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Proceeds will benefit Metropolitan’s Community Schools Program for children and youth ages 5 – 18 years.

Registration fees

5K (Youth Price) Closed

  1. $10.00
    Jan 1 - Jun 12

5K (Adult Prices) Closed

Registration closed
    1. Closed
      Jan 1 – Feb 19
    2. $20.00
      Feb 19 – Mar 2
    3. $25.00
      Mar 3 – Mar 10
    4. $30.00
      Mar 11 – Jun 2
    5. $35.00
      Jun 3 – Jun 12

About the Event

Welcome to Metropolitan Family Services - Midway annual 5K Summer Dash to Mpower students in Community Schools. This event will take place through the inner streets of Marquette Park located on 6743 S. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL. We also hope you will stay for the awards ceremony and a celebratory dance off near the finish line! All adult 5K Summer participants will receive a short-sleeve race t-shirt and goody bag. Youth will also receive a goody bag and are encourage to wear their school logo t-shirt to represent their school! Free tacos from Tacos Mario's will be distributed to the participants and beer for adults from our generous sponsor Goose Island. Bring the family to our educational tent after the race and enjoy some school performances, live music and have the kids bound in the bouncy house or get their face painted. 

About Metropolitan Family Services- Community Schools Program

The Community Schools program of Metropolitan brings academic and social supports to schools to ensure that students succeed academically as well as in their future lives. Community Schools engages children in enrichment programming before and after the school day, and on weekends. Such programming includes academic remediation, technology training, art classes, recreation and sports programming. Unfortunately, contracts for such programming do not cover total costs and the 5K has become a strategy to bridge the budget gap.


General Information

Race will begin promptly at 8:00a.m.  No dogs, roller blades, bicycles, or skateboards allowed on course. 

Our course is USATF Certified! 

Race Timing
The 5K Summer Dash uses a disposable chip timing tag that runners receive at packet pick up on their race bibs. It is lightweight and remains attached to the race bib. 
Runners MUST wear their race bibs on the front of their clothing in order to be timed accurately. The bib cannot be covered, holding it in your hand or putting it in your pocket will NOT read the chip. Do not bend the chip.  Smart watches such as Garmin and smart phones can interfere with the timing chip frequency.  Please do not adjust your watch or phone as you cross the finish line and come through the chute.  Disputes for times on Smart watches and smart phones will not be taken into consideration. 

Packet Pick-Up
Thursday, June 14 at Metropolitan Family Services located at 3843 W 63rd street, Chicago, IL 60629 from 8:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M.

Friday, June 15 at Metropolitan Family Services located at 3843 W 63rd street, Chicago, IL 60629 from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Saturday, June 16 at Marquette Park located at 6743 S. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60629 from 6:30 A.M. to 7:30 A.M. 

Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-Up

Table set up by field house, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. The registration fee on race day is $40 - CASH ONLY.

Every runner will receive a medal. Plaques will be awarded to the top three overall male and female finishers in different age categories. The award ceremony will begin at 9:15 a.m. outside of the field house.

Free parking will be available at surrounding CPS Schools: Tarkington (3330 W 71st Street) and McKay (6901 S. Fairfield Ave). Street parking is also available on surrounding side streets.

Course Map


Event Schedule

  • February 19 12:00 AM CST - Early Bird Registration at $20.00

  • March 2 11:59 PM CST - Early Bird Registration Ends

  • March 3 1:00 AM CST - Discounted Registration at $25.00

  • March 10 11:59 PM CST - Discounted Registration Ends

  • March 11 1:00 AM CST - General Registration at $30.00

  • June 2 11:59 PM CDT - General Registration Ends

  • June 3 1:00 AM CDT - Last Call Registration at $35.00

  • June 12 11:59 PM CDT - Online Registration Closes

  • June 14 8:30 AM CDT - Packet Pick Up - Session 1

  • June 15 8:30 AM CDT - Packet Pick Up - Session 2

  • June 16 6:30 AM CDT - Race Day Registration at $40.00

  • June 16 8:00 AM CDT - Race Starts Promptly

  • June 16 9:15 AM CDT - Awards Ceremony

Contact Information

Event Location

6743 South Kedzie Avenue, Marquette Park, Chicago, IL, United States

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