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O'Hare 5K on the Runway

O'Hare 5K on the Runway

Date: Sunday, October 5
Time: 8:00am Start
Location: Chicago Department of Aviation @ O'Hare Int'l (10510 W Zemke Rd) | Chicago
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Presented By: United Airlines

It's the next best thing to piloting a plane! Runners/walkers, families and friends will get a front-row seat on the tarmac at this year's O'Hare 5K on the Runway. It's a one-of-a kind opportunity to experience a day on a landing strip at one of the world's busiest airports.

Presented by United Airlines and the Chicago Department of Aviation as part of the city's ongoing O'Hare Modernization Program, proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project serving military vets.

The morning features a 5K fun run, 5K fun walk and 5K chip-timed run as well as activities for kids. Following the run/walk, a "Community Day" party will be held with food, entertainment and an opportunity to have photos taken in front of a United Airlines plane.

And don't worry: O'Hare 5K on the Runway features free parking to make your airport visit a landing and take-off pleasure.

Registration Fees
Sign Up Early & Save!!
Early Bird (7/28-8/3): 5k Fun Run/Walk $30; 5k Chip-Timed $35
Regular (8/4-9/25 ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES 9/25 at 11:59PM): 5k Fun Run/Walk $35; 5k Chip-Timed $40
Race Week (9/24-10/4 AT PACKET PICK-UPS ONLY): 5k Fun Run/Walk $40; 5k Chip-Timed $45
Race Day (10/5): 5k Fun Run/Walk $45; 5k Chip-Timed $50

Take-Off Trot Kids' Dash: $15 until race day; $20 on race day

Ways to Register
Pre-Register Online
Online Registration is NOW CLOSED. On-site Registration is available at all packet pick-ups (see schedule below).

PLEASE NOTE: Event Day Packet Pick-Up
There will be NO race day packet pick-up this year. If you've registered in advance, you MUST pick up your packet at one of the pre-registration sites.

Registration will take place at the event site (Chicago Department of Aviation) starting at 6:00 a.m. Please arrive early to assure proper and accurate registration. Registration ends 30 minutes prior to the start of the race.

Pre-Registration & Packet Pick-Up Dates & Locations
Saturday, September 27
Location: Chiro One of Schaumburg West (160 Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL)

Tuesday, September 30
Location: Chicago Department of Aviation (10510 W Zemke Rd, Chicago)
Conference Room 1

Thursday, October 2
Location: Willis Tower (233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago)
Lobby - Wacker Dr Side

Saturday, October 4
Location: Chiro One of Lakeview (3132 N Sheffield Rd, Chicago, IL)

Please note: There is NO RACE-DAY packet pick-up!

Event Timeline
6:00AM - Registration and Gear Check Open
7:15AM - Yoga warm-up from stage
8:00AM - 5k Start, Community Day Opens
9:15AM - Awards Ceremony at Main Stage
10:00AM - Take Off Trot (Kids' Dash)
10:00AM-12:00PM - Trolley to the Runway for Photo Opportunity
12:00PM  Event Concludes

Take-Off Trot Kids' Dash
  • The Take Off Trot will include children ages 4-10 years and waves will be organized by age and gender. Wave categories will be based on the number of participants present on race day.
  • The Take Off Trot does not take place on the runway. Instead, it will start and finish in an area adjacent to the main site where registration and the main stage are located. All participants will have an opportunity to take pictures on the runway after the 5K run and Take Off Trot via on-site shuttle buses.
  • Registration includes a Youth Large short sleeve T-shirt.
An entry form must be filled out for each participant! T-shirt included in $15/$20 registration fee.

Photo Opportunity on the Runway!
After the race, take a trolley ride onto the runway for a photo opportunity with a United Airlines airplane. Trolleys will be running from 10:00am-12:00pm. The last trolley will depart for the runway at 11:45am.

Overall Winners: The fastest overall male and female runners of the chip-timed 5K will each receive two domestic economy class round-trip United Airlines tickets. As always, restrictions apply.

Age Groups: The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place runners in each age category for men and women will receive medals. Age categories: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Post-Race Community Day
The celebration continues after the race at the Chicago Department of Aviation with activities for the whole family! Bounce houses, activities from local Chicago institutions, food & beverages (from some of the great O'Hare Airport restaurants!) and much more will take place from 8am to 12:00pm.

Free parking is available to runners in Lot G, located just south of the Department of Aviation.

Directions to Parking Lot G:
  • Take 90/94 West
  • Merge onto the I-190 O'Hare International Airport
  • Exit at Bessie Coleman
  • Turn left onto Bessie Coleman
  • Make a left at Parking Lot G

Frequently Asked Questions ...
Q: Are strollers allowed on the runway?
A: Yes, strollers are allowed on the course, but please do not bring non-essential items, as strollers may be subject to search.

Q: Do I have to register my child in the stroller?
A: No, children in strollers will not be charged for registration.

Q: Is there an area for spectators?
A: Spectators may gather at the start and finish lines to cheer on runners, but will not be allowed on the runway during the race.

Q: Is there an admission fee to the community day?
A: No, the community day is free to the public. You do not have to be registered to enjoy the food, music, and children's activities.

Q: Can I take public transportation?
A: Yes! Directions are below. (Click Here for maps, schedules, and fare information)
  • Take CTA Blue Line to O'Hare Terminals (you will arrive in Terminal 2)
  • Follow signs to Bus Shuttle Center
  • Take Bus Shuttles labeled for 5k
  • Bus Shuttle will transport participants directly to event site and will run back to airport after race
Q: Can I pick-up someone else's packet?
A: Yes, all you need is their name and confirmation email.

Chip Timing - Chronotrack Disposable Chip Tags!
Your Timing Device for this event is the ChronoTrack B-Tag. This tag is attached directly to your bib number and does not need to be removed in order to receive a time.

In order to receive an accurate time, please confirm your bib is ...
  • Clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Pinned in all four corners
  • Not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)
By following the above instructions, this will ensure an accurate time at this year's O'Hare 5K/10K on the Runway!

About the Beneficiary: Wounded Warrior Project
The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to "honor and empower wounded warriors" of the United States Armed Forces. "The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) works to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs."

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.

Still Have Questions about Logistics?
Still have questions regarding event logistics? Please contact Special Events Management at 773-868-3010.

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