General Race Information / FAQ


Q. When is the race?
A. The Polish Independence 10K/5K Run/Walk (Bieg Niepodległości) will be held on Sunday, November 10th, 2019. 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, Grove 16 on Lake Michigan. Address: 600 W. Montrose Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613. Please see the race map for exact route location.

Q. How much is the registration fee?
A. The registration fee is $40 until May 31, 2019. After that date, it’s $50. It’s the same fee for 10K as for 5K, either walking or running.

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. The race packet will include a t-shirt (adult sizes only) and a cinch backpack. All participants will receive a bib and all finishers will get a custom medal. Participants who registered for the 10K or 5K run will have a timing chip on their bib.

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, but all members of the group still have to register as individuals. At registration you can pick an option to sign up as an individual or as a team. Once a team is created, that team name will appear in a drop-down menu of current teams. Teams will have an option if registrants need a password to join the team.

Q. What’s the registration deadline?
A. The registration will be open until the race date, including the day of registration. However, there is a limit of 2,500 participants.

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

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.

Q. Is there an age requirement?
A. The minimum age allowed to register is 10. Children younger than 10 can participate free of charge and walk with their parents/caregivers but won’t receive a race packet or a medal.

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 WPNA FM in the Polish National Alliance building at 6100 N Cicero in Chicago, IL at a later announced date in October. 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. There will also be day of pick up at the event.

Q. Where do runners get their timing device?
A. A chip will be attached to all runner numbers. Timed race chip tracks your time starting and finish the race. Post-race time results will be available onsite after the race as well as published online for viewing.

Q. Is the Run USATF-certified?
A. Yes. The USATF Course Certification # is IL18033WR.

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, or a 5K route, which is 3.1 miles. You may choose to run 10 kilometers or walk or run 5 kilometers.

Q. Is there a cut-off time?
A. Yes, and it’s 11:30am.

Q. How do I get to Montrose Harbor?
A. If you are driving, take Lake Shore Drive to Montrose Ave. Turn East onto Montrose Ave. Then turn right onto W Montrose Harbor Drive. Limited free parking is available on W Montrose Harbor Drive. Or take Lake Shore Drive or Marine Drive to Wilson Drive. Turn East onto W Wilson Drive. Paid Metered Parking Lot available. Please consider carpooling to the event. Access to Simonds Dr from Lawrence Ave. will be closed on race day. If you are coming via public transportation, you can plan your 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 start/finish line as well as at the aid stations on the course route at miles 1.5, 3 and 4.5.

Q. Will there be porta potties?
A. Yes, there will be porta potties available near start/finish but not along the route.

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.

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