Adults are free to accompany their children for the Youth Mile at no cost. To receive full benefits including the adult t-shirt and give-away bag, please register for one of the events open to adults (5K run or walk, 10K run). return to top
No, but you may walk the 5K with a stroller and strollers are allowed in the Youth Mile. return to top
Yes, as long as you line up behind runners and fast walkers at the start line and you stay in the designated area for walkers. return to top
No. For the safety of both runners and pets, dogs are not permitted on the race course or on the field. return to top
The use of headphones is strongly discouraged on road races, both for your safety and the safety and consideration of other participants. With headphones on, you may not be able to hear vital instructions and are not as aware of runners around you. return to top
The Race starts and ends at Long Field on the campus of Northwestern University, at the corner of Sheridan Road and Lincoln Street in Evanston. A portion of the course route on Northwestern's campus is currently under construction, so the 10K route is likely to change. It will be recertified in early June and an updated course map will be provided on this site at that time . The 5K route has not changed, and the Youth Mile is an out and back route from Long Field to Library Place and back. Links to updated maps are below:
From downtown Chicago:
Take Lake Shore Drive North to Sheridan Rd. Follow Sheridan Rd. to Evanston. Stay on Sheridan until you reach Lincoln Ave.
From the North/South/West:
Take Interstate 94 to Dempster St. East. Follow Dempster east to Chicago Ave. Go left on Chicago Ave. This turns into Sheridan Rd. Stay on this to Lincoln Ave.
Red Line to Howard Street station. Transfer to Purple Line to Central Street Station. Walk 6 blocks east on central St. to Sheridan Road/lakefront and go south two blocks to Lincoln St.
Street parking is available on the residential streets surrounding the field if you arrive early. Parking is also available in the Northwestern University parking lots east of Sheridan Road on Lincoln and in the Lakeside Parking structure east of the main campus entrance at the turn in Sheridan Road.
The 5K course was recertified in 2012 and the 10K course will be recertified at the beginning of June 2014. The 5K course runs out-and-back along Evanston's lakefront between Lincoln/Sheridan and Greenwood/Sheridan. It is a flat and fast race course!
The 10K course is an out and back run that follows the 5K, but continues south before heading north along the lakefront through Northwestern University campus, then turning south on Sheridan before looping back to finish at the start/finish line.
Because we will have to wait to determine what changes had to be made to the 10K course this year due to ongoing construction on the Northwestern campus, the 10K USATF certification number may not appear on their website until after Race Day.
The Youth Mile is an out-and-back course along the same route with a turnaround point at Library Place and Sheridan Road.
Course maps are available at packet pick-up, on this site closer to Race Day, and in the volunteer/information tent on Race Day. return to top
No, we have not sought CARA certification. return to top
All miles are marked. Digital display clocks are located at every mile and at the Finish Line. return to top
Yes, the race will be timed by Championchip timing. Only runners are timed by chips. Walkers who want chip timing should sign up as runners and then just walk the course.
If you come to pre-race packet pick up, REMEMBER to bring the chip along with your number (do not remove chip from number) to the race with you. return to top
Yes, for both the 5K and the 10K:
For the Youth Mile:
Results will be posted as soon as they are available at the Chicago Athlete tent on the southwest corner of Long Field. Awards for the following will be presented from the stage:
All other awards may be picked up from the Awards tent on the southeast corner of Long Field. Athletes who do not pick up their awards on Race Day will be contacted about how to pick up their award at the YWCA. return to top
Yes, teams should register as a team online, regardless of whether or not they choose to fund raise for the YWCA. (You may also download the Team Challenge form here.) The team/awards tent will be located on the southeast corner of Long Field. return to top
Yes, there is a secure gear check area on the northwest end of Long Field. return to top
All proceeds benefit the YWCA Evanston/North Shore's programming, especially in the areas of racial justice and violence prevention. return to top
We are working on ways to reduce the impact of the Race on the environment by: