Event Schedule and Details

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Date and Location:

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Grant Park
Upper Hutchinson Field

Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Course map

Early Packet Pickup and Walk-up Registration:

When:   Saturday, May 5, 12:00 p.m.  – 6:00 p.m.
Where:  Fleet Feet – South Loop
              1145 S. Delano Ct. (a little street off of 150 W. Roosevelt)
              Chicago, IL 60605
              (312) 788-3338

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 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 to reserve a pickup time.

Event Day Schedule:

8:30 a.m. – Event Village opens
8:30 a.m. – Registration/Packet Pickup 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
Running awards will be announced once results are final

See the faces of marrow/PBSC donors, transplant recipients and searching patients meeting to celebrate Be The Match’s life-saving mission with a group photo.

Specialty bibs are available for marrow donors, transplant recipients, Registry members 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 Fitness Formula Clubs for a fun race warmup!

FFC owns and operates 10 upscale, convenient, and supportive health, sports, fitness and spa centers in the Chicago area. Each Chicagoland location is dedicated to supporting the local community and equipped with state-of-the-art cardio and weight training equipment, signature group exercise classes, personal training, nutrition counseling, spa services, massage therapy, and many customized fitness programs. Learn more at ffc.com.

2018 BTMWR Chicago ffc logo

Join Us For An After Party:

Come and celebrate after the Walk+Run at Giordano’s beginning at 11 a.m.!  Bring in this flyer to received 15% off your entire bill.

130 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 616-1200

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

Parking Information:

Metered street parking is available on Columbus Drive between Roosevelt and Jackson. Please pay close attention to any posted signage and make sure to pay for parking at designated kiosks. In some cases the kiosk may be located further down the street. Participants are also encouraged to consider public transportation. There is a CTA stop at Roosevelt (Green/Orange/Red Line). The event site is about .6 miles from Roosevelt.

Fundraising Incentives and Running Awards:

Click here for fundraising incentives and running awards information.

Event Village Information:

Thank you to our Event Village Exhibitors

Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Child Link
Fleet Feet Sports
Fresenius Kabi
ITXM LifeSource
Love Your Melon
Multiple Myeloma Journey Partners presented by Sanofi-Genzyme
Rock River Blood Center
Rush University Medical Center
SHOP Be The Match

Thank you for our Community Partners

Angie’s BoomChickaPop
Boudreau & Nisivaco, LLC
Costumers with a Cause
Fitness Formula Clubs
Love Your Melon
Miss Cathy Music, Inc.

Community Outreach:

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 Walk+Run, and promote the Be The Match 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.