Chicago Women's 5K, 10 Mile & Half Marathon Challenge

Sweet Victory.

No rules. Just run. This October, grab your friends and take the long way through Grant Park. And whether you've trained a little or a lot, why you run WMNS™ Chicago matters far less than getting out there and going for it. Run with thousands and walk away with cool swag and the sweet victory of a finish line behind you.

Race Highlights

French Macarons

Rose Gold Finisher Medal

Race Shirt

Bib Number

Free Race Photos

Registration

Chicago Women's 5K, 10 Mile & Half Marathon Challenge

$45

Jul 19 - Aug 22
Early Bird
Chicago Women's 5K, 10 Mile & Half Marathon Challenge

$50

Aug 23 - Sep 12
Standard
Chicago Women's 5K, 10 Mile & Half Marathon Challenge

$55

Sep 13 - Oct 04
Final
Chicago Women's 5K, 10 Mile & Half Marathon Challenge

$65

Oct 05 - Oct 05
Race Day
Chicago Women's 5K, 10 Mile & Half Marathon Challenge

$65

Jul 19 - Aug 22
Early Bird
Chicago Women's 5K, 10 Mile & Half Marathon Challenge

$70

Aug 23 - Sep 12
Standard
Chicago Women's 5K, 10 Mile & Half Marathon Challenge

$75

Sep 13 - Oct 04
Final
Chicago Women's 5K, 10 Mile & Half Marathon Challenge

$85

Oct 05 - Oct 05
Race Day
Chicago Women's 5K, 10 Mile & Half Marathon Challenge

$90

Jul 19 - Aug 22
Early Bird
Chicago Women's 5K, 10 Mile & Half Marathon Challenge

$100

Aug 23 - Sep 12
Standard
Chicago Women's 5K, 10 Mile & Half Marathon Challenge

$110

Sep 13 - Oct 04
Final
Chicago Women's 5K, 10 Mile & Half Marathon Challenge

$120

Oct 05 - Oct 05
Race Day

All registrations are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Packet Pick-Up

There are 3 options for picking up your race packet. Your QR code from your confirmation email is needed to pick up your race packet.

Option 1

Pick up your race packet in person prior to the race at:

Road Runner Sports
1435 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642

Friday, October 4 (12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

Option 2

Have a friend or family member pick up your race packet for you by presenting your QR code prior to the race (location, dates, and times listed above).

Option 3

Race Day Packet Pick-Up. For $10.00 per race packet, you can pick up your race packet on race day before the event from 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. You can sign up for this service during the registration process.

Please note only those who register for Race Day Packet Pick-Up will be able to pick up their race packet on race day.
Race Day

On race day, be sure to allow enough time to check in (e.g., parking, gear check, etc.). We recommend participants arrive at least 45 minutes before the race.

Start Time

5K – 7:45 a.m.
10 Mile – 8:30 a.m.

Parking & Transportation

All participants are strongly encouraged to carpool or use public transportation to the race site. If you drive, please allow sufficient time for heavy traffic and street closures due to the race.

Gear Check

Gear Check will be available at the race site.

Photos

All participants will receive free race day photos from Gameface Media. Photos will be available the week following the race and emailed to all participants.

Awards

The top three overall finishers will receive awards.

Weather Policy

The race will take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather (e.g., lightning) or other conditions that may affect the safety and health of participants, race officials reserve the right to delay, postpone or cancel the race. All registrations are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Course Details

Distances

5K (3.1 miles)
10 Mile (10 miles)
Half Marathon Challenge (5K + 10 Mile = Half Marathon / 13.1 miles)

Half Marathon Challenge participants will first complete the 5K (starting at 7:45 a.m.) and then complete the 10 Mile (starting at 8:30 a.m.). All participants who register and complete the Half Marathon Challenge will triple their bling and earn 3 amazing rose gold finisher medals.

Start Location

Grant Park – DuSable Harbor

Timing

The race will feature the B-Tag Chronotrack timing system. All participants will receive a B-Tag timing device with their bib number.

Course Time Limit

All participants must maintain a 15:00 minute per mile pace or faster.

Course Map

Coming soon.
Half Challenge Details

Take the Half Marathon Challenge™ (5K + 10 Mile = Half Marathon / 13.1 miles) and earn 3 amazing rose gold finisher medals.

What is this?

On race day, put those muscles to work in this sweet 13.1 mile challenge by completing both the 5K and the 10 Mile. If you finish both races, you will be awarded the coveted Half Marathon Challenge finisher medal in addition to your 5K and 10 Mile finisher medals. That’s right, triple your bling and walk away with 3 amazing rose gold finisher medals.

To Qualify

1.) Register for the Half Marathon Challenge. Registering for the 5K and 10 Mile individually will not make you eligible to receive the Half Marathon Challenge finisher medal.

2.) First complete the 5K (starting at 7:45 a.m.) and then complete the 10 Mile (starting at 8:30 a.m.).

3.) Maintain at least a 13:00 minute per mile pace in the 5K to ensure you are lined up in time for the 10 Mile start.

Participants Receive

All Half Marathon Challenge participants will receive a limited edition box macarons, an official shirt, bib number, tote bag, and 3 rose gold finisher medals (5K, 10 Mile, Half Marathon Challenge).
5K Swag

All 5K participants will receive a limited edition box of five (5) macarons, an official race shirt, bib number, and an amazing rose gold finisher medal.

Wmns Swag Macarons
Wmns Chicago 5 K Medal
Wmns Swag Chicago Shirt
Wmns Chicago 5 K Bib
10 Mile Swag

All 10 Mile participants will receive a limited edition box of five (5) macarons, an official race shirt, bib number, tote bag, and an amazing rose gold finisher medal.

Wmns Swag Macarons
Wmns Chicago 10 Mile Medal
Wmns Swag Chicago Shirt
Wmns Swag Tote
Wmns Chicago 10 Mile Bib
Half Challenge Swag

All Half Marathon Challenge participants will receive a limited edition box of five (5) macarons, an official race shirt, bib number, tote bag, and 3 amazing rose gold finisher medals. 

Wmns Swag Macarons
Wmns Swag Chicago Shirt
Wmns Swag Tote
Wmns Chicago 5 K Medal
Wmns Chicago 10 Mile Medal
Wmns Chicago Half Medal
Wmns Chicago Half Bib
Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Chicago Women's 5K, 10 Mile & Half Marathon Challenge. Volunteers are needed to assist with every aspect of the race, including:

Needs

  • Course Marshal
  • Start line and finish line support
  • Aid station support
  • Gear Check
  • Course set up and tear down
  • Packet Pick-Up
  • Water and Gatorade station support
  • Clean up

Contact

For more information, please contact us at hi@runwomens.com.
Sponsors

The Chicago Women's 5K, 10 Mile & Half Marathon Challenge is proud to be supported by the following sponsors and partners.

Sponsors Run Mfg
Sponsors Clifbar
Sponsor Chicago Athlete
Sponsors Gameface
Sponsors Active
Beneficiary

Beneficiary and fundraising details coming soon. Stay tuned!

Weather Policy

Weather Policy

The race will take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather (e.g., lightning) or other conditions that may affect the safety and health of participants, race officials reserve the right to delay, postpone or cancel the race. All registrations are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Lightning Policy

In the event of lightning, the race will be postponed 30 minutes if lightning is detected within a 10 mile radius. Additionally, every time lightning is detected within a 10 mile radius, the 30 minute timing increment will restart.

Refund Policy

All registrations are nonrefundable and nontransferable. No exceptions. As with all events, proceeds from the event are used to cover the numerous nonrefundable pre and post-race expenses required to produce the event (e.g., city permits, park district permits, medical personnel, police and traffic control, security, participant shirts, finisher medals, bib numbers, timing chips, equipment rental, participant food and refreshments, tents and staging, event staff, signage, event supplies, portable restrooms, etc.).
FAQ

Questions?

We've got answers. For more information about the race, please email us at hi@runwomens.com or visit our FAQ page.

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