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Race Name:Chicago Lakefront Ultras 50/50
Date:Saturday November 2nd, 2024 - 7:00 am
State:Illinois, United States  Go there or Go there in new browser
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[logo: Chicago Lakefront Ultras]The race is a 50 mile and a 50K race along the Chicago lakefront path. The 50 mile race time limit is 11-hours and 50K time limit is 9-hours (early start option is available if more time is needed for either race). The 50 mile race starts at 7:00 am and the 50K race starts at 8:00 am.

Race Location
The race start/finish area is at: Foster Avenue Beach House
Address: 5200 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60640
This is on the east side of Lake Shore Drive, south of the Foster Avenue Beach House.
GPS: 41.977085, -87.648219

The Courses
50K Course (race start time 8:00 am): Course consists of three, 10.3 mile, out-and-back "loops" on the Lakefront Trail
• the South "turnaround" is located just west of the North Avenue Beach House
• the North "turnaround" is located just south of the Foster Avenue Beach House
• 50K Course Map (approximate) -
50-Mile Course (race start time 7:00 am): Course consists of four, 12.5 mile, out-and-back "loops" on the Lakefront Trail
• the South "turnaround" is located at approximately Walton Place (about 950 North) on the Lakefront Trail
• the North "turnaround" is located just south of the Foster Avenue Beach House
• 50 Mile Course Map (approximate) -
NOTE: If you are attempting to set a USATF open or age group record, you must notify the Race Directors as soon as possible to ensure all requirements are met prior to the race.

Coronavirus considerations
The race will follow all safety precautions required by the Chicago Park District at the time of the race. Details will be emailed to participants.

Spectators and Crew Support
In order to be consistent with USATF Rules and Regulations, crew support providing food and hydration is only allowed at the designated aid stations. Crews and spectators on bikes should be extremely careful of pedestrians, runners, and other bikers as the lakefront path will be open to the general public during the race.

Aid Stations
Two aid stations (There will be no aid station at Recreation Drive). The aid stations are 5.2 miles apart, at the turnaround locations for the 50k race. The 50 milers will have access to the North Ave Beach aid station twice each loop, going outbound and inbound (this distance is a 2.2 mile loop). The aid stations serving both the 50-Miler and the 50K are located on the Lakefront Trail at:
• North Avenue Beach, just west of the North Avenue Beach House, and east of the Parking Lot (5.2 miles from start/finish/north turnaround).
• There is also an aid station and drop bag at the start/finish area, at the north turnaround spot at Foster Ave Beach.

Aid stations at the north and south turnarounds will have water, Tailwind, Coke, Mountain Dew, Ginger Ale. For food we will have assorted cookies, chips, pretzels, M&M’s, nuts, and some other goodies. Volunteers will be at the aid stations to handle the drink and food items.

WE ARE GOING CUPLESS!!! You will be provided with one, reusable, foldable silicon cup for water, Tailwind, and soda. We also strongly encourage you to bring your own hand held water bottle, hydration bottles and vest, Camelback, etc.

You will have access to your drop bag at each north turnaround loop, so if you are not comfortable with using the aid station supplies, please bring your own supplies and/or have your crew help support you. Note that the aid stations do not have energy gels, so plan accordingly.

We will have portable restrooms located near the start/finish areas and at the North Ave Beach House aid station. There are no other facilities on the course. Restroom facilities/buildings maintained by the Chicago Park District are scheduled to be closed before the race date.

Drop Bag Areas
There will be large designated drop bag areas in the start/finish area in order to help with social distancing. The drop bag areas will be tarps, and they will be open to the elements. The extra space should allow everyone to have their own space without being too close to each other. Please do not crowd the space and do not touch/move other people’s stuff.

I have always found that using a small cooler works great as a drop bag. That gives you something protected from the elements, and if it is a hard-sided cooler, it gives you a place to sit, if needed.

Packet Pickup / Runner Check-In
All participants must check in on race morning prior to the start of their event. Packet pickup will take place at the race start/finish area, Foster Avenue Beach House. Packet pickup will begin at 6:30am and conclude prior to the start of each event.

At packet pickup, you will receive a timing chip, your bib number, pins, race shirt, and reusable silicon cup. Your race bib number needs to be visible at all times.

Everyone will receive a race shirt. All 50K finishers (including early starters) will receive a finishers' medal. Belt buckles will be awarded to 50 mile runners who complete the race within the 11-hour time limit (early starters will also receive belt buckles if they complete the entire distance before the course closes). First place overall male and female for each event distance will earn a very special recognition award.

Early Starters
If you would like to start early for either race, please contact me at to let me know. We must keep track of who is starting early.

There is plenty of parking at the Foster Avenue Beach House location. There is a large parking lot immediately south of the Foster Avenue Beach House and additional parking east of the soccer fields south of the beach house. There is free parking along the soccer fields south of the beach house along N Simonds Drive. Parking in the parking lots is paid parking using the Park Chicago app or the meter stations.
Weather forecast: National Weather Service
Posted:April 2nd, 2024 6:49 am
Last Update:April 2nd, 2024 1:33 pm
Event InformationFor multiple Member Events:
Name of EventDistanceMeasurementDateStart TimeRelay MembersTeam Members
    Chicago Lakefront 50k50.00KilometersNov 2nd, 20248:00 am
    Chicago Lakefront 50 Mile50.00MilesNov 2nd, 20247:00 am
    Chicago Lakefront Ultras Volunteers9.00HoursNov 2nd, 20246:00 am
Director Information
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Name of Race DirectorEmail AddressPhone Number
Jeffrey FleitzChicagoLakefrontRD@gmail.com219-359-6755
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