Virtual Big Gay 5K Chicago

Mon June 1 - Sun July 5 Chicago, IL US 60657 RaceJoy Ready
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Additional race information can be found at


The Big Gay 5K is back in a BIG way and we have gone virtual. Cue Gay Gasp!  Runners will join together across the country to complete 5k virtual races while celebrating LGBTQ Pride in a positive and healthy way. Athletes will have a choice of two routes in their city to run or walk and experience an interactive experience through the RaceJoy app.  The swag will be flowing - All registrants will be treated to an exclusive neck gator designed to be THE centerpiece of any Pride ensemble for those carefully planned food and drank pick-ups. And, everyone will receive the glitziest, gayest finisher medal you can dream up. Prepare your friends for an Insta glitter bomb! We'll also share a special live broadcast on June 27 featuring local drag personalities and providing the inspiration and fun you crave to complete the Big Gay 5K.

Proceeds benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), the leader in the fight for HIV prevention and treatment services in Illinois. AFC works to improve the health of people living with or vulnerable to HIV and chronic conditions and build movements towards achieving the end of homelessness and new HIV cases in Illinois.

The Swag


Big Gay 5K Chicago Swag

Packet Pick-Up

Registrants can pick up their Big Gay 5K Chicago race packets at these Fleet Feet Chicago locations:

Fleet Feet Old Town (1706 N Wells St)
Friday, June 26 from 11am-6pm

Fleet Feet Lincoln Square (4762 North Lincoln Avenue)
Saturday, June 27 from 11am-6pm)

Due to COVID-19 social gathering guidelines, Fleet Feet stores can only accommodate a small group of people at any given time. You MUST sign up for 15-minute pick-up window with Fleet Feet Chicago. Failure to arrive on time may result in a significant wait time or require you to return at a later time or even day. Please arrive early. The LINK to sign up for your time slot is coming soon. Watch your email and check back at our website once we have the link posted.


Free Live Tracking and Progress Alerts on Race Day!
(Race organizers are providing this as an included service.)

Make sure you download the RaceJoy mobile app for live phone tracking at the Virtual Big Gay 5K Chicago.

Carry your phone and use RaceJoy to add to your race experience with these key features:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive GPS-based progress alerts at mile points on the course for current pace and estimated finish time.
  • Post to your Facebook and Twitter walls.
  • Have friends and family track your performance.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Supporting spectators can track your blue dot moving along the course from home or at the race site.
  • NearMe proximity alerts notify spectators when you are drawing near.
  • Find each other using RaceJoy’s MeetUp tool.


  • Receive fun, motivational audio cheers from your supporting fans.
  • Start sending cheers to others doing the race at any time.

The Virtual Big Gay 5K Chicago is sponsoring RaceJoy to provide participants and spectators these features for free (normally a 99 cents upgrade fee for both the participant and spectator).

- Participant must carry phone
- No official race timing information is provided for this race in RaceJoy

The AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) brings together service providers and funders to develop systems that meet the needs of those living with HIV/AIDS and to maximize the use of scarce resources. AFC manages more than $17 million in local, state, and federal funds for an array of AIDS-related services. By assisting government entities in planning, distributing, and monitoring service contracts, AFC helps develop provider expertise and promotes uniform and high-quality delivery across the region.

Until there is a vaccine and a cure, comprehensive HIV prevention services remain our best weapon in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The AIDS Foundation Chicago is committed to working with policymakers and service providers to increase funding for prevention services and programs that work.

Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at

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