Chicago Lakefront 50/50 - Information
Start and Finish Location
NEW this year. We will host the 50/50 on the Northside Lakefront. Foster Avenue Beach House, 5200 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60660.
Directions to the Start/Finish
The Race starts at Foster Avenue Beach House in
Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois. The Park is located on the north side
of Chicago, along the Lake Michigan shoreline. To reach the Foster
Avenue Beach House, either take Foster Avenue (Hwy. 41) eastbound until
you cross under the Lake Shore Drive viaduct and enter the Park, or take
Lake Shore Drive northbound (also Hwy. 41), exit at Foster Avenue, and
turn right (east) into the Park. There is no southbound exit from Lake
Shore Drive onto Foster Avenue. From the north, exit at Lawrence Avenue,
and either re-enter Lake Shore Drive northbound, and exit at Foster, or
continue into the Park, turn left (north) at Simonds Drive, and go to
the Race Site at Foster Drive. For a map of driving and parking options,
here. Parking options are also discussed further below.
There will be ample parking for the race but it is no longer free.
Here is a link to information about the pay stations. You can pay with coins, bills or credit cards for up to 24 hours at a time. A receipt will be printed and you put it on the driver's side dashboard.
Free parking is available along Simonds Drive, no more
than a 1/4 mile walk from the Start Line. (If you arrive early and get
the closer spaces, you'll be much closer than a quarter-mile from the
We also suggest car pooling, bikes and cabs.
Packet Pickup and Race Day Registration
Race packets will be available on Friday, October 28 (noon-6pm) at:
1466 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60642
Metered parking in the street. Free parking in the garage in back of the store for 90 minutes with store validation.
On the race day, packet pickup will begin at 5:30 am at Foster Avenue Beach House in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois.
The entire shoreline of Chicago is a multi-use park, shared by runners, bikers, bladers, boaters, golfers, fishermen, museum goers, dog walkers and every other form of leisure, pedestrian traffic (although all these activities are relatively subdued in late October/November).
The park is closed between 11:00 pm and sunrise, during which the parking lots are gated.
On the race day, as every day, the park will be open to the public. Please be aware of this and use common sense and caution when negotiating the various paths throughout the park. The general public will probably be unaware that a race is in progress since we are small in number compared to larger 5K and 10K running races in Chicagoland. Park patrons are generally friendly and cheerful and you can expect them to yield the path if they see you coming. Please run defensively and give a wide berth or verbal warning when passing from behind.
Course Markings and Maps
The course will have ground markings (chalked directional arrows) to guide you through turns. Between the starting/finish area and the far north turn-around area, course marshals on bikes will randomly monitor the race and assist runners if necessary.
Aid stations will have water, Gatorade, Coke, cookies, pretzels, potato chips, variety of candy, fruits, first aid supplies and other surprises.
- All runners may leave a drop bag at the Start/Finish line (this may not be necessary if you are fortunate enough to have found a parking space close to the course).
- We are not responsible for lost items, so please do not keep anything of value in your drop bags. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity.
Early Start Option
Early starts are available to any runner who wants to do so but you will not officially be in the competition (overall or age group).
The way it works is to see Pat Onines (Co-Race Director) first on race day. He will add you to the early start list. He will also mark the bottom of your bib # with an “ES”. You may then start whenever you wish and time yourself. You’ll be responsible to know the course especially where the turn around is.
When you finish, you’ll get a medal and a “Finished” in the official results with no time. Be sure to let the finish line crew know you were an early starter to avoid any confusion with those being timed. They will take the bottom of your bib # and give it to Pat as evidence of your finish.
Please remember that early starters or those that finish after the race time limit will have a “Finished” in the results but will not receive a position or a time.
Awards and T-shirts
- Trophies to the overall female and male finishers. The overall winners will receive their trophies as they finish.
- Belt Buckles to 50M finishers 11 hours and under (no early starters).
- A medal to all 50K finishers.
- Dry-fit tech shirts to all paid participants.
The best spectator viewing areas are located near the Aid Stations and the turnaround points on the course. Late arriving spectators should be forewarned that there may be limited parking at the Start/Finish area.
Fall weather forecasting in Chicago is guesswork at best. We could have temperatures in the 20's at the beginning of the race or temperatures in 60's by noon. More than likely, you should expect a bit of everything in between. Anticipate a variety of temperature fluctuations along with the chance of wind, rain, snow or sleet. Bring a couple of changes of running gear and plenty of warm, dry clothing for the after race. Hopefully, we will have a typical late Fall day of 30-50 degrees.
Unofficial times will be posted at the finish area during and after the race. Official results will be available on our website. Results will be submitted to Ultrarunning Magazine.
A huge pot of Beth Onines' delicious world-famous red beans and rice awaits all runners. Enjoy!
Transfer of bibs to unregistered runners is not allowed. There are no refunds for any reason.