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Goodie Bag

We’re proud to outfit our Bucktown runners in killer swag. Our 2016 goodie bag is here!

  • ultra light + breathable
  • men’s and women’s cuts
  • four-way stretch
  • ideal for cool-weather runs
  • seamless + chafe-resistant
  • Sizing Chart

2016 BT5K hoodie frontback



We highly encourage 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.

Gear Check

Gear check is available to all registered participants.

• 7:30am – 11:00am on race day
• Gear check bags must be 12” X 18” or smaller
• Bags may be left at gear check tent only

RAM Racing is not responsible for lost or damaged items. Please have the gear check tab from your bib adhered to your bag prior to entering the gear check lines.

Race Day

Post Race Party

After crossing the finish line (go you!), head over to the Post Race Party and celebrate your achievement.

o Munch on yum yum grub
o Bring the little ones to go wild at the Kid Zone


Sunday, September 18th, 2016
Burr Elementary School Grounds
1621 West Wabansia (Wabansia & Marshfield)
Chicago, IL


This race kicks off at 8:30am.

Get there by 7:30am to check your gear and find your corral.

Packet Pick Up

• Thursday, September 15th
o Time: 4-6pm
o Location: Running Away Multisport, 800 Waukegan Rd. Deerfield, IL 60015

• Friday, September 16th
o Time: 4-8pm
o Location: Fleet Feet Elmhurst, 124 Schiller St, Elmhurst, IL 60126

• Saturday, September 17th
o Time: 10am-6pm
o Location: Fleet Feet Old Town, 1620 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614

No packets or goodie bags will be distributed past the close of packet pickup on Saturday, September 17th. Friends or family members are welcome collect your packet for you. Just send them with a copy of your confirmation email. You may switch your goodie bag size up until a month before the race on your RAM Racing account.

Packet Mailing

RAM Racing now offers the option to have your packet mailed for 2016 Bucktown 5k. If you have already registered for the event, and would like to register for packet by mail, follow the instructions below:

1. Log into your RAM Racing account
2. Open the “Your Races” tab in the upper right corner of the screen
3. Click on the View tab next to the correct race
4. Select the “Packet Mailing” option and follow the prompts through the payment process to pay the $15.27 for shipping

The deadline for register for packet by mail is August 30th.

If you have not already registered for the race, you will have the option to add packet mailing during the registration process. Please, no P.O. Box addresses.


Check out the neighborhood’s most notable features in the Bucktown 5k course– click the map to enlarge.

•Minimum pace: 15 minute mile
•Each aid station includes Gatorade, water, port-a-johns, and medical support
•Mile markers at each mile
•Start line staging begins at 6:30am.
•Medical Info: ALS units will be positioned at each aid station. In addition, course marshals and aid stations captains will be in communication with the medical teams at all times. Medical facilities will also be available at the finish line.

In the event your vehicle is located in a NO PARKING location, there will be alternative parking available on the SECOND LEVEL of the parking deck at 2140 N Elston (between Kohl’s and Best Buy). Security will be provided between 9/12 10pm – 9/13 8am, on the SECOND LEVEL ONLY.

*2016 Course Map Coming Soon

+ Start Corrals

Bucktown 5k participants who run faster than an 11:30/mile will be assigned to a Preferred Start Corral based on the following criteria:

• Your past performance in a RAM Racing event from 2012-2015 that is in our system. If you have this you will not be prompted for qualifying proof.
• Your proof of a qualifying result for a 5k or longer event run within 2 years of the race date that you submit.

Start corrals will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Runners who only provide expected pace times for start corral placements and do not wish to provide proof will be assigned to the open corrals behind the Preferred Corrals. Participants with a qualifying time from a past RAM Racing event from 2012-2015 will be automatically placed in the appropriate corral. If you wish to change or improve your start position, you may submit proof of a qualifying time. See How to Update or Change Your Corral Assignment for additional information.

+ How to Update or Change Your Corral Assignment

If you would like to update or change your start corral assignment, you can do so by submitting a qualifying time no later than 3 weeks prior to race day.
To submit a qualifying time:

1. log into your RAM Racing Account at
2. Open the “My Account” tab in the upper right corner of the screen
3. Click on the “View Registration” tab next to the correct upcoming race
4. Follow the prompts to attach proof

You will receive an email confirming acceptance or denial of submitted results no later than 2 weeks prior to race day.

+ What do you accept as proof of a qualifying time?

Submitted results must be from a race that is a distance of 5k or longer, run within the last two years. The following forms of proof will be accepted:

• A screen shot of your individual race results. The race name and date must appear along with your results.
• An attachment in the form of a finisher’s certificate that contains your name, the race name/distance and finish time.
• An attached printout from an online race results page and ensure the race name and date appear on the page. Please circle or underline your name and time and give us an idea of where to look.
• A link to your individual race results. Please ensure your name and results are the ONLY ones appearing on the page.

Assignment to a start corral is not guaranteed. Runners must verify their corral placement in their RAM Racing account. Placement in a Preferred Corral can be found the week before the event in your account next to the event.

+ FAQ about Corrals

What do you mean by Race Pace?
Your race pace is how many minutes it takes you to run or walk one mile. Say it takes you ten minutes to run one mile. That means that your race pace is 10 minutes per mile.

How can I find out my Corral?
Once you’ve registered for the event, you can confirm your Start Corral assignment one week prior to that event on Your Races page found in your RAM Racing account. Your Start Corral will be listed next to your name, city, state, and age division.

What if I do not care about corrals?
No worries, if you do not care we will go off the time you entered when registering and place you in an Open Corral with other like paced runners.

What if I have proof but my friend does not and we want to run together?
If you want to run with a friend or family member who does not have qualifying proof we can put you both in the Open corrals. Just sign up with the same estimated race pace that is comfortable for everyone.

My race partner and I got placed in different corrals?
You can always line up with the person who is furthest back in the corrals on on race day.

Why do you have this corral system?
To ensure a smooth and safe race it is best if people run with like paced runners. It is no fun for a 6min/mile racer to try to dodge walkers and it is no fun for walkers to get knocked down by eager speedy runners. With properly assigned corrals everyone can have a safe and enjoyable event. No matter your speed we will have the chocolate goodies waiting at the end!

I just want to be in the same corral as my family/friends.
Make sure you all talk before registering and have everyone put in the same estimated race pace. Try to make it a bit unique, instead of putting in 10min/miles try 10:02. If not everyone can provide proof make sure you choose a time everyone is confortable with (12:03) and have everyone choose the Open corral option. If you do end up getting split up just remember you can always line up with the person furthest back.

Timing and Awards

Live Runner Updates

Click here for live runner updates!

Keep your friends and family in the loop as you run the Bucktown 5k. Live runner updates send them free notifications via Facebook, Twitter, or text as you cross specific points on the course. Here’s how to get live runner updates set up:

  • Make sure the person you’d like to receive updates on is registered for the race. FYI, it may take up to 24 hours to be able to track someone who has just registered.
  • Sign up and select the runners you would like to receive updates on, and how (Facebook, Twitter, or text).
  • Expect updates on race day!

After the race, all runners will receive free downloadable photos and video clips of themselves as they cross the finish line.

Photos & Video

Share your memorable race moments! You can download free photos and videos of your finish line moment after the event.

+ Timing Chips

Bucktown 5k is an officially timed event using the ChronoTrack B-Tag disposable chip timing system, the industry leader in endurance events. The timing system provides each participant with an accurate time from the start to the finish line as well as on course splits. Individual timing tags are affixed to the back of each bib number. Leave the tags on the back of the bib number and wear the bib number on your front torso, so that it is clearly visible on the outside of your clothing.

Please ensure the following are in order to receive an accurate time:

-Race bib is clearly visible on the front of the torso
-Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (do not fold or wrinkle)
-Race bib is pinned in all four corners
-Race bib is not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)

+ Live Results

Bucktown 5k is a USATF-sanctioned event. You’ll see timing clocks at each mile marker along the course, as well as at the start and finish lines. Results will stream live online in real-time, so you and your fans can check your time right after crossing the finish line.

+ Previous Results

Previous race results can be found on our results page.

+ Results Corrections

If you think the time we gave you is a little weird, let us know within two weeks through a correction request. Results become official after the 2-week mark.

+ Overall Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 10:30am. Only the top 3 overall male and female runners will be announced at the Post Race Party.

+ Age Group Awards

Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers, male and female, in each age group for each distance. Age groups are 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24 and every 5 years through 70+. All awards will be mailed within 6-8 weeks.


While RAM will supply you with a premium goodie bag, don’t write the Bucktown 5k off as a race that’s only about the swag. All RAM Racing events include features that cater to the seasoned runner.

• Each event is USATF-certified, with a course that has been certified for accuracy
• 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 or social media posts to friends and family as runners pass points on the course



Gilda’s Club Chicago


“The goal is to live a full, productive life even with all that ambiguity. No matter what happens, whether the cancer never flares up again or whether you die, the important thing is that the days that you have had you will have lived.”
– Gilda Radner

Doctors are there when cancer enters your life. Hospitals are there during the treatment. Gilda’s Club Chicago is there through it all; for anyone who has ever been affected by cancer. Help us get more people through our Red Door. Become a Red Door Runner for the 2015 Bucktown 5k.

Gilda’s Club Chicago’s Red Door Runners have been crossing the finish line of the Bucktown 5k for seven years as they proudly raise money and awareness for the many programs the Club offers. With more than 300 free activities each month in the downtown Clubhouse and satellite hospital locations throughout the city, Gilda’s has served members from 92% of Chicago ZIP codes. Our mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. Our innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing healthy lifestyle workshops, educational lectures, support and networking groups, social opportunities and resource referrals.

Bucktown Community Organization

The BCO strives to promote the general welfare of Bucktown neighborhood residents. The primary purposes of the BCO are as follows:
1) To complement governmental and other public efforts by supporting educational, social, recreational, environmental, and cultural enrichment activities that serve the needs and interests of community children, youth, families, and seniors;
2) To promote a spirit of cooperation, goodwill and neighborliness, ease neighborhood tensions, and encourage people to openly communicate and take action for positive change in the community;
3) To collect and distribute information about topics of interest to the community and provide a public forum for residents and business owners to express their opinions;
4) To ensure the quality and availability of public and private community services and enhance the safety for those who live and work in Bucktown; and
5) To work with public officials, private citizens, and other neighborhood agencies to protect and preserve the historical diversity of the neighborhood, including housing stock, people, cultural capacity, and other characteristics of the community that make it unique.


We love our volunteers! Click here to sign up for a volunteer position, or shoot an email to

RAM Racing Individual Volunteer Guidelines
RAM Racing Group Volunteer Guidelines



+ Where can I see the details of my registration?

Log into RAM Racing, then click My Account to view your registration.

+ Can I get a refund or transfer my entry?

All participant entries are non-transferable and non-refundable according to USATF regulations.

+ Will you email me more information closer to the event?

Yes, keep an eye out for emails from

+ I want to be in the same corral as my friend. What can we do?

Go ahead and move back in corrals—but please don’t move up.

+ Can I walk the Bucktown 5k?

Bucktown 5k welcomes walkers that can keep up with the 15 minute per mile pace. That’s about four miles per hour, or a very brisk walk.

+ Is there an age minimum or maximum?

Bucktown 5k welcomes all ages to the race. Please note participants under the age of 12 needing to be accompanied by an adult at all times, even on course.

+ Are there toilets on-site?

Yes—there are port-o-johns at the start/finish area and at the aid stations.

+ Are baby carriers permitted?

Not on course, but they’re welcome in spectating sections!

+ Are dogs allowed?

Sorry, no dogs are allowed on the course.

+ Can I bring my bike?

Feel free to ride to the event, but you’ll have to park it before you get to the course.

+ Can I use multiple coupon codes?

One code per registration, please. Codes can be added during check out.

+ Can I change my goodie bag size?

You can switch sizes until 4 weeks before the event:
1) Log onto your account from the RAM Racing website
2) Open the “My Account” tab in the upper right corner of the screen
3) Look under the “Upcoming Races” column and click on the “View” tab next to the correct race

Exchanges will also be available at both Running Away Multisport stores for one week post-race, pending availability.


As a brand ambassador, you will be our eyes and ears on-site. Tap into the social and running communities and engage in conversations with our audience: everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned runner, couch-to-5ker, or just a casual run/walker we want you to participate with us! Post fliers, talk to businesses, universities, athletic stores and your friends! We have a fun race lineup planned and we want you to enjoy being a part of our RAM Racing team. All Ambassadors will be outfitted with RAM Racing swag. Ambassadors will be rewarded for the number of registrants that use their unique code. Your talents could earn you a free race entry, shoes, or an iPad!

Those that go above and beyond could win our Grand Prize: The Ultimate Getaway! Fly first-class anywhere in the country with a friend for the weekend!

If you are interested, please send us some info about yourself, your running journey and tell us why you would make a great RAMbassador in your community in 250 words or less. Email

*Please allow at least 48 hours before inquiring about your RAMbassador status. Our race team is working hard and will address all applications in the order received.

25 registrations: Free Entry to any RAM Racing series event
50 registrations: Bonus RAM Racing swag items
100 registrations: Free pair of shoes via Running Away Multisport
250 registrations: $250 VISA gift card
500 registrations: 16GB iPad Air
1,000 registrations: Trip for 2 + hotel to any Hot Chocolate race
1,500 registrations: Pre-race massage & spa day (Up to $300)
2,500 registrations: First-Class Trip for 2 to any Hot Chocolate race
5,000+ registrations: Trip for 2 First-Class anywhere in the US**
**travel dates subject to vary