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Start Early 5K & 10K Run/Walk

Start Early 5K & 10K Run/Walk

Date: Saturday, April 13
Time: 10:00 a.m. Start
Location: Grant Park (Upper Hutchinson Field @ Columbus & Balbo) | Chicago
Beneficiary: Prevent Child Abuse America
It's all about the care and well-being of children during Child Abuse Prevention Month (April) at the 16th annual Start Early 5K & 10K Run/Walk. This popular annual public awareness and fundraising event draws both children and families. Featuring seven run and walk options, it benefits the invaluable works of the Chicago chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America and its local partners.

Start Times
10:00 AM - 1 Mile Pledge Walk
10:15 AM - 5K Chip-Timed Run + 5K Fun Run
10:20 AM- 10K Chip-Timed Run + 10K Fun Run
12:00 PM - Kids' Dash

Registration Fees
5K & 10K Chip-Timed Runs: $40 Pre-Event, $45 Race Day
5K & 10K Fun Runs: $35 Pre-Event, $40 Race Day
1 Mile Pledge Walk: $25 Pre-Event, $30 Race Day
Childrens' 5K Chip-Timed Run (9-14): $15 before event day, $20 Race Day
Kids Dash: FREE for all children if you pre-register, and on event day. Open to Children ages 10 and under

DRI-FIT SHIRTS for Chip-Timed 5K and 10K Participants!
All participants in the 5K/10K Chip-Timed and Fun Runs will receive a short sleeved event souvenir Dri-Fit shirt. Don't worry... Pledge Walkers won't go home empty handed - each participant of this event will receive the classic 100% long-sleeved cotton t-shirt.

How to Pre-Register
Click Here to register!

Online registration closes at noon (central time) on April 9. A $2 service fee will be added.
Pre-Registration/Packet Pick-Up
Fleet Feet Sports
1620 N. Wells St. | Chicago

Thursday, April 11: 10am to 8pm
Friday, April 12: 10am to 8pm

Race Day Registration
Race Day registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the registration tent in Grant Park - Upper Hutchinson Field (Columbus & Balbo). Please arrive early to assure proper and accurate registration.

Participants will run on a USATF-certified course that will start on the sidewalk of Columbus Drive, head south to Museum Campus, then north to the Chicago Yacht Club. Runners will then turn around and head south back to Museum Campus. 5K runners will head north at this point to finish this run while the 10K runners will continue along park paths and go almost as south as Soldier Field. They will then turn around north towards Museum Campus and follow park paths to the finish line on the sidewalk of Columbus Drive. The 1-Mile Pledge walk will also start on the sidewalk of Columbus Drive, but head north to Balbo, continue west on sidewalk of Balbo, head south on sidewalk of Michigan before jumping onto park paths that lead to Columbus and Roosevelt. Walkers will then follow the sidewalk of Columbus Drive to the finish line (same place that the runners finish). All paths are very scenic and allow participants to fully embrace the Chicago's beautiful skyline and lakeshore.

CHIP TIMING - 5K Run & 10K Run Events
Chrontrack Disposable Chips! Results will be collected using computerized chips, which brings a technologically advanced timing system - one that will ensure accurate results and faster reporting of those results. Chips will be adhered to your runner bib. You will then detach the chip on race day and attach it to your shoelaces.

About Our Partner: Prevent Child Abuse America
Founded in 1972, Prevent Child Abuse America is the nation's leading organization working solely to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children. With its focus on advocacy, research, prevention programming and public awareness, Prevent Child Abuse America engages communities, helps parents be the kind of parents they want to be, and supports early childhood development. Through its chapters in 43 states and its voluntary home visitation services provided by Healthy Families America® in more than 400 sites nationwide, Prevent Child Abuse America helps provide healthy, safe and nurturing experiences for more than 100,000 families every year.

For more information, please visit www.preventchildabuse.org.

Team Challenge
Click Here to register your team!

Corporate and open teams are welcome! The team captain must submit all registration forms together with the team name indicated clearly. A team must consist of at least 3 persons and include at least one female. Categories are: Corporate 5K, Corporate 10K, Open 5K and Open 10K. Awards will be given to the first place corporate and open teams as well as the corporate and open teams with the highest number of participants and the greatest amount of money raised.

Kids Dash
FREE for all children (Open to kids ages 10 and under)

A special run with all children at the event will take place at the Main Stage at noon. Distances will vary based on age categories: 4 & under, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10. Every child who participates will receive a special prize.

Parking/Public Transporation
Paid parking is available in the Grant Park and Millennium Park parking garages. Visit millenniumgarages.com for exact locations and rates. Public transportation is convenient and highly recommended. Please visit transitchicago.com for directions from your home to the event site via public transportation.

Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities
Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684, or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Event Logistics
Still have questions regarding event logistics? Please contact Joanna Bielecki at 773-584-6631.

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