General Info

Event Date & Start Time

Sunday – June 1, 2014

5K – 7:00 am
Half Marathon – 7:30 am

*Race Date and Start Times subject to change.


Downtown Highland Park –Park Avenue and St. Johns in the Eastside Metra parking lot.

Packet Pickup

Thursday, May 29th, 10:00am-8pm – Running Away Multisport Lincoln Park, 2219 N. Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Friday, May 30th, 9:30am-6pm –Running Away Multisport Deerfield. 800 Waukegan Rd. Deerfield, IL 60015

Saturday, May 31st, 9:30am-6pm – 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 31st. NO EXCEPTIONS! Friends and/or family members may collect your packet for you. Just send them with a copy of your confirmation email.

Packet Mailing

RAM Racing now offers the option to have your packet mailed for the 2014 North Shore Half Marathon & 5k. If you have already registered for the event, and would like to register for packet by mail, follow the instructions below:

a. Log onto your account from the RAM Racing website
b. Look under “Upcoming Races” column on the right side of the screen.
c. Click on the View tab next to the correct race
d. Click the pencil image next to your goodie bag size and select the “Packet Mailing” option and follow the prompts through the payment process to pay

If you have NOT already registered for the race, you will have the option to add packet mailing during the registration process:

  • The cost is $15.27 per registered participant.
  • May 5th, 2014 is the deadline for packet mailing for the 2014 North Shore Half Marathon & 5k. *No P.O. Box addresses.
  • Your packet will include your race bib number, timing tag(s), and goodie bag item. You must bring your bib number and timing tag(s) to the event. Additional bibs and timing chips will not be distributed on race day. Please refer to specific instructions within the packet regarding your timing chip.
  • No Goodie Bag size exchanges at packet pickup locations or on race day.
    • Goodie Bag exchanges are offered based on availability the week after the event for a week at Running Away Multisport locations.
    • No size exchanges offered by mail.
    • No Race day Packet Pickup.

Course Information

Please note that a 15 minute mile pace or faster is required for the North Shore Half Marathon and 5k. A 15 min. mile pace is roughly four miles per hour, equivalent to a very brisk walk.

If you fall below this pace, the race organizers can no longer guarantee course support. Aid Stations, medical support, portable toilets, and road closures will begin to become unavailable to participants. The local police and race organizers will ask you to either move up onto the sidewalk or require you to be transported further up on course to catch up to the 15 min. per mile group.

Visit the Course Page for more information.

Start Line Staging

All race bibs will be marked with their designated start corral. Corral staging for the 5K will begin at 6:05AM. All 5K runners must be in their start corral by 6:25AM. Due to scheduling of the Half Marathon, no late starts for the 5K will be allowed.

Corral staging for the 1/2 marathon will begin at 6:35AM. Participants will be released from the start in waves. Each start corral corresponds to a wave. There will be 2 minutes between waves to maintain a safe, fast and fun course for all participants. Please be sure to check your bag at gear check before proceeding to the start line area.


Due to the fact a portion of this race is run on streets shared with traffic (Sheridan road will not be closed entirely), all runners need to exercise caution & stay to the right as much as possible.

Gear Check

Gear check will be available race morning to all registered participants from 5:30AM-11:30AM. Bags should be no larger than 12″ x 18″. RAM Racing is not responsible for lost, damaged or misplaced items. Please have the gear check tab from your bib adhered to your bag prior to entering the gear check lines.

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


The North Shore Half Marathon and 5K will be using the ChronoTrack disposable chip system. Each participant will receive a B-Tag attached to their race bib when they pick up their race materials at packet pickup. No bibs or B-Tags will be distributed on race day.

In order to receive an accurate time, please confirm your bib is…

  • Clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Pinned in all four corners
  • Not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)