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August 4, 2013 - Half Marathon/5K

Chicago, Illinois

Guest Starring:
Dan and Jackie Evans Biggest Loser RunWalk
Dan and Jackie Evans
Danni Allen Biggest Loser
Danni Allen
Dolvett Quince Biggest Loser Trainer
Dolvett Quince
Pam Geil Biggest Loser
Pam Geil
Jeff Nichols  Biggest Loser
Jeff Nichols
Francelina Morillo Biggest Loser
Francelina Morillo

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 The Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett! As well as Danni, Jeff, Francelina, and Pam from Season 14, and Dan & Jackie Evans from Season 5! The Biggest Loser RunWalk Chicago 5K/15K and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run 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, 2013. If the race has not sold out, walk up registration at Packet Pick-up will be available August 3, 2013.

5K Registration*

  • $25.00 through 5/31/13
  • $30.00 through 6/30/13
  • $35.00 through 7/31/13
  • $45.00 @ Packet Pick-up Registration (if available)

15K Registration*

  • $45.00 through 5/31/13
  • $50.00 through 6/30/13
  • $55.00 through 7/31/13
  • $65.00 @ Packet Pick-up Registration (if available)

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

  • Pre-registered - $10.00
  • @ 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, 2013 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 4, 2013
  • Start time: 11:00 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

Come out and get some inspiration before the race!

Bring signed waiver to Packet Pick up.

Location:

  • Village Market
  • 320 E Randolph St
  • Chicago, IL 60601

Easily accessible by public transportation!

Coming from the suburbs? Take the Metra to the Randolph Street Station

Staying in the city? The CTA's Brown, Green, Purple, Pink and Orange lines all drop off at the Randolph/Wabash stop. Staying off the red or blue lines? No problem! Get off at Lake stop for the Red line and the Washington stop for the Blue line.

The Village Market is also easily accessible by all bus lines that run down Michigan Ave and State Street.

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 another easily accessible option throughout the city for easy pick-up and drop-off.

If you prefer to drive, hourly metered spots are available on Randolph Street and discounted event parking ($4 for 5 hours) will be available for the Village Market Public Garage. From downtown, take Upper Randolph East of Michigan Ave. Continue on Upper Randolph and take a left at the Field Blvd stop sign. Take an immediate left into the Village Market public garage. Pull a ticket and head to the park level. When you're ready to head out, make sure to stop by the MaGellan Development tent to get your discounted parking validation ticket.


Dates/Time:

  • Date: Saturday, August 3, 2013
  • Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Schedule:

Enter to Win a Body Media Device 11am - 4pm

  • 11:00 am - Doors open
  • 11:10 am - Biggest Loser Resort, Sione and Fillipe
  • 12:00 pm - First time runner Q & A with Jewel Parelman
  • 12:30 pm - Newton Running, Running Form
  • 1:00 pm - Pam Geil, Season 14 Q & A
  • 1:30 pm - Jeff and Franci, Season 14
  • 2:30 pm - Danni Allen, Winner of Season 14
  • 3:15 pm - Dan and Jackie, Season 5
  • 4:00 pm - Doors close

Do you have the Golden Ticket Goodie bag? Check your bag to win a free pair of Brooks shoes or jacket!

Race Day Information

Sunday, August 4, 2013


Start Time

  • 6:30 am – Race day vendor booths open
  • 8:00 am – 5K and 15K races begin for all runners and walkers
  • 8:45 am - Nashville recording artist Dan Evans performs live on Festival Stage
  • 9:30 am – 5K run and walk awards at Festival Stage
  • 10:00 am – Nashville recording artist Dan Evans performs live on Festival Stage
  • 10:30 am - 15K run and walk awards at Festival Stage
  • 10:30 am – Bodymedia giveaway
  • 11:00 am – Kids race begins
  • 11:30 am - Adult course closes

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

Course Maps

Chicago 5K Map 2013

Chicago 15K Map 2013

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.

Runners Edge

Training is more fun with a group! Join fellow RunWalker's at the locations below for free training runs!*

  • Tuesdays at 6:30pm
  • beginning June 4th
  • Runner's Edge Wilmette
  • 335 Ridge Road
  • Wilmette, IL 60091
  • Thursdays at 6:30pm
  • beginning June 6th
  • Runner's Edge Chicago (Andersonville)
  • 5243 N. Clark Street
  • Chicago, IL 60640
  • Saturdays at 8am,
  • beginning June 1st
  • Runner's Edge Libertyville
  • 111 E. Cook Ave
  • Libertyville, IL 60048

Universal Sole

Every Wednesday at 6pm (Lakeshore East Location) *Must show proof of registration

Hotels

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

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago

  • 162 East Ontario Street
  • 221 North Columbus Drive
  • Chicago, IL, 60601
  • Complimentary coffee
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Fitness Center
  • Health Spa/Massage
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet Access
  • Pets Allowed
  • Pool (Indoor)
  • Pool (Outdoor)
  • Restaurant on site
  • Sauna
  • Self parking - covered
  • Uniformed Security on Site

Rate: $298.00 per room per night

Sponsors

CARA Chicago Sports Commision universalsole Healthy Chicago Magellan Group LLC

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.