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I Run Chicago

I Run Chicago

Date: Sunday, April 14
Time: 10:00 a.m. Start
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon Drive) | Chicago
Run for the Orange & Blue! Fans, alums and even "frenemies" of the Fighting Illini ... the "Big Ten" Conference (a misnomer if there ever was one)... and collegiate sports in general are encouraged to sign up--and lace up!--for the second annual I-Run Chicago this April. Proceeds benefit the University of Illinois's I FUND which each year provides millions in scholarships and other academic support services to more than 500 U of I athletes in 19 varsity sports.

This spirited event gives participants the options to partake in either a 5K or an 8K run outside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. It's pure competitive fun for a truly great beneficiary that's followed by a festive post-run party inside the museum.

Registration Information: 3 Ways To Register!

  1. Pre-Register Online: Pre-register online by noon on April 9. All online applications must be submitted by the 12:00 pm (CST) deadline.
  2. Pre-Register/Packet Pick-Up: Pre-register and pick up your runner number, t-shirt, goodie bag, course map and other race information at Sports Authority Clark Street. See below for dates & times!
  3. Race Day Registration: $40 Run. Register and pick up your runner number, t-shirt, goodie bag, course map and other race information from 8:00am-9:45am am on Sunday, April 14 at the registration room inside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Musuem. Please arrive early to ensure proper registration.

Refer Your Friends to Win!
After you register for the I-Run Chicago 2013, you will receive a confirmation E-mail that contains your unique referral link to share via Facebook, Twitter, or E-mail. Share this link to refer your friends to register for the race too! The person with the most referrals will win a basketball autographed by University of Illinois Head Coach John Groce!

Create a Fundraising Page!
Set up your own fundraiser by following the steps below. The person with the most successful fundraiser will win four tickets to a University of Illinois football game where they will flip the coin at the start of the game.

To set up your fundraiser for the I-Run Chicago 2013, to benefit the IFUND:

  • Visit www.crowdrise.com/IRunChi2013
  • Click the "Create Your Fundraiser" button on the right-hand side.
  • Name your fundraiser (i.e. Alpha Alpha Alpha Runs Chicago, John Doe Loves Illini Basketball, Joe Shmoe's Fundraiser)
  • Choose a URL or use the one provided
  • Set a fundraising goal for yourself
  • Optional: Describe your fundraiser - why do you love U of I, support student athletes, enjoy running, etc.
  • Optional: Upload a picture for your fundraiser (think profile picture)
  • Search for "University of Illinois Foundation" or by FEIN: "37-6006007"
  • Create your log-in (to track progress and edit your fundraiser)

You now have a fundraiser page that you can share with friends, family, and strangers via E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media site that we may not be aware of. Those loved ones and strangers can donate to your fundraiser and your progress will be shown both on your fundraiser page, as well as the I-Run Chicago's page.

Pre-Registration/Packet Pick-Up
Pick up your packet (T-shirts, bib number/chip and information sheet) at Sports Authority Clark Street at the following dates/times:

Sports Authority Clark Street
3134 N Clark St. (map)
Chicago, IL 60657

Friday, April 12 from 11a-8p
Saturday, April 13 from 10a-7p

Orange and Blue Room
Illini Center - 200 S. Wacker Dr. (map)
Chicago, IL 60606

Wednesday, April 10 12p-5p

Click Here for a course map!

The 5K and 8K course is USATF certified and runs out and back on bike paths along Chicago's scenic lakefront. The start and finish areas are near Diversey Harbor in Lincoln Park.

The I Run Chicago will feature break-through technology with the use of the B-tag, a disposable timing chip!

B-tags is the standard in timing tag technology has ChronoTrack tags on the back of the bib. Click Here for instructions on ensuring you will be timed properly.

Chips will be picked up with your packet and will come attached to your bib number.

Chips timing is not available on race day.

Exit Lake Shore Drive at Fullerton Avenue. Travel west on Fullerton to Cannon Drive, turn right to Lake Shore Drive West and travel one block north to the event site. For information on public transportation to the event, please call the CTA information line at 312-836-7000 or visit www.transitchicago.com.

Hourly metered parking is available at the Diversey Harbor parking lot located at Diversey, east of Lake Shore Drive West. Limited street parking is available on Cannon Drive and surrounding area.

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.

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