Live Grit LakeFront 10 Miler



April 18, 2015


08:00 AM


Corner of Montrose Avenue and Simonds Drive


10 Miles

Rate CARA Member Non-Member
Earlybird 40 50
Regular 50 65
Late 55 70


Registration for 2015 is open!

The Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler is the perfect start to any runner’s spring season!

This year’s course features a few hills to keep you honest and test your spring training. Plus, we’re blowing up the post-race party with new vendors, new beer, new tunes and more. The race will also feature:

  • Premium long sleeve technical shirts
  • Cash prizes for the top five male and female finishers, plus cash bonuses for CARA members
  • Prizes for top three men and women in each age group
  • Street fest style post race party complete with food, samples and free beer
  • And more!


Location and Start Time

Start and finish line is located at the corner of Montrose Avenue and Simonds Drive. The race will begin at 8 a.m. sharp. Runners must start by 8:10 a.m. to be chip timed. Runners arriving after 8:10 a.m. will be timed from gun time.



Course and Course Map

View the course on Map My Run. The course is USATF certified, certification number IL-13021-JW.

For the safety of all runners, participants are NOT allowed to run with baby joggers or animals.



Awards & Prize Money

Prize money is awarded to the Top 5 Male and Female Finishers.  An extra bonus is available to those finishers if they are current CARA members. While the race is chip timed, the top five will be awarded based on gun time. Prize money will be awarded as follows:

1st Place $200 CARA Member Bonus: $100
2nd Place $150 CARA Member Bonus: $75
3rd Place $100 CARA Member Bonus: $50
4th Place $75 CARA Member Bonus: $50
5th Place $50 CARA Member Bonus: $50

Awards will also be given to the top three in each age group as follows: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85 and over.

The awards ceremony will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.



Mile Markers/Aid Stations

Mile markers and splits will be given at each mile. Water and Gatorade will be provided at the start, on the course and at the finish. Four aid stations will be available on the course.



Gear Check

Gear Check will be provided for all runners and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. You may check a bag of your choice. Please note, the gear check area is not 100% covered. In the event of inclement weather, you may wish to choose a plastic or weather-proof bag.




Public Transit: The following bus lines will get you near the start; 78-Montrose, 81-Lawrence, 145-Wilson/Michigan, and 146-Marine/Michigan. Be sure to check the bus schedule with your desired departure time. The 145 and 146 routes start running later on the weekends. You may also take the Red Line Train to Wilson and head east about one mile to the start.


By Car: Public parking is available on a limited basis at the event location. Parking is available in the Chicago Park District lots at Wilson and Foster Avenues. Parking is NOT available at the Montrose lot. All parking lots are metered. Free parking is available on Simonds Drive south of Wilson Ave. Please note, there are limited spots available here. Click here for a parking map.

Please do not exit Lake Shore Drive at Montrose expecting to park. The Montrose parking lot will not be open. Exit Lake Shore Drive at Wilson, Lawrence, or even Foster. If coming from the south, turn right into the park. If coming from the north, turn left into the park. Please note, Montrose Avenue will close at approximately 7:20 a.m. in preparation for the race. The race starts and finishes at Montrose Avenue and Simonds Drive.

Public transportation and carpooling is encouraged.


By Bike: Bike racks are available near the start/finish line for participants who choose to ride to the race.




CARA is currently looking for volunteers to fill a variety of positions on race day. Check out our sign up sheet to see what opportunities are available! Email Matthew Perez with any questions.



Registration Policies:

All registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions. For your safety, bib numbers may not be transferred/sold to another person.



The Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler is going green! This event is a CARA Certified Green Race!

In an effort to reduce our environmental impact, we’ve adopted the following strategies:

  • offering a virtual goodie bag, cutting down on paper waste but still providing runners with great sponsor offers
  • eliminating individual serving water bottles at the finish line
  • on-site recycling of gel wrappers
  • using reusable totes for race items (bibs, shirt and any products)
  • increasing the number of bike racks available on site to promote eco-friendly travel
  • asking vendors to refrain from using Styrofoam
  • limiting race day generator use

For the first time, you can run 10 miles without leaving a footprint!

This race adheres to a set number of Green Practices that have been approved by CARA. The successful completion of these practices recognize the achievement of an eco-friendly race.

Due to CARA’s advocacy efforts, runners in the Chicagoland area enjoy some of the highest quality road races in the country.

To learn more about CARA’s Green Race Standards, click here.

Packet pickup will be available throughout the city and suburbs the week prior to the event. Participants may also pick up their packet on race day.

We will allow friends, co-workers or family members to pick up your packet with your confirmation receipt. You may also register for the event at packet pickup Monday through Friday. There is no race day registration.Due to the possibility of long lines on race day, we encourage participants to pick up their packets at one of the five available weekday packet pickup locations. If you must pick up your packet on race day, please allow extra time. Again, there is NO race day registration!