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ZOOMA Chicago Half Marathon & 10K

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Location: Burnham Park, Chicago
Half Marathon Start Time: 7:00 a.m.
10K Start Time: 7:00 a.m.

Race photos are here.

Join us for a full weekend of serious racing and serious celebration – including a sponsored mocktail party, recovery yoga, and fun times with running friends.

Half Marathon and 10K courses start and finish at Burnham Park, with inspiring views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. After the race, its time to celebrate at the post-race party at Burnham Park with live music, wine, recovery yoga, massage, shopping, and lots of girls’ weekend energy.

Parking and shuttling will be provided for runners and their support crews. Specific details  are still being finalized and we’ll keep you updated.

Race Cap: 3,500

Average Race Day Temperatures:
High 83°F
Low 67°F

ZOOMA Chicago Perks:

  • Entry into a scenic, professionally-managed, and timed half marathon or 10K race
  • Access to full fit girls weekend schedule – a Fitness Expo, an Honest Tea Mocktail Party, and an After-Party Expo featuring wine from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, post-race massages, shopping, and live music
  • ZOOMA Signature Swag Bag (over $50 value)
  • Water and Cytomax Sports Performance drink stationed along the course and at the finish line
  • Muscle Milk Light and food at the finish line
  • A sweet race-specific ZOOMA Chicago medal with detachable necklace for half marathon finishers (pictured below) and a 10K medal for 10K finishers
  • Access to special room rates and free start/finish line transportation at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

Course Information

The ZOOMA Chicago half marathon and 10K courses are both flat, scenic, and out-and-back starting and finishing at Burnham Park, 1139 E Oakwood Blvd.  Both the 10K and half marathon courses run north along the Lakefront Trail to Soldier Field, then turn south.  The 10K finishes at Burnham Park, and the half marathon continues south for another ~3.5 miles before turning north at Hayes Beach to finish at Burnham Park.

2014 Half Marathon & 10K Map

Packet Pick Up Schedule

Please pick up your packet at one of the following locations.  There is no race day packet pick up.  If you’re not able to make it to either time yourself, a friend can pick up your packet for you.

Thursday, July 31
Universal Sole – Lakeview
3052 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago 
Friday, August 1
Fitness Expo
The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
221 North Columbus Drive, Chicago

Mailed Packet Option: You can choose to have your packet mailed to you for $20 during the week before the race.  Mailed packets will include a race shirt, bib number, reusable goodie bag, safety pins and a coupon to pick up your SWAG items on race day. Choose this option during registration or send a check for $20 with your registration confirmation number to the address below before July 20.

ZOOMA Chicago
PO Box 1135
St. Petersburg, FL  33731

Schedule of Events

Friday, August 1

2:00-8:00pm   Fitness Expo + Packet Pick Up | Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel | Pacific Ballroom

5:00pm   Course Preview Q + A Session with ZOOMA Founder, Brae Blackley | Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel | Adriatic Room

7:00-8:00pm   Honest Tea Mocktail Party | Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel | Baltic Room  RSVP here

Saturday, August 2  RACE DAY!

5:00-6:00am   Shuttles depart to start line from the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, South Driveway

7:00am   Half Marathon + 10K Start | Burnham Park, 1139 E Oakwood Blvd

8:00am – 12:00pm    ZOOMA After Party Celebration + Expo | Burnham Park

8:00am-12:30pm  Shuttles depart finish to Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel | Burnham Park

8:30am   10K Awards Ceremony | Burnham Park | Main Stage

9:00, 10:00, 11:00am   Recovery Yoga Sessions provided by Yoga Six | Burnham Park

9:30am  Half Marathon Awards Ceremony | Burnham Park | Main Stage

Race Day Parking

There is no parking at the start and finish line of the half marathon and 10K. All participants will have to take a shuttle to the start/finish from the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel or be dropped off at the start/finish at Burnham Park, 1139 E Oakwood Blvd. All runners must be dropped off no later than 6:30am.

Runners will be shuttled to the start/finish line from the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel every 5-10 minutes from 5:00-6:00am.

Spectators who wish to view the start/finish may take the shuttles at no charge.

There are a few suggested parking options for parking at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.

Shuttles will return runners + spectators to the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel  departing every 10-15 minutes from the start/finish at Burnham Park between 8:00am-12:30pm.


Signature Swag Bag

All ZOOMA runners receive a Signature Swag Bag valued at over $50 at packet pick up.  This year’s swag bag includes a women’s fit technical tee (unisex sizes also available) (pictured below), a pair of Feetures! Performance Socks, a ZOOMA running hat, and a reusable bag.  Hope you love it!


Finishers’ Prize

All race finishers will receive a ZOOMA commemorative medal! The half marathon medal (pictured below) is bigger than the 10K medal and includes a removable runner girl charm that be used on a necklace or bracelet.

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CARA Certified Race

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This race has applied for and received the Chicago Area Runners Association designation as a CARA CERTIFIED RACE.  This race has agreed to adhere to and uphold CARA’s Best Practices Guidelines.  These Guidelines embody the highest standards for quality, safety and comfort for participants in a road race.

Due to CARA’s advocacy efforts, runners in the Chicagoland area enjoy some of the highest quality road races in the country.  To view the Guidelines and to learn more about CARA, visit

The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland.  CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run – farther, faster, better, for life.

Course Time Limit

There is a 3.5 hour course limit to complete both the half marathon and the 10K.


We are recruiting a team of dedicated volunteers to assist in helping each participant reach her goal!  Are you part of a charitable organization?  We have volunteer fundraising opportunities for groups such as schools, clubs, churches, and other not-for-profit organizations. Please read more about our volunteer program here or contact us for more information.

Visit the FAQ page for more race details.

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