The Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler and Chicago Quarter Marathon both announced plans for their 2016 races this week, with several changes coming to the Lakefront 10 Miler and special registration discounts on the Chicago Quarter Marathon.
Yesterday, the Chicago Area Runners Association revealed its plans for next year’s Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler and 5K. As the name suggests, the race this year added a 5K to its offerings, though only the 10 mile distance will count as part of the CARA Runners Choice Circuit competition for 2016. As in the past, the race will provide cash awards to the top three male and female finishers, age group awards to the top three male and female finishers in each age group, awards to the top three Clydesdale and Athena runners and awards to the top male, female and combined club teams. The Lakefront 10 will also recognize the fastest male and female up Cricket Hill, a hallmark of the racecourse, by timing every participant’s splits up the hill. Overall finish place does not impact a person’s ability to win Fastest Jack or Jill Up the Hill, though runners must finish the race to be eligible to win.
The most substantial change to the Lakefront 10, however, is its date. Historically held in late April, the race has moved up by a month and is scheduled for March 19, 2016, making it one of only a handful of large events before the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, which will take place on April 3 next year. Runners who register before Dec. 1 can use the discount code “runLiveGrit” to save $5 on the early registration fee, bringing the registration fee for CARA members down to $40 and down to $50 for non-members. The first 100 to register will also receive a free FuelBelt Sprint, a small handheld water bottle with a pouch for holding keys, cash, or gels.
For those looking for something a little longer than a 5K but a little shorter than a 10 miler, on March 26, the third annual Chicago Quarter Marathon will also take place that day. Registration opens next Wednesday, Nov. 25, at noon, and as usual the first 25 runners to sign up will pay only 25 cents to run the race. The next 225 can register for $25 for the 6.55-mile race. After that, registration costs $50.25. Those who register on Nov. 25 for the full $50.25 will receive a free embroidered beanie.
All participants in the Chicago Quarter Marathon will receive a full zip jacket, and a portion of proceeds will benefit Prevent Child Abuse America.