Race Review: Chi Town Half Marathon and 10K


On Saturday, September 11th, All Community Events held the 11th annual Chi Town Half Marathon and 10K along Chicago’s iconic lakefront. Normally held in April, this race was pushed to the fall due to the pandemic. Race day was ideal with temps in the low 70’s on race morning and a beautiful sunrise.

Both distances began at 7am at Montrose Harbor, with runners staggered by pace time. There were three groups clearly divided to help space out runners at the start and along the course.

As always, All Community Events put on an amazingly well organized event. Multiple parking options were communicated pre-race day and several packet pick up options were made available to runners. Most importantly, to me at least, there were dozens of porta potties at the start/finish and ZERO lines!

Runners began at Montrose Harbor and looped out three miles before circling back and completing the rest of the mileage in an out and back on the Lakefront Trail. It was a busy morning with multiple organized races and marathon build up runs going on, but everyone was respectful on the trail and the energy was high.

Runners returned to the finish line at Montrose with a live band, beer, and medals for all of the finishers. It was a job well done to the All Community Events team, volunteers, and all of the runners, who can cozy up in the soft hoodies which all participants received.



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Mandi has been running for over 25 years and has participated in the Chicago, Detroit, and Boston Marathons. Mandi regularly competes in regional events and enjoys being a part of several running groups including CARA and the Badgerland Striders. She is a co-host on the Ten Junk Miles podcast and looks forward to hosting the Chicago Athlete Podcast. An RRCA certified coach and Les Mills certified instructor, Mandi is also a coach with Chicago Athlete Coaching. Mandi is a local government attorney by weekday and race warrior by weekend.


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