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

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


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 warmup 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
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.



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!



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. 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.



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

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.

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.

CARA Certified Race
CARA Certified Green Race


All participants will receive a long sleeve tech shirt. Half Marathon participants will receive a bonus SweatVac tech running beanie hat!

Beanie hat

Bonus beanie for Half Marathon participants!

Race shirt

Course Maps

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

Race Sponsors

Road Runner Sports
CARA Chicago Area Runners Association
Special Olympics Chicago