BEFORE RACE

How To Register

Registering is easy! You may register for any Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event in two ways.

  1. Register Online
  2. Request an entry form by mail. Please contact us and we will be happy to mail a form to you. All registrations submitted by paper entry form will be charged a $15 Green Fee for processing. We do not accept phone entries.

Please enter only once. If you fax or register online, do not mail a hard copy. Do not send multiple faxes or online entries.

Confirmation

Don’t know if you are registered for the 2017 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon? Click here to confirm.

Personalize Your Bib

You can submit 12 characters (including spaces) to be printed on your bib number when you register online before the event deadline. Simply type your message into the Personalize your Bib field during registration. Beware of using symbols as not all symbols will print correctly on bib numbers.

Packet Pickup

  • All runners must pick up their own race packets from the Health and Fitness Expo on July 15 & 16. Unfortunately friends and family cannot pick up packets on behalf of others.
  • We encourage all participants that are registered for the 5K on Saturday, July 16th to pick up their race number at the Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, July 15th. If you are unable to attend the expo on Friday, we will have packet pickup available on Saturday morning at the Packet Pickup tent located near the start line beginning at 6:30am.
  • Reminder: All Sunday Half Marathon and 10K participants must attend the Health & Fitness Expo on either Friday, July 15th or Saturday, July 16th at McCormick Place to pick up their packets. Sunday Half Marathon and 10K packets and participant items will not be available at the Saturday 5K event.

 

Race Changes

**Race changes are only allowed up to 8 weeks prior to race day. Please visit our Event Timelines page for event specific deadlines

Switching from a LONGER distance to a SHORTER distance

  • Before the event deadline: If you would like to switch from a longer distance to a shorter distance, simply email this request along with your first name, last name, the mailing address that you registered with, and your new predicted finish time to Customer Service.
  • After the event deadline:
    • If you decide to switch from a longer distance to a shorter distance that will take place on the same day as your current registration, simply show up to the start line of the desired distance on race morning and your timing tag will reflect the change.  You can visit the corral change table in the Check-In area of the Health & Fitness Expo for information on the appropriate corral to start in.
    • If you decide to switch from a longer distance to a shorter distance that will take place on a different day of the Remix Challenge Weekend, please pick up your assigned bib number at the Expo and proceed to the “Solutions” table.

Switching from a SHORTER distance to a LONGER distance

  • Before the event deadline: To upgrade from a shorter distance to a longer distance simply email your request along with your first name, last name, the mailing address that you registered with, and your new predicted finish time to Customer Service. The early upgrade fee is $10 plus you will be charged the difference between the current fee of your new distance and the fee that was paid at the time of your original registration. (Your original processing fee charge is not factored when calculating price difference).
  • After the event deadline: If you would like to switch from a shorter distance to a longer distance, you will need to pay an upgrade fee at the Health & Fitness Expo. Please pick up your assigned bib number and proceed to the “Solutions” table. You will be charged $10 plus the difference between the expo fee for your new distance and the fee that was paid at the time of your original registration. (Your original processing fee charge is not factored when calculating price difference).

Corral Changes

The start line corral system allows for a smooth race start for participants of varying speeds. Based on the estimated finish time that you provide on your race entry form, you are assigned a race number and corresponding corral, along with other participants of similar running pace.

Before the event deadline: If you would like to change your corral/predicted finish time for your race, simply email your request along with your first name, last name, the mailing address that you registered with, and your new predicted finish time to Customer ServiceAfter the event deadline: If your training has gone better than expected and you would like to move up to a faster corral, pick up your race number at the Health & Fitness Expo and then proceed to the “Corral Change” table to be re-assigned to the appropriate corral. To move back to a slower corral, simply start in that corral on race morning. No official corral change is necessary.

Cancellations

Registration Refund Program provided by Transamerica

Great News! With Registration Refund provided by Transamerica you can request a 100% registration fee refund if you are unable to participate due to a specific covered reason. To qualify, you must select the Registration Refund option at the time of registration. You may then receive a registration fee refund if you are unable to participate due to any of the following reasons:

Bad things like:
Injury, unforeseen illness, family member injury or illness, family member loss of life, involuntary job loss, unexpected travel delays (that are covered under the policy).

Good things like:
Pregnancy, childbirth, family member pregnancy or childbirth.

Other reasons including:
Active duty military deployment, permanent job relocation.

Note: A Qualified Medical Practitioner must certify illness, injury or pregnancy refund requests.

Click here to learn more and review the program’s FAQs.

Click here to download a copy of the terms and conditions and the refund request form.

Note: Purchase of registration refund MUST be done at the time of your original registration, no exceptions.

If a registration refund is not purchased at the time of registration, 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 to another Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event.

RACE DAY

Race Rules

  • Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions.
  • Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate (unless you have selected Transamerica’s Registration Refund Policy); you may not give or sell your race number to anyone else, and you may not transfer your entry fee to future races.
  • If you attempt to sell your race number, you may be banned from future Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and affiliated events for three years.
  • You must be at least 12 years old to participate in the Half Marathon. You must be 10 years old to participate in the 10K. You must be 8 years old to participate in the 5K.
  • You must be in good health and physically prepared to take on the challenge of a Half Marathon.
  • You must show photo ID to receive your race number and timing chip.
  • You must pick up your own race packet and race number at the Health & Fitness Expo.
  • Race numbers are required to be worn at all times during the race.
  • No coaches, bikes, in-line skates, skateboards, baby joggers or dogs will be allowed on the course.
  • Overall winners will not qualify for their age group category awards.

 

Parking & Transportation

Parking & Transportation

Guaranteed Parking:To make parking easy and stress free, we have partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow you to search and reserve parking before your trip or on the go. View real-time availability and pricing at many convenient locations within easy walking distance to the Start/Finish line. Simply update the calendar to fit your schedule to view parking. Remember to plan ahead: when booking your reservation, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to arrive before the race begins.

Need hotel parking? Comparison-shop and book online with Parking Panda. Simply update the calendar to fit your schedule to view parking garages and lots near your hotel. Use the interactive map to center around your hotel, or search the hotel address. Once booked, your spot is 100% guaranteed at the selected location. Need assistance? Please give Parking Panda a call at (800) 232-6415!

Reserve Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Parking

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Non-Reserved Parking:

Parking at McCormick Place

Lot A – 2301 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616: (8′ height clearance) is a six level garage with 2,100 parking spaces located on Martin Luther King Drive, adjacent to the West Building. Covered walkways from Lot A leading directly into McCormick Place and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel also provide added convenience. The parking rate is $21 for up to 16 hours and $34 from 16 to 24 hours.* There are no in-and-out privileges.


Lot B – 3050 South Moe Drive, Chicago, IL 60616 (also known as 31st Street Lot) is an outdoor surface parking lot located at 31st Street near Lake Shore Drive South and Moe Drive. It holds over 1,800 vehicles. The parking rate is a flat fee of $14 per day with no in-and-out privileges.* This parking lot is open throughout event hours. Overnight parking is not available.

Lot C – Fort Dearborn Drive, Chicago, IL 60616 (6’4″ height clearance) is an underground garage with 1,900 parking spaces and is located on Ft. Dearborn Drive, adjacent to the Lakeside Center. The parking rate is a flat fee of $21 per day with no in-and-out privileges.* This parking lot is open throughout event hours. Overnight parking is not available.

* Credit Cards are accepted at the parking ticket kiosks.

  • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
  • Participants and spectators are encouraged to use public transportation throughout the race weekend. For travel information or to plan your trip, visit CTA’s Trip Planner at transitchicago.com. You can also purchase fare cards in advance at ventrachicago.com or call (312) 836-7000 for more information.

Bike to Grant Park

Bicycle parking is available at the McDonald’s Cycle Center located at Randolph Street and Columbus Drive. For more information, visit sidengo.com/MCC. Bicycle rentals are also available throughout the city through Divvy. For more information, visit divvybikes.com/.

PARTICIPANT DROP OFF AT START – Saturday 5K

Participants can be dropped off at Columbus and Monroe and walk one block east to the Lakefront Path and Monroe (on the east side of Lakeshore Drive).

From Lake Shore Drive:

–           DO NOT DROP OFF ON LAKE SHORE DRIVE

–           Exit at Roosevelt Rd.

–           Head west to Columbus

–           Take Columbus north to Monroe

From I-90/94

–           Exit at Roosevelt Rd.

–           Head east to Columbus

–           Take Columbus north to Monroe

From I-290 Eisenhower

–           Exit at Congress

–           Head east to Columbus

–           Take Columbus north to Monroe
RUNNER DROP OFF AT START – Half Marathon & 10K

Participants can be dropped off at Michigan Avenue and Monroe and walk one block east to Columbus Drive and Monroe. Please remember to note all road closures beginning at 5:30 am.

From Lake Shore Drive:

–           DO NOT DROP OFF ON LAKE SHORE DRIVE

–           Exit at Roosevelt Rd.

–           Head west to Michiga006E Avenue

–           Take Michigan Ave. north to Monroe

From I-90/94

–           Exit at Roosevelt Rd.

–           Head east to Michigan Ave.

–           Take Michigan Ave. north to Monroe

From I-290 Eisenhower

–           Exit at Congress

–           Head east to Michigan Ave.

–           Take Michigan Ave. north to Monroe

Baggage/Gear Check

Before you enter your assigned corral, drop-off your pre-race/post-race clothing and belongings at Gear Check. While you run, your gear will be held at Gear Check and available for your collection when you have completed your race.

Each participant will receive a large, durable gear bag at the Health & Fitness Expo when you pick up your packet that will serve as your gear bag on race day. Gear Check trucks will be arranged alphabetically and by truck number near the Start Line. Attach your gear tag to your gear bag before you leave it with the Gear Check crew. After the race, reclaim your checked bag at the designated Gear Check area.

Please note: DO NOT leave valuables, cash or jewelry in your gear bag. The event is not responsible for any lost items. Gear bags must be claimed before close of the Finish Line Festival on race day.

 

Wave Start

In an effort to provide each participant with as streamlined a run as possible, a Wave Start will be implemented at Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon.

Participants are assigned an appropriate corral based on their projected finishing time, as submitted at registration. The corrals are then released in waves, in order to space out starting participants and minimize crowding. Typically, there are multiple waves assigned to the most common finishing times. All spectators should be aware of this when organizing their viewing schedule for the day.

  • When the starting gun fires, the first corral is released. The rest of the participants will be held at the start line.
  • At pre-determined intervals the next corral will be released, and then the next.
  • By using this staggered starting method, the pack will be spread out and allow every runner to settle into their racing rhythm from the first step right to the finish line.

 

Time Limits

To ensure that roads reopen to vehicular traffic at the scheduled times, course time limits will be STRICTLY ENFORCED. Participants must maintain a pace faster than the course time limits in order to complete the race on closed city streets. Cut-off locations will be enforced on the course; runners or walkers who do not reach the cut-off location by the communicated time will be advanced forward on the course, or shuttled to the finish line area. Please note – cut-off times are calculated based on participants’ timing tag time, not starting gun time. Course time limits begin when the last participant and Tail Vehicle cross the start line.

If a participant’s pace falls below the course time limit, they have several options:

  • Increase their pace to stay within the event’s minimum pace;
  • Board a “sag wagon” shuttle to move forward on the course, where they may continue to participate in the event, maintaining the minimum pace required; or
  • If the participant cannot continue, they may board a sag wagon to be dropped off at the next shuttle location, at a nearby medical station. The participant will be seen by a Medical Team Captain to be cleared for the medical shuttle before being transported to the finish line.

The course time limit for Chicago is 3 hours and 30 minutes.

 

Information Booths and Lost & Found

Information Booths will be positioned at the start and finish to assist you with any race day questions and to help you find your way. The Information Booths will also serve as the race day Lost & Found. Any valuables found at the start or finish should be turned in to the Information Booth. Unclaimed items from the start will be transported to the finish.

Any valuable items NOT claimed at the finish by 3pm will be trucked back to our San Diego office. To claim a lost item after the event, please contact Competitor Group at 800-311-1255.

 

Medical

The Medical Team is a dedicated group of multidisciplinary medical professionals, available to help assess your race day medical needs and administer acute first aid when necessary.

Numerous medical stations will be located at the Finish as well as at the Start, and along the course. Look for large RED and WHITE tents and for medical volunteers dressed in RED shirts for medical assistance before, during and after the race.

View more important Medical Information.

 

Race Timing

State of the art ChronoTrack systems will be used to record participants’ times at the start, at certain splits along the courses and at the finish. The ChronoTrack system uses a disposable tag, called a D Tag, which allows you to walk away from the finish without needing to have your tag collected.

The ChronoTrack timing tag (D Tag) will be attached to your race bib when you collect your race packet. The D Tag will be labeled with a number that matches your race number. When you pick up your bib, please make sure these numbers match, and also verify that YOUR name is printed on the bib you are issued*. Proceed to the Solutions Table if any of the information is incorrect.

Prior to the race, you must remove the tag from your race bib and attach it to your shoe. Please follow the instructions provided in your registration packet.

PLEASE NOTE: ChronoTrack timing tags must be worn on your shoe in order to have your time correctly recorded. ChampionChip timing equipment will NOT be used at this race; ChampionChip timing chips will NOT record your time.

*If you register for the race before online registration closes, your ChronoTrack timing tag should have your name printed on it.

Visit chronotrack.com for more information.

AFTER RACE

Secure Zone

Once you cross the finish line, you’ll enter the Secure Zone, a fenced off area designated for participants only. In the Secure Zone, receive your finisher’s medal, have your photo taken and refuel with water, snacks and refreshments. Once you leave the Secure Zone, you cannot re-enter. Just beyond the Secure Zone you can retrieve your gear bag and join family and friends for the Finish Line Festival.

Family Reunion

After the race, reunite with family and friends in the Family Reunion area and relish in your post race accomplishment with refreshments and live music at the finish line stage. With a large number of participants and thousands of excited spectators, it can be difficult to locate friends and family without a plan. It is highly recommended that you designate a meet-up location for friends and family BEFORE the race in the Family Reunion area. The Family Reunion area will post tall, clearly-marked signs by Letter (A – Z), so be sure to coordinate and plan to meet at a pre-determined letter.

 

Age Group Awards

Age group awards will be presented 3-deep in all divisions, for the half marathon, for male and female categories. Top 3 overall male and females are excluded from the age-group awards and can only receive one prize. Awards will be mailed within 4 to 6 weeks of results being finalized. In accordance with USATF Rules, overall and cash awards will be determined by gun time while age group awards will be determined by your ChronoTrack time.

  • 12 – 14 (1/2 Marathon only)
  • 15 – 17 (1/2 Marathon only)
  • 18 – 24
  • 25 – 29
  • 30 – 34
  • 35 – 39
  • 40 – 44
  • 45 – 49
  • 50 – 54
  • 55 – 59
  • 60 – 64
  • 65 – 69
  • 70 – 74
  • 75 – 79
  • 80+