F3 Lake Half Marathon

F^3 Lake Half Marathon

presented by REM-Fit

Saturday, January 24, 2015 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

Awesome Swag

High-quality F^3 beanies, tech gloves, and bottle opener medals

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

Race Day Information


View answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions

Swag and Awards

Half Marathon participants will receive a high-quality F^3 beanie hat and tech gloves.

New 2015 design for the bottle opener medal.

Trophies and premium prizes for the top males and females, plus masters and age group awards.

5K participants receive a pair of tech gloves.


Pre and post-race party in the United Club at Soldier Field. No need to travel to a separate bar!

All pre-race activity and announcements are inside the United Club at Soldier Field.
Address: 1410 Museum Drive Campus, Chicago, IL. 60605


Available in North Garage at Soldier Field. Rate of $19 for first 4 hours (then $22 for 4+ hours). 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

Check out SpotHero – you can save on garages NEAR Soldier Field – use this link and save $5 on your parking! Note that the garages available for this offer are a short walk from Soldier Field so please plan accordingly.Also note SpotHero Mobile Promo Code F3. This code offers attendees $10 off parking rates when purchased via their iPhone or Android app


Public Transportation
The RTA Travel Information Center provides scheduling information for all CTA, Metra and PACE services. For information, please call 312.836.7000 or visit www.rtachicago.com.

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

Packet Pickup

Saturday, January 17
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dick Pond Athletics – Lisle

2775 Maple Avenue
Lisle, IL 60532

Sunday, January 18
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
RoadRunner Sports – Chicago

1435 N Kingsbury St
Chicago, IL 60642

Monday, January 19 (MLK)
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
RoadRunner Sports – Wilmette

3232 Lake Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091

Tuesday, January 20
4:00 – 7:00 pm
RunningExcels – Frankfort

24 W Elwood St
Frankfort, IL 60423

Thursday, January 22
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
RoadRunner Sports – Chicago

1435 N Kingsbury St
Chicago, IL 60642

Friday, January 23
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
RoadRunner Sports – Chicago

1435 N Kingsbury St
Chicago, IL 60642

  • No race-day packet pickup
  • Others may collect for you with a copy of your registration or ID
  • Large groups: please email ahead if you want to pick up together and we will pull your packets to speed up the process

Did You Purchase F3 Merchandise During Registration?

We will have all pre-purchased 1/4 zip tops and 2014 edition beanie hats available for pickup in the United Club on race day. NOT at Packet Pickup. At Packet Pickup you will receive your race number, Tech Gloves and 2015 Beanie Hat only.

Are You Traveling From Out of Town?

F3 has partnered with Radisson Blu hotel to offer great rates the weekend of F3 2015! Just $129 per night!

Please call their reservations line directly (800-333-3333) and reserve your room under the “January Half Marathon” block.


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

Want to change distances?

This year we added a 5k distance. You are able to change your race distance by logging into your RunningGuru account, going to “edit event” and “change registration” There is a $10 admin fee to change distances, plus the applicable additional registration fee if you are switching “up” to the half marathon. Change your registration here

Weather Policy & Event Alert System

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 will work closely with the City of Chicago and reserve the right to cancel/re-schedule the event in dangerous weather. 
Please note that your registration is non-refundable.
Event Alert System

A color-coded Event Alert System (EAS) will communicate the status of course conditions to participants leading up to and on race day. The levels range from Low (green) to Moderate (yellow) to High (red) to Extreme (black) based primarily on the weather, as well as other conditions.

  • Email and website communication during race week will inform participants of the current Event Alert System status and provide preparation tips based on advance weather forecasts.
  • On race day, the current Event Alert System status will be communicated via public address announcements and color-coded signs/flags at the start and finish areas, and along the course at each of the aid station locations.

All participants should familiarize themselves with the Event Alert System prior to the race, remain alert for directions from race officials and announcers and take precautions to prepare properly for varying weather conditions on race day.


Past Races

Goodie Bag & Finisher Medal

Goodie Bag

Half Marathon & 5K Course Maps

  • Course Certified – IL-141164-JW
2015 F3 Lake Half Route Map REV
  • Course Certified – IL-11043-JW

Race Day Information

Gear Check

Gear check opens at 8am and closes at 1:40pm. 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

8am: Gear Check Opens
9:40am: Group warmup inside the United Club, hosted by REM-Fit’s Coach Kevin
9:48am: Half Marathon runners will be ushered outside to start line
10am: Half Marathon starts
10:15am: 5k Runners are ushered outside to the start line
10:20am: 5k starts
11am: Post Race Party begins
12:30: Awards Ceremony inside the United Club
1:30pm: Course closes
1:40pm: 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. When you cross the finish line, not only will you get the shiny, chunky bottle opener medal (half marathon only), but we’ll also have hot chocolate, Kind Bars and Chocolate Milk courtesy of our sponsors
Half Marathon
1st Overall Male & Female: $150 gift certificate to RoadRunner Sports
2nd Overall Male & Female: Certificate for shoes from RoadRunner Sports
3rd Over Male and Female: Certiicate for Apparel from RoadRunner Sports
All overall winners will get an exclusive trophy

Age Groups:
Age groups are 3 deep and each winner gets a gift certificate and race specific prize ribbon

Overall Awards Only for the 5k
1st Overall Male & Female: $50 gift certificate to RoadRunner Sports
2nd Overall Male & Female: $30 gift certificate to RoadRunner Sports
3rd Over Male and Female: $20 gift certificate to RoadRunner Sports


Results will be posted at the REM-Fit booth as they become available.
Results will be posted on the F3 Events Facebook page and this website after the event. A printout of your results can be obtained in the Info Tent in the United Club. Also, an announcement at the after party will be made once the results are available online.
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!


CARA Certified Race
CARA Certified Green Race


Back by popular demand!

The F^3 5k

for those who want to FFFreeze without running a full 13.1!

5k goodie bag:

Tech Gloves
First Pint on Goose Island
(Beanie Hat is just for the Half Marathon participants)

Race Sponsors

Road Runner Sports
CRR 8 logo
Special Olympics Chicago
CARA Chicago Area Runners Association