Event Information

The Pumpkin Spice 5K Run/Walk takes place during the most beautiful time of year in Chicago and along its spectacular lakefront.  Join us for a scenic, family-friendly 5K Run or Walk through the historic lakefront area of Chicago’s Jackson Park.


ENTRY FEES – 5K Run/Walk
$35 until October 1

October 1 – October 15: $40

October 15 – Race Day: $45

Registration on Race Day is from 7:15AM – 8:15AM



Race will kick off promptly at 8:30 AM on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Jackson Park
1901 E. Hayes Drive

View the course map.



Gear check is free and available to all runners and spectators from 7AM until 10:30AM.



Awards will be given to the overall top 3 male and female finishers, as well as age group winners.

Age group male and female awards:
– 14 & under
– 15-19
– 20-29
– 30-39
– 40-49
– 50-59
– 60-69
– 70+



Jackson Park has plenty of free parking spaces in the adjacent lot as well as street parking.

The CTA has bus routes that go directly to the race start.  Please visit transitchicago.com for more information. DIVVY has two bike stations at Jackson Park.



Whitney Young High School is Chicago’s first public magnet school bringing together students from across Chicago. Whitney Young provides an academically rigorous education, consistently ranked among the best public high schools in the state and the top 50 in the nation. It was recently named the most diverse school in the nation. Each year 2,200 students walk the halls, study in classrooms, labs and libraries, and participate in over 100 clubs, 52 athletic sports teams and fine and performing arts. For the 5th year in a row, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) names it “The School of Champions”. Help support the academic, athletic and artistic excellence and be a part of the Pumpkin Spice 5k.



After the run enjoy Pumpkin Spice donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts, as well as coffee from Dark Matter.



All participants registered will receive entry into the 5K. The first 1000 will receive a Pumpkin Spice 5K race tech running shirt. All participants will receive a goody bag.



Thursday, October 19
Road Runner Sports
1435 North Kingsbury Street (plenty of parking)
10AM – 7PM

Friday, October 20 
Whitney Young High School
211 South Laflin Street
7:30AM – 4:30PM

Saturday, October 21
Road Runner Sports
1435 North Kingsbury Street (plenty of parking)
10AM – 6PM


Race Day at Jackson Park


Weather Policy
There is always the potential for extreme or severe weather in Chicago! Pumpkin Spice 5K will be held rain or shine unless the conditions are unsafe (flooding, lightning, etc.). If the race officials determine that there are unsafe conditions, the race may be delayed or cancelled. Entry fees are non-refundable.