Race Weekend Details

Health and Fitness Expo

Chicago - Team Red Cross Details
The Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will take place Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, 2017. All runners MUST attend the Expo to pick-up your race packet.

Please note: The Red Cross cannot pick-up your packet for you. Each runner must pick up his or her own packet in person. No friends, family or other third party (such as the Red Cross) can pick up a runner’s race packet for any reason.

McCormick Place Convention Center
2301 S. Prairie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

Friday, October 6, 2017
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 7, 2017
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

TRANSPORTATION: The Red Cross will provide complimentary one-way transportation to the Expo for all Team Red Cross runners and their families after the Runner & Family Brunch on Saturday, October 7 at approximately 12:30 p.m.

We highly recommend using this complimentary Red Cross transportation to the Expo, or taking public transportation there. Parking is extremely difficult in that area. There are also shuttle services available. Please see information below on shuttles.

Free Shuttle Bus Service

Free shuttle bus service to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be provided to and from the following four locations:

  • Downtown: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue (8th Street entrance)
  • River North: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 N. Michigan Avenue, Rush St. entrance
  • Magnificent Mile: Nike Chicago, 669 N. Michigan Avenue, behind the store to the east on St. Clair Street at Erie Street
  • Millennium Park: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, upper Wacker Drive at Stetson Avenue
  • Shuttles will operate every 15 – 20 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 6, and 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7. The final pick-up time from the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be at 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

    If you would like to find your own transportation to the Expo, you can find additional information about public transportation options here.

    PACKET PICK-UP: The marathon packet pick-up is located at the Expo. All packets and bags must be picked up at the Health & Fitness Expo during regular hours (9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday). Packets and bags are not available for pick up the day of the event and will not be mailed to participants.

    Participants must present their packet pick-up ticket or email along with a photo ID in order to receive their participant packet and participant bag.

    All runners must pick up their own participant packet (which includes your event-issued bib number and timing device) at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. Individuals will not be able to pick up participant packets on behalf of others. The Red Cross cannot pick up your packet for you.

    EXHIBITS: The Expo will also feature more than 200 exhibitors featuring the newest in running apparel, footwear and accessories. There will also be presentations at the Runner’s World Stage throughout the weekend.

    Come visit the Red Cross booth at the Expo! We would love to meet you in person and answer any last minute questions you may have.

    For more information about the Expo, please visit the Marathon Expo website here.

    Runner Brunch

    Chicago - Team Red Cross Details
    All Team Red Cross runners are invited to join us on Saturday, October 7 at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago for a special Runner & Family Brunch. Come and meet your fellow runners, learn more about how the funds you raised are being used to support the Red Cross mission, and go over final logistical information to prepare you for race day.

    Saturday, October 7
    10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    American Red Cross of Greater Chicago

    2200 W. Harrison St.
    Chicago, IL 60612

    Parking: Complimentary parking is available in the Red Cross lot located at 2150 W. Harrison Street (on the northeast corner of Harrison & Leavitt).
    Transportation: The closest El subway station is the blue line stop located at Illinois Medical District. The American Red Cross is approximately an eight (8) minute walk from the stop.

    When the Brunch concludes at approximately 12:30 p.m., the Red Cross will provide complimentary one-way transportation for runners and their guests to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo to pick up your race packet.

    A schedule for the morning is listed below:
    10:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Registration & tours of the American Red Cross
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Brunch & Presentation
    12:00 – 12:30 p.m.: Mingle with other Runners
    12:30 p.m.: Depart for the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo at McCormick Place

    All runners are invited to bring up to one (1) guest to the brunch complimentarily. Any additional guests are $10 each. Please email Stephanie.Patton@redcross.org for more details.

    Activities available at the Runner Brunch include:
    • Come behind the scenes at the Red Cross to learn firsthand how your fundraising dollars are being put to work every day to support the community.
    • Tour our Emergency Operations Center and Blood Services Center
    • Interact with Red Cross staff
    • Team Red Cross team photo opportunity
    • Receive final coaching advice from professional running coach Mark Buciak
    • Receive detailed information on the resources available to you and your family in the VIP Tent on race day
    • Poster making materials will be available for spectators

  • Prizes will be awarded to individual runners in categories such as:
    • Top Fundraisers
    • Alumni runner who has run the most with Team Red Cross
    • Individuals traveling the furthest
  • Carpool to the Expo after brunch to pick up your race packet

  • We request that you please RSVP to the Brunch whether you are planning on attending or not. This will help us determine if we have extra spaces available.

    Race Day

    Chicago - Team Red Cross Details
    The day is here! Our Red Cross staff and volunteers are so excited to support you on race day so that you have your best run possible.

    Come join us in the Red Cross VIP Tent before and after the race for all of your race needs including:
    • Red Cross gear check (so you can avoid the regular Marathon gear check with 50,000 other runners)
    • Runner Supplies (Band-Aids, goo, Vaseline, etc.)
    • Massage Therapy after the race
    • Food and Beverages
    • Moral Support
    • And More!
    The VIP Tent opens to runners at 5:30 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m. Come see us before and after the Marathon for everything you need on race day!

    VIP Tent Wristbands
    All Team Red Cross runners will receive two wristbands for their friends and family to enter the VIP Tent on race day. It's a good location to meet up with your friends and family after the race to avoid the crowds!

    Runners will be mailed their VIP Tent wristbands along with their race singlets in mid-September.
    To inquire about additional VIP Tent wristbands, please contact Stephanie Patton at Stephanie.patton@redcross.org. If you will not be using your wristbands to the VIP Tent please let Stephanie know as well so we can release yours to those on the waiting list.

    Thank you to our generous Team Red Cross Supporters on race day:

    Thank you Potbelly's for your delicious donations!

    Potbelly's of Roosevelt & Wabash
    Potbelly’s 200 S. Michigan
    Potbelly's of Jackson & Wabash

    Thank you Aurelio's for generously donating pizza for our runners on race day!

    Thank you River North Massage for your donation of time and talent for our runners!