The best summer 5K Run / Walk / Party
The race benefits Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation in our mission to ensure that the law works for everyone. This is the 28th anniversary of the run and we are looking forward to making this year the biggest and best ever!
Race Judicata is now on twitter! Just use the #racejudicata hashtag to catch up on the news or to join the conversation yourself.
Race Judicata 2023 is not your average 5K. The scenic course loops participants around Lincoln Park along the south lagoon path, up to the Diversey Harbor, and back, where they are greeted by a great band, free beer, wine and snacks.
All proceeds from Race Judicata go to the general operating costs of CVLS. Join us this year and continue the important work of ensuring that the law works for everyone, not just those who can afford it.
DATE AND TIME
August 31, 2023
Bag Check and Race Day Registration | 4:30 p.m.
Registration Closed | 6:00 p.m.
Runner Race Start | 6:30 p.m.
Walker Race Start | 6:40 p.m.
Course Cutoff | 7:00 p.m.
Award Ceremony | 7:45 p.m.
DOGS, BIKES, JOGGING STROLLERS, ETC.
In order to provide the safest and most enjoyable race environment possible dogs, bikes, baby joggers and strollers, in-line skates, skates, scooters, other wheeled vehicles (except wheelchairs) are not allowed on the race course until after the walker start time and the course has been cleared of other participants. All baby joggers and strollers must be completely outside of the starting area until all runners have crossed the starting line. Dogs are allowed within the tent area but must be leashed at all times. Any animal that shows aggressive or disruptive behavior (i.e. excessive barking) will be removed from the event.
- Race Judicata will run rain or shine. In the case of lightning or other "severe" weather, the event will either be delayed until the weather clears, or cancelled altogether.
- There are no standing scheduled "rain dates" for events owned and directed by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. In the case of significantly inclement weather (i.e. thunder or electrical storm, tornado warning/watch, heavy rain, etc.), we reserve the right to alter components of the event or course to address safety concerns, or potentially delay or cancel the event. In addition, it is possible that while we desire not to cancel the event, our facility and/or municipality may force the cancellation of the event.
- In such situations, there will be No Refunds of entry fees. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee. Monies collected have already been used to develop and produce the event. We promise to make every effort to produce a fair, safe and exciting event. Any decision made to go forth with the event is contingent on the overall event and course safety, and is made collectively with local risk management, police, fire & rescue, and medical personnel as appropriate.
- We reserve the right to withhold any obstacles to maintain a safe course for all runners.
- Race Judicata will be following all publicly recommended COVID guidelines as prescribed by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Click here to view the current guidelines.
As team captain, your goal is to create, grow, and marshal your team. Our job is to help you make it look easy. This page is loaded with tools for you to create your team, plan for the after party, and race day checklists to help make you a successful team captain. And if that's not enough, CVLS staff is just an email away to answer any questions you have along the way.
CREATING YOUR TEAM
The first step to creating your Race Judicata team is to open the online registration form. Click on the "REGISTER" button on the right hand side of the screen.
You will be asked to login to your Race Roster account. If you do not already have an account select "I do not have a Race Roster Password". You will then be asked for your email address and a for your desired password. Once entered, click "Sign Up" at the bottom. If you already have a Race Roster account, select "I have a Race Roster Password", enter your information, then click "Sign In" at the bottom.
Next you will be asked how you would like to handle payment. If you plan on having all of your runners pay for themselves, please select "Pay for Myself". If you would like to pay as a group once online registration has closed down, please select "Group Payment".
Continue to fill out the registration form until you reach the fourth section titled "Add Participant 1 to a Team?" Here you will want to select "Yes, create a new team and add this participant". Then simply input the team name and password (optional) that you would like to use. PLEASE NOTE: We strongly recommend all teams using the "group payment" method to secure their teams with a password to prevent unauthorized registrations.
All that is left is simply finishing your registration.
Once you have successfully created your team the next step is to register yourself and your fellow teammates. To make things simple, each team has a unique link that can be sent to your friends and coworkers that will direct them directly to your team registration page. This link can be found by clicking on the "View Teams" link on the left hand section of the registration page. In the search bar type in your team name, and then click on the blue "join team" link below your team name. This will take you to the start of your team registration page. Copy this URL from your web browser. This is the link that you want to send to your friends so they can register for your team.
When you teammates go to this url they will be taken to your team's registration page. Please Note: A Race Roster account is required to register online for Race Judicata. If you or your teammates try to register without an account they will be shown the account creation page instead.
The first section will ask you which method of payment you would like to use. If your teammates will be paying for themselves they will select the first option, "Pay for Myself". If your teammates' registration fees will be paid for by the team, usually the company sponsoring the team, they will instead select the second option, "Group Payment".
The next step is to fill out the contact information for the person being registered.
Next it will ask for the runner's employer (optional). The second question asks if the runner is an attorney. This information is needed to determine which category of awards the runner is eligible for.
The next section is asking about your team, but you'll notice that your team has already been selected. If you added a password to your team, they will need to enter this now.
Each participant of Race Judicata® will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Have them select their t-shirt size in the pull down menu in the next section.
If you want to register multiple people at once, click on the yellow "ADD ANOTHER TEAM MEMBER" button at the bottom of this page. It will save your first participants info, reset the form, and ask you to fill out the info for the next runner. If you are only registering one person at a time, click the green "CONTINUE" button.
Read the waiver on the next section. Check the "I agree to liability waiver and release" box. Then click the green "CONTINUE" button.
If you would like to make a donation in addition to your registration fee, please do so on the next page. If you would not like to make an additional donation, scroll down and click the green "CONTINUE" button.
You should now be at the final checkout screen. On the right hand side you will see the summary of the order. Runners using the "group payment" method will see that their balance is $0.00. Runners paying for themselves will have a balance that reflects how many runners are being registered for this order. Billing information will be shown on the left side of the screen. If everything is correct click on the green "SUBMIT ODER" button at the bottom. Your registration is not complete until you click submit. If you leave the page without submitting all of your information will be deleted from the system.
Congratulations! You are now registered for Race Judicata 2023. You will receive a confirmation email at the address you provided.
It is as simple as that. Have each of your teammates complete this process and watch your team grow!
Teams that choose the group payment option will have an invoice for all registration fees sent to their team captain on August 26-27. Payment in full is required before you will be able to pick up your team's packets.
PREPARING FOR THE EVENT
Now that you have your team created and your friends are busy signing up, it is time to decide which activities you would like to participate in as a team. Are you going to submit your times together? Aim to win the t-shirt contest? Rent a tent and party the night away after the race? Let's take a look at your options.
Runners will receive an event t-shirt but teams are encouraged to design their own and enter the t-shirt contest for the chance to claim the traveling trophy for the year. A panel of 3 judges will review all submissions and choose their favorite as the winner. All shirts will be displayed on the field so you will have a chance to check out your competition.
To enter the t-shirt contest please submit one copy of your shirt along with a t-shirt entry form at least one day before the race. Feel free to use the race logo. All we ask is that you do not alter it.
Ask anyone who has participated in Race Judicata before and they will tell you that the after party is just as big as the race itself! Reserve your space at the party by renting a tent and give your team their own spot to call home base. Tent are available in two sizes and come with tables and chairs. When you show up on race day it will be waiting for you with your name all over it. Teams that rent a tent can also have their race materials delivered to their tent which means they don't have to worry about attending packet pickup.
A list of preferred caterers can be found at the bottom of the page if you want to provide extra food for your team. Please note that no outside alcohol will be allowed at the event without a liquor license provided by your caterer.
To rent a tent all you need to do is fill out a tent form. Space is limited and tent rentals are on a first-come-first-served-basis.
- Individuals may collect their materials on the following days:
- Saturday, August 26, time 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Potbelly, 3424 N. Southport
- Sunday, August 27, time 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Potbelly, 3424 N. Southport
- Wednesday, August 30 from 11:30 until 6:00 PM at CVLS, 33 N. Dearborn St., Suite 400 *Please note that you will not be able to pick up your materials individually if you are registered as a member of a team numbering 10 or more, or if your specified team has rented a tent.
Teams may collect their materials on the following days:
- Wednesday, August 30 from 11:30 AM until 6:00 PM at CVLS, 33 N. Dearborn St., Suite 400
Registration will also be available during pickup hours.
The first 4,000 registrants to attend packet pickup will receive a goody bag and race T-shirt.
Participants will be placed into the following categories for both men and women: Under 20; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70 and over.
Fastest Male and Female overall determined by being the first to cross the finish line after the gun, with all other categories based on chip-timed results. Overall winners and fastest lawyers are not eligible for awards based on age group.
Awards will be given to the top three men and women overall and the top male and female lawyers. There will also be awards for the top 3 men and women of each age category.
The event site is located at 1746 N Stockton Drive, Lincoln Park South Groves 2-3. The Field is on the Northeast corner of Stockton and LaSalle Dr. Limited street parking is available along Stockton Dr and the Chicago History Museum's parking lot. There is a bus stop next to the field for routes 151 and 156.
Chip timing ensures fast and accurate results. A small, lightweight chip that uniquely identifies athletes as they cross the start and finish lines is located on the back of all runner bibs. The chip must be worn for the entire event. Timing chips are disposable and do not need to be returned after the race.
Split times will be available on the course. Water will be offered at the start, finish, and on the course. The course will follow the same route as USATF certified (IL-09119-JW).
July 14, Early bird sponsorship deadline.
July 28, Sponsorship deadline to be included on printed materials.
August 11, Tent rental deadline.
August 11, Last day to register at the reduced rate.
August 18, Last day for sponsors to supply goodybag items.
August 25, Online Registration Closes at 4PM
August 26, Individual Packet Pickup (Potbelly, 3424 N. Southport, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
August 27, Individual Packet Pickup (Potbelly, 3424 N. Southport, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
August 30, Individual and Team Packet Pickup (33 N. Dearborn St., Ste 400, 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM)
August 31, Race Day!!!
as of July 25, 2023