• Date April 18, 2015
  • Time 08:00 AM
  • Location Corner of Montrose Avenue and Simonds Drive
  • Distance 10 Miles
Price Member Non Member
Earlybird 40 50
Regular 50 65
Late 55 70
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Registration Raffle:
Register before March 20, 2015 to be entered to win, a Live Grit Training Prize Pack, a Gait Analysis by NovaCare, or a free CARA Summer Marathon Training and CARA Membership!

Registration Policies:
All registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions. For your safety, bib numbers may not be transferred/sold to another person.

Registration Deadlines:
Early bird registration deadline January 1st
Late Registration starts April 1st.

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  • CARA Certified Race
  • CARA Discount
  • Prize Race
  • Electronic Timing

Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler




Downloadable Live Girt Lakefront 10 Miler photos available here! 

The Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler is the perfect start to any runner's spring season!

Don't miss out on the best 10 miler around!  Our annual Lakefront 10 Miler is one of Chicago's classic distance road races, and the 3rd event on the CARA Runners' Choice Circuit Race series. As a CARA Circuit Race, running the Lakefront 10 Miler can help qualify you for a guaranteed entry in the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  Don't miss out, register today!  

  • Qualifying race for the Marathon Guaranteed Entry Incentive program
  • Awards & Prize Money
  • Premium long sleeve technical shirts
  • Cash prizes for the top five male and female finishers, plus cash bonuses for CARA members
  • Prizes for top three men and women in each age group
  • Street fest style post race party complete with food, samples and complimentary Lagunitas beer
  • CARA Runners' Choice Circuit Race - qualifies for CARA Circuit Race Award scoring
  • And more!

Awards & Prize Money
Prize money is awarded to the Top 5 Male and Female Finishers.  An extra bonus is available to those finishers if they are current CARA members. While the race is chip timed, the top five will be awarded based on gun time. Prize money will be awarded as follows:

1st Place   $200   CARA Member Bonus: $100
2nd Place   $150   CARA Member Bonus: $75
3rd Place   $100   CARA Member Bonus: $50
4th Place   $75   CARA Member Bonus: $50
5th Place   $50   CARA Member Bonus: $50

Awards will also be given to the top three in each age group as follows: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85 and over.

The awards ceremony will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.

CARA is currecntly looking for volunteers to fill a variety of positions on race day. Check out our sign up sheet to see what opportunites are available! Email Matthew Perez with any questions. 

Proceeds for the Live Grit Lakefront 10 go to the CARA Road Scholars, a youth running program designed to challenge students to experience the benefits of goal-setting and improved health by providing them the training to complete a half marathon. For more information visit CARARoadScholars.org


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
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.

Packet pickup will be available throughout the city and suburbs the week prior to the event. Participants may also pick up their packet on race day.

We will allow friends, co-workers or family members to pick up your packet with your confirmation receipt. You may also register for the event at packet pickup Monday through Friday. There is no race day registration.

Day   Time   Location
Saturday, April 11   11 AM- 5 PM   Dick Pond
        Park Ridge
Thursday, April 16   1 - 7 PM   Live Grit
Friday, April 17   9 AM - 7 PM    Live Grit
Saturday, April 18   6:30 - 7:45 AM    Race
         Montrose Avenue and Simonds Drive.

Due to the possibility of long lines on race day, we encourage participants to pick up their packets at one of the five available weekday packet pickup locations. If you must pick up your packet on race day, please allow extra time. Again, there is NO race day registration!

Finisher Medal for the 2015 Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler

All participants will walk away with an awesome medal!

New Logo for the 2015 CARA Runners' Choice Circuit Races

Exclusive to the CARA Runners' Choice Circuit Race series and designed by CARA member Greg Itahara.

New CARA Marathon Incentive Program just made local races more fun and rewarding!

Participate in the CARA Circuit Race series, CARA Certified Races,and earn the reward of a guaranteed entry into the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Qualify in one of 3 ways.  Learn more.

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