Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K

The Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler and 5K is the perfect start to any runner's spring season! As one of Chicago's classic distance road races the 10-miler is the kick-off for the 2017 CARA Runners' Choice Circuit.



March 18, 2017

Start Time:

9:00 a.m.


Montrose Beach Wilson Track (Corner of Wilson Drive and Lake Shore Drive)


10 Miler & 5K





  • Reflective Half Zip!
  • Finisher Medal for 5K and 10 Mile
  • CARA Runners' Choice Circuit
  • CARA Certified Race
  • Lagunitas Beer Garden
  • Unique Race Bibs 



Overall: The top three males and females in both the 10 Miler and the 5K will be awarded custom glassware with the Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K and CARA Runners' Choice Circuit logos. 

Prize Money: Prize money will be awarded to the top three males and females overall in the 10 Mile as follows:

  • First:  $350 ($50 CARA Member Bonus)
  • Second:  $250 ($50 CARA Member Bonus)
  • Third:  $150 ($50 CARA Member Bonus)

Age Groups: In both the 10 Mile and 5K the top three male and female runners in the following age groups will be awarded custom glassware with the Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K and CARA Runners' Choice Circuit logos: 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.

Clydesdale / Athena: Top three male and female Clydesdale / Athena 10 Mile finishers overall will be awarded custom glassware with the Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler and CARA Runners' Choice Circuit logos. Male Clydesdale runners must weight at least 185 pounds and female Athena runners must weigh at least 155 pounds to qualify. Clydesdale and Athena runners must registed their intention to participate in this category.

Club Teams: The top three male and female club teams will receive custom glassware with the Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K and CARA Runners' Choice Circuit logos. The top five runners on each team receive glassware). Club teams must be officially organized clubs or corporate teams to be eligible. Scoring will be by addition of top five runners finish place overall within respective gender. Lowest score wins.



Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler Course Map  (IL-170008NM) |  Wintrust Lakefront 5K Course Map (IL-170009NM)

Start:  Participants will have plenty of room to move at the start as we begin on Wilson Drive immediately north of the Wilson Track.

Route: After the first mile on the roadways within Lincoln Park the course moves to Chicago's scenic Lakefront Path. Throughout the course runners will enjoy breathtaking views of the lake shore, the Chicago skyline and those of Montrose, Belmont, and Diversey Harbors. The 10 Mile and 5K courses both include a grass section as runners traverse over Lincoln Park’s signature Cricket Hill. 

Finish: Be ready for an exciting finish. Participants will run down Cricket Hill and kick towards the Wilson Track. 5K runners will proceed straight to the finish line near the 50 yard line while 10 Mile runners will run an Olympic style finishing lap around the track and into the finish!

Miler Markers:  Mile markers will be posted at each mile.

Aid Stations: Water and Gatorade will be available at the start, finish and at five aid stations along the course. Aid Stations will be located at approximately 1.5 miles (5K and 10-Miler), 3.25 miles (10 Miler Only), 4.75 miles (10 Miler Only), 6.75 miles (10 Miler Only) and 8.75 miles (10 Miler Only). Medical support and portable toilets will be located at the start, finish and at 10 Miler race aid stations located at 3.25 miles, 4.75 miles, 6.75 miles and 8.75 miles.

USATF: 2016 course certification numbers are:  5K = IL16001WR / 10 Mile = IL16002WR, 2017 certification underway.



10 Mile Registration

Registration Fee

5K Registration


Registration Fee

CARA Member Discounts

CARA members receive discounts at all CARA programs and events and over 100 races around Chicagoland

Learn More About Membership and its Benefits


(CARA member discount will occur automatically during registration when you login with your CARA member login/password)

(Deadline for dates above end at 11:59pm)

(A credit card service fee of 6.5% will be charged for all online registrations)

(Only one registration per transaction. Please use or create a new login/password for additional registrations)

(Mail-in registration forms are avaiable:  10-Mile   |   5K  Note: Forms must be received before the registraton deadlines for each fee. Please send at least 7-days prior to insure arrival)


The Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler and 5K proceeds support CARA, a 501c3 Not-for-Profit organization that provides membership, training, racing, and advocacy programming for runners and the community; including advocacy, youth running program as well as 'Go Runs a free program providing timed runs in local parks primarily in under-served areas.


January 31 (11:59 p.m.) - Deadline for Early Registratin

February 31 (11:59 p.m.) - Deadline for Regular Registration

March 12 (11:59 p.m.) - Deadline for Late Registration

March 15 (4:00 7:00 p.m.) - Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up at Road Runner Sports Naperville and Road Runner Sports Wilmette

March 16 (4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) - Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up at Road Runner Sports Chicago

March 17 (11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) - Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up at Road Runner Sports Chicago

March 17 (11:59 p.m.) - Deadline for Last Chance Registration

March 18 (7:30 a.m.) - Race Day Packet Pick-Up and Gear Gheck Opens

March 18 (9:00 a.m.) - 10 Mile and 5K Race Start

March 18 (9:20 a.m.) - Post-Race Celebration Begins

March 18 (12:00 p.m.) - Course Closes (Participants must finish by this time to be an official finisher and be included in results)

March 18 (12:30 p.m.) - Post-Race Celebration Close


Results from past Wintrust Lakefront 10 Milers and 5K can be found HERE. (Note the 5K was not included until 2016).


Packet pick up will be provided at multiple locations in the city and suburbs (see "event schedule" above for dates, times and locations). Packets will be available on race-day between 7:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Packet pickup is NOT offered at the CARA office.  Participants may have their packets mailed for an additional fee of $12. Please note, friends or family may pick up your packet. Please have them bring a copy of your confirmation receipt OR copy of drivers license for verification (picture on mobile device is fine). 


Gear Check will be provided for all runners and will be open from 7:30 a.m. until Noon. You may check a bag of your choice using the gear check tag received at packet pick-up. Please note the gear check area is not covered. In the event of inclement weather, you may wish to choose a plastic or weather-proof bag. The event is not responsible for lost or damaged items checked at gear check. Please do not check valuables.


Public transportation and carpooling is encouraged. 

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 Bike: Bike racks are available near the start/finish line for participants who choose to ride to the race.

By Car: Public parking is available on a limited basis at the event location. Parking is available in the Chicago Park District lots at Foster Avenue and at the Wilson lot. Free street parking is available within the park.

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Additional maps and directions will be provided here prior to race day.




Volunteers are needed for the Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler and 5K.  Please visit our volunteer page HERE for details.



E-mail or call 312-666-9836



For the safety of all runners, participants are NOT allowed to participate with baby joggers, strollers or animals.


How will I be timed?

Each runner will have the chronotrack B-Tag affixed to the back of their race bib/number. Do not bend or break this tag. Place your race bib on your outside layer of clothing. The number must be fully visible while participating.


Is the race chip-timed or gun-timed?

All participants will receive a gun-time and a chip-time. The gun-time is the time elapsed from when the starter begins the race to when you finish. The chip-time is the time from when you cross the start line to when you cross the finish line. Overall awards (top 3) will be selected by gun-time. Age-group, Clydesdale/ Athena and all other placing’s will be determined by chip-time.


How will I receive my result?

Results will be posted at the race site and online through the race web site.


Where can I pick-up my packet?

Packet pick-up locations, dates and times will be posted on the race web site and e-mailed to all registered participants once available. Locations will be available in the suburbs and the city. Race day packet pick-up is also available but participants are highly encouraged to come to a pre-race day packet pick-up to avoid race day lines. Packets will also be mailed for $12.50 if selected during the registration process.


Can a friend pick-up my packet?

Yes, a person may pick-up up to four packets at a time if they have the registration confirmation e-mail or copy of the drivers license (printed or on phone) of each person they wish to receive a packet for. If a person wishes to pick-up more than four packets and there is a line at packet pick-up they must return to the back of the line to receive additional packets.


Can I give my registration and or bib number to another person?

You may not give your registration to another person and another person may not run with another person’s bib/number.


Can my friends or family run with me if they are not registered?

No, unregistered persons may not run with you on the course or through the finish line. Running with an unregistered person will result in disqualification.


What are the events pacing rules?

The event will abide by USATF competition rules. The event expects all participants respect fair competition.


What if I don’t finish?

The event will have a shuttle to pick-up participants on the course that are unable to finish. Please understand the shuttle may not immediately return to the finish line area after pick-up. Participants may also have to wait for an extended period of time at an aid station while the shuttle moves through the course picking-up participants.


If I do not finish do I receive a finisher medal?

No, finisher medals are only provided to finishers immediately after crossing the finish line.


Can I defer or receive a refund?

Refunds will NOT be issued for any reason, including injury and other unforeseen issues. Registering early comes with decreased entry fees and registrants should understand their risk by choosing to register early, including no opportunity for refunds.


What is the events cancellation policy?

Event staff reserves the right to cancel or to modify the race if deemed necessary to protect the participants, the volunteers, the spectators or the host community. Cancellations out of the direct control of the event will be recognized as unforeseeable acts. Since the staging of the race results in substantial up-front expenses regardless of whether or not the race is completed, cancellation or modification of the event will not result in the refunding of fees or future event credits.


I registered for the 5K and want to now do the 10 Mile, can I?

Yes, but you must officially change your registration before packet pick-up. E-Mail for information. You will be required to pay the difference in registration fee. The difference will be calculated based on the amount you paid and the current registration rate for the 10 Mile. Anyone who changes races without officially changing their registration will be disqualified and will not receive a finisher medal.


I registered for the 10 Mile and now want to do the 5K, can I?

Yes, but you must officially change your registration. E-Mail for information. Refunds for the difference in registration fee will not be provided. Anyone who changes races without officially changing their registration will be disqualified and will not receive a finisher medal.


I am not able to run the race. Can I still get my shirt?

Yes, but you must come to a packet pick-up. Shirts are not available at the CARA office pre- or post-race.


My shirt does not fit; may I exchange it for another size?

Yes, if you have not yet worn or washed your shirt you may exchange it post-race at the awards tent. Exchanges will not be available until after the race.


I am part of a group. Are discounts available?

Yes, if you are part of a group please contact


I am an elite athlete. Are their comp entries available?

Please contact Provide your name and links to recent race results for consideration.


What is the events weather policy?

Safety is our number one priority. If weather threatens our ability to safely run the event we will postpone if possible or cancel. We will not run in lightning. If there are weather delays or cancelations check CARA's social media acounts for up to date information.