race day (Sept. 25), the average low is 53°F and the average high is 73°F.
- 2015 Chicago Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Chicago Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Results
- 2012 Results
- 2011 Results
- 7:00 AM – half marathon
- 7:45 AM – 5K
- $75 for the half marathon if registered by December 31, 2015
- $85 between January 1 – March 31
- $95 between April 1 – July 22
- $105 between July 23 – September 1
- $115 between September 2 – 18
- $135 after September 18
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of the Chicago Half Marathon or Life Time 5K race, register online at Chronotrack.com here.
Official Race Website
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