Event Date – Sunday, June 23, 2013
Let’s do it again. We invite you to join us for the second Chicago Women’s Half Marathon. Join us in celebrating women and why women run. Not sure about 13.1 miles? Register for the 5K instead!
Half Marathon Race | 6:30 am start
5K Race | 6:50 am start*
Grant Park – Chicago
Columbus Drive and Balbo Ave
Click Here for the 2013 Site Map.
Race Day Schedule
- 5:15am Race Site Opens
- 5:45am Event Welcome
- 5:45am Start Line Area Opens for Half Marathon Participants
- 5:55am Pre-Race Warm Up
- 6:05am Move to Start line
- 6:15am Start Line Ceremony
- 6:30am Half Marathon Race Start
- 6:35am 5K Participant Staging
- 6:50am 5K Race Start
- 8:15am 5K Awards Ceremony
- 9:30am Half Marathon Awards Ceremony
- 10:30am Gear Check Closes
- 11:00am Post-Race Party Ends
Course Safety, Event Rules and Guidelines
To ensure everyone’s safe enjoyment of these events, please adhere to the following: no dogs, bicycles, strollers, baby joggers, roller skates, in-line skates or unauthorized wheeled vehicles will be permitted on the Half Marathon or 5K course.
All participants must follow the official event rules and guidelines of the Chicago women’s Half Marathon & 5K. Rules and guidelines should be reviewed in their entirety prior to race day.
Click here for the complete event rules.
We are currently monitoring weather conditions closely to ensure the safety of race participants. At this time, the advance weather forecast for race day is projected to be mostly sunny with early morning temperatures in the mid 70’s (degrees F) and late morning temperatures in the low to mid 80’s (degrees F).
Based on this forecast, participants should be prepared to slow down, adjust their pace accordingly and be alert in case conditions deteriorate. We recommend you use caution when running – this may not be the best day to try to set a PR. Athletes who may not be prepared to participate in a half marathon should consider switching to the 5K event.
The Chicago Women’s Half Marathon & 5K offers the following preparation tips to all participants:
- Hydration: Drink to thirst. Drink enough fluids to maintain your baseline body weight, but be aware of over-hydration. If you begin to gain weight above your baseline body weight, you are drinking too much water and depleting your sodium level. (A condition known as “Hyponatremia” can occur when there is a lower than normal concentration of sodium in the blood. Sodium is a critical electrolyte that aids nerve and muscle function, and helps to maintain blood pressure.)
- Utilize both water and sports drinks (Gatorade) to stay hydrated and maintain sodium levels.
- Pay attention to the weather forecast and dress for the appropriate weather conditions.
- Study the course map and be aware of the locations of Aid Stations.
- Plan to adjust your pace for the weather. The increasing temperature will require more of your body’s energy and resources to maintain normal function, so a slower pace than originally planned is recommended in order to get you to the finish line without overheating.
Event Alert System (EAS)
The Event Alert System (EAS) communicates the status of course co9nditions to participants leading up to and on race day via e-mail updates, color coded signs and flags. Alert levels range from Low (green) to Moderate (yellow) to High (red) to Extreme (black) based primarily on weather conditions, as well as other factors.
All participants should familiarize themselves with the Event Alert System prior to the race, remain alert for directions from race officials throughout the event and take precautions to prepare properly for varying weather conditions on race day.
Event Alert System table:
Start Line Positions
Half Marathon participants can begin to file into the Start Line area at 5:45am.
The half marathon start will close once all half marathon participants have crossed the Start Line. To ensure all runners’ safety, runners arriving late to the start area will not be allowed to participate in the half marathon distance, but can participate in the 5K.
5K participants will be able to enter the Start Line area at 6:35am for their 6:50am start. 5K participants must start at 6:50am with all 5K participants in order to receive an accurate and official time for the event.
As an added benefit to the participants of the Chicago Women’s Half Marathon, there will be event pace groups lead by the experienced Chicago Endurance Sports Pace Team.
The Pace Team provides even splits and camaraderie amongst runners striving to reach similar goals. These paces support a wide range of runners, from those finishing their first half marathon to those who are looking for a new PR.
To learn more about Chicago Endurance Sports and the wide variety of training programs they offer, visit ChicagoEnduranceSports.com.
Please Note: There is No Race Day Packet Pick-Up or Registration available
Packet Pick-Up will take place the week prior to the race. Exact dates and times will be announced soon!
Race Shirt, Sweaty Band Headband and More
Each participant will receive a technical top, personalized bib number (if registered prior to May 15, 2013) and a custom Sweaty Band headband. Half Marathon finishers will also receive a 2013 finisher medal.
Enjoy a beautiful morning in Grant Park celebrating your half marathon or 5K finish with your friends and family at the Chicago Women’s Half Marathon & 5K Post-Race Party.
This year’s post-run festivities include:
- Red Carpet Finisher Photos
- Two DJs Brining the Energy
- Muscle Milk Recovery Zone
- Special Treats from Brooks Running
- Frozen Yogurt and fresh Squeezed Juices from Walgreens
- Stewart’s Coffee
- Frozen Kefir Treats from Lifeway
- Satisfy Your Cravings with Luna Bars
- Naked Juice Dishing Out Some Goodness
- And much more!
Top Finisher Awards
Awards are presented to the top three female finishers overall.
- Top three overall finishers
- Top three winners in each age group
- Fastest combined Mother & Daughter team
- Fastest combined Sister Team
Overall winners (first, second and third in both the 5K and Half Marathon) are not included in age division award categories, but are included in the team awards.
Age Division Awards
Awards will be given to the top three female finishers in each age division. Overall winners are not eligible to win age group awards.
Age divisions are: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and over.
Age Group Awards will be mailed to all winners post-race.
Transportation and Parking
The Chicago Women’s Half Marathon and 5K takes place in Upper Hutchinson Field in Grant Park – at the southwest corner of Columbus and Balbo.
Help us reduce our carbon footprint! We encourage you to walk, bike or take public transportation to the race site. If you drive, allow sufficient time for traffic congestion and street closures due to the race. In order to ensure that you have a relaxed and enjoyable experience race morning, please plan to arrive at the race site no later than 5:45am.
Please see street closure information below:
>Balbo Drive – from Lake Shore Drive to Michigan Avenue.
>Columbus Drive – from Roosevelt Road to Congress Parkway.
Eastbound traffic on Congress Parkway will be able to turn North.
Southbound Traffic on Congress Parkway will be able to turn West.
>Columbus Drive – from Roosevelt Road to Mid level Wacker Drive.
>Balbo Drive – from Lakeshore Drive to Michigan Avenue.
>Congress Parkway – from Columbus Drive to Michigan Ave.
>Jackson Blvd – from Lakeshore Drive to Michigan Avenue.
>Monroe Street – from Lake Shore Drive to Michigan Avenue.
>Randolph Street – From Lake Shore Drive to Michigan Avenue.
Access to Upper Randolph from Michigan Ave will be open.
Access to Millennium Parking Garages from Randolph Street and Eastbound Monroe St (from Michigan Ave) will remain open as long as possible
up until the race start time of 6:30am)
>Mid level Wacker (westbound) – from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive.
>Mid level Wacker (eastbound) – from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive.
Those in hotels and high-rises on Upper Randolph who have lower level parking garages will be able to exit to eastbound Mid level Wacker to
southbound Lake Shore Drive (please use coned lanes).
Runner Drop-Off Location
Participants can be dropped off at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Balbo Drive and walk one block east to the race site at Columbus and Balbo Drives.
Participants are highly encouraged to ride their bicycles to the event. Bicycle parking will be available in the southwest corner of the race site.
Visit www.TransitChicago.com to use the travel planner feature, or call 312.836.7000.
- CTA Red Line – Harrison Stop is five blocks from the race site.
- CTA Orange, Purple or Brown Lines – Harold Washington Library – State/Van Buren Stop is six blocks from the race site.
The Millennium Garages offer the closest race day parking options to Grant Park at the Grant Park North, Grant Park South, Millennium Park, and Millennium Lakeside garages. For additional information call 312.616.0600 or visit millenniumgarages.com.
Gear Check will open at 5:15am and will close promptly at 10:30am. Gear check is located on the South side of the race site in Upper Hutchinson Field. For security purposes, you must have your bib number visible and pinned to the front of your torso to gain access to the Gear Check area. In addition, participants will only be allowed to bring one bag, no larger than 12in x 18in into the Gear Check area.
To ensure speedy drop off and retrieval process, attach your Gear Check Tag to your bag prior to drop off. Your Gear Check Tag is the tear-off tag on the top of your bib number. Beaded luggage ties are available at Packet Pick-Up to secure your tag. Please do not check any valuables as we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Restrooms will be located on the north side of the race site, closest to Balbo.
Please keep in mind that the half marathon starts at 6:30am and the 5K starts at 6:50am. Those participating in the half marathon may need to step ahead in line to ensure that they are in the start line area prior to the start of the event. We ask that 5K participants kindly provide half marathon participants the opportunity to step ahead of them in line to use the restrooms when the half marathon race start time nears.
Thank you for your help in ensuring everyone is able to start their respective distance on time.
Would you like to volunteer? Contact Gerrie Rogalla.
* denotes subject to change