Rock ‘n’ Roll Tune Up Series – Chicago

The Tune Up Series offers a taste of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series experience at a shorter distance. Join us on Sunday, June 19 at the Inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 5K at Montrose Harbor to kick off your summer.

Whether this is your first race or you are a seasoned competitor, you’re invited to Run Like a Rock Star!

2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 5K Race Results

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Event Highlights

  • Date: Sunday, June 19
  • Time: 8:00am
  • Race Location: Montrose Harbor (map / directions )
    We are starting on Montrose and Simmons (east of LSD).
  • Course Map (PDF)

Participant Perks:

  • Scenic course highlighting Chicago’s Lakefront at Montrose Harbor
  • Live DJ on the course
  • Fun, cotton participant shirt
  • Unique Finishers Medal
  • One of a kind finisher flip flops
  • Two on course water stations
  • Free Admission to the Finish Line Festival and Post-Race Concert

Event Details

Registration Fees:*

  • Registration is closed.

Registration Policies:

  • *Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Fees listed above do not include the Active Network processing fee.
  • Price includes: Official Race T-shirt, Refreshments, Finisher’s Medal, On-Course Entertainment, Post-race concert, Finisher Flip Flops.
  • Online Registration Closes:June 12, 2011 – 11:59 PM Pacific Time


Thank you to all the Race Crew and Medical volunteer that came out to help and support thousands of runners and walkers who participated in the Inauguraly Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 5K!

Race Rules

  • Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions.
  • Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, you may not give or sell your race number to anyone else, and you may not transfer your entry fee to future races.
  • If you attempt to sell your race number, you may be banned from future Competitor Group events for three years.
  • You must be in good health and physically prepared to take on the challenge of 5K.
  • You must show photo ID to receive your race number and timing chip.
  • You must pick up your own race packet and race number.
  • Race numbers are required to participate.
  • No coaches, bikes, in-line skates, skateboards, baby joggers or dogs will be allowed on the course.


Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and entries are NON-TRANSFERABLE. Sorry, no exceptions. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. You may not give or sell your number to anyone else. You also may not transfer your application to the following year or another Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event.

If you registered and are unable to participate in the race, we will be happy to mail your participant T-shirt to you. Please fill out and submit the Cancellation/T-shirt Request Form. T-shirt Request Forms will be accepted up to 30 days after the event.  Participant T-shirts will be mailed approximately 4-6 weeks after the event.

Start Line

In an effort to provide every one of our participants with as comfortable a run as possible, we ask that participants self-seed themselves at the start line. Faster runners line up in the front, slow runners and walkers line up in the back. If you are unsure of where to place yourself, be cautious and line up towards the back of the pack. Please note that spectators are not allowed in the start line.

Secure Zone

Once you cross the finish line, you’ll enter the Secure Zone, a fenced off area designated for participants only. In the Secure Zone, have your photo taken, refuel with water and refreshments and receive your finisher’s medal. Once you leave the Secure Zone, you cannot re-enter. Just outside of the Secure Zone, you can retrieve your gear bag and join family and friends for the Finish Line Festival.

Family Reunion

After the race, reunite with family and friends in the Family Reunion area and relish in your post race accomplishment with refreshments and live music at the finish line stage. It can be difficult to locate friends and family without a plan. It is highly recommended that you designate a meet-up location for friends and family BEFORE the race in the Family Reunion area.

Course Time Limit

To ensure that roads reopen to vehicular traffic at the scheduled times, the course time limits will be STRICTLY ENFORCED.  There is a 90 minute time limit for this 5K.

Parking & Transportation

Public Transportation

CTA bus route 78 heads east to Montrose Harbor and runs starting at 7am on Sundays.

The closest El Stop is on the Red line at Wilson (cross Street Broadway)  and is less than a 1 mile to Montrose Harbor

Parking info:

Pay Chicago Park District lot located at Wilson and Simmons (2 blocks from race site)

Pay Chicago Park District lot located at Foster and Simmons (approx. 1 mile from race site)

Free street parking on Montrose Dr, east of Lakeshore Drive and around the harbor

Free street parking on Simmons throughout Montrose Harbor up to Foster Street Beach


Overall awards will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers. Additionally, age group awards will be presented 3-deep in all divisions, for both male and female categories. All awards will be presented on race day. In accordance with USATF Rules, overall awards will be determined by gun time while age group awards will be determined by your ChronoTrack time.

Age Group Divisions

  • 10 – 14
  • 15 – 19
  • 20 – 24
  • 25 – 29
  • 30 – 34
  • 35 – 39
  • 40 – 44
  • 45 – 49
  • 50 – 54
  • 55 – 59
  • 60 – 64
  • 65 – 69
  • 70 and older


1 – Can someone pick up my packet for me?

No, sorry. All participants must sign the confirmation sheet and waiver, show their photo ID and pick up their race number in person. This can be done at one of three listed XSport locations or on race day.

2 – I cannot participate; can my friend use my bib?

No. USATF rules and regulations do not allow us to transfer registrations.

3 – Can I use a stroller in the event?

No. Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 5K does not allow strollers, roller blades, bikes or pets in the event.

4 – Can I change shirt sizes?

If you bring your unworn shirt, you may swap for a different size on race day. All remaining shirts will be at the packet pickup booth on race day.

5 – Can I register at pre-race Packet Pick Up at the XSport Fitness Locations?

If we have not already reached our limit, we will allow registration at Packet Pick Up. Please check for the most up-to-date information.

6 – My personal information is wrong (misspelled, wrong age, etc.).

No problem. Just let us know at when you pick up your race number, and we will correct the database.

7 – Can I use my own ChampionChip?

No. We are using the D-Tag disposable timing system this year. ChampionChip timing devices do not work for our race.

8 – I won’t be able to participate; can I still pick up my t-shirt?

YES! Please stop in at Pre-Race Packet Pick Up at XSport Fitness and get your shirt.  We will not be mailing any packets.

9 – I won’t be able to participate; can I transfer my registration to next year?

No. Registrations cannot be transferred to another person or another year.

10 – I have a friend who would like to volunteer; can he help?

Yes. We always need an extra set of hands! Please have your friend email or stop by the volunteer check-in tent on Sunday June 19th by 6 a.m.

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