Chicago is more than just a big city. It’s a city of neighborhoods and people that represent vibrant and diverse backgrounds and cultures. Every October, runners from across the country and around the world travel to Chicago to experience this international city by running through it at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Whether you’re running the Chicago Marathon, cheering on friends or looking to be part of the excitement of race weekend, we invite you to join us on Saturday, October 7 for the 2017 International Chicago 5K.
Don’t miss your opportunity to run through the streets of downtown Chicago and celebrate running in a world class city!
Learn more about the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and other race weekend activities at chicagomarathon.com.
International Chicago 5K
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Race start: 7:30 a.m.
Getting to the start
Runners and spectators should allow themselves plenty of time to get to the start on race day. Public transportation is highly recommended. Visit transitchicago.com or metrarail.com to plan your route.
Gear check will not be available to runners for the International Chicago 5K. Runners are responsible for safely storing any gear they bring prior to the race. Any items left unattended near the start and finish lines will be donated.
The International Chicago 5K course will run through downtown taking runners on a 3.1-mile tour of Chicago.
2017 International Chicago 5K course map (.pdf)*
*Subject to change
One on-course aid station will offer water, medical support and toilet facilities. The aid station is located at approximately the halfway point.
Course time limit
Runners must maintain a 15-minute per mile pace and complete the full 5K (3.1 miles) distance—start line to finish line—within the event time requirement of 47 minutes (mm:ss/47:59). Runners who finish outside of the time requirement may not be recorded as official finishers and may not receive full on-course support.
Timing checkpoints, clock and mile markers
Timing checkpoints are positioned at the start and finish lines. Your timing device will register your time at each of these checkpoints.
Digital clocks are positioned at the start line, throughout the course and at the finish line to provide the elapsed race time. Mile markers are positioned at each mile to assist you in locating the clocks. Digital clocks at the finish line will display the elapsed race time, which begins with the start of the race (7:30 a.m.). Your individual race time may differ depending on when you cross the official start line.
For businesses and residents that live along the course, please be aware that street closures will take place on race day. In addition, no parking zones along the course will be enforced in the early morning hours.
Street closure information for the 2017 event will be available in advance of race day.
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