Illinois > XSport Fitness Rock & Roll Chicago Half Marathon
Chicago, IL • Sunday, July 21, 2013 • Course Map • Series Calendar
Set for its 5th annual running in 2013 under the "Rock & Roll" marathon banner, the Xport Fitness Rock & Roll Chicago Half Marathon is part of a tradition of huge, diverse road races in the Windy City that draw runners from around the country and whose winners make headlines across the country every year.
In its first year as a "Rock & Roll"-themed race (which took place in 2009) after more than 30 years as the Chicago Distance Classic, the oldest running event of its kind in Chicago, the event saw more than 14,000 runners cross the finish line. More than 14,000 runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon at its 4th annual running in 2012.
The 13.1-mile course for the race starts and finishes in Grant Park, the 319-acre park on the city's downtown lakefront that is home to the world-famous Buckingham Fountain and the Art Institute of Chicago, both seen in many movies but perhaps most cleverly in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. A newly revamped course made its debut at the race's 2011 running, designed to incorporate more of downtown Chicago's city streets and to include crossing over the Chicago River.
Scheduled starting time for the race is 6:30 AM, and runners will have 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete the half marathon before the course officially closes.
Race Weather & Climate
Known for its often harshly cold winter seasons and warm, sunny, balmy summers -- locals sometimes joke that the city has just two seasons, "snow and construction" -- Chicago enjoys some of its warmest weather of the year on average in July.
Temperatures during the month range between 66°F and 84°F -- on the day of the race (July 21), the average low is 67°F and the average high is 85°F -- while rainfall amounts average just over 3.6 inches for the month.
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To reserve your spot in the mid-summer 2013 running of Chicago's Xsport Fitness Rock & Roll Chicago Half Marathon, register online at RaceIt.com.
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