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August 3, 2014 - Half Marathon/5K

Chicago, Illinois

Guest Starring:
Tara Costa Biggest Loser
Tara Costa
Dan and Jackie Evans Biggest Loser RunWalk
Dan and Jackie Evans
Bobby Saleem Biggest Loser
Bobby Saleem
Danny Cahill Biggest Loser
Danny Cahill
Vinny Hickerson Biggest Loser
Vinny Hickerson
Danni Allen Biggest Loser
Danni Allen
Sponsored By Vein Clinics of America CARA

The Biggest Loser RunWalk is coming to Chicago! Join former contestants on The Biggest Loser and run along Chicago's lakefront! Check out last years race!

Event Basics

A race for all fitness levels, whether you are ready to set a personal record or this is your first race, come join us at The Biggest Loser RunWalk!

Each registered participant and finisher will receive the following:

  • The Biggest Loser Finisher's Medal
  • Commemorative Biggest Loser RunWalk shirt
  • Drawstring Backpack
  • Chip-Timed Race for Runners and Those Tracking Personal Goals
  • Free Downloadable Race Photos
  • Award Divisions for Runners and Walkers
  • Celebrity appearances by former contestants from "The Biggest Loser"
  • Hydration Stations with Water/Sports Drinks Along the Course and Food at the Finish Line
  • Last but not Least, a Truly Inspirational and Unforgettable Experience

Registration

Join Bobby Saleem from Season 15, Danny Cahill, Danni Allen, Tara Costa, and Dan & Jackie Evans from Season 5! The Biggest Loser RunWalk Chicago will sell out quickly so be sure to secure your spot today! Online registration is open for this event through the evening of July 31, 2014. If the race has not sold out, walk up registration at Packet Pick-up will be available August 2, 2014.

Half Marathon Registration*

  • $45.00 through 3/31/14
  • $55.00 through 4/30/14
  • $65.00 through 5/31/14
  • $75.00 through 6/30/14
  • $85.00 through 7/31/14
  • $99.00 @ Packet Pick-up Registration (if available)

5K Registration*

  • $25.00 through 3/31/14
  • $30.00 through 5/31/14
  • $35.00 through 6/30/14
  • $40.00 through 7/31/14
  • $45.00 @ Packet Pick-up Registration (if available)

Kids 1 Mile Fun Run: (Ages 4-12)*

  • Pre-registered and @ Packet Pick-up - $15.00

*Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Fees listed above do not include the Active.com processing fee. There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.

There is no wheelchair division available for this event. Click here to submit a question regarding wheelchairs.

Online Registration Closes: July 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm CDT or until sell-out.

VIP Experience

Enjoy the VIP treatment!

The VIP experience includes:

  • Complimentary pre-race snacks
  • Catered lunch
  • Free beverages (coffee, soda, and water)
  • Premium seating
  • VIP parking

All benefiting the Kids Fit Foundation! Plus, you'll get an exclusive meet 'n' greet with former Biggest Loser contestants.

Anyone can purchase a VIP ticket, even if you are not participating in the race.

Kids Fit One Mile Fun Run

Kids Fit Foundation

Don't forget to bring the kids for their very own fun run (ages 4-12) hosted by Kids Fit Foundation! Kids Fit programs and events are designed to be a day for kids to reach their goals and to celebrate their healthy lifestyle achievements with their family and friends. We encourage all families to get their children active at a young age. All children receive a t-shirt and finisher's medal. Bring the camera and we'll bring the smiles!

  • Date: Sunday, August 3, 2014
  • Start time: 11:30 am

The Kids Fit Foundation is a national non-profit organization created to serve communities with the charitable mission to fund and provide fitness programs for at risk youth and their families.

Please register your child prior to the race.

Team Challenge

Team Challenge

Join our Team Challenge program!

Motivating others to achieve a goal is a tremendous bonding experience. If you're looking for a way to build teamwork and community within your company, organization, church, school, or neighborhood, join The Biggest Loser RunWalk Team Challenge!

  • Discount on race registration
  • Recruitment support (flyers and custom e-blasts)
  • Group commemorative photo
  • Start & Finish-line tent (with banner display) with 25+ runners

See the Team Challenge form for more perks and instructions.

Packet Pick-up brought to you by Vein Clinics Of America

Come out and get some inspiration before the race!

Bring signed waiver to Packet Pick up.

Location:

  • HYATT REGENCY MCCORMICK PLACE
  • Praire Room
  • 2233 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616

Please note there is a fee for parking. We encourage public transportation.

  • 0-1hr - $18
  • 1-3hrs - $21
  • 3hr-9hrs - $27
  • 9-24hrs - $34

As for public transit, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is most accessible via bus.

From Northside/Downtown
Take #3 – King Drive - to McCormick Place
Exit bus and walk across the street to hotel

From Southside
Take #3 - King Drive – to McCormick Place
Exit bus and hotel is on same side of street

If people prefer trains
Take Red Line to Cermak/Chinatown
Board #21 – Cermak – East to McCormick Place
Exit bus and walk across the street to hotel

There is a Metra line that runs into McCormick Place from the south – the Metra Electric District.


Dates/Time:

  • Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014
  • Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Speaking Schedule (8/2/14):

  • 11:00am - Packet Pick up begins
  • 11:30am - Tara Costa, Season 7 Winner
  • 12:30pm - Vinny Hickerson, Season 12
  • 1:00pm - Vein Clinics of America
  • 1:45pm - Race Guards, Certified in-Race First Aid; Tracy Kilvinger
  • 2:00pm - Danny Cahill, Season 8 Winner
  • 2:30pm - Bobby Saleem, Season 15 Runner-up
  • 3:00pm - Dan and Jackie Evans, Season 5
  • 4:00pm - Packet Pick up ends

Race Day Information

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Start Time

  • 7:30 am – Half Marathon start time
  • 8:00 am – 5K start time
  • 11:30 am - 1 mile Kids Fun Run start time

Start/Finish Line

  • Soldier Field (Stadium Green at the Soldier Field Parklands)
  • Race Lineup will take place on Waldron Street Drive near the intersection of Museum Campus Drive.
  • Chicago, IL

Race day Schedule (8/3/14):

  • 6:00 am - Festival Area and Vendors open
  • 7:00 am - Pilates ProWorks Pre-Race Stretch
  • 7:25 am - National Anthem at start line
  • 7:30 am – Half Marathon start time
  • 8:00 am – 5K start time
  • 9:00 am - Dan Evans Music
  • 9:30 am - 5K Run and Walk Awards at Festival Stage
  • 10:30 am - Dan Evans Music
  • 11:00 am - Half Marathon Run Awards at Festival Stage
  • 11:30 am - 1 mile Kids Fun Run start time
  • 12:00 pm - Half Marathon Walk Awards at Festival Stage
  • 12:30 pm - Course Closes

Course Maps

Chicago 5K Map 2014

This event will take place rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.


Course

For the safety of all participants, the following are prohibited: bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards and all motor-driven vehicles.

Portable toilets, fluid replacement and first aid will be available on the course. Certified medical personnel will be available at the start and finish areas of the race.


Timing System

State of the art ChronoTrack systems will be used to record participant finishing times. The ChronoTrack system uses a B-Tag, which is affixed to the back of your bib (race number), allowing you to walk away from the finish without the need to have your tag collected.

*Please note: All participants must wear their bib in order to have their times recorded. Race Results will be posted on our results page shortly after the race.


Gear Check

Gear check will be available for all participants on race day. Please tear off the gear check tag from the bottom of your race bib and attach it to your bag.


Photography

Participants will receive FREE downloadable race photos!

There will be photographers along the course snapping your photo for some great action shots, but make sure to stop by the finish line festival to take your official finisher's photo!

*Please note: Your race bib is how your photos will be tagged to yourself, so make sure to wear it on race day in a clear visible spot on the front of your clothing. You will receive an email when your photos are available for viewing, complete with easy links to share on Facebook and Twitter!


Runner Secure Zone/Finish Line

Once you cross the finish line you'll enter a Runner Secure Zone - a fenced off area for race participants only. You will receive water, sports drink, and food.

Parking and Spectators

Parking

Participants and spectators are encouraged to take public transportation.

The CTA's Red, Orange, and Green lines stop at the Roosevelt Station, between State Street and Wabash Avenue. From here, patrons can either transfer to the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express bus, or walk east on Roosevelt Road through Museum Campus to the stadium.

For a full list of public transportation options, the RTA Travel Information Center provides scheduling information for all CTA, Metra and PACE services. For information, please call 312.836.7000 or visit www.rtachicago.com.

Taxis are also available throughout the city for easy pick-up and drop-off for race morning.

If you prefer to drive, parking will be available at the Waldron Parking Garage just south of Soldier Field. The parking garage is a double decker garage located at the intersection of Waldron Drive and Museum Campus Drive. The Waldron Parking Garage charges $20/vehicle to park.


Spectators

We welcome all spectators to cheer on participants and loved ones! There is no fee to be a spectator at this race. Spectators are advised to be in place 1 hour before race start on Race Day.

Rules and Policies

Race Rules

You must bring a photo ID to pick up your own race bib and timing chip at packet pick-up. No one else can pick up your packet for you.

Race bibs are required to participate.

No coaches, handcycles, bikes, in-line skates, skateboards or dogs will be allowed on the course.


Course Time Limit

Participants have 5 hours to complete the half marathon (22 min/mile pace). The 5K participants have 1.5 hours to complete the course (30 min/mile pace). The course has a rolling street closure. If you fall behind this pace, the roads will be reopened to normal traffic and you will be a pedestrian and subject to normal traffic rules.


Cancellations

Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and entries are NON-TRANSFERABLE. Sorry, no exceptions. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. You may not give or sell your number to anyone else. You also may not transfer your application to the following year or another event. If you attempt to sell your race number, you may be banned from future events for three years.

Training Programs

Need help training for the race? Check out The Biggest Loser RunWalk training programs brought to you by BodyMedia.

Hotels

Need a place to stay the night? Why not stay with fellow participants? Discounted rates below for all participants, family and friends!

Red Roof Inn Chicago Downtown - Magnificent Mile

  • 162 East Ontario Street
  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • 312-787-3580
  • We are located ½ block from the Magnificent Mile and ½ mile from Navy Pier
  • We are walking distance to the beach, Lake Michigan and the best retail shops and restaurants.
  • Complimentary WiFi and local/long-distance calls in the Continental U.S.
  • All interior corridors and 100% smoke free.
  • New Flat Screen TVs and Rest Suite Beds by Serta.
  • Children and Pets stay for FREE!
  • Walking distance to all major train and bus lines.

Standard King/Double rates: $165.00+tax per night

Please call the property directly at 312-787-3580 and ask for the Biggest Loser Run/Walk rate.


HYATT REGENCY MCCORMICK PLACE

  • 2233 S. Martin Luther King Drive
  • Chicago, IL 60616
  • Within walking distance to Soldier Field – direct path from Hyatt to Soldier Field.
  • Best valued parking rate in the city!
  • commuter rail service takes guests to/from downtown Chicago
  • yatt Grant Bed – perfect night sleep before the race!
  • Complimentary Basic Wi-Fi in Guestrooms
  • Refrigerator in each guestroom
  • Fully equipped 24-hour Hyatt StayFit gym, complete with sauna, cardiovascular and strength-training equipment
  • Lakeside jogging paths and bicycling trails nearby

Rate: $169.00 S/D

Book Now

Please book prior to July 4th to take advantage of the group rate. By utilizing the online tool, you are able to make, modify and cancel hotel reservations as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel.

If you need additional assistance, please call the dedicated reservation phone line for this event: 888-421-1442

Sponsors

Vein Clinics of America CARA

The Biggest Loser RunWalk helps thousands of people complete their fitness goals. Support this cause by sponsoring this unique race series. For more information, please email Sponsorship@BiggestLoserRunWalk.com

Charities

Kids Fit Foundation

In an effort to help fund community programs and development, RunWalk works with local charities in each community that we visit. For more information on becoming a featured charity at one of our races, please email us at contact@biggestloserrunwalk.com.

Volunteers

We are always looking for volunteers to join us on the big day! Aside from having a great time, all volunteers will receive a special Biggest Loser RunWalk t-shirt!

Awards Divisions

Caboose Award

Half Marathon/5k Run Division Awards

Half Marathon Run Division
Overall Male & Female 1st - 2nd - 3rd
1st - 2nd - 3rd awarded to each age group
14 & Under 40 - 44
15 - 19 45 - 49
20 - 24 50 - 54
25 - 29 55 - 59
30 - 34 60 - 64
35 - 39 65 - 69
70+
5K Run Division
Overall Male & Female 1st - 2nd - 3rd
1st - 2nd - 3rd awarded to each age group
14 & Under 40 - 44
15 - 19 45 - 49
20 - 24 50 - 54
25 - 29 55 - 59
30 - 34 60 - 64
35 - 39 65 - 69
70+

Half Marathon/5k Walk Division Awards

Half Marathon Walk Division
1st - 2nd - 3rd awarded to each age group
14 & Under 40 - 44
15 - 19 45 - 49
20 - 24 50 - 54
25 - 29 55 - 59
30 - 34 60 - 64
35 - 39 65 - 69
70+
5K Walk Division
1st - 2nd - 3rd awarded to each age group
14 & Under 40 - 44
15 - 19 45 - 49
20 - 24 50 - 54
25 - 29 55 - 59
30 - 34 60 - 64
35 - 39 65 - 69
70+

* Note: Participants must be at ceremony to recieve award.