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PUMA's Chi-Town Miles


Date & Time

Saturday, July 29, 2023

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Hit the track for an evening of mile races under the lights! Races for every level of runner.


Montrose Beach - Wilson Track

Lake Shore Dr. & Wilson Dr.

Chicago, IL 60640


  • Exciting twilight track meet, under the lights! 

  • Track One-Mile with FinishLynx Timing

  • Unique Performance Tank

  • Professional DJ

  • High Energy Announcing!

  • Overall and Age-Group Awards

  • Prize Money!

  • CARA Runners' Choice Circuit Race

Event Details

Event Schedule​ 

5:00 p.m. - Kids Dash 1/4 Mile (1 Lap / 400 meters)​

5:45 p.m. - Open K - Section 1 - One-Mile (Entries 10:20 to 15:00+)

6:05 p.m. - Open J - Section 2 - One-Mile (Entries 9:15 to 10:15)

6:25 p.m. - Open I - Section 3 - One-Mile (Entries 8:05 to 9:10)

6:40 p.m. - Open H - Section 4 - One-Mile (Entries 7:30 to 8:00)

6:55 p.m. - Open G - Section 5 - One-Mile (Entries 6:52 to 7:25)

7:08 p.m. - Open F - Section 6 - One-Mile (Entries 6:34 to 6:50)

7:21 p.m. - Open E - Section 7 - One-Mile (Entries 6:05 to 6:30)

7:35 p.m. - Open D - Section 8 - One-Mile (Entries 5:53 to 6:00)

7:47 p.m. - Open C - Section 9 - One-Mile (Entries 5:30 to 5:45)

8:00 p.m. - Open B - Section 10 - One-Mile (Entries 5:02 to 5:26)

8:10 p.m. - Open A - Section 11 - One-Mile (Entries 4:52 to 5:00)

8:20 p.m. - Open Women - Section 12 - One-Mile (Entries 5:45 to 6:10)

8:30 p.m. - Open Men - Section 13 - One-Mile (Entries 4:35 to 4:50)

8:40 p.m. - PUMA Nitro Mile (Top Women) - Section 14 - One-Mile (Entries 4:50 to 5:40)

8:50 p.m. - PUMA Nitro Mile (Top Men) - Section 15 - One-Mile (Entries 4:15 to 4:30)

9:00 p.m. - Overall awards ceremony


Preliminary Heat Assignments are up and FINAL heat assignments will be updated later this week and posted in your participant account.

Registration Fees

  • One-Mile Registration:

    • Members only pricing: $25 February 28 through March 6

    • ​Regular: $30 - March 7 through June 7

    • Late: $35 - Through July 5

    • Last Call: $40 - Through July 27 1:00 PM

  • Kids 400m Dash Registration (10 & Under)

    • $5.00 Regardless of Registration Date 

  • CARA Supporter Level Members Save 10% on One-Mile registration! (Discount credited automatically when logging in at top of the registration form)


Entry Information: PUMA Nitro Mile (Top Men) will be the fastest men's entries, PUMA Nitro Mile (Top Women) will be the fastest women's entries. The next fastest entries by gender will be in "Open Men" and "Open Women". All "Open [Letter]" heats are combined gender heats seeded by entry time. In order to provide boys and girls with the best opportunity to race with runners of similar ability, boys and girls will be seeded in the heats that best match their entry time.

Note: The event reserves the right to reasonably adjust the schedule as needed based on registration numbers. If there are changes, a final schedule will be provided prior to race day. Start times for each section are approximate, but races will not start early.


  • Wilson Track at Montrose Harbor (Wilson Drive and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago). The venue features a lighted eight-lane, synthetic track surface and an artificial turf infield.

One-Mile Race Section Assignments

  • The event will use entry times provided during registration as a guide to group athletes into sections.

  • Participants who do not have a recent one-mile personal best can use an estimated entry time using the calculator HERE. Enter another race best (i.e. 5K), and click "calc", then use the one-mile time in the average column.

  • Please use an entry time that accurately reflects your ability for the one-mile, so we can place you with other athletes of similar ability.

  • Entry times for top sections will be verified. Entry times for all other sections will not require verification.

  • The event reserves the right make section assignments as it sees best, regardless of entry times.

  • Cut-Off: To enter persons should be able to complete 1-Mile in 15 minutes.

Kids Dash

  • The Kid's 400 meter Dash is open to kids 10 years old and younger only.

  • Kid's Dash participants will receive a participation ribbon. A shirt is not provided.

  • Results will not be produced for the Kid's 400 meter Dash. A display clock will show athlete's times as they finish.

  • A kid's focused coach led warm-up will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by the kid's dash.

Results / Timing

  • Results for the one-mile will be posted at the event and on the website. Our official timer will use FinishLynx timing. Finish placement will be determined using USATF rules (when the finisher's torso crosses the finish line).

  • Results will not be produced for the Kid's Dash. A display clock will show athlete's times as they finish. 

One-Mile Awards

  • Top 3 athletes in the Top Men's and Women's heats.

  • Top 3 males and females in each age-group (9 and under, 10-14, 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). Age group standings will be compiled by combining all section's results.

  • Overall award winners will not be counted for age-group awards. Awards will be mailed within approx. two-weeks of the event.

One-Mile Prize Money

  • A total of $3,000 in prize money will be awarded to the top five athletes in the Top Men and Women's PUMA Nitro Mile.

    • First: $500

    • Second: $400

    • Third: $300

    • Fourth: $200

    • Fifth: $100

  • Note: Should athletes with remaining high school eligibility place in the top five, they will not receive prize money. Collegiate athletes who's association allows accepting prize money must submit a letter from their schools compliance officer post-race approving the distribution of prize money before it will be paid. Should the prize money for any specific place not be paid out due to the above, other athletes will not be moved up in prize money amounts.

Packet Pick-Up ​

  • July 28 (11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) - Fleet Feet Old Town

  • July 29 (Race Day 4:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.) - Montrose Harbor Wilson Track

  • Packet mailing is available during registration for a fee. To add packet mailing after registration, login HERE. The deadline to order is July 17th at 12:00AM CST.

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PUMA's Chi-Town Miles is part of the 2023 CARA Runners' Choice Circuit. The Circuit provides a competitive structure and recognition for Chicagoland runners and clubs. The Circuit annually honors Chicagoland’s top runners and clubs with Runner of the Year and Club Champion titles. Comprised of various race distances, the Runners’ Choice Circuit providers all runners - both recreational and competitive - with the opportunity to chase personal, club, and competitive goals. 

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