F^3 Lake Half Marathon Winter 2016

F^3 Lake Half Marathon & 5K

presented by REM-Fit

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10:00 am

Soldier Field, Chicago

Well Organized

F^3 brought you Chicago’s first-ever winter half marathon!

Chip Timed

B Chip Timing Certified on a flat, lakefront course and runner tracking

Awesome Swag

Winter tech running hat to keep you warm in frigid temperatures!

Free photos

Download your photos for free after the race


We have the world’s best on-course volunteers!

Sponsor Swag

On-site to answer injury questions and provide goodies


It might be c-c-c-old and you’ll have bragging rights for life!

Soldier Field

Start and Finish lines located at Soldier Field


View answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions


Packet Pickup

Saturday, January 16, 2016
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dick Pond Lisle, 2775 Maple Ave

Sunday, January 17, 2016
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
RoadRunner Sports Downtown Chicago, 1435 N Kingsbury St

Monday, January 18, 2016 (MLK Day)
4:00 – 8:00 pm
RoadRunner Sports Wilmette, 3232 Lake Ave

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
4:00 – 7:00 pm
RunningExcels Frankfort, 24 W Elwood St

Thursday, January 21, 2016
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
RoadRunner Sports Downtown Chicago, 1435 N Kingsbury St

Friday, January 22, 2016
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
RoadRunner Sports Downtown Chicago, 1435 N Kingsbury St

Will Call Race Day Pickup
Saturday, January 23, 2016
If you wish to pick up your packet on race day, there is a $20 cost that you can pay at the race.

Group Pickup
Picking up for 2-3 runners: Just bring a copy of the other runners’ confirmation email (no need to print out, you can just show your phone) or photo ID.

Picking up for 4 or more runners: Please email us at pickup@f3running.com listing the other runners’ names and CC every person you are picking up for on the email (this implies their consent). Inform us of which date you’ll be picking up and roughly what time.


Race Day

Gear Check

Gear check opens at 8:00 am and closes at 1:40 pm. It is located inside the United Club on the East Side of the building, on your left as you exit the North Garage. Please look for the line that corresponds to your bib number. There will be zip ties for you to secure your gear check tag to your bag.


Schedule of Events

8:00 am: Gear Check Opens
9:40 am: Group warm up inside the United Club, hosted by REM-Fit’s Coach Kevin
9:48 am: Half Marathon runners will be ushered outside to start line
10:00 am: Half Marathon starts
10:15 am: 5k Runners are ushered outside to the start line
10:20 am: 5k starts
11:00 am: Post-race party begins at Reggie’s, shuttles begin (details below)
12:30 pm: Awards ceremony inside the United Club
1:30 pm: Course closes
1:40 pm: Gear check closes



There are 4 aid stations on the half marathon course, each which you hit twice. Each aid station is equipped with Gatorade (first), water, first aid kit, and a bathroom.



Prizes include Asics shoes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, plus the masters overall.



Our star team of photographers will be out taking photos of you as you run. As always, the photos will be available for free download after the event. If you see them, don’t forget to SMILE!

Find the 2016 photos here and here.


Find your 2016 race results here!


Reggie's ChicagoPost-Race Party

2105 S. State, Chicago, IL 60616

F3 is famous for its after parties – and in order to prolong the festivities and offer better value food & beer, we will be hosting the official post-race party at Reggie’s, near Soldier Field, in the South Loop. A buffet will be available for $12, purchase your wristband at Reggie’s. Spectators and friends are welcome!

Reggie’s will provide a shuttle bus from Soldier Field to transport anyone who wants a ride to the bar (it’s about a mile). The bus will run on a continuous loop starting at 11:00 am. If you drove to Soldier Field, metered parking is available near Reggie’s.

For your ride home after, Reggie’s is conveniently located near the Red and Green El lines.


Spectators and Friends

Spectators and friends are welcome to join us before the race in the United Club and at Reggie’s for the post-race party.



Available in North Garage at Soldier Field. Rate of $19 when you enter before 10:30 AM. Park in the North Garage and access the United Club from the 3rd level of the North Garage. You won’t have to go outside! Map can be found here

SpotHeroWe also recommend reserving discounted parking in advance with SpotHero! Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app or visit the Soldier Field SpotHero parking page to find and reserve parking in advance at a great price. New users enter promo code LAKEHALF for an extra $5 off already discounted parking.


Get a Free Ride with Lyft

Get your first Lyft ride free with promo code: F3EVENTS



Public Transportation
The RTA Travel Information Center provides scheduling information for all CTA, Metra and PACE services. Call (312) 836-7000 for more information.

Driving from I-55:
Take I-55, the Stevenson Expressway, northbound to Lake Shore Drive/Highway 41 North. Take Lake Shore Drive north to the 18th Drive exit.

Driving from I-290:
Take I-290, the Eisenhower Expressway, east to Congress Parkway. Take Congress Parkway to Columbus Drive. Turn right and take Columbus Drive south to the 18th Drive exit.

Driving from I-90/94:
Take I-90/94, the Dan Ryan Expressway, north to the Lake Shore Drive/22nd street exit. Stay to the right and exit to Lake Shore Drive. Take Lake Shore Drive/Highway 41 north to the 18th Drive exit.

Driving from I-94:
Take I-94, the Kennedy Expressway, south to the Congress Parkway exit. Follow Congress Parkway to Columbus Drive. Turn right on Columbus Drive and follow Columbus south to the 18th Drive exit.


Official Training Partner

CARA Chicago Area Runners AssociationCARA Training

Runners can register for the race for just $45 when you also sign up for training with Chicago Area Running Association, our official training partner.



There are NO refunds or deferment options for the Half Marathon or 5K.

Change Distances

To change your registration distances, log in here.

Weather Policy

The F3 Lake Half Marathon and 5k races take place in January in Chicago. Expect wintery conditions. Safety is our priority. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page for weather updates. There may be delays due to extreme weather – please listen to the announcer for updates. F3 Events works closely with the City of Chicago and reserves the right to cancel/re-schedule the event in dangerous weather. Please note that your registration is non-refundable.

Race Results

Find your 2016 race results here!


2016 photos can be found here and here!

Course Maps

Course Certified IL-141164-JW

2015 F3 Lake Half Route Map REV

Course Certified IL-11043-JW

CARA Certified Race

CARA Certified Green Race

Race Sponsors

Road Runner Sports



101.9 The Mix WTM-FM Chicago

CARA Chicago Area Runners Association

Special Olympics Chicago


Physicians Immediate Care