Chicago, Illi. (Aug. 31, 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: https://www.chicagohalfmarathon.com/
About Life Time Chicago Half Marathon + 5k presented by HOKA
Chicago’s most established and iconic half marathon. Starting and finishing at Historic Jackson Park, this race highlights Chicago’s South Shore, taking runners along Lake Shore Drive, while offering magnificent views of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s Skyscrapers. Known for its extra-large finisher’s medal, the Life Time Chicago Half Marathon is a perfect tune-up race for the famed Chicago Marathon. New for 2023, a Kids Run Chicago has been added to the race day lineup as an opportunity to introduce young runners (ages 2-12) to the wonderful world of running.
About Life Time®, Inc.
Life Time (NYSE: LTH) empowers people to live healthy, happy lives through its portfolio of nearly 160 athletic country clubs across the United States and Canada. The company’s healthy way of life communities and ecosystem address all aspects of healthy living, healthy aging, and healthy entertainment for people 90 days to 90+ years old. Supported by a team of more than 30,000 dedicated professionals, Life Time is committed to providing the best programs and experiences through its clubs, iconic athletic events, and comprehensive digital platform.