Sunday , May 31st - Highland Park

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Goodie Bag

We’re proud to outfit all of our runners in killer swag.

Women:

-tech material
-slimming side panels
-racerback tank
-ombre stripe pattern

Men:

-tech material
-comfortable tank
-contrasting mesh side panels
-subtle stripes

View the sizing chart.

Medal

All half marathon finishers will score an official North Shore Classic medal commemorating their race. The medal showcases the natural beauty of the North Shore’s tree-lined streets, plus the race name and distance.

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Race Day

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Gear Check

Gear check will be available race morning to all registered participants from 6:00am-11:30am.

Bags may be left at official gear check tent ONLY. Unattended bags will be immediately removed from the premises and discarded.

• 6:00am – 11:30am on race day
• Gear check bags must be 12” X 18” or smaller
• Bags may be left at gear check tent only

RAM Racing is not responsible for lost or damaged items. Please have the gear check tab from your bib adhered to your bag prior to entering the gear check lines.

Location

Sunday, May 31, 2015
Downtown Highland Park –Park Avenue and St. Johns in the Eastside Metra parking lot.

Time

5K – 7:00am
Half Marathon – 7:30am

Get there by 6:00am to check your gear and find your corral.

Parking

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Parking in Downtown Highland Park is plentiful. HOWEVER, PARKING IN PRIVATE LOTS INTENDED FOR CUSTOMERS ONLY IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Please check all signs, and make sure you are not parking somewhere you should not. Click here for more information on public parking in Highland Park.

Packet Pick Up

• Thursday, May 28th
o 10:00am-8:00pm
o Fleet Feet Old Town- 1620 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614
o Fleet Feet Elmhurst-124 Schiller St, Elmhurst, IL 60126

• Friday, May 29th
o 10:00am-8:00pm
o Running Away Multisport Deerfield
800 Waukegan Rd. Deerfield, IL 60015

• Saturday, May 30th
o 10:00am-8:00pm
o Running Away Multisport Deerfield
800 Waukegan Rd. Deerfield, IL 60015

No packets or goodie bags will be distributed past the close of packet pickup on Saturday, May 30th. Friends or family members are welcome collect your packet for you. Just send them with a copy of your confirmation email. You may switch your goodie bag size up until a month before the race on your RAM Racing account.

Packet Mailing

RAM Racing offers the option to have your packet mailed for 2015 North Shore Classic. If you have already registered for the event, and would like to register for packet by mail, follow the instructions below:

1. Log into your RAM Racing account
2. Open the “Your Races” tab in the upper right corner of the screen
3. Click on the View tab next to the correct race
4. Select the “Packet Mailing” option and follow the prompts through the payment process to pay the $15.27 for shipping

The deadline for register for packet by mail is May 17th.

If you have not already registered for the race, you will have the option to add packet mailing during the registration process. Please, no P.O. Box addresses.

Course

You’ll love the 2015 North Shore Classic course.

•Minimum pace: 15 minute mile
•Each aid station includes sports drink, water, port-a-johns, and medical support
•Mile markers at each mile
•5k, 10k, and 15k course splits
•Start line staging begins at 6:00am
•Medical Info: ALS units will be positioned at each aid station. In addition, course marshals and aid stations captains will be in communication with the medical teams at all times. Medical facilities will also be available at the finish line.

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+ Start Corrals

North Shore Classic participants who run faster than an 11:30/mile will be assigned to a Qualifying Start Corral based on the following criteria:

• Your past performance in a RAM Racing event from 2012-2015 that is in our system. If you have this you will not be prompted for qualifying proof.
• Your proof of a qualifying result for a 5k or longer event run within 2 years of the race date that you submit.

Start corrals will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Runners who only provide expected pace times for start corral placements and do not wish to provide proof will be assigned to the open corrals behind the Qualifying Corrals. Participants with a qualifying time from a past RAM Racing event from 2012-2015 will be automatically placed in the appropriate corral. If you wish to change or improve your start position, you may submit proof of a qualifying time. See How to Update or Change Your Corral Assignment for additional information.

+ How to Update or Change Your Corral Assignment

If you would like to update or change your start corral assignment, you can do so by submitting a qualifying time no later than 3 weeks prior to race day.
To submit a qualifying time:

1. log into your RAM Racing Account at http://ramracing.enmotive.com/
2. Open the “My Account” tab in the upper right corner of the screen
3. Click on the “View Registration” tab next to the correct upcoming race
4. Follow the prompts to attach proof

You will receive an email confirming acceptance or denial of submitted results no later than 2 weeks prior to race day.

+ What do you accept as proof of a qualifying time?

Submitted results must be from a race that is a distance of 5k or longer, run within the last two years. The following forms of proof will be accepted:

• A screen shot of your individual race results. The race name and date must appear along with your results.
• An attachment in the form of a finisher’s certificate that contains your name, the race name/distance and finish time.
• An attached printout from an online race results page and ensure the race name and date appear on the page. Please circle or underline your name and time and give us an idea of where to look.
• A link to your individual race results. Please ensure your name and results are the ONLY ones appearing on the page.

Assignment to a start corral is not guaranteed. Runners must verify their corral placement in their RAM Racing account. Placement in a Qualified Corral can be found the week before the event in your account next to the event.

+ FAQ about Corrals

What do you mean by Race Pace?
Your race pace is how many minutes it takes you to run or walk one mile. Say it takes you ten minutes to run one mile. That means that your race pace is 10 minutes per mile.

How can I find out my Corral?
Once you’ve registered for the event, you can confirm your Start Corral assignment one week prior to that event on Your Races page found in your RAM Racing account. Your Start Corral will be listed next to your name, city, state, and age division.

What if I do not care about corrals?
No worries, if you do not care we will go off the time you entered when registering and place you in an Open Corral with other like paced runners.

What if I have proof but my friend does not and we want to run together?
If you want to run with a friend or family member who does not have qualifying proof we can put you both in the Open corrals. Just sign up with the same estimated race pace that is comfortable for everyone.

My race partner and I got placed in different corrals?
You can always line up with the person who is furthest back in the corrals on on race day.

Why do you have this corral system?
To ensure a smooth and safe race it is best if people run with like paced runners. It is no fun for a 6min/mile racer to try to dodge walkers and it is no fun for walkers to get knocked down by eager speedy runners. With properly assigned corrals everyone can have a safe and enjoyable event. No matter your speed we will have the chocolate goodies waiting at the end!

I just want to be in the same corral as my family/friends.
Make sure you all talk before registering and have everyone put in the same estimated race pace. Try to make it a bit unique, instead of putting in 10min/miles try 10:02. If not everyone can provide proof make sure you choose a time everyone is confortable with (12:03) and have everyone choose the Open corral option. If you do end up getting split up just remember you can always line up with the person furthest back.

 

Illinois Elite Half Marathon Corral

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Join the Illinois Elite Half Marathon Corral and start at the front of the pack. Run alongside like-paced runners, set a new personal record, and win cash totaling over $10,000.

+ Qualifying & Entry Standards

The qualifying standard to enter the men’s field is 1:20:00 and for the women’s is 1:35:00. If you have not met these standards, an equivalent time from a similar event distance may be submitted and approved on a case-by-case basis. All qualifying performances must be as of January 1, 2013 or later. Qualifying performances must be submitted by May 1st, 2015 to be considered. If results are not submitted you will be placed in an alternate start corral and will not be eligible for the prize purse.

We will be able to offer complimentary race entries on a case-by-case, first come first serve basis. The minimum standard to receive consideration for complimentary entries is 1:08:00 for the men and 1:20:00 for the women.

The Illinois Elite Corral will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Assignment to the Illinois Elite Corral is not guaranteed. All participants may verify their corral assignments on their Your Race page in your RAM Racing account.

+ Prize Purse

Over $10,000 is up for grabs in the Illinois Elite Half Marathon Corral. The Top 10 overall Men and Women in the Illinois Elite Corral will receive awards. The awards structure for 2015 is as follows for both the men and the women:

1st Place = $1,500
2nd Place = $1,000
3rd Place = $500
4th Place = $400
5th Place = $300
6th Place = $200
7th Place = $150
8th Place = $100
9th Place = $75
10th Place = $50

Male Event Record* = 1:04:05 – Moses Waweru, Crystal Lake, IL (2011)

Female Event Record* = 1:17:06 – Elizabeth Boyle, Elmhurst, IL (2011)

*In addition to the overall prize money the top overall male and female finisher that breaks the existing Illinois event record will receive an additional $1000.

Athletes must be accepted into and start with the Illinois Elite Corral in order to be eligible for the prize purse. Failure to do so will result in ineligibility.

+ How to Apply

To be considered for the Illinois Elite Corral and to be eligible for the prize purse you need to be a resident of Illinois and you must have proof of a qualifying finishing time from a previous race. If you would like to apply for the Illinois Elite Corral you may do so by registering for the half marathon and selecting the Illinois Elite option during registration and then submitting your proof of results. Qualifying race times are those with a half marathon finishing time of 1:25:00 for men and 1:35:00 for women.

If you have already registered and would like to be considered for the Illinois Elite Corral please email your proof of qualification along with your confirmation number to illinoiselite@ramracing.org.

Acceptable proof of qualification includes:

• A screen shot of your individual race results inserted into the body of your email (the race name and date must appear along with your results)
• An attachment in the form of a finisher’s certificate
• An attached printout from an online race results page (please circle or underline your name and time) and ensure the race name and date appear on the page
• A link to your individual race results. Please ensure your name and results are the ONLY ones appearing on the page

The Illinois Elite Corral will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Assignment to the Illinois Elite Corral is not guaranteed. All participants may verify their corral assignments on their Your Race page in your RAM Racing account.

+ Acceptable Proof of Residency

The Illinois Elite Corral and prize purse is only open to current Illinois residents. Illinois Elite Corral runners will need to provide proof of Illinois residency at packet pickup and on race day before receiving your bib. Acceptable proof of residency includes:

• Current Illinois License.
• Current Illinois State ID.
• Current Utility or Mortgage bill in your name.

Failure to provide adequate proof of residency on race day will result in removal from the Illinois Elite Corral. You will be reassigned to an alternate start corral and will be ineligible for the prize purse.

Awards

Live Runner Updates

Keep your friends and family in the loop as you run the North Shore Classic Half Marathon & 5k. Live runner updates send them free notifications via Facebook, Twitter, or text as you cross specific points on the course. Here’s how to get live runner updates set up:

  • Make sure the person you’d like to receive updates on is registered for the race. FYI, it may take up to 24 hours to be able to track someone who has just registered
  • Sign up and select the runners you would like to receive updates on, and how (Facebook, Twitter, or text)
  • Expect updates on race day!

After the race, all runners will receive free downloadable photos and video clips of themselves as they cross the finish line.

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Photos & Video

Share your memorable race moments! Find your free photos and videos on desktop or mobile on the Thursday following race day.

Results & Timing

+ Timing Chips

North Shore Classic is an officially timed event using the ChronoTrack B-Tag disposable chip timing system, the industry leader in endurance events. The timing system provides each participant with an accurate time from the start to the finish line as well as on course splits. Individual timing tags are affixed to the back of each bib number. Leave the tags on the back of the bib number and wear the bib number on your front torso, so that it is clearly visible on the outside of your clothing.

Please ensure the following are in order to receive an accurate time:

-Race bib is clearly visible on the front of the torso
-Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (do not fold or wrinkle)
-Race bib is pinned in all four corners
-Race bib is not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)

+ Live Results

North Shore Classic is a USATF-sanctioned event. You’ll see timing clocks at each mile marker along the course, as well as at the start and finish lines. Results will stream live online in real-time, so you and your fans can check your time right after crossing the finish line.

+ Previous Results

Previous race results can be found on our results page.

+ Results Corrections

If you think the time we gave you is a little weird, let us know within two weeks through a correction request. Results become official after the 2-week mark.

+ Overall Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 10:30am. Only the top 3 overall male and female runners will be announced at the Post Race Party.

+ Age Group Awards

Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers, male and female, in each age group for each distance. Age groups are 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24 and every 5 years through 70+. All awards will be mailed within 6-8 weeks.

 

Charity

Misericordia Heart of Mercy

RAM Racing will donate $5 from every half marathon registration to Misericordia Heart of Mercy, home to 600 children and adults challenged by mental and physical disabilities. Misericordia’s campus located at 6300 North Ridge Ave. contains thirteen individual group homes, an independent living apartment complex, four residential centers and a skilled nursing facility for non ambulatory children and adults, an intensive training center for adults, ten structured apartments of adults with severe and profound mental disabilities and seven home sites in the neighboring communities. For more information on helping to develop necessary programs for residents, contact Misericordia at www.misericordia.com.

Click here to make a donation to Misericordia Heart of Mercy.

 

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Volunteer

We love our volunteers! Click here to sign up for a volunteer position, or shoot an email to dlample@ramracing.org

RAM Racing Individual Volunteer Guidelines
RAM Racing Group Volunteer Guidelines

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FAQ

+ Where can I see the details of my registration?

Log into RAM Racing, then click My Account to view your registration.

+ Can I get a refund or transfer my entry?

All participant entries are non-transferable and non-refundable according to USATF regulations.

+ Will you email me more information closer to the event?

Yes, keep an eye out for emails from info@ramracing.org.

+ I want to be in the same corral as my friend. What can we do?

Go ahead and move back in corrals—but please don’t move up.

+ Can I walk the North Shore Classic Half Marathon and 5k?

North Shore Classic Half Marathon and 5k welcomes walkers that can keep up with the 15 minute per mile pace. That’s about four miles per hour, or a very brisk walk.

+ Is there an age minimum or maximum?

North Shore Classic Half Marathon and 5k welcomes all ages to the race. Please note participants under the age of 12 needing to be accompanied by an adult at all times, even on course.

+ Are there toilets on-site?

Yes—there are port-o-johns at the start/finish area and at the aid stations.

+ Are baby carriers permitted?

Not on course, but they’re welcome in spectating sections!

+ Are dogs allowed?

Sorry, no dogs are allowed on the course.

+ Can I bring my bike?

Feel free to ride to the event, but you’ll have to park it before you get to the course.

+ Can I use multiple coupon codes?

One code per registration, please. Codes can be added during check out.

+ Can I change my goodie bag size?

You can switch sizes until 4 weeks before the event:
1) Log onto your account from the RAM Racing website
2) Open the “My Account” tab in the upper right corner of the screen
3) Look under the “Upcoming Races” column and click on the “View” tab next to the correct race

Exchanges will also be available at both Running Away Multisport stores for one week post-race, pending availability.

Ambassadors

As a brand ambassador, you will be our eyes and ears on-site. Tap into the social and running communities and engage in conversations with our audience: everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned runner, couch-to-5ker, or just a casual run/walker we want you to participate with us! Post fliers, talk to businesses, universities, athletic stores and your friends! We have a fun race lineup planned and we want you to enjoy being a part of our RAM Racing team. All Ambassadors will be outfitted with RAM Racing swag. Ambassadors will be rewarded for the number of registrants that use their unique code. Your talents could earn you a free race entry, shoes, or an iPad!

Those that go above and beyond could win our Grand Prize: The Ultimate Getaway! Fly first-class anywhere in the country with a friend for the weekend!

If you are interested, please send us some info about yourself, your running journey and tell us why you would make a great RAMbassador in your community in 250 words or less. Email media@ramracing.org.

*Please allow at least 48 hours before inquiring about your RAMbassador status. Our race team is working hard and will address all applications in the order received.

25 registrations: Free Entry to any RAM Racing series event
50 registrations: Bonus RAM Racing swag items
100 registrations: Free pair of shoes via Running Away Multisport
250 registrations: $250 VISA gift card
500 registrations: 16GB iPad Air
1,000 registrations: Trip for 2 + hotel to any Hot Chocolate race
1,500 registrations: Pre-race massage & spa day (Up to $300)
2,500 registrations: First-Class Trip for 2 to any Hot Chocolate race
5,000+ registrations: Trip for 2 First-Class anywhere in the US**
**travel dates subject to vary