April 28, 2013

2013 run 4 the KIDS

2013 run 4 the KIDS



Run For The Kids

Proceeds to benefit Chicago children’s hospitals and children affected by the Sandy Hook & Boston Marathon tragedies


Stadium Green/SoldierField
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 6:30 PM
Step off @6:30p.m. Race day registration @4:00p.m.



Stadium Green/SoldierField
1600 S. Museum Campus Dr. chicago, IL



$35.00. $45.00 Race day. JUNIOR JOG $10.00


On-Line Registration Closing Date

Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 9:59 PM PST
5k individual Run $35.00
5k individual walk $35.00
Junior Jog $10.00
Team Captain $35.00
5K Team Member Walk $35.00
5K Team Member Run $35.00
Competitive Team Challenge $35.00



The 2013 Run For The Kids will not only benefit Chicagoland area kids. We are dedicating this year’s run to the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School and the children affected by the Boston Marathon attack. Proceeds from the run will benefit all three groups of children.



Ignite the Spirit began in 2003 in response to 9/11 and the toll it took on the nation and on the families of first responders who lost their lives. Chicago firefighters who helped at Ground Zero resolved to reach out to local families and create a source of financial and emotional help. Ignite also benefits various causes including cancer research and children’s hospitals..The organization’s goal is to offer immediate assistance. Ignite the Spirit : “We’re HERE when you need us.”



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 CARA’s 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.

Certified Race Logo






The USATF sanctioned and certified (IL11043JW) b-tag timed 5k run course begins at the southeast corner of Soldier Field and runs clockwise around the stadium to the Lakefront Trail head south to the turn around (by the Firefighter’s Memorial) and back to the finish. Digital clocks with mile splits will be posted at mile 1, 2, and the finish line. Water and gatorade will be provided on the course. Course map can be found online at: http://www.usatf.org/events/courses/maps/showMap.asp?courseID=IL11043JW



$35.00. Race day registration $40.00 (on-site, cash or check only!!) All pre-registered adult registrants will receive a Technical Tee-shirt. Children’s shirts are cotton only! THERE WILL BE NO EXCHANGES OF T-SHIRTS. SHIRTS ARE SEX SPECIFIC. DOUBLE CHECK YOUR SIZES PRIOR TO REGISTRATION.



Team Captains MUST register first and will create their team during the registration process. Team Members will register after the team captain has registered and created the team. Team members will then select their team name from the drop down box on the registration form. Prizes will be given for largest team, biggest fundraising team, more TBA! Join the COMPETITIVE TEAM CHALLENGE and your fastest four runners on race day will vie for prizes with other teams!



All pre-registered participant will receive a technical tee at packet pickup. If your team wishes to create CUSTOM TEAM T-SHIRTS at an ADDITIONAL COST, contact Ron Weisz at Shirts Our Business http://www.sobltd.com/  (North side) or Mary Kate Piko at Marathon Sportswear http://marathonsportswear.net/ (South side)



A fundraising webpage is automatically created for everyone who registers online! Prizes for the top fundraisers. EVERYONE WHO DONATES or RAISES A MINIMUM OF $25 by July 15th will be put in our RAFFLE. Visit the fundraising link for more details! Whether you raise an extra $10.00 or $1,000.00, the Kids are grateful for your efforts! (FUNDRAISING IS OPTIONAL)



Any individual who raises over $500 in donations will have access to the VIP tent to enjoy VIP only food and drinks. It’s our way of saying “Thank You” for your effort.



There will be an ACTIVITIES AREA FOR CHILDREN from 5:30 p.m. until the 8:00pm. Parents who feel their child is not suited for the 3 mile walk or run may check their child into this area and pick them back up after the festivities. Take advantage of this opportunity to indulge yourself with a bit of “adult time!” All parents must register and sign a waiver for children that will be in the activities area.



Junior jog as well as the 5K walk is $10 for participants 12 and under. The junior jog will commence at 8:00 allowing for ample time for walkers to complete the course. The length of the jog is dependent on the size/ability of the child. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE REGISTERED BY AN ADULT! NO EXCEPTIONS! ALL participants MUST WEAR their RACE BIB. Every child will receive an award/prize.



There will be unique awards for the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group. Age groups are as follows: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64,65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and over.



Sorry, due to course limitations, there are NO rollerblades, skateboards, bikes or animals allowed on the course. THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO RUN WITH A BABY JOGGER MUST START AFTER ALL OTHER RUNNERS AND IN A SEPERATE CORRAL. This will be STRICTLY ENFORCED! Participants with infants MUST SIGN A WAIVER for them if the child is to accompany them on the course. NO EXCEPTIONS!!



Packet Pickup will be conducted at both locations of Universal Sole as well as a south side location to be announced with further details.

Universal Sole          Lakeview location                    3052 N. Lincoln Ave.                     July 13 (10 am – 6 pm) & July 14 (11 am – 5 pm)
Universal Sole          Lakeshore East location         333 E. Benton Place                       July 16 (noon – 8 pm) & July 17 (noon – 8 pm)
Emerald Isle             Northside                                    6686 N. Northwest Highway      July 15 (5 pm – 8 pm)
Running Excels       Southside                                     10328 S. Western Ave.                  July 15 (3 pm – 8 pm)



There will be DISCOUNTED PARKING in the Waldron Deck. Please USE the 18th street exit off of both Northbound and Southbound LSD.



Results will be posted at www.chicagoaa.com



Don’t let the good times end after the race! Join us for the post-race festivities on site! Who doesn’t want to hang out on the beautiful Chicago lakefront and celebrate on a warm July summer evening? Burn off some calories in the run or walk so you can enjoy the goodies afterwards!



Run For The Kids does not offer refunds for ANY reason. Please make sure you can attend on Thursday, July 18, 2013 prior to registration. If for some reason you need to withdraw, your packet will be available at pick-up.


Online Donations

If you cannot make it out to join us for the run, please consider making an online contribution to a participant or a general donation here:


If you have any questions please call (312)961-1319



If you are unable to walk or run but would like to volunteer please fill in the information below

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