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O'Hare 5K/10K on the Runway

O'Hare 5K/10K on the Runway

Date: Sunday, September 29
Time: 8:00am (10k), 8:15am (5k) start, Community Day closes at 12:30pm
Location: O'Hare International Airport (610 O'Hare Cargo Area Rd) | Chicago
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Presented By: United Airlines

If waiting at the airport for your plane to take off seems like more of a chore than a pleasure, you should check out this unique 5/10K run/walk and kids' "Take-off Trot" at O'Hare presented by the Chicago Department of Aviation and United Airlines.

With proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project serving military vets, it's a one-of-a kind opportunity to experience a day on a runway at one of the world's busiest airports. It's a fun event for the entire family that also includes a post-run/walk Community Day with entertainment, food and photo opportunities on the runway, and in front of a United airplane.

Registration Fees
Sign Up Early & Save!! (7/18-7/28): 5k Fun Run/Walk $23; 5k Chip-Timed $28; 10k Chip-Timed; $33
Early Bird (7/29-8/11): 5k Fun Run/Walk $25; 5k Chip-Timed $30; 10k Chip-Timed; $35
Regular (8/12-9/20 ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES 9/20 at 12PM): 5k Fun Run/Walk $30; 5k Chip-Timed $35; 10k Chip-Timed; $40
Race Week (9/23-9/28 AT PACKET PICK-UPS ONLY): 5k Fun Run/Walk $35; 5k Chip-Timed $40; 10k Chip-Timed; $45
Race Day (9/29): 5k Fun Run/Walk $40; 5k Chip-Timed $45; 10k Chip-Timed; $50

Take-Off Trot Kids' Dash: $20 until race day; $25 on race day

Ways to Register
Pre-Register Online
Pre-Register Online 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.

Can't Remember If You Registered? Check Here!
Click Here to confirm your registration.

Pre-Registration & Packet Pick-Up Dates & Locations
Sunday, September 22
Time: 11am to 7pm
Location: Sports Authority (1015 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg)

Tuesday, September 24
Time: 11am to 7pm
Location: Chicago Department of Aviation (10510 W Zemke Rd, Chicago)

Wednesday, September 25
Time: 11:30am to 7pm
Location: Willis Tower Lobby - West/Wacker Dr. Side (233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago)

Saturday, September 28
Time: 11am to 7pm
Location: Sports Authority (3134 N Clark St, Chicago)

Schedule of Races (Start Times)
10K Chip-Timed Run: 8:00 a.m.
5K Chip-Timed & Fun Run: 8:15 a.m.
Take-Off Trot: 9:30 a.m. (approximately)

**Start Times are still subject to city approval**

Take-Off Trot Kids' Dash
Grab the kids for the Kids' Dash. Kids will be broken down into heats by age.

Age - Distance
4 & 5- 100 yards
6 & 7 - 200 yards
8 & 9 - 220 yards (1/8 Mile)
9 & 10 - 440 yards (1/4 Mile)

An entry form must be filled out for each participant! T-shirt included in $20/$25 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-12:30pm.

Overall Winners: The fastest overall male and female runners for both the 5K and 10K 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.

Post-Race Community Day
The celebration continues after the race at the United Airlines Cargo Facility 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 12:30pm.

Runners can purchase premier parking in lots directly adjacent to the event site for $7.

They will receive their parking pass when picking up their running packet at one of the pre-event packet pick-ups. Only one pass is required per car. SPOTS ARE LIMITED!

Free parking will be available on race day from Lot G, with shuttle service starting at 6am to the event site. PLEASE NOTE: Lot G is approximately 20 minutes away (map) from the event site with shuttle service every 10-15 minutes. Get there early!

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
*Due to construction, please follow signs to the designated 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)
  • Take a left when getting off the train and take the escalators up.
  • The Bus Shuttle Center will be on either side.
  • Go outside the Bus Shuttle Center and there will be a bus waiting.
Q: Can I pick-up someone else's packet?
A: Yes, all you need is their name and confirmation code.

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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