Event Schedule and Details

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Date and Location:

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Grant Park
Upper Hutchinson Field

Balbo Avenue and Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Course map


8:30 a.m. – Event Village opens
8:30 a.m. – Be The Match Registry Drive opens
9:15 a.m. – Marrow/PBSC Donor & Transplant Recipient/Patient photo (at stage)
9:30 a.m. – Welcome Program and Top Fundraising Awards
9:45 a.m. – Tot Trot
10:00 a.m. – 5K
10:05 a.m. – 1K

Once running results are final, winners will be announced and prizes will be available for pickup at the Information Tent.

Specialty bibs are available for marrow donors, transplant recipients and supporters who are participating in honor or memory of a special person. Pick up your bib at the Be The Match Tent in the Event Village.

Please note: We do not offer a bag drop. Please leave any items you don’t want to carry in a secure location.

Join Bollywood Groove as they get you warmed up for the Be The Match Walk+Run through some fun bG Cardio on Bollywood tunes!

Bollywood Groove is a Dance, Fitness and Education company with 30+ classes/week for kids and adults.  They have been featured on NBC, ABC, FOX, Elle Magazine, Nielsen Media, WCIU, Sun Times and more. Their professional dance team has performed at Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Ruth Page, Montrose, Museum of Contemporary Art and the opening of Chicago’s Summerdance festival. Their latest book on Holi - India's festival of colors - is a perfect multicultural read for kids! To find out more on this and their other titles, visit BollyGroove.com/books.

Course Information:

The 1K and 5K routes are along the paved running/biking Lakefront Trail starting near Upper Hutchinson Field. While there are no vehicles on this trail system, it is open to the public and is popular with joggers & cyclists. Please be courteous to other runners, walkers, and cyclists by staying on your right, especially if you are accompanied by children and/or have strollers. There are two points where the route crosses the street, so traffic Control Officers will assist participants at these intersections.

We are better neighbors when we do not block the whole path by walking 4-5 across, but rather walk in pairs and leave room for other beach-goers to enjoy the paths as well.

It is also important to pay special attention to the directions provided by signage and course marshals.

The Tot Trot is approximately 150-200 feet

Fundraising Incentives and Running Awards:

Click here for fundraising incentives and running awards information.

Community Outreach:

Eat at Giordano's on April 29 and 15% of your entire bill will be donated to Be The Match. Print this flier to participate.

We are looking for volunteer leaders! Be part of the Local Organizing Committee that is dedicated to helping the event reach its goals in order to save more lives. Committee members serve as ambassadors of Be The Match, lead fundraising efforts for the Walk+Run, and promote the Walk+Run in the local community. No experience is necessary.

You can also help us get the word out about your participation in the Be The Match Walk+Run. Build awareness and help boost the funds you raise by spreading the word to your social networks or by posting event posters and postcards in your community.

Contact Angie Larson at angela.larson@nmdp.org  for more information about the committee or to request posters and/or postcards.

Early Packet Pickup and Walk-up Registration:

When:   Friday, April 28, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Fleet Feet Sports – Old Town
              1620 N Wells Street
              Chicago, IL 60614
              (312) 587-3338

Directions can be found at www.fleetfeetchicago.com/oldtown

You can have a family member or friend pick up your bib and T-shirt if you are registered and unable to claim it yourself. 

Team Captains: If you will be picking up for an entire team, please email Angie Larson at angela.larson@nmdp.org  by 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 to reserve a pickup time.

Parking Information:

Host Hotel:

Hilton Garden Inn
10 E. Grand Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Rate and Cut-off Date:

Be The Match Walk+Run group room rate: $169
Reservation cutoff date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

  • The hotel will accept reservations from attendees after the cut-off date, on an availability basis.

Booking Instructions:

Guests may call to make reservations at 800-445-8667 or use the Be The Match group reservation link below to make an online reservation. When calling, all guests must identify themselves as a member of the Be The Match Walk+Run group in order to obtain the hotel’s group rate. 

Click here to book your hotel reservation for the Chicago Be The Match Walk+Run room block.


Valet is available for $64 overnight with in and out privileges and self-parking is $46 overnight without in and out privileges.