faq

  • What is the Run This Town Virtual Run?

    While we’re not able to physically run our favorite local Chicago series events with you this year, we wanted to give everyone the opportunity to experience a piece of each of these iconic events. You only need to register once for the Run This Town Virtual Run to participate in each of these virtual events- Soldier Field 10 Mile/5k, North Shore Classic Half Marathon/5k, Run Mag Mile 10k/5k, and Bucktown 5k. You’ll have distance options for each of the races, so you can really make this event your own! Don’t worry, we’re giving you a lot of time to complete them all!

  • Which of the events are included in the Run This Town Virtual Run?

    We’ve picked our most iconic events around the city to be part of the Run This Town Virtual Run- Soldier Field (choose a 10 mile or 5k distance), North Shore Classic Half/5k (choose a half marathon or 5k distance), Run Mag Mile (choose a 10k or 5k distance), and Bucktown (5k only distance). Run/walk as much as 32.4 miles, or as few as 12.4 miles, and do it over as much time as you need to complete!

  • Where can I run/walk?

    Start off your racing season with the Soldier Field 10 Mile/5k, then head north for the North Shore Classic Half Marathon/5k, go back downtown for the Run Mag Mile 10k/5k, and finish up in Bucktown for the Bucktown 5k. This is your Run This Town Virtual Run- you get to do the distances, locations, and times that work best for you! Bring a friend or Fido to run with you for one or all of the distances. Run them all in 4 consecutive weekends, or take your time and do them over a few months. It’s your run, you do it however works best for you!

  • What do I get in my race packet?

    So much! You’ll receive FIVE medals for the Run This Town Virtual Run (yes, FIVE!), including finisher medals for Soldier Field, North Shore Classic Half/5k, Run Mag Mile, and Bucktown, PLUS an iconic Chicago flag themed Run This Town medal. You’ll also get a Run This Town long sleeve quarter zip, Run This Town Chicago-themed trucker hat, and bibs for each of the races!

  • Is this the same thing as the 2019 Run This Town campaign?

    It’s similar, but not the same. In 2019, we asked you to run at least 4 of our live events to qualify for an extra Run This Town medal. In 2021, because we won’t be live for many of our Chicago events, we’re doing it virtually. It’s up to you to run the 4 events on your own, but you’ll still earn the 2021 Run This Town medal.

  • When do I need to complete my run?

    You can complete each of your runs whenever you want, in whatever order you want, but if you want to follow a typical live event calendar, you would run Soldier Field, then North Shore, then Run Mag Mile, and end with Bucktown. Do the runs whenever work best for you, but we just ask that if you want to submit your times, please do so by November 1st, 2021.

  • Do I need to submit results to get a medal?

    Your medal will be mailed to you with your packet, but if you’d like to download a finishers certificate with your results, you can go here to enter your information: https://ramraces.enmotive.com/users/account.

  • How do I track my distance and time?

    For the Virtual Run, we accept results on the honor system, but the most accurate tracking is typically via a device with GPS tracking.

  • When will my packet ship?

    Packets will begin shipping week of 5/10/2021. After 5/10/2021, packets will be shipped within 10-14 business days. The virtual race is currently only open to addresses in the 48 contiguous United States.

  • Do you ship internationally?

    The Run This Town Virtual Run is currently available only for addresses within the United States. We cannot ship outside the United States at this time.

  • What do I do if my goodie bag doesn’t fit? Can I swap it?

    We do not offer any size exchanges post packet shipment. All changes to sizes need to be made prior to confirming registration. We highly recommend that all participants take care to view the sizing chart on our 'SWAG' page to order the correct size.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions about the race, please email us at [email protected].

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Soldier Field 10 Mile

 

Experience 18.5 miles of iconic views around a legendary stadium—with Lake Michigan on one side, parks and greens on the other. This Lakefront Trail is a favorite for runners that connects the North Side to the South Side.

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North Shore Classic

 

Amp up the challenge across the rolling hills on Sheridan Road, taking a trip down to Lake Michigan, and a tour of Fort Sheridan. This half marathon/5K course is both historic and filled with scenic tree-lined streets.

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Run Mag Mile

 

Get a boost of flavor and fun from the iconic Mag Mile course with 13 blocks of cool views—lakefront and landmarks. Complete your race at Grant Park, known as South Loop’s “front yard.”

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Bucktown 5K

 

Run along Chicago’s favorite neighborhood 5K! It’s pretty hip, too—from tree-lined streets and historic homes to trendy shops and restaurants. Afterward, grab a drink, eat, and shop!

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