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Race day kicks off with a one-loop half marathon course through Chicago’s historic and scenic museum campus alongside Soldier Field with a finish at Lake Shore East Park. Celebrate your finish at our unique post-race party, which includes complimentary beer (ages 21 and over), a gourmet breakfast, a do-it-yourself flower station, entertainment and a variety of great local vendors. Registrants have the option to include additional monetary donations to our official charity partner, the Muscular Dystrophy Association – Team Momentum.

Course Map

Finish Area Map

Start Corrals

‘The start line for The Chicago Spring Half Marathon is located at the Lakefront Trail along DuSable Harbor. The start line is approximately one-third mile from the gear check area. Please allow extra time to check gear and walk to the start line.

To lessen course congestion and to provide each participant with a quality experience, the Chicago Spring Half Marathon will utilize a corral wave start. Participants must assemble in their assigned corral (corral letter located on the race bib). Half Marathon corrals will close promptly at 6:45 a.m. and any participant not in their assigned corral must start in the back of corral “I.” The timing chip (located on the back of the bib) is the official race time. The individuals’ time does not start until they cross the start line and stops when they cross the finish line.

Corral A will start at 7:00 a.m. with subsequent corrals being released in waves. Participants will follow the corral volunteers to the start line as the corrals are released. Runners may move back a corral, however may not move to a corral with a letter ahead of their assigned corral. Participants displaying unsportsmanlike conduct will be disqualified and possibly banned from future Life Time events.

Elite/Wheelchair: Corral A
13.1: Corrals B – I
10K (Self seeded): Corral J

For safety reasons this course is not open to strollers of any style. Anyone with special needs is encouraged to reach out to athlete services at prior to race day to make proper arrangements based on your individual needs.

Time Limit

For your safety and the timely reopening of the streets to vehicular traffic, all participants must cross the finish line by no later than 11:30 a.m. 

On-Course Information

Aid stations
Participants’ safety and experience is Life Time’s number one goal. In order to ensure all participants stay hydrated on the courses, there will be 10 fluid stations, featuring Gatorade Endurance and water. Each station will also have portable restrooms and medical personnel.

There will be water and Gatorade at all stations along the course and at the start and finish lines. All aid stations on the course will have dozens of enthusiastic volunteers and portable toilets located nearby.

Gatorade Endurance is proud to partner with the Chicago Spring Half Marathon to help fuel runners to the finish line. Grounded in years of hydration and sports nutrition research, Gatorade Endurance products are developed to meet the specific needs of endurance athletes.

Gatorade Endurance Formula
Gatorade Endurance Formula will be on course at every aid station. With nearly double the sodium and triple the potassium of original Gatorade Thirst Quencher, Endurance Formula is a specialized sports drink designed to hydrate athletes engaging in prolonged training and racing when fluid, electrolyte and carbohydrate losses can be significant.

Learn more about Gatorade Endurance Formula here.

Train with What’s on Course
Toe the start line with confidence on by training with what’s on course. Runners can learn more about Gatorade Endurance Formula and fuel their training by visiting

Medical support
Medical personnel, first aid supplies and AED will be available at all nine course medical tents and at the finish line medical tent. Medical tents on course will be easy to identify as they are the only red canopies on course and are conveniently located next to an aid station. Race guards (First-aid certified volunteers) will be running in the race and can be identified as wearing a red medical bib on their backs. They are available to help participants during the race with general first aid needs. Participants are encouraged to utilize race guards.

Mobile medical (EMS and BLS) units will also be stationed throughout the course to effectively respond to medical emergency situations. In the event of a medical emergency where you do not have access to a medical tent, course/volunteer personnel or race guard, call the Medical Emergency Hotline at 888-543-3133 (number is located on the back of the bib).

Portable toilets
A large number of portable toilets will be positioned in the park and at least two at every aid station on course.

Timing Clocks
There will be timing clocks at the start line, at every mile marker and at the finish line.

Course Safety
Participants should keep right while running on the course. Due to the popularity of the Lakefront Trail, the course is open to the public and participants should expect general public traffic during the race. For your safety and the safety of others, please be courteous and yield at all intersections.

CARA Certified
The Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K has applied for and received the Chicago Area Runners Association designation as a CARA certified race. This race has agreed to adhere to and uphold CARA’s Best Practices Guidelines. These Guidelines embody the highest standards for quality, safety and comfort for participants in a road race.

Due to CARA’s advocacy efforts, runners in the Chicagoland area enjoy some of the highest quality road races in the country. To view the Guidelines and to learn more about CARA, visit

The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland. CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run – farther, faster, better, for life.

Gear Check

Gear check will be located on the east side of Lake Shore East Park along N. Westshore Drive.

Please note: all baggage must be inside the CLEAR PLASTIC BAG that was provided at packet pickup. Baggage will not be accepted if your items are not properly stored inside the bag. Personal bags or backpacks may not be placed directly in the clear bags. You must remove all contents from your backpack, place them inside the clear plastic bag and fold up your backpack to place it in the clear bag. All items must be visible.

Gear should be dropped off prior to entering the start area at the gear check tent. Please use the clear plastic bag provided at packet pickup. There will be additional clear bags on race morning. Place all items inside the clear plastic bag and attach the gear check label from your race bib to the bag for identification. You must have a race bib to use gear check. All unclaimed items at gear check and not claimed within one week of the race will be donated to a local charity. Do not give your items to volunteers except those at gear check. Please arrive early to check in your bag. Gear check will close five minutes before race start. Life Time is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

*After the race, items must be picked up from the same location before gear check closes at 11:30 a.m.


The race finish line is at Lake Shore East Park along South Water at Field Street (400 East South Water). Upon crossing the finish line, participants will be awarded a finisher medal, water, Body Armor, post-race snacks and have the opportunity to take a finisher photo. Participants are invited to continue the celebration with a Spring picnic featuring a hot breakfast buffet, beer (ages 21 and over) and live music, all located within the park grounds.