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International Chicago 5K

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Chicago is more than just a big city. It’s a city of neighborhoods and people that represent vibrant and diverse backgrounds and cultures. Every October, runners from across the country and around the world travel to Chicago to experience this international city by running through it at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Whether you’re running the Chicago Marathon, cheering on friends or looking to be part of the excitement of race weekend, we invite you to join us on Saturday, October 12 for the Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K.

How to enter the International Chicago 5K

  1. 5 K Run

    Run 5km

International Chicago 5K route

The Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K course will weave through downtown taking runners on a 3.1-mile journey past iconic Chicago landmarks.

Course support
One on-course aid station will offer water, medical support and toilet facilities. The aid station is located at approximately the halfway point.

Course time limit
Runners must maintain a 15-minute per mile pace and complete the full 5K (3.1 miles) distance—start line to finish line—within the event time requirement of 47 minutes (mm:ss/47:59). Runners who finish outside of the time requirement may not be recorded as official finishers and may not receive full on-course support.

Timing checkpoints, clock and mile markers

Timing checkpoints are positioned at the start and finish lines. Your timing device will register your time at each of these checkpoints.

Digital clocks are positioned at the start line, throughout the course and at the finish line to provide the elapsed race time. Mile markers are positioned at each mile to assist you in locating the clocks. Digital clocks at the finish line will display the elapsed race time, which begins with the start of the race (7:30 a.m.). Your individual race time may differ depending on when you cross the official start line.

Street closures
For businesses and residents that live along the course, please be aware that street closures will take place on race day. In addition, no parking zones along the course will be enforced in the early morning hours. Street closure information will be available in advance of the 2019 event.

Event Details

What’s Included
A one-of-a-kind running tour through downtown Chicago
2019 Commemorative finisher item
Event bib number and timing device
Finisher medal
Raceday Logistics

Bib number mailing

  • U.S. residents who registered before Wednesday, August 21, 2019, will have their bib number mailed to the address provided at the point of registration. Bib numbers will be mailed in late September.
  • If your bib number appears damaged or has inaccurate information, please contact the Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K office by phone at 312.904.9800 or by email at [email protected]

Bib number pick-up

  • U.S. residents who register after Wednesday, August 21, 2019, must pick up their bib number on Friday, October 11 at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo.
  • International residents (including Canada) must pick up their bib number on Friday, October 11 at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Abbott Health & Fitness Expo is at the McCormick Place Convention Center (2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive).
  • Bib numbers will not be available for pickup on race day.
  • Learn more about the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo.

Important bib number information

  • Your bib number must be fastened with four (4) pins to the front of your outer layer of clothing and visible throughout the entire the race.
  • Do not physically alter (cut, fold or obscure) your bib number in any way.
  • Wearing your bib number improperly (pinned at your waist, pinned to race belts or fuel belts, etc.) could result in improper scoring and possible disqualification.
  • Fill out the back of your bib number with your emergency contact and medical information.
  • Your bib number is non-transferable and must be worn only by you, the registered participant.
  • The sale and/or transfer of your bib number is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification.
Abbot Health & Fitness Expo
McCormick Place
North Building, Hall B
2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive*
Chicago, IL 60616

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo hours
Friday, October 11: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K start
Daley Plaza
50 W. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K finish
Grant Park, Chicago, IL
Ida B. Wells Drive (between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive)

Event times
Start corrals open – 6:30 a.m.
Athletes with Disabilities start – 7:20 a.m.
Race start – 7:30 a.m.
Finish line closes – 9 a.m.



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