Event Information

Chicago 5K/10K

Course Map

Gildan Esprit de She Chicago offers both a 5K and a 10K course so you can pick the option that’s right for you. View the 5K and 10K courses below:

5K | 3.1 Miles

10K | 6.2 Miles

Wheelchairs and Strollers

The Gildan Esprit de She Chicago utilizes an open course.  The course utilizes a combination of terrain; from partial street to bike path and portions of the lake front trail. This course maybe impacted by sand dunes and cinder.

Due to the changes in terrain and for your safety as well as safety of all participants, those utilizing strollers or wheelchairs in the Gildan Esprit de She, must start the race in the back of your respective distance’s start corral.

Detailed Schedule

Schedule for July 20, 2016:

Schedule for July 21, 2016:

  • 4:30-6:30pm: Day-of registration and packet pickup
  • 6:30pm: Pre-race warm-up hosted by Life Time Group Fitness
  • 7:00pm: 5K begins
  • 7:10pm: 10K begins
  • 8:00pm: Awards presentation
  • 7-10pm: Night Market and lifestyle market

Athlete Guide

Check out the 2016 Athlete Guide for detailed schedules, course information and more.

Training Guide

City or suburbs, the Gildan Esprit de She Chicago Run offers new and veteran runners a variety of training plans guaranteed to help you reach your goals in style.

Whatever your distance or experience level, Finish Line Training by Life Time Run will help you prepare to cross the finish line in July. Training options available to all registered event participants include social, supportive group training, a customized running plan or your own personal Certified LTR Coach. Below you’ll find a breakdown on how each training option works.

Group Training

Get the training, support and expert advice you’ll need to be ready for the Gildan Esprit de She Chicago 10K or 5K and do so at an incredible price. Group Training is held twice weekly at multiple Chicago locations, for a total of 16 sessions of Finish Line Training. Our professional coaching and support — as well as your training partners — will get you across the finish line.

Additional Run Group training benefits and features include:

  • Exclusive LTR Finish Line Training shirt
  • Weekly training guide via email from your coach
  • Printed Training Plan (8 weeks)
  • Speaker Series
  • Exclusive discount at our official Run Store Partner

10K Training:

Begins May 31 (city) and 26 (suburbs)

$6.20 for 8 weeks of Finish Line Group Run Training



5K Training:

Begins May 31 (city) and 26 (suburbs)

$3.10 for 8 weeks of Finish Line Group Run Training



Training Locations:

Downtown Chicago- Diversey Harbor

(Inner Lake Shore Dr. at Diversey Pkwy.)

Suburban Chicago – Life Time Fitness: VERNON HILLS and ROMEOVILLE

Virtual Training

Run Plan

Are you looking for a customized running plan? A Run Plan from Life Time Run includes detailed workout types & descriptions, built around your goals & schedule. In addition you can combine this customized plan with the group training option for the best of both worlds.


Run 1:1 Coaching

Whether you are just starting to run, or are training for your next PR, working with a 1:1 Life Time Run Coach provides all the instruction, accountability and motivation you need to reach your goals. Get all of this with the convenience of phone and email support, along with an online training plan delivered via TrainingPeaks.com.


Meet the Coaches

Jamie Thome and Katie Schmid met a decade ago when Katie coached Jamie for her first marathon. Quickly building on that success, they joined forces and made their coaching partnership official in 2010 when Jamie joined Katie’s staff at a Chicago charity endurance program.

With the inception of the downtown Life Time Run training program in February of 2013, Katie and Jamie introduced a unique program that combines a positive and professional training environment applicable to all levels of runners – from a first 5K to a 21st marathon. There is work – it can’t be avoided – but there is fun and camaraderie that aspires to make that work worthwhile.

Both are USATF Level 1 certified coaches who can advise on the javelin and hammer throw during their sessions if needed. They take pride in making running fun, or at least, in making the after-run drinks worth it. Rumor has it, Coach Katie is the mean one; fact is, Coach Jamie is the tall one.

In their spare time, Katie enjoys golfing (Jamie does not), and Jamie enjoys yoga (Katie does not). Neither can coach their own husband, and rely fully on the other to do so.

Athlete Services

Look up your bib, track an athlete and more.

Event Sponsors

This specific Gildan Esprit de She event is brought to you by the following sponsors.

Our Beloved Sponsors

Gildan Esprit de She has teamed up with top national brands to give you an unforgettable race experience. Our events are made possible by their generous support.