Life Time Introduces Unprecedented Pre-Race Party for the 26th Annual Chicago Half Marathon & 5K Presented by HOKA | Sports Destination Management

Life Time Introduces Unprecedented Pre-Race Party for the 26th Annual Chicago Half Marathon & 5K Presented by HOKA

Sep 19, 2023

Life Time (NYSE: LTH), the nation’s premier healthy lifestyle brand, is thrilled to unveil the precursor to the renowned Chicago Half Marathon & 5k presented by HOKA. Departing from a traditional race expo, the inaugural pre-race party is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, September 22-23, 2023, leading up to the highly anticipated race day.


Life Time invites runners, along with their family and friends, to partake in the pre-race celebrations as they transform Vertiport Chicago, Chicago’s state-of-the-art heliport, the largest in North America, into the exclusive venue for this innovative event. With a sprawling 30,000-foot indoor-outdoor helicopter hangar, the atmosphere will be electric, featuring views of Chicago’s iconic skyline, live music and entertainment, food trucks, refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, photo opportunities, unique sponsor activations from leading running and outdoor brands, and more.


Runners will have the opportunity to collect their race packets on Friday, between 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., as well as on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During which, runners and their friends and families will also be able to access the party where there will be plenty of running gear and accessories from brands for purchase in preparation for race day.


“We, at Life Time, are continuously trying to cultivate unique and life-changing experiences for our athletes and members,” said Allison Humbert Wilkinson, Senior Marketing Manager for Life Time Athletic Events. “Our vision for the inaugural pre-race party at the Chicago Half Marathon goes beyond the ordinary. We’re collaborating closely with our sponsors to engage the athletes in ways that transcend traditional partnerships, creating not just an event but also an experience that leaves a lasting impact on our participants.”


“We eagerly anticipate our involvement in this year’s Pre-race festivity,” said Daniel Mojica, Executive Director of Vertiport Chicago. “Life Time is pioneering a forward-thinking method for this celebration, and within our establishment lies the future site of the 2025 ‘flying cars’ or Air Taxi – making the Vertiport the ideal setting.”


Registration for the Life Time Chicago Half Marathon presented by HOKA on Sunday, September 24 is officially sold out. Registration is still open for the 5k and Kids Run Chicago. For more information and to register, please visit:


The Life Time Chicago Half Marathon & 5k presented by HOKA and Kids Run Chicago are among more than 30 premier athletic events owned and produced by Life Time, including Verizon New York City Triathlon, Miami Marathon, the Leadville Race Series, UNBOUND Gravel and more.

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