Thursday, January 12, 2017

f^3 lake half marathon and 5k info

Disclaimer: I received entry for F^3 Lake Half Marathon to review as part of being a BibRave Pro.

I've run in the F^3 Half Marathon the past two years and will be joining in again for my third consecutive year. It's a great race that looks to improve every year, which I appreciate. You can read my recaps from 2015 and 2016 if you're so inclined. The weather the past two years was actually pretty tame, so it'll be interesting to see what 2017 holds, as weather has been all over the place this winter. The good news is that if it's cold, you get to stay warm up until about 5 minutes till race time inside United Club at Soldier Field and then head back in right after the race. 

Discount Codes and Frozen Frostbitten Feet Challenge
Use code BIBRAVE17 to save $6 on the half marathon
Use code BIBRAVE175K to save $5 on the 5k

Are you into challenges? F^3 has partnered up with Back on My Feet Chicago's Mardi Gras Chaser. Register and complete both the F^3 Half Marathon and the Mardi Gras Chaser 10k and you'll receive the Frozen Frosbitten Feet Challenge medal. (Psssst - save $5 on Mardi Gras Chaser 5k/10k with code RAVE, but remember, only the half and 10k count towards the challenge).

Packet Pickup Schedule
We have 6 days of packet pickup available, covering the City, the western burbs, the northern burbs and the southern burbs!

Here is the schedule:

Saturday, January 21, 2017  |  10:00 am – 6:00 pm 
Fleet Feet Sports – Old Town  |  1620 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614

Sunday, January 22, 2017  |  11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fleet Feet Sports – Deerfield  |  800 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield IL 60015

Monday, January 23, 2017  |  10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fleet Feet Sports – Oak Park  |  102 N Marion St, Oak Park IL 60301

Tuesday, January 24, 2017  |  4:00-7:00 pm
Running for Kicks  |  7158 W 127th St, Palos Heights IL 60463

Thursday, January 26, 2017  |  10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fleet Feet Sports – Old Town  |  1620 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614

Friday, January 27, 2017  |  10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fleet Feet Sports – Old Town  |  1620 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614

Get Ready for Race Day - Read our Race FAQs
Want to see the race day schedule? Change your packet pickup location? Change your race distance? Check out the website for all race details and FAQs!

New for 2017: Photo Booth!
F^3 partners at Physicians Immediate Care are providing a state of the art photo booth at this year’s race. You will have the ability to take and print unlimited photos from your phone. Photos will be available for pick up at the Physicians Immediate Care table located in the United club the day of the race! 
To get a personalized photo at the F3 Lake Half Marathon:
  1. Follow @visitphysicians on Instagram
  2. Take a photo using Instagram
  3. Use the hashtag #visitphysicians in your caption
  4. Pick up your photo at the hashtag printing station located at the Physicians Immediate Care booth

What Else Do I Get?
ALL runners will get a fantastic, soft, high quality, long-sleeve 1/4 zip shirt. Sourced directly from the USA! 
  • Breathable, moisture-managing interlock fabric
  • Fresh assurance with anti-bacterial treatment
  • UV protection
  • Ladies 1/4 zips have thumb holes!
  • All 1/2 Marathon Finishers will get the exclusive 2017 GIANT chunky medal!

Other Race Features:
  • FREE photography downloads
  • Pre-and post-race events in the United Club at Soldier Field
  • Results print outs inside the United Club
  • Runner tracking
  • Multiple days of packet pickup in the City and Suburbs with our new store partner, Fleet Feet Sports!
  • Will Call Packet Pickup
  • Hot chocolate and other warming goodies, provided by our sponsors
  • Legendary post-race party at Kroll's! First beer on F^3!
  • Bragging rights for life!

Newest Sponsors
We have some new sponsors on board who will be supplying post-race goodies for you at the finish line! From KIND Bars to Hummus to delicious hot cocoa, you'll have plenty to snack on while you show off your medal after the race! You've earned it! Plus, Kroll's is offering 20% off its entire menu for those who join the after party!

Partner Hotel - The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Coming from out of town? Or just want a really easy commute on race morning? F^3 have once again partnered with the Radisson-Blu hotel in downtown Chicago. The hotel is conveniently located for Soldier Field, just a short taxi away. The address is 221 N. Columbus, Chicago. The special room rate is just $129. Book by calling them and referencing "Half Marathon" - (312) 565-5BLU      

F^3's Legendary After Party
After you have raced on Saturday, January 28th, head on over to Kroll's for the after party! Kroll's is the closest bar to Soldier Field and is easily accessed on foot over the 18th Street Bridge. With the support of Red Arrow Tap Room, the race will be providing your first beer at Kroll's for free, from Pollyanna Brewing in Lemont and Noon Whistle Brewing in Lombard. Kroll's is offering a generous 20% off its entire food menu!

Secure your spot - this race has sold out every year! 
(There is no race day registration.)

Code: BIBRAVE17 = $6 off the half marathon
Code: BIBRAVE175K = $5 off the 5k

Photos: F^3 website


  1. Wow, this sounds like quite the race, especially since they allow 6 days for packet pick-up!

    1. Yes - I love that they have so many options for packet pickup, makes it much easier to get it done.


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