Yeti Challenge

In 2015 join us for the coolest running challenge yet!yeti

Our Yeti Challenge is going to be great fun during Polar Dash on January 10, 2015.

Yeti Challenge details:

Super Yeti Challenge:  Register for the 15 Mile, 5K and 1500 meter.  You will receive all three race medals PLUS the Yeti Challenge Medal

Yeti Challenge: Register for the 10K, 5K and 1500 meter.  You will receive all three race medals PLUS the Yeti Challenge Medal

Doing the Yeti Challenge is not a requirement to run the Polar Dash.  This could be a great way to run your long race, do the 5K with the kids and the 1500 for just a little extra challenge!

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Yeti Challenge                                                          

9:45- 10 K Start, 11:45- 5K Start

Your choice of a 1500M start time:

8:45 AM , 11:15 AM , 12:30 PM   You must complete the 10K in  Less than 2hours

Super Yeti Challenge:

9:00- 15 mile Start, 11:45- 5K Start

Your choice of a 1500M start time:

8:45 AM, 11:15 AM , 12:30 PM  You must complete the 15 mile in less than 2hours 45 minutes

1500m Info

NEW FOR 2015!  Introducing our 1500m race for 2015.

The Polar Dash 1500m is a fun, quick jaunt along the snow-banks of the Chicago Lake Front.  All runners get their Polar Dash fleece, choice of Polar Dash hat, as well as a finisher's medal.  Once you complete this race we'll have Hot Chocolate waiting for you at the finish line!

This is a cold weather race and participants must come ready to run in any kind of wintry weather.  We will have off-site parking with a shuttle service bringing participants to and from the race.  

Polar Dash 1500m Highlights

  • Start Time: Heat 1 - 8:45am; Heat 2 - 11:15am; Heat 3 - 12:30pm
  • Hot Chocolate at the Finish Line
  • Full-zip Polar Dash fleece; Youth registrants get a Polar Dash hat
  • Stained-glass medal
  • Bib/gear mailing option during online registration only -- until December 15, 2014
  • Bag Drop/Pick-up 

Beneficiary

Team Ortho Foundation is proud to have Shriners Hospitals for Children - Chicago as the beneficiary for our Polar Dash.  

This hospital treats children who have orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal conditions, spinal cord injuries as well as cleft lip and palate. 

Team Ortho Foundation's mission is to keep people active and promote good orthopaedic health, by organizing amateur athletic events.  We also donate to orthopaedic research and programs.  

You can find out much more about Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago by clicking here.

USATF Certification

The Chicago Polar Dash's 10K and 15 Mile are both USATF-certified events.  You can check out the official certification documents here.

10K course certification

15 Mile course certification

Racer FAQ

You may have a few questions regarding the Polar Dash.  You can get them all in one downloadable document.

 

Click here for the 2014 Polar Dash Race Guide

Click here for the 2014 Polar Dash Racer FAQ

Travel & Lodging

Book your hotel for the 2015 Chicago Polar Dash!

 

The Congress Plaza Hotel

520 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Discounted Rate: $74 per night

Click here to reserve a room

15 Mile & 10K

The Polar Dash 15 Mile and 10K will be a fun and frosty adventure.  At our inaugural Polar Dash in Chicago, runners will be in the mood to get 2015 started on the right foot with a good, old fashioned winter race!  Because in Chicago we run outside YEAR 'ROUND!

Both the 10K and the 15 Mile are chip-timed races on a USATF-certified course that takes runners from Grant Park, south down the lake shore of Lake Michigan and back.  See Course Information here.  All runners get their Polar Dash fleece as well as a finisher's medal.  Once you complete this race we'll have Hot Chocolate waiting for you at the finish line!

This is a cold weather race and participants must come ready to run in any kind of wintry weather. 

Polar Dash 15 Mile & 10K Highlights

  • Date: 1/10/15
  • 15 Mile Start time: 9:00am
  • 10K Start time: 9:45am
  • Time limit for 10K:  2 hours
  • Time limit for 15 Mile: 3 1/2 hours
  • Chip-timed races
  • USATF certified
  • Hot Chocolate at the Finish Line
  • Unisex Polar Dash fleece
  • Penguin Hat
  • Stained-glass medal
  • Bag Drop/Pick-up
  • Shriners Hospital for Children is the beneficiary for this race.  It does fabulous orthopaedic work for children all over the U.S.

5K Information

The Polar Dash 5K is a fun, quick jaunt along Lake Michigan which starts and ends in Grant Park. The recscheduled date is Saturday, January 10th, 2015.  See the course information here. All runners get their Polar Dash fleece as well as a finisher's medal.  Once you complete this race we will have Hot Chocolate waiting for you at the finish line!

This is a cold weather race and participants must come ready to run in any kind of wintry weather. 

Polar Dash 5K Highlights

  • Date: 1/10/15
  • Start time: 11:45am
  • Time Limit: 1 hour
  • Hot Chocolate at the Finish Line
  • Unisex Polar Dash fleece
  • Penguin Hat
  • Stained-glass medal
  • Arrange to have your gear and packet mailed to you during online registration (no mailouts after December 27th)
  • Bag Drop/Pick-up
  • Shriners Hospital for Children is the beneficiary for this race.  It does fabulous orthopaedic work for children all over the U.S.

Course Information

The Polar Dash will be a fun and frosty race in January 2015

15 Mile

10K Information
5K Information

1500m Information

  • Heat 1 Start Time: 8:45am
  • Heat 2 Start Time: 11:15am
  • Heat 3 Start Time: 12:30pm

Bib Numbers

This is where you need to be if you're looking up a bib number. You will need this number for packet pick-up. 

The numbers are updated often, but are not instantaneous with your registration.  Please be patient and check back every few days.

Click here to see your bib number (updated 12.14.14)

Packet Pick-up

Soon you will be able to pick up your fleece, penguin hat, bib and chip for the Chicago Polar Dash.  You will need you bib number and a copy of your photo ID for Packet Pick-up.  When bib numbers are posted you will your Bib numbers here.  There will be no packet pick-up on race morning.

Early Packet Pick-Up
Saturday, 12/13 - 11am to 4pm

Team Ortho Office - enter through The Frame Shop (3520 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL)

Sunday, 12/14 - 11am to 4pm

Team Ortho Office - enter through The Frame Shop (3520 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL)

Packet Pick-up

Friday 1/9/15

11am - 7pm
Congress Hotel (see map)
1st Floor Windsor Room

If you don't want to, or can't come to packet pick-up you can ask a friend to pick up for you. All they need is a  photo copy or a picture of your photo ID and your bib number.   Also, you can always request that we mail your packet for an additional $29.99 during online registration. If you wish to add on the mail out option any time after you have already registered the total fee is 29.99.  Mailout requests must be made by December 26th, to ensure delivery by race day.

If none of those options work and you  would like to pick up your packet on race day, you must have it pre-arranged by January 7th, to ensure your packet makes it to the race.  Race day price is $30. If you arrange for a race day pickup, we will do our best to give you the gear size you requested, but there is no guarantee your size will be in stock. Click here by January 7th to arrange your race-day gear pick-up and click on "registration" in the dropdown.
If you don't pre-arrange your packet pick-up and come on race day, you will pay $30 but only get to choose from the sizes of gear we have available.

Race Gear

The Polar Dash has GREAT GEAR for its runners!

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Important notes:  As always we will have a gear exchange at the Polar Dash on race day so you can try to get the size you want. There  will be no size exchanges after the event.  Gear exchange is considered a courtesy.  We will do our best to accommodate the size you want if it is available at gear exchange.