The Hard Cider Run: Chicago

Sat June 16, 2018 Directions
Race Day

The big day!


Participants will travel through beautiful apple orchards, dirt trails and grassy paths. This course is marked with flags, arrows, cones and other signage. Simply follow the signs and you won’t get lost.

We will have a water station at the 1.5-mile mark. We will also have water available before and after the race at packet pick-up. 


You were separated into corrals during registration. We base this on expected race paces to keep everything organized and running smoothly (pun intended). It is important to stick to your correct corral. If you cannot remember your corral assignment, you can check the sticker on the front of your bib or log in to your RunSignUp account.

All participants will be lined up at the start line by 9am. Simply look for the tall teardrop banners that read 'Corral A', 'Corral B', and so on. Line up behind your corral leader near the start area. 

Right at 9am, we will release Corral A. As each one clears, we'll slowly move the next corral forward into the gates. We will be sending a corral off every few minutes. Once the final corral is sent through, the start line will close and you will not be permitted onto the course. 


Parking is free, and will be held on-site in grassy lots. You will see parking directors as you enter the property. Follow their directions to ensure you are parked in an efficient manner. Space is limited, so carpooling is encouraged!

If it rains prior to race day, the parking lot will get muddy. In this situation, arriving in a truck or SUV is advised.


For those of you participating in the Hungry Apple challenge, be sure to stop at each station (located at every mile marker) to get your delicious donut! Simply look for the Hungry Apple banner! Please be courteous to other runners and step off the course while receiving your treat so others doing the regular 5K can easily run by. 

We will have water at the Hungry Apple stations for washing down the donuts. This water is reserved for those participating in the Hungry Apple challenge. We have water available for everyone at packet pick-up, at the finish line and at the water station located approximately halfway through the course.