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13.1 Marathon™ Chicago

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Chicago, Illinois
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Runner Perks:

• Tech Running Shirt
• On course entertainment
• On course water and sports drink
• Access to post-race food and refreshments
• Digital photo proof from our race photo partner
• Access to post-race activities at Washington Park
• Top 5 in each age group receive an award
• Official finisher's certificate

Course Description
The 13.1 Marathon™ Chicago starts and finishes at the Historic South Shore Cultural Center (SSCC) on Chicago’s south side. The SSCC offers beautiful views of both Lake Michigan and the Chicago Skyline and has hosted many notable events, including the wedding reception of President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The 13.1 mile course takes you along the Lakefront Path past La Rabida Hospital. After passing the hospital, you will run through Jackson Park, home of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, the Osaka Japanese Garden, a strolling garden on Wooden Island. You will then pass the Museum of Science & Industry, the only original building remaining from the 1893 Columbian Exposition, and one of the largest science museums in the world. You will then head back to the Lakefront Path to almost 35th Street before heading back south, past the 63rd Street Beach House and finishing at the SSCC. This course is 13.1 miles of the perfect Windy City experience.

The 13.1 Marathon™ Chicago course features more than 15 entertainment groups ranging from spirit squads, school bands, and local bands.

Timing / Results
Each mile marker will have a large display clock that will indicate the running time of the event. These display clocks will show the time from the official start of the race, not your personal “tag time”. A system has been developed to display the mile marker sign, clock and colored warning flag (see flag warning system information later in the email). As you go by each mile, you will see an information station providing you with the status of the race. As you look at this station, you will know where you are on the course, the official race time and race conditions.

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Clubs and Groups
 Looking for a club or team to help keep you motivated?
 Club or Team Name   City  State   More Info 
 Chicago Area Runners Assn.  Chicago IL club info
 Chicago Knights  Chicago IL club info
 Chicago Lakefront Track Club  Chicago IL club info
 Chicago Striders  Chicago IL club info
 Chicago Walkers Club  Chicago IL club info
 Chi-Town Vapors  Chicago IL club info
 Firestarters  Chicago IL club info
 Five Alive Striders Track Club  Chicago IL club info
 Frontrunners Frontwalkers of Chicago  Chicago IL club info
 New Leaf Ultra Runs  Chicago IL club info
 Quiet Storm Track Club  Chicago IL club info
 Universal Sole-Reebok  Chicago IL club info
 University Of Chicago Track Club  Chicago IL club info
This is a partial list of the 72 Running clubs and teams in Illinois and approximately 10,000 clubs in the U.S. To find a club or team in your area click here.

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Retailers (near this event)
 If you need last minute shoes, clothing, energy gel, etc., try one of these local running stores:
 Store City  State   Distance   More Info 
 Running Away  Chicago IL 2.7 Miles store info
 Fleet Feet Sports  Chicago IL 2.9 Miles store info
 Vertels  Chicago IL 3 Miles store info
 Momentum  Chicago IL 3.4 Miles store info
 Vertels  Chicago IL 3.4 Miles store info
 Universal Sole  Chicago IL 4.5 Miles store info
 Competitive Foot  Oak Park IL 5.7 Miles store info
 Fleet Feet Sports  Chicago IL 6.1 Miles store info
 Fleet Feet Sports  Chicago IL 6.1 Miles store info
 Competitive Foot  Western Springs IL 12 Miles store info
 COMPETITIVE FOOT  Western Springs IL 12 Miles store info
 Murphys Fit  Evanston IL 12.2 Miles store info
 Running Excels  CHICAGO IL 12.6 Miles store info
 Fleet Feet Elmhurst  Elmhurst IL 13.1 Miles store info
 Dick Ponds  Elmhurst IL 13.1 Miles store info
 The Runners Edge  Wilmette IL 13.7 Miles store info
 Nutrition Discounters  Villa Park IL 14.8 Miles store info
 Urban Tri Gear  Westmont IL 16.1 Miles store info
 Running For Kicks  Palos Heights IL 16.3 Miles store info
 Downers Grove Running Company  Downers Grove IL 17.9 Miles store info
 Glen Ellyn Running Company  Glen Ellyn IL 19.5 Miles store info
 Runners High N Tri  Arlington Heights IL 19.9 Miles store info
 Running Right  Highland Park IL 21.7 Miles store info
 New Balance North Shore  Highland Park IL 21.7 Miles store info
 Naperville Running Co.  Wheaton IL 22 Miles store info
 Dick Pond Athletics  Schaumburg IL 22.7 Miles store info
 Dick Pond Athletics  Carol Stream IL 23.6 Miles store info
 Running Unlimited  Palatine IL 24.6 Miles store info
 Road Runner Sports  Naperville IL 24.8 Miles store info
 Naperville Running Co.  Naperville IL 24.8 Miles store info
 Endure It!  Naperville IL 25.4 Miles store info
 Endure It  Naperville IL 25.4 Miles store info
 Kiddles Sports  Lake Forest IL 26 Miles store info
 Running Excels  Frankfort IL 28 Miles store info
 Naperville Running Co.  Naperville IL 29 Miles store info
 Fleet Feet Sports  Schererville IN 29.5 Miles store info
 Golden Legs Running  Mundelein IL 31.2 Miles store info
 The Runner’s Edge  Libertyville IL 31.3 Miles store info
 Barrington Running Co  Barrington IL 31.6 Miles store info
 Geneva Running Outfitters  Geneva IL 32.1 Miles store info
 Oswego Cyclery & Running  Oswego IL 35.9 Miles store info
 The Running Depot  Crystal Lake IL 40.8 Miles store info
 Extra Mile Fitness Company  Valparaiso IN 41.7 Miles store info
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