CHICAGO (WLS) — The 26th Life Time Chicago Half Marathon took off Sunday morning in Jackson Park.
Plenty of runners were out early Sunday, gearing up for the 13.1-mile run.
But, it’s not just a half marathon.
There is also a 5K that kicks off at 7:45 a.m., and, for the first time, a kids’ race begins at 10 a.m.
Organizers said a child as young as 2 is expected to participate.
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The half marathon route takes runners right up DuSable Lake Shore Drive, as far north as just about McCormick Place and back.
Multiple road closures started at 6 a.m. Those in the area should plan accordingly.
Ten thousand runners are participating in Sunday’s race, including a 90-year-old and several teens, organizers said.
Many have been training for months.
“At my age of 63, almost 64, it takes time, but it’s rewarding, it’s refreshing, being out here with all the folks, it’s just a lot of fun,” Walter Turner said.
The race started at 7 a.m.
The street closures include:
– Cornell Avenue from East Hayes Avenue to East Marquette Avenue
– East Marquette from South Stony Island Avenue to Cornell
– East Marquette from Cornell to DuSable Lake Shore Drive
– Northbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive from East Marquette to MC7th (McCormick Bridge) until 10 a.m.
– Southbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive from East Marquette to 31st Street (6:30-11:30 a.m.)
– East 47th Street from DuSable Lake Shore Drive to Cornell until 10:45 a.m.
– East 57th Street From DuSable Lake Shore Drive to parking lot until 11 a.m.
– DuSable Lake Shore Drive will have rolling openings beginning at 10 a.m.