Ready to Run 20 Miler

Will you be ready to face the ultimate challenge this fall?

Date: September 17, 2017

Time: 6:30 AM

Location: Start at Wilson Parking Lot (Intersection of Wilson and Simmonds Dr) / Finish at Jackson Park (Intersection of Lake Shore and Hayes Dr)

Distance 20 Miles

On September 17, 2017, join us as we run the best Chicagoland 20 mile training run on the Chicago Lakefront Path. This fully supported 20-miler mimics the marathon experience, complete with hydration and gels. You will have a support of thousands of other runners and you won't be running loops to complete your pre-marathon 20-miler. We have an excellent point-to-point course for runners, complete with post-race transportation back to the start. Also included in this great event day experience:

  • Pace leaders and pace goups for run paces 7:00 to 12:00 minutes and Run / Walk paces 10:30 to 12:00 minutes
  • Nine on-course aid stations, plus one at the start and finish (We have added one additional on-course station!)
  • Gear check (Gear transported from start to finish)
  • Exclusive finisher's shirt to all runners who complete the Ready to Run 20 Miler
  • Finish Line Party to celebrate your last long run before the Bank of America Chicago Marathon or your Fall Marathon
  • Free post race shuttle stopping downtown and at the start line
  • Post-event stretching and injury analysis with NovaCare Rehabilitation
  • Complimentary snacks and drinks

Will you be ready to run?

Online Registration Will Open Soon


Fee TypeGeneral Public CARA MembersTraining Program* Dates / Deadlines
Early Registration $60 $45 $0 - Learn More Until Aug. 1
Regular Registration $65 $50 $0 - Learn More Aug. 1 - Aug. 31
Late Registration $75 $55 $0 - Learn More Sept. 1 - Sept. 10
Last Chance Registration $80 $70 $70 Sept. 11 - Sept. 16


(Deadline for dates above end at 11:59pm)
(Additional credit card service fees of 6.5% will be charged for all online registrations / A printable form will be available soon for those wishing to pay by check)

**Training Program: Participaiton is free for 2017 CARA Summer Marathon Training Program participants who register by September 10th. Program partcipants must register to participate. 

Other Policies:

Finish Line Party Beer: Limit one per person, must at least 21 years of age.

Finisher Shirts: Shirts are only available at the finish line party on event day with a shirt coupon from a participant bib. Shirts will not be available for pre or post event day pick up for registrants who do not participate.



Event Sponsors

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The Ready to Run 20 Miler is the perfect test for your marathon. Finish the Ready to Run 20 Miler and get this finisher shirt to show you are marathon ready!

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