Sunday, July 21, 2019 • Chicago, IL • Course Map
Set for its 11th annual running this year under the “Rock & Roll” marathon banner, the Rock ‘n’ 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 ‘n’ 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. And again last year, more than 14,000 runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon and 5k races combined.
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 for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago race debuted last year, designed to incorporate more of downtown Chicago’s city streets and to include a crossing over the Chicago River.
The race route takes runners through the streets of the Windy City’s downtown for the first two-thirds or so of the race, unfolding with a stretch outside Grant Park and heading out toward the Navy Pier. Runners will cross over the Chicago River twice in the first couple of miles, and then twice again right after passing the mile 3 marker.
All of this part of the race is largely flat terrain. After runners pass the mile 9 marker, the race heads out onto the parks along Lake Michigan, taking them past Soldier Field, Chicago’s Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium and through the southern end of Grant Park before finishing in front of the Buckingham Fountain.
Scheduled starting time for the race is 6:30 AM, and runners and walkers — the race is open to both — 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, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 51°F (in 1975) and as high as 102°F (in 1991).
On race day (July 21), the average low is 67°F and the average high is 85°F.
- 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon Results
- 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon Results
Course Time Limit
3 1/2 hours
- $92 and up for the half marathon
- $82 and up for the 10K
- $62 and up for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the summer 2019 running of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon or 5K, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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