What to look for at the Mardi Gras Chaser 5k/10k

Disclaimer: I received entry for Back on My Feet Mardi Gras Chaser 5/10k to review as part of being a BibRave Pro.

Well, we are less than 24 hours away from the Mardi Gras Chaser 5k/10k race benefitting Back on My Feet (BOMF) Chicago.  If you don’t know what BOMF is, basically they help the homeless of Chicago through running. 

Back on My Feet Chicago uses the power of running to help change the lives of those experiencing homelessness in our city. All proceeds from the race will support Back on My Feet in providing programming to change lives one job, house, and mile at a time.

So what can you expect from the Mardi Gras Chaser?  For one, colder temps.  As I am writing this, it is 63 degrees in South Bend, Indiana. Wish I could say the same for tomorrow.  The 10k starts at 10:00CST with the 5k starting at 10:15.  Temps are predicted to be in the mid 20s with windchill at about 15 degrees, so dress appropriately.  

Packet Pick-up

You have two options here. Your first opportunity is going on right now at the Fleet Feet Sports Old Town Chicago. The address is 1620 N. Wells Street.  They will be there until 8pm. 

If you are like me, and coming from out of town, you can pick yours up on race day at Montrose Harbor. Race day  Packet Pickup will run from 8:00-9:30AM.  If you can get to Fleet Feet today, do it! Avoid the crowds tomorrow morning. 


The course runs along the lake front.  Sweet views of the lake and great views of the city. It is an out and back course, so if you see me, shout out my name (Mark or Daddy, I have heard both and they are acceptable) and give me a high five. The course looks to be further north of other races I have ran along the lake path, so this is a new area for me. 


Oh I love some good swag and Mardi Gras Chaser did not disappoint.  First, the shirt, or in this case a 1/4 zip jacket.

Also, just announced a couple weeks ago, for flashing your speed, a beaded finishers medal. The medals are for only the 10k.

Also, if you ran in the F3 Half a few weeks ago and the 10k tomorrow, don’t forget to pick up your extra piece of bling for completing the Frozen Feet Frostbitten Challenge. 

Race Day Schedule

  • 8:00-9:30am packet pickup 
  • 8:30 gear check opens
  • 9:30 race announcements 
  • 10:00 10k starts followed by the 5k

Post Race

There will be a post race party held at Fat Cat located at 4840 N. Broadway. Every runner will receive 1 free beer.  For an additional $15 there will be a buffet as well. The buffet will feature :

  • •Yogurt bar : Greek yogurt, house made granola, fresh fruit, sliced almonds, sprinkles, and honey
  • •Bananas Foster Brulee French Toast
  • •Chicken Fried Chicken with gravy…
  • •Red Beans and Rice
  • •House made Biscuits with Fat Cat home made jam and whipped butter
  • •Scrambled eggs
  • •Brunch potatoes
  • •Bacon 

Parking (my least favorite thing about Chicago)

If you are coming from the South it is easiest to access the race from Montrose and Lakeshore Drive. If you are coming from the North is it best to access the race from Foster and Lakeshore Drive. Parking is available on Montrose and Simonds, which is metered. There is also a metered parking lot at Foster and Simonds.


If you haven’t registered, it’s not too late.  There is race day registration, but sorry, the BibRave code is no longer valid.  $45 for the 5k and $55 for the 10k (you missed some good deals by not registering early). 

If you are out there, look for all the Orange and say hi to the BibRave Pros.  Frank, Heather, Angie (along with her husband Josh) and myself (along with my wife Tina) will be out there.  Look also for the large BibRave Banner as well.  

Good luck and Happy Running!!!


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