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Date & Time

Sunday, September 22, 2024

6:30 a.m.


A fully-supported 20-Mile run with a unique point-to-point course along Chicago's lakefront to help you in your marathon training! Give yourself the best marathon experience by also signing up for PUMA's Marathon VIP Experience.


Start: Montrose Wilson Track

Lake Shore Dr. & Wilson Dr.

Chicago, IL 60640

General Registration*:

  • $55 - May 24 through July 3 

  • $65 - July 4 through August 7

  • $75 - August 8 through August 31

  • $85 - September 1 through September 20


*General Registration is for individuals NOT in the 2024 CARA Summer Marathon Training program. Includes 10% discount for CARA Supporter Level members (Discount credited automatically with member login on form)


Summer Marathon Training Program Participants:

  • Waived Fee

  • Must register at least 48 hours prior to picking up packet to allow time for registration approval. Deadline to register is 9/13 for final weekend pickup.

Group Leaders:

  • Waived Fee

  • Must register through emailed invitation link at least 48 hours prior to picking up packet to allow time for registration approval. Deadline to register is 9/13 for final weekend pickup.


General Registration:
Summer Marathon Training Participants:​​
Group Leaders: Register through emailed invitation link.

Event Details

​Event Day Schedule

  • 5:45 a.m. - Venue open

  • 6:20 a.m. - Deadline to report to start wave

  • 6:30 a.m. - Start​ waves begin


  • Location:

    • Start Line: Montrose Wilson Track (Wilson Drive and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago)​

    • Finish Line: Jackson Park Grove 19a/b (Hayes Drive and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago)

  • Additional travel information (directions, parking, rideshare, bike/DIVVY) may be found in the Participant Guide​


Finish Cut-Off

  • Participants must finish within five (5) hours after the last on-time start (15-minute pace per mile).

  • Aid stations and course marshals will support a 15 minute pace per mile at each location.

Start Wave Assignments / Procedures

  • Participants may self select their starting corral on event morning. Corrals are NOT assigned. Corral choice should be selected by expected run pace per mile.
    Signs with paces per mile will be displayed along the track from fastest first, to slowest last. Pace signs will include Under 7:00, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, Over 13:00. All paces will start in approx. 10 minutes.
    CARA training program group leaders will pace their training site groups within each corral. Participants not part of a CARA training group may join in with any training site group of their choice. Group leaders will have back bibs indicating their pace. Group leaders are offered from 7:30 to 13:00 paces only. 
    At the start time, the announcer will send off each pace (all runners for that pace) group. A short gap between each group will be provided to avoid congestion on the path and at initial aid stations.


Post-Run Shuttle

  • Buses will transport runners between the finish line (Jackson Park) and the starting line (Montrose Beach-Wilson Parking Lot) after the run. Buses will go directly to the start line with no stops on the way.

  • A limited number of additional buses will provide a route directly to a downtown stop in the Grant Park area.

  • ​Buses from the finish to the start will depart approximately every 15 minutes beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m.

  • Buses from the finish to downtown will depart approximately every 30 minutes beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m.

  • Runner transport buses are for participants only. Friends and family will not be permitted to ride buses.


Gear Check

  • Gear check will be available at the start line. Gear will be transported to the finish line for pick up. Runners will need their race bib as identification to retrieve their checked gear.

  • Please use any bag that is of standard backpack or duffle bag size. Please attach your gear check tag (from your race bib) prior to checking your bag (zip ties will be provided).

  • We are unable to provide a covered gear check. Please plan accordingly in case of inclement weather. If wet weather is forecast, we recommend using a waterproof bag for your gear check.


If you are interested in volunteering for Ready to Run 20 Miler, please contact Evan DeBock at

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    End pet homelessness by making pet ownership a joyful and accessible experience for all. We accomplish this by rescuing animals from overcrowded shelters, placing them in loving forever homes and providing support and resources to pet owners in need. As of 2019 One Tail at a Time hosts a bustling dog adoption program at the Adoption Center, an ISO Program focusing on Chicago’s dogs, a Kitten Team that cares for neonate kittens, vaccine clinics in low income neighborhoods, and leads the Chicagoland Rescue Intervention & Support Program (“CRISP”) which keeps pets intending to be surrendered at the city shelter with their loving families. Contact: Laura Slivka | Website: Opportunities / Bibs Available: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • Open Heart Magic
    Open Heart Magic (OHM) trains and certifies volunteers who work to improve the hospital experience for kids in Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Cleveland. By engaging these patients with specially developed magic tricks performed and taught at their bedside, OHM volunteer Hospital Magicians can engage patients regardless of their age, condition, diagnosis, or background. In 2017, our volunteers engaged over 12,000 patients, one at a time, as well as nearly 17,000 friends and family members. Our volunteers' work can turn a scary experience into an exciting one, as patients learn tricks they perform for family and friends (and often, medical staff at the hospital!). Our volunteers’ magic transforms the patients into kids again. Contact: Christine Huge | Website: Opportunities / Bibs Available: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • Organization for Austim Research
    OAR was founded in December 2001 by seven individuals whose lives and families had been directly impacted by autism. They shared a common vision and set out on a singular mission – to apply science to answer the daily questions and challenges that autism presents to individuals with autism, their families, teachers, and caregivers. There are many organizations dedicated to autism. What distinguishes us from other organizations is our singular focus on applied research and the quality and practical value of its resource materials. The studies we fund and the information resources we provide have meaning in the day-to-day lives of persons with autism and their families. Rather than fund research relative to cause and cure, we funds pilot studies on topics of more every day relevance such as education, parent and teacher training, communication, self-care, social skills, employment, behavior and adult and community issues. In pursuing its efforts to change lives, our ultimate focus is quality of life. Contact: Sean Flynn | Website: Opportunities / Bibs Available: Bank of America Chicago Marathon TCS NYC Marathon
  • PAWS Chicago
    The Mission of PAWS Chicago is to build No Kill communities, starting with Chicago, that respect and value the life of every cat and dog. It is only by engaging people in the cause of homeless pets that we will build No Kill communities. People adopt. People spay or neuter their pets and prevent them from breeding. People volunteer their time, donate financially and spread awareness in their network. By inspiring and mobilizing people, we are able to create collective impact that brings about change. This is why community engagement is the foundation of what we do at PAWS Chicago. Contact: Carrie Cihasky | | 773-475-3308 Website: Opportunities / Bibs Available: Bank of America Chicago Marathon Virgin Money London Marathon BMW Berlin Marathon TCS NYC Marathon Schneider Electric Paris Marathon
  • Respiratory Health Association
    Run for Healthy Lungs & Clean Air! Whether it’s your first triathlon or your 100th 5K, dedicate your efforts to healthy lungs and clean air as a member of Respiratory Health Association’s Lung Power Team. Asthma, COPD, lung cancer and other lung diseases may have touched you personally and clean air affects us all. Make every stride more meaningful in the race of your choice, by raising funds for education, research and policy changes that help people live better. Contact: Jamie Truesdale | Website: Opportunities / Bib Available: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
    Every day, families face the emotional and economic toll of having a child in the hospital. Together with the support of our community, we provide housing to keep families together, and provide a comfortable, warm, and loving home away from home. For over four decades, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana has helped more than 100,000 families stay together with their hospitalized children. Our programs have grown as families of children with complex medical issues continue to need comfort and care. Contact: Katie Marchetti | Website: Opportunities / Bib Available: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • Salute, Inc"
    SALUTE, INC. is dedicated to meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of injured veterans and their families. SALUTE works individually with each veteran applicant to assess their current situation and determine how we might offer assistance. The most common requests are for help with housing, car, grocery and utility bills. However, sometimes the financial assistance is more specialized, e.g. an adaptive bike so the veteran can rehabilitate or compete, textbooks or tuition assistance to continue their education, or a laptop to facilitate a job search. SALUTE works one on one with every veteran applicant to meet their specific needs, tailoring our response so it will have the greatest impact on their lives. Contact: Sue Hussey | Website: Opportunities / Bibs Available: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • The Salvation Army
    Make your miles meaningful. Join The Salvation Army in Doing the Most Good in greater Chicagoland, northern Illinois, and northwestern Indiana. Team Salvation Army runners of all backgrounds will further the mission of The Salvation Army locally by raising funds to relieve hunger, provide shelter, combat addiction, prevent evictions, nurture children, and more to help our neighbors in need. Team Salvation Army runners will receive fundraising tips, technical race shirt, tickets to pre-race pasta party, access to CARA training, and more! Contact: Suzie Brashler | | 773-853-5331 Website: Opportunities / Bibs Available: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • Smile Train
    Team EMPOWER is the endurance fundraising program of Smile Train that gives athletes the opportunity to make their race count toward providing free cleft surgery and comprehensive care to children in need. Many children with clefts around the world live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking. Smile Train provides training and financial support for the treatment of clefts, empowering local medical professionals to treat cleft patients with life-changing surgery and related comprehensive cleft care that they would not otherwise be able to access. Every step, every lap, and every mile means more than crossing the finish line — it means more smiles, new beginnings, and the opportunity for children with clefts to live full and productive lives. Join us and change the world one smile at a time. Contact: Merritt Rinard l Website: Opportunities / Bibs Available: Bank of America Chicago Marathon United Airlines NYC Half Big Sur International Marathon Virgin Money London Marathon BMW Berlin Marathon TCS NYC Marathon
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. As a Hero, you'll raise funds for the kids of St. Jude while you train for your race. The dollars that Heroes raise help ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Do more with your race. Be a Hero, and run for the kids of St. Jude. Contact: Kristine Paca | kristine.paca@stjude.or Website: Opportunities / Bibs Available: Bank of America Chicago Marathon TCS NYC Marathon
  • Taller de Jose
    Taller de José is a community resource center located in the Little Village Neighborhood of Chicago. Its mission is to connect people to services and services to people so that all may be one. Contact: Melissa Salinas | Website: Opportunities / Bibs Available: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • The Network - Run Domestic Violence Out of Town
    We’re a team of five local nonprofits focused on domestic violence survivors that collaborate to provide 24-hour crisis lines, shelter, counseling, legal information, court support, and community violence prevention programs to survivors and their loved ones. Contact: Ellie Immerman | Website: Support Us - The Network (
  • UPS for Downs Chicago
    UPS for DownS is a parent directed, non-profit organization offering support, education, and encouragement for parents, families and others who love and care about persons with Down syndrome. We inspire community acceptance by sharing with others the presence, potential and abilities of people with Down syndrome. Contact: Terri Devine | Website: Opportunities / Bibs Available: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
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