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Chicago Quarter Marathon

Chicago Quarter Marathon

Date: Saturday, April 4
Time: Quarter Past 9:00 a.m. (9:15 a.m.)
Location: Soldier Field | Chicago
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Beneficiary: Prevent Child Abuse America


However you want to parse its definition (coin, district/neighborhood or unit of measurement), there's nothing ambiguous about the meaning of this April's Chicago Quarter Marathon. Celebrating its second year in 2015, this one-of-a-kind 6.55-mile event is a proven winner with local runners.

Starting outside Soldier Field, the Quarter Marathon's course route is south along the Lake Michigan shoreline before looping back to the stadium's shadow where a post-race party will again greet participants with snacks, awards and live music. And as past participants can attest, it's a unique running experience that's hard to forget!

Registration Fees
Registration opens on Thursday, September 25 @ 2:25 p.m. CST

First 25 registrants pay only a quarter (this is NOT a typo!)
Next 225 registrants: $25

SOLD OUT IN 10 SECONDS!

General Registration
Through January 25: $50.25 (includes free packet shipping)
Through February 25: $50.25 (option to add packet shipping for $10)
After February 25/Race Day: $60.25

Online registration closes at quarter past 6:00 p.m. (aka 6:15 p.m.) on Tuesday, March 31
Shirt sizes will be limited for race-day registrants. Register early to ensure proper size!

What's Included in the Registration Fee
  • All paid participants receive gender-specific embroidered swag. See below for details!
  • Course entertainment to keep you motivated including performances by Shurz High School Marching Band and Steinmetz College Prep Marching Band!
  • Enjoy a post-marathon celebration with treats and live entertainment!
  • 2014 participants requested and we took the suggestions! All participants will receive a finisher medal in 2015!

Kids' Dash & Easter Egg Hunt
Bring the kids and celebrate Easter Chicago Quarter style! This Kids' Dash/Easter Egg Hunt is for kids 10 years old and under and starts at approximately 10:45am. For only $7.00, each registrants receives a t-shirt, treats and a visit from our favorite floppy-eared friend!

Click Here to Register!

Pre-Registration/Packet Pick-Up



Road Runner Sports
1435 N Kingsbury St | Chicago (map)
(312) 600-9707
Free Parking Available!

Thursday April 2 - 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday, April 3 - 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Note: There is no race day packet pick-up.

2015 Swag Information




Okay, this may not have been intentional, but each participant will receive an official royal blue quarter-zip technical shirt (embroidered!) at the second annual Chicago Quarter Marathon. Make sure to choose the correct size as exchanges will not be permitted. Size information (these are gender specific) below!

Oh, and if you're looking for a 2014 fleece, select the option to purchase one for only $25!

Click Here for a sizing guide.

Parking at Soldier Field
Coming soon!

Guaranteed Parking

We have partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow visitors to purchase guaranteed parking near Grant Park. View real-time availability and pricing at many locations within easy walking distance to Soldier Field.

Once purchased, parking is 100% guaranteed even if the location otherwise fills up. Simply present your purchase confirmation at the selected location, and this serves as your payment with no additional payments or fees ever. Parking availability is very limited, so it is strongly recommended that you purchase your parking for the Quarter Marathon in advance.

Use Exclusive Partner Code for 15% off your first reservation: QUARTER15

Click below to purchase parking:

Reserve Chicago Quarter Marathon Parking Now



Course Map
This 6.55 mile out-and-back course heads south along the lakefront. Click Here to download a 2015 course map. Please note: course subject to change

CARA Emerging Race
This race has applied for and received the Chicago Area Runners Association designation as a CARA CERTIFIED RACE. This race has agreed to adhere to and uphold CARA's Best Practices Guidelines. These Guidelines embody the highest standards for quality, safety and comfort for participants in a road race.

Due to CARAs advocacy efforts, runners in the Chicagoland area enjoy some of the highest quality road races in the country. To view the Guidelines and to learn more about CARA, visit www.cararuns.org.

The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland. CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run  farther, faster, better, for life.

About the Beneficiary: Prevent Child Abuse America
Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 50 states and over 500 Healthy Families America home visitation sites in 41 states, all the territories, Puerto Rico and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring.

Now go the extra distance for the healthy development of our nation's children by making a gift to Prevent Child Abuse America, the event's official charitable beneficiary. Thank you for your support!

Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities
Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Vernon Cocroft at 773-584-6610, Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Still Have Logistics Questions?
If you can't find the answer you're looking for, please contact Josh Ruston or call 773-868-3010.

Event Sponsors
Kohl's Cares for Kids
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