Location and Start Time
Start and finish line is located at the corner of Montrose Avenue and Simonds Drive. The race will begin at 8 a.m. sharp. Runners must start by 8:10 a.m. to be chip timed. Runners arriving after 8:10 a.m. will be timed from gun time.
Course and Course Map
View the course on Map My Run. The course is USATF certified, certification number IL-13021-JW. For the safety of all runners, participants are NOT allowed to run with baby joggers or animals.
Mile Markers/Aid Stations
Mile markers and splits will be given at each mile. Water and Gatorade will be provided at the start, on the course and at the finish. Six aid stations will be available on the course.
Gear Check will be provided for all runners and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. You may check a bag of your choice. Please note, the gear check area is not 100% covered. In the event of inclement weather, you may wish to choose a plastic or weather-proof bag.
Public Transit: The following bus lines will get you near the start; 78-Montrose, 81-Lawrence, 145-Wilson/Michigan, and 146-Marine/Michigan. Be sure to check the bus schedule with your desired departure time. The 145 and 146 routes start running later on the weekends. You may also take the Red Line Train to Wilson and head east about one mile to the start.
By Car: Public parking is available on a limited basis at the event location. Parking is available in the Chicago Park District lots at Wilson and Foster Avenues. Parking is NOT available at the Montrose lot. All parking lots are metered. Free parking is available on Simonds Drive south of Wilson Ave. Please note, there are limited spots available here. Click here for a parking map.
Please do not exit Lake Shore Drive at Montrose expecting to park. The Montrose parking lot will not be open. Exit Lake Shore Drive at Wilson, Lawrence, or even Foster. If coming from the south, turn right into the park. If coming from the north, turn left into the park. Please note, Montrose Avenue will close at approximately 7:20 a.m. in preparation for the race. The race starts and finishes at Montrose Avenue and Simonds Drive.
Public transportation and carpooling is encouraged.
By Bike: Bike racks are available near the start/finish line for participants who choose to ride to the race.
CARA Certified Green Race
Run 10 miles without leaving a footprint! The Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler is a CARA Certified Green Race!
This race adheres to a set number of Green Practices that have been approved by CARA. The successful completion of these practices recognize the achievement of an eco-friendly race. In an effort to reduce our environmental impact, we've adopted the following strategies:
- offering a virtual goodie bag, cutting down on paper waste but still providing runners with great sponsor offers
- eliminating individual serving water bottles at the finish line
- on-site recycling of gel wrappers
- using reusable totes for race items (bibs, shirt and any products)
- increasing the number of bike racks available on site to promote eco-friendly travel
- asking vendors to refrain from using Styrofoam
- limiting race day generator use
To learn more about CARA's Green Race Standards, click here.