Spring and Fall Ultra Marathons on Chicago's Lakefront

Chicago Lakefront 50K George Cheung Memorial Race - Information

Location and Directions
The Race starts at Foster Avenue Beach House in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois. The Park is located on the north side of Chicago, along the Lake Michigan shoreline. To reach the Foster Avenue Beach House, either take Foster Avenue (Hwy. 41) eastbound until you cross under the Lake Shore Drive viaduct and enter the Park, or take Lake Shore Drive northbound (also Hwy. 41), exit at Foster Avenue, and turn right (east) into the Park. There is no southbound exit from Lake Shore Drive onto Foster Avenue. From the north, exit at Lawrence Avenue, and either re-enter Lake Shore Drive northbound, and exit at Foster, or continue into the Park, turn left (north) at Simonds Drive, and go to the Race Site at Foster Drive. For a map of driving and parking options, click here. Parking options are also discussed further below.

Packet Pickup, Race Day Registration and Reminders

Lincoln Park Safety Issues

The Course
Chicago's Lakefront Bike Path on the Northside. Exact location to be determined.  In-between, the course is comprised of a 78% crushed limestone and cinder path, and 22% paved bike path.  There will be a large race clock at the Start/Finish Turnaround.

Here is a course map and course certification.

Here are the distances at each turnaround point:

Start 0.0 miles
Far Turnaround 5.2 miles
Start/Finish Turnaround 10.4 miles
Far Turnaround (second time) 15.5 miles
Start/Finish Turnaround 20.7 miles
Far Turnaround (third time) 25.9 miles
Finish 31.0692 (50k)

Who was George Cheung?
Find out here

Attention:  First-time Ultramarathoners

Course Markings
The course itself will be marked with orange spray paint especially near forks-in-the-path, merging paths, turns near underpasses and at the turnaround points.  Look for the sample at the start as to how the markings will look.

Aid Stations:  There will be 3 Aid Stations on the course, location TBD.

Aid Stations will have water, Gatorade, Coke, cookies, pretzels, potato chips, candy, fruit, first aid supplies and all the goodies you expect from us.  An ambulance will not be stationed on the course. There are four major hospitals located within limping distance of the course, on the other side of Lake Shore Drive .  Aid station volunteers and others will be able to call 911 for help if necessary.

Drop Bags
There will be a tarp near the Start/Finish area to leave drop bags.  These bags will remain there throughout the race. We can not be responsible for lost items, so please do not include anything of value. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity.


  • There is ample parking at the Start/Finish area; adjacent to the Foster Avenue beach house.  Optional parking is located along the street, just past the parking lot.  Parking on the street may even put your vehicle closer to the path than in the parking lot.  All cars will be in close proximity to the path and Start/Finish area.
  • Spectator parking is located throughout the park in numerous locations.  Ideal viewing and parking areas are located near the Hill at Montrose, the Clocktower/Middle Aid Station area, and near North Avenue.
  • Parking is no longer free.  Expect to pay at least $1.00 per hour.

Time Limits and Cutoffs
There will be a 7-hour time limit for the race.  Please notify an aid station volunteer or race official if you intend to drop out of the race.  Volunteers may be able to assist you with transportation back to the Start/Finish area if needed.  You should plan on reaching the last turnaround point at around 5.5 hours to make the 7 hour time limit.

Early Start Option

Age Group Divisions
There will be seven age groups: under 30;  30-39;  40-49;  50-59;  60-69;  70-79; 80 and over.  Only the first overall winners receive a trophy.

Springtime forecasting in Chicago is guesswork at best.  We could have temperatures in the ’20s at the starting line or temps in the ’70s by noon.  More than likely, you can expect a bit of everything in-between. Anticipate a variety of temperature fluctuations, along with the chance of rain, snow or sleet. Bring a couple changes of running gear and plenty of warm, dry clothing for after the race.  Hopefully, we will have a typical springtime day of 35-55 degrees.  Sunshine optional.

50k Awards and T-shirts

Times will be posted at the finish line area, during and after the race.  Official results will be available on our website and Chicago Athlete.  Report, results and photos will be published in UltraRunning Magazine following the event – go to to subscribe.

The following motels/hotels are conveniently located near the race course:

Days Inn Lincoln Park; 644 W. Diversey; 773-525-7010
Approx $110 per night including tax.

Best Western Hawthorne Terrace; 3434 N. Broadway; 773-244--3434;

City Suites Hotel; 933 W. Belmont; 773-404 -3400
Park Brompton Hotel; 528 W. Brompton; 773-404 -3499

Comfort Inn Lincoln Park; 601 W. Diversey; 773-348-2810;

Surf Hotel; 555 W. Surf; 773-528 -8400

Hostelling International Chicago; 211 E. Congress Parkway; 312-360-0300;