About the Race

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About the Race

Combine happy hour with a fun jaunt through Lincoln Park. Our 5K and 10K routes start and finish at Montrose Beach and loop the scenic trails along Lake Michigan. After the race is over, celebrate your achievement by raising a glass from our Bubbly Bar and exploring our post-race night market that features mini manicures from the Panasonic Beauty Bar, massages from LifeSpa, and goodies from our series and community partners.

Getting There

Our race venue at Montrose Beach in Lincoln Park is located at 4400 N Lake Shore Dr Chicago, IL 60640. Limited street parking is available; public transportation is strongly encouraged.

Public Transportation

Plan your trip with Chicago Transit Authority.

Parking Panda Reserved Parking

We have partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow visitors to purchase guaranteed parking near the Esprit De She Run. View real-time availability and pricing at many convenient locations within easy walking distance to Montrose Beach.

Once purchased, parking is 100% guaranteed even if the location otherwise fills up. Simply present your purchase confirmation at the selected location, and this serves as your payment with no additional payments or fees ever. Parking availability is very limited, so it is strongly recommended that you purchase your parking in advance, if driving.

Download the FREE Parking Panda App to search and book parking on-the-go!

Become a Solemate


Become a SoleMate, become an everyday hero. SoleMates are adult athletes who dedicate their Gildan Esprit de She race to this mission of sisterhood by inviting their family, friends, co-workers and neighbours to sponsor their race through donations to Girls on the Run. Learn more about the SoleMates team here.

The funds raised by the Chicago SoleMates team will support efforts to bring the Girls on the Run program to a greater number of girls, allowing them to purchase additional curriculum materials, provide valuable scholarships, host a successful end-of-season 5K running event and train volunteer coaches.

As always, Gildan Esprit de She is about achieving your personal best and, by becoming a SoleMate, your participation will inspire and impact a young girl in your community. Ready, set, go!

  1. Register for the Gildan Esprit de She Chicago 5K/10K Run.
  2. Register to become a SoleMate and complete your SoleMates fundraising page. This is where your peers will donate and where you can track your progress toward your goal.
  3. Share your story to invite donations.

As a SoleMate for the Gildan Esprit de She Chicago Run, you will receive your own private gear check, pre- and post-race support for you and your cheer squads (friends and family), as well as recognition at the post-race party!

The best part of joining the team is that all funds raised by Team Girls on the Run go to underwrite program scholarships for girls to ensure that every girl can participate in our life-changing after-school program regardless of her family’s ability to pay the program fee. If you run with us, you will be bringing the power of running to nearly 10,000 girls across Chicagoland and empowering the future generation of women!

All team members are asked to commit to raising a minimum of $300 or $600. In exchange for that generous commitment, you will receive a number of fantastic benefits including:

  • Team training top
  • Individual fundraising page and fundraising support
  • Free cheer squad t-shirts for your friends and family
  • A private race-day venue with refreshments and private gear check
  • Team workshops on core strength, stretching and injury prevention
  • Monthly informal SoleMates bar nights
  • A free one-year, all-access Chicago Athletic Clubs gym membership for the first three SoleMates to raise $2,000
  • Free entry to the end-of-season Girls on the Run 5K
  • The opportunity to “guest coach” at one of our programs near you
  • Bi-monthly raffles
  • And much more!

If you have questions on becoming a SoleMate for Girls on the Run Chicago, please email Cindy Nielsen.

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.