Information about 2016 Red Ribbon Race Coming Soon

Expected Runners

  • 5K Runners 80%
  • 2K Runners 20%
  • Students 45%
  • Adults 55%

This Year's Race has Been Certified by USA Track & Field

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This race has applied for and received the Chicago Area Runners Association designation as a CARA EMERGING 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 www.cararuns.org.

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.

Pre-Race Day Packet Pick Up & Check-In

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.  Registration will close on Thursday, October 22nd at 12 Noon. Click here to register now!

We strongly suggest picking up your race pack and checking in for the race on Friday, October 24th.  This will save you significant time on Saturday morning.  If you would like to pick up your race pack in advance, you may do so on Friday, October 23rd between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Gorton Community Center – 400 E. Illinois Road in Lake Forest.  Picking up your race pack in advance will save you time at race check-in.  Proceed to the basement of the Gorton Community Center and look for the signs for “Red Ribbon Race Packet Pick-Up.”

Alternatively, you may check in and pick up your race pack on race day from 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Parking

You may park at the Lake Forest Train Station, in the Gorton Community Center parking lot or in the parking lot located just north of the Gorton Community Center.  You may also park on surrounding side streets adjacent to the Gorton Center where permitted.  All parking is free the day of the race from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  You will not need a permit to park in the Lake Forest Train Station and on-street parking time limits will not be enforced.

Day of Race Registration & Check-In

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.  Registration will close on Thursday, October 22nd at 12 Noon. Click here to register now! Check-In will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, October 24.  We suggest you arrive no later than 8:15 a.m.  If you have pre-registered and paid, you will simply need to give your last name at the race check-in desk.  You will then be handed your race-pack and bib numbers.  If you have not yet paid, we will accept cash, check, or credit card at check-in.

Race Start

The 2K Fun Run starts at 9:00 a.m. The 5K starts at 9:15 a.m.

Wellness Fair

As you may already be aware, our race will run in conjunction with the third annual “Taste of Wellness” fair.  The wellness fair will be open until 12:00 p.m. and will feature nearly 20 wellness exhibitors, plus great games and activities for you and your family, including face painters and fire engine tours.  We encourage you to stop by the wellness fair.  A schedule of activities will follow. Fore more information about the wellness fair, click here.  We look forward to seeing you at the race!  Many thanks for your support of LEAD.

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