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General Event Frequently Asked Questions +

5K Information

Is this a USATF certified course?



What is the distance of the walk/run?

The course is 3.1 miles.


Are strollers and wheelchairs allowed at the event site?



Are dogs permitted at the event?

Non-service dogs are not permitted on the route.


Can my family stay at the event site while I walk/run?

Yes, family and friends who choose not to participate in the walk or run are more than welcome to remain at the event site.


Can team members split up for the run and walk?

Yes, runners and walkers can be on the same team and take part in different activities.  Be sure that each participant selects the appropriate activity type during the registration process.


Fundraising Information

What is the deadline to qualify for fundraising rewards?

The fundraising rewards deadline is one month post event. 


Will I receive an event shirt?

Anyone who registers by close of business on Monday, April 10, 2017 is guaranteed an event shirt. Children under the age of 6 do not qualify. Shirts may be available on a first-come, first served basis to those who register after Monday, April 10, 2017. Virtual walkers who raise $50 or more will be mailed a t-shirt post-event.



Registration Information 

Is my registration fee tax-deductible?

No, registration fees are not tax-deductible.  If you make a donation while registering, that is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Can my registration be transferred to another person or refunded?

There are no transfers of registration fees to another participant or another event.  Registration fees are not refundable for any reason, including inclement weather, cancellation of the event, or participant withdrawal from the event.


Why should I pre-register for the event?

After you pre-register, you will have immediate access to a wide array of fundraising tools and messages to help you achieve your breakthrough fundraising goal, including your own customizable fundraising webpage.  This will also allow you more time to recruit team members and spread the message of the American Brain Tumor Association.


My child is only 5 years old; do I need to register him/her?

Children, ages 6-12, are required to register if participating in event day activities.  We are unable to register children under the age of 6 for the 5K Run activity due to safety regulations, though they can participate in the Walk.  Children under 6 are free but will not be eligible for an event shirt.


Can I switch event activities after I've already registered?

Yes. Registrants can switch their participation type (from walker to runner or runner to walker) up until Wednesday, April 19, 2017. To do so, please contact the Events department at events@abta.org or 800-886-1281.


How many people are required to form a team?

A minimum of 2 people are needed to form a team.


How much is a team registration?

There is no fee to register a team.  When forming or joining a team, each team member/captain is required to pay the standard registration fee. The first person to start a team will become the Team Captain.

Location +

Soldier Field Stadium Green

1410 Museum Campus Drive

Chicago, IL 60605

Link to Google Map


Registration Fees +

Prior to Wednesday, April 19, 2017:

                Adult Participant (Ages 13+): $35

                Adult Survivor (Ages 13+): $30

                Youth Participant (Ages 6-12): $20

                Youth Survivor (Ages 6-12): $15

Children under 5: Free (Does not include event shirt)

Virtual Walkers: Free (Participants who raise $50 will be mailed a t-shirt)

After Wednesday, April 19, 2017:

                Adult Participant (Ages 13+): $40

                Adult Survivor (Ages 13+): $35

                Youth Participant (Ages 6-12): $25

                Youth Survivor (Ages 6-12): $20

Ages Under 5: Free (Does not include event shirt)

Virtual Walkers: Free (Participants who raise $50 will be mailed a t-shirt)

Note: Online registration closes on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Post-close registration will be available at Packet Pick-Up on Saturday, April 22 and the morning of the race at the Registration/Donations tent.

* Event day t-shirts are not distributed to children under the age of 6.

** We do not guarantee t-shirts for those who register at packet pick-up or on the morning of the event. The ABTA will make every effort to provide you with your requested size, but shirts will be first-come, first-serve for those not pre-registered.

Packet Pick-Up +

This optional event allows you to avoid the check-in line in the morning of the race! At packet pick-up, you will receive your event t-shirt and chipped bib (runners only). For those who missed the online registration deadline, on-site registrations will also be accepted.

Friday. April 21, 2017 - 3:00 - 7:00 pm

American Brain Tumor Association Office

8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave Chicago IL 60631

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 

CrossTown Fitness - West Loop

1031 West Madison St. Chicago IL 60613



7:45 a.m.                           Event Site Opens
Registration and donations accepted
Participant Check-In Tent Opens
Team Photos Tent Opens

8:45 a.m.                           Survivor Photo taken at Main Stage

9:00 a.m.                           Opening Ceremonies begin

Emcee - Melissa of 101.9 FM The Mix 

BT5k WTMX Bronze Sponsor

Melissa WTMX ChicagoMelissa was plucked from her job as a traffic reporter in Hammond, IN over 10 years ago to join the highly coveted role of Eric & Kathy’s sidekick/traffic reporter. With her outgoing personality and great sense of humor, Melissa quickly became a fan favorite on the show! Melissa is known to be disarmingly honest, incredibly curious along with unpredictable in her thoughts and opinions which the listeners  absolutely love! Melissa is highly  involved throughout the show, and can also be seen around town in high-profile station signature events. Melissa hosts The MIX Nights of Style Series and the new Mix & Mingle series!


9:30 a.m.                           Run begins, followed by Walkers

10:30 a.m.                         Closing remarks

Course Info +

This event features a USTAF certified 5K (3.1 miles) course. Click here to see the NEW course map.


Please note, this event features a run and a walk. Runners will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m., followed by walkers.

Directions +

Parking +

Parking available near event site at Waldron Garage. The garage is located directly south of the stadium. Parking fee is $20 per vehicle.

Gear Check +

Gear check will be available for participants who would like to leave their belongings in a secure location during the event. The tent, labeled ‘Gear Check’, will open at 8:00 a.m. All belongings must be collected no later than 10:30 a.m.

Race Results +

A link with race results will be sent via email to participants following the BT5K. Results will also be posted on BT5K Chicago home page.

Please note, only runners will be timed. The BT5K Chicago does not time its walkers.