General Race Information / FAQ

Q. When is the race? 
A. The Polish Independence 10K Run/Walk will be held on Polish Independence Day, Sunday, November 11th, 2018. The race start time will be at 11:11 A.M.

Q. Where is the race? 
A. The race will be held at the beautiful Montrose Harbor on Lake Michigan, Grove 16. Address: 600 W. Montrose Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613. Please see the map for exact route location.

Q. How much is the registration fee? 
A. The registration fee is $50.

Q. What is included in the registration fee? 
A. The registration fees cover the costs of producing the race and the cost of the race packet that is prepared by the Polish Independence Run/Bieg Stulecia organizers in Poland. The race packet will include a white or red t-shirt, cinch backpack and diploma. All participants will receive a bib and all finishers will get a custom Bieg Stulecia medal, produced in Poland.

Q. How can I register?
A. You can register online by clicking here. If you have trouble registering please contact WPNA 103.1 FM at 773-654-5500 or

Q. Is group registration available?
A. Yes, it wasn’t open initially, but group registration is now available and you can add yourself to a group retroactively. All members of the group still have to register as individuals. At registration you can pick an option to either join or create a group. If you already registered and want to start a group or join one, please follow these steps:
Go to From there, login with your email and password. You will be taken to a dashboard showing the events you have signed up for. Once you click on Polish Independence 10K, it will take you to that event’s dashboard. From there, you will see things you can select such as: Resend confirmation email, make additional purchases, join a team, etc. Then you can select: Join or create team.

Q. What forms of payment are accepted?
A. Only credit cards are accepted online.

Q. Is there an age requirement?
A. The minimum age allowed to participate is 12.

Q. How will I receive my race packet?
A. You may opt into direct mail when you register for the Race or you can pick up your packet at one of our packet pickup days in October at Polish National Alliance, 6100 N Cicero in Chicago, IL. The exact days of the pick up to be announced at a later date. A friend or family member can pick up your race packet for you by presenting a copy of your photo ID and registration confirmation email.
Attention early registrants who had no option to choose packet pick up because of the system glitch: you will be reimbursed for the cost of mailing you paid if you prefer to pick up, please email us at

Q. Where do runners get their timing device?
A. A chip will be attached to all runner numbers.

Q. Will gear check be available?
A. Yes.

Q. How long is the race? 
A. The race is a 10K route, which is 6.2 miles. You may choose to walk or run. See the map of the route here

Q. How can I become a volunteer? 
A. Please contact WPNA 103.1 FM at 773-654-5500 or and let us know of your availability. We are looking especially for volunteers for the day of the race.

Q. Is the route wheelchair accessible?
A. Yes, the route is wheelchair accessible.

Q. Are pets and strollers allowed at the event?
A. Pets are allowed onsite but prohibited from the course route. Strollers or baby joggers are permitted but we require those with these to start in the rear of the race, regardless of expected pace. We do not allow participation with the following: pets, bicycles, in-line skates, roller skates, scooters, and other wheeled vehicles (except wheelchairs and hand cranks used by disabled participants).

Q. Will water be available during the race?
A. Yes, water will be available at the finish line as well as on the course route at miles 2.5 and 5.

Q. Will there be porta potties along the route?
A. Yes, there will be porta potties available.

Q. What if I am not able to finish the race? 
A. Should you fall ill or be too tired to finish the race, there will be aid stations available along the route as well as an ambulance.

Q. Are runners allowed to use headphones?
A. Headphones, ear buds, and so on are discouraged, for your safety and others around you. Runners should be alert to their surroundings and able to hear course volunteers and other runners.

Q. What if it rains?
A. The event will happen rain or shine. Please dress accordingly. We do hold the right to cancel the race in the circumstance of extreme weather that creates unsafe conditions.

Q. What if I can’t attend, can I get a refund?
A. Unfortunately, there are no refunds, which is a standard practice for this type of events. However, should a life situation occur that would prevent a registered participant from taking part in the event, we would allow them to transfer their registration. Please contact WPNA FM at 773-654-5500 or for details.

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