Prepare for the Bucktown 5k!

Date & Location

Race Start Time

  • 5k – 8:30am 


Course Map

The Bucktown 5k course highlights the historic neighborhood’s biggest attractions. We hold our races to the highest quality standards, from start to finish, course design and accuracy, emergency medical plans that exceed industry standards all in the name of your safety. Please note that although we’ll try our best to avoid it, the course and start time is subject to change. 

What to Expect on Race Day 

All Ventures Endurance events include features that cater to both beginners and seasoned runners. 

★ USATF-certified course
★ Emergency medical plans that exceed industry standards
★ Preferred Start Corrals for qualified participants
★ Open corral assignment based on estimated pace
★ Wave starts for larger events
★ B-tag chip timing system via Chronotrack
★ Results posted online in real-time
★ Live Runner Updates deliver texts to friends and family as runners pass points on the course 

Packet Pickup Info 

Come pick up your race day packet, which includes a race day bib and goodie bag. If you can’t make it to the Packet Pickup, don’t fret; you’re welcome to send a friend or family member to pick up your race day necessities – as long as they come armed with a copy of everyone’s registration confirmation. Five packets per person max, please! If you’re picking up packets for other people, please be sure to let them know that you’ve done so! Please remember that there is no race day packet pickup. 

Please note: we are unable to mail out packets after the packet mailing deadline has passed. Your race shirt must be picked up at the pre-race packet pickup. 

Parking & Transit Information 

There is limited street parking available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Bucktown neighborhood. We highly encourage taking public transit, or carpooling or biking to the event. There will be thousands of participants, volunteers, and spectators on site race morning. Please plan for heavy traffic and allow ample time to check your gear and get into your corral.

Visit the CTA website for more information on public transit options. 

Results & Timing

The Bucktown 5k is an officially timed event using a disposable chip timing system. You’ll see timing clocks along the USATF-certified course, as well as at the finish line. Results will stream live online in real-time, so you and your fans can check your time right after crossing the finish line.

2021 Race Results
2019 Race Results

The Bucktown 5K is part of the Chicago Area Runners Association’s Runners’ Choice Circuit. The Circuit includes top races around the city and suburbs, providing a competitive structure and recognition for Chicagoland runners and clubs. Learn more about how to get involved at

Age group awards will be awarded to the top male and female in the following categories: 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39,40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84 and 85 & Over.


Find your free photos on desktop or mobile. 
We’ll capture you in high-resolution shots, and track those shots using your unique bib number. After the race, each registrant will be emailed free pictures of themselves at the race. Share it on Facebook, tweet it, or download it and print it out. 
We do our best to capture great photos of everyone on race day, but we need your help! To make sure we’re able to accurately tag your pictures, wear your bib on the front of your body, and make sure it isn’t covered by clothing, race belts, etc. 

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What are the AWD (athletes with disabilities) guidelines and event rules?

Ventures Endurance happily welcomes all athletes to participate in our events. Athletes with Disabilities (AWD) include, but are not limited to the flowing athletes, Blade Runners, Visually Impaired Runners, Adaptive / Guided Runners, Pushed Athletes, Push Rim, Racing Chair and Hand Cycles. To participate as an AWD athlete you must notify the Race Director of your participation a minimum of 20 days in advance. This allows our staff to ensure the safety and security of each athlete on the course prepare the ES (early starters) corral for athletes. To ensure your spot and be approved as an AWD participant please contact [email protected]. Should there be a duo team, a coupon code may be provided for the pusher/coach by emailing [email protected]. Ventures Endurance Athletes with Disabilities Event Rules can be found here.

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