Saturday, October 14, 2023 • Chicago, IL • Course Map
Country twang meets urban tour in the Country Sole Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, which makes its annual running along Chicago’s lakefront this October.
This atmospheric race offers country-inspired swag, BBQ pulled pork sliders and beer at the finish line, and live country music at the post-race party.
This looped course starts and ends at Montrose Harbor, offering participants and spectators alike gorgeous views of Lake Michigan.
From the starting line, racers travel north for their first two miles, tracing the coast along Montrose and Foster Beach before turning to travel back through Uptown Chicago. Along the city streets, racers pass by a number of Chicago highlights, including Diversity Harbor, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Chicago History Museum.
As the race loops back at mile 9 toward the finish line, Lake Michigan comes into view again. Lake effect breezes and breathtaking coastal sights give runners the extra boost they need to finish strong!
Ample support is offered throughout the race, with 7 aid stations offering water and sports drinks. The course itself is flat and fast, ideal for a first-time half marathoner or a veteran looking to PR. With a 3 hour and 30 minute time limit for the half marathon, runners should expect to maintain a 16-minute mile or faster pace.
Looking to run for a cause? The event charity partner is the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter. Runners can donate directly to the organization through the official race website.
Photos courtesy of All Community Events.
Race Weather & Climate
Autumn weather in Chicago is often perfect for racing, with cool, cloudy mornings. In October, average daily temperatures range from 45°F to 56°F.
- 7:10 AM for the 5K
- 7:15 AM for the 10K & Half Marathon
- $100-$120 for the Half Marathon
- $48-$80 for the 10K
- $40-$60 for the 5K
See website for untimed and virtual pricing.
To secure your spot in the 2023 running of the Country Sole Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, register here at RunSignUp.com.
Official Race Website
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