Edgewater Back to School 5k Run/ 1mi Walk


Celebrate our community and support our schools at Edgewater’s annual lakefront run!

Join us for the annual Edgewater Back to School 5k Run/1mi Walk! Celebrate our community and view historic sites along the lakefront path while raising money for local schools in the 48th Ward. Many graduates from our schools stay in the community; invest in our future! Last year we raised nearly $6,000 for Edgewater schools with over 350 students participating in the run!

Whether you want to get moving with your family, your friends, or your dog, the Edgewater 5K is for you. Gather post-race for snacks and massages, then head to brunch at one of our local spots and return to Granville Avenue for the Edgewater Fall Art Fair featuring 90+ artists, two stages and a beer garden.

There is no shortage to post-race brunch options in Edgewater! Stay close and dine on Granville, or stretch your legs and head south to Bryn Mawr. Either way, you won’t be disappointed!
Thank you to all the participants in the 2016 Edgewater 5K for a wonderful event! Watch this space for event photos. Find the 2016 race results here!

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Sunday, September 25, 2016 – 8am
Kenmore and Rosemont

Participants received:

2016 5k Pricing:

  • *$30 through June 30
  • *$35 through August 31
  • *$40 through September 24

2016 1mi Pricing:

  • *$30 through June 30
  • *$32 through August 31
  • *$35 through September 24

Family/ group rates are available. Contact melissa@edgewater.org. Jogging strollers are welcome.

2016 Packet pick-up:

Friday, September 23: 300 pm – 700 pm at the Chamber of Commerce Office, 1210 West Rosedale
Saturday, September 24: 800 am – 100 pm at the Farmer’s Market (weather permitting), Broadway Armory Parking Lot
Sunday, September 25: 700 am – 730 am at the St. Ignatius Plaza at Loyola University Chicago, Kenmore and Rosemont. Gear check will not be available, so please plan accordingly.

2016 Race Day Events:

700 am: Race plaza opens – registration and packet pick-up will be available
800 am: 5k race begins
805 am: 1mi walk begins
817 am: Runners begin to return
900 am: Mascot Race and Awards ceremony – The Runner’s Edge will award the top female and top male  of each age group (14 and under, 15-17 years old, 18 and older) a gift certificate to go towards a new pair of shoes at their Andersonville location!

Race Day Festivities:

As you make your way back to the St. Ignatius Plaza, make sure you grab water, a banana, maybe a medal, pancakes! If you’re 21 or older, grab a beer! You can also visit with vendors, sponsors, and schools.  Athletico Physical Therapy will be offering post-race stretching, quick injury screening and advice, and fun swag!

About the beneficiaries:

The 48th Ward is home to nine elementary schools and two high schools, collectively serving more than 6,000 students. Reflecting the incredible diversity of Edgewater, kids in our local schools represent hundreds of countries around the world and speak over 75 different languages. Despite great challenges, our local schools have achieved marked success through the highest CPS level 1 ratings to the National Blue Ribbon Award with expanded IB programs and innovative arts partnerships. Funds raised by the Edgewater 5k Run/Walk will go toward providing expanded educational opportunities such as arts and sports programs. Race participants can choose from thirteen various institutions within the 48th Ward as the recipient of their donation.

About the course:

The race route begins at Loyola University’s new St. Ignatius Community Plaza at Rosemont and Kenmore and heads east to Sheridan Road. Runners will head south on Sheridan Road, a rare opportunity to run in the street, as they are dwarfed by the towering lakefront high rise buildings! The route turns east at Ardmore to the northernmost part of the scenic lakefront path, heading south past Kathy Osterman Beach. The run will take participants back in time to the Roaring ‘20s, past the famed Edgewater Beach Building. Rounding the corner near the Foster Beach concessions, the route meanders along the lakefront before turning around and heading back through the park.

Thank you to the 2016 residents & businesses that sponsored students to run: Robin Anderson, Jillian Baker, Jalana Boyd, Pamela Brandt, Matt Burds, Michael Caramagno, Belen Donahue, Fisheye Graphic Services, Dave Frederickson, Matt and Sarah Frigo, Derek Glowacz, Kristine Hegner, John Kane, Mark Lestina, Patricia Levine, Nadia Oehlsen, Ellen Rosof, Ahn Ruiz, Stephen Tow, Vitaliy Vladimirov, and Bill Yeh.

Because of your support and generosity in addition to the sponsoring businesses listed below, 186 students and (counting!) will be participating in the 5k! Help us reach our goal of 300 students!


Calling all volunteers!

If running or walking the race isn’t for you, you can also volunteer! We’re looking for people to help us with everything from assembling the race participants’ packets to marking the course, to supporting our sponsors and vendors at the post-race event or handing out refreshments and medals to the participants as they finish. Sign-up to volunteer or please contact Melissa Franada at melissa@edgewater.org or 773-561-6000 with any questions or concerns.


Eat and drink with us!

Fireside Chicago LogoFireside Restaurant & Lounge has partnered with us for a generous donation to the students of the 48th Ward. Get ready to eat and drink!
Fireside will be donating 3% of sales for the week leading up to the race, from Monday, September 19 to Friday September 23, 11am-9pm, and Saturday, September 24 to Sunday, September 25 from 10am – 9pm. See you there!

2016 sponsorship opportunities are available or you are welcome to email melissa@edgewater.org with any inquiries.

Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors:


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The Runner's Edge

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Thank you to Nookies, Kanela Breakfast Club, Ann Sather, and Thorndale West Cafe for providing pancakes for our race participants!


Click here to view 2015 Edgewater 5K Race Results! (PDF)