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Prepare a training schedule immediately after booking your 5K race. New runners should begin with light training and build into a longer running routine.

Universal Sole Four Mile Classic

The Universal Sole Four Mile classic is back in 2018! This cities only four mile race will start and finish at beautiful Montrose Harbor. Enjoy a chip timed 4 mile run/walk with a flat, fast course all along Chicago’s lakefront path with the city as your back drop! The 2018 race will take place Thursday Evening, May 17th @ 7pm! A great race to kick off your spring & summer running season!

Race Beneficiary: Chicago Run -- 
Founded in 2007 to aid in the fight against childhood obesity, Chicago Run is a non-profit organization aiming to impact the entire school health environment in a holistic and collaborative manner by engaging families, teachers, and school staff. Chicago Run fuses digital learning, cross-community collaboration, nutrition, and neighborhood pride into its physical activity programs, ensuring a more engaged student body.

Event details and schedule

Race Details:

  • A custom USOLE 4 Mile Classic Head Gaiter & Premium Universal Sole String Athletic Backpack will be given to all registered participants! The gaiter is multi-purpose garment that can be used in many different ways from a bandana, face mask, neck warmer, head band and many other uses! It can be used in all weather and great piece to your run wardrobe hot or cold outside!
  • Race will begin @ 7:00pm @ Montrose Harbor by "The Dock"! On-site check-in/registration will begin @ 5:00pm and close promptly @ 6:30pm!
  • Gear Check will be on-site @ The Universal Sole Tents.
  • Water and NUUN Hydration Drink at the Start/finish area! In addition, there will be (1) aid stations on course.
  • Clif Bars, Bananas will be provided along with other goodies from our sponsors (in vendor area)!
  • Parking Info: Montrose Harbor has parking all along the street and in pay lots
  • Public Transportation: The CTA has bus routes that stop at Montrose Harbor! Please visit http://www.transitchicago.com/ for more information.
  • DIVVY has a bike station right at the start line of the USOLE 4 Mile Classic!


  • Top three Overall Male & Female
  • Age Group M&F Awards: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
  • Post race raffle with great prizes from Universal Sole & all of our sponsors to be held at our post race party @ Diag Bar & Grill!

Packet Pick-up: Packet pick-up will be available on race day. Pre-race packet pick-up is TBD and will be announced shortly.

Post Race Party: We will head over to a post race venue to enjoy a brunch and a post race party! Details are TBD!

Volunteer Information: Please email Universal Sole (info@universalsole.com) for more details!

Strollers & Dogs: Strollers and dogs are allowed, we ask that you start in the back of the corral.

*Please note: There are no refunds or exchanges for this event.

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