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Frank Lloyd Wright Races Questions

Questions & Answers

COURSE ROUTE - What streets will be affected by course closures on race day?

The majority of streets along the race route are closed from 7:30-10am. For those traveling on Lake St., the eastbound lane will remain open the entire morning.  In addition, Chicago Ave will be open to westbound traffic only.  All other traffic and cross streets may experience delays due to foot traffic.  All of the runners and walkers should be off the streets by approximately 10:30am.  Residents are encouraged to review the course map and allow extra time for transportation during the morning.

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COURSE ROUTE - How many Water Stations are on the course?

There is one water station on the 5K course, located at approximately 1.75 miles. There are four total water stations on the 10K course, located at approximately 1.75 miles, 3 miles, 4.5 miles, and 5.25 miles.

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COURSE ROUTE - Can I run with an iPod/headphones?

Yes. USA Track & Field amended the ban on headphones, iPods, etc., for general race participants.

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COURSE ROUTE - Are strollers allowed on the course?

Strollers are allowed at the back of the pack of runners (unless participating in walk, then should line up with walkers).

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COURSE ROUTE - Are dogs allowed on the course?

Dogs are not allowed unless serving in a service animal capacity.

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COURSE ROUTE - What else is NOT allowed on the course?

Skateboards, rollerblades, unauthorized bicycles, segways and other wheeled modes of transportation are not allowed on the race course.

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COURSE ROUTE - My child is participating in the Youth Mile. Can I run with them?

We ask that parents who intend to accompany their child stay on the sidewalk as the Youth Mile kicks off to ensure the safety of our participants. Naturally, you are welcome to accompany your child along the course route, just please keep in mind the safety of those around you!

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START AND FINISH AREA - When do the races start and where is the start line located?

All events start just east of Oak Park River Forest High School at Scoville and Ontario, and finish on Scoville in front of the school. The 5K start location is nearest to the intersection of Ontario & Elmwood streets. The 10K start location is nearest to the intersection of Ontario & Ridgeland. The Youth Mile start is located approximately midway between the two.

The school’s address is 201 N. Scoville Avenue in Oak Park.

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START AND FINISH AREA - If I am driving to the start, where can I park my car?

Public transportation is recommended. The high school is near the CTA Green Line Ridgeland Stop and a short walk from the Metra Union Pacific West Line Oak Park stop. The parking garage adjacent to the high school is closed for construction. On-street parking is available nearby, please follow posted parking restrictions.

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START AND FINISH AREA - Are food and beverages available at the end of the race?

Yes. There is a Race Finish Area at the finish line that will provide participants with post-race food and beverages. The Oatmeal Bar inside the OPRF High School cafeteria will open at 8:10am with fresh toppings from Trader Joe’s. FREE for participants (ticket on bib), $5 for non-participants (cash only at the door).

 

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RACE RESULTS - Where can I see my results?

Race results will be posted along the south wall inside the Fieldhouse when they become available. They will also be online on both flwraces.com and flw.enmotive.com

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REGISTRATION - Is there a maximum number of participants?

Yes, the Races are limited to a total of 2,700 participants. Please note that once an event is full, we are unable to accommodate requests to open spots in that event. We will keep the flwraces.com website updated as events close.

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REGISTRATION - If or when registration is closed for an event, can I sign up for a waiting list in the event that a registered participant opts not to run?

No, there will not be a waiting list for any event in the FLW Races.

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REGISTRATION - I am registered for the 10K. Can I transfer to the 5K instead?

Unfortunately, we are unable to transfer individuals from one event to another due to limited capacity for each event.

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REGISTRATION - I am injured and/or cannot take part in the event I registered for. Can I get a refund, donate my entry, transfer my entry to someone else or defer it to next year?

No. Sale and/or transfer of race entry/bibs is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification. Entry fees are non-refundable, and may not be deferred toward a future event.

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PACKET PICKUP -Will you guarantee you will have my shirt size at packet pickup?

If you have registered by September 30, your size is guaranteed when you pick up your packet. If you registered after September 30, your shirt size is NOT guaranteed, and we recommend you pick up your packet early.

Packet pickup begins the Thursday before the race and goes through Saturday. Packet pickup at RCRC, 415 Lake Street

 

 

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ERRORS - My name is misspelled/my gender is wrong/my birthdate is incorrect on my registration information.

If you discover an error in your information at packet pickup, please let staff know immediately. You can always check this information prior to packet pickup by calling (708) 725-2000 during normal business hours or emailing your request to flwraces@pdop.org and a member of our staff will assist you.

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GEAR CHECK - Is there a Gear Check on Race Day?

Yes. During the race, you can temporarily store additional clothing or small items inside your participant bag or other bag at Gear Check. Gear Check is located inside the OPRF High School Fieldhouse and opens at 6:30am.To check your gear, remove the Gear Check tag from your bib number and fasten it to your bag. Please do not check valuable items. The FLW Races are not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items. Bags not claimed by 10:30am will be taken back to the offices at RCRC (415 Lake Street in Oak Park) and must be picked up in person during Customer Service hours.

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DIRECTIONS - How do I get there?

All races start and finish at OPRF High School, 201 N. Scoville in Oak Park, located about 8 miles west of the Chicago Loop. If driving, take I-290 and exit at Austin (exit is on your left).Turn north on Austin, after about one mile turn west onto South Boulevard (runs along the Lake Street L Tracks). Take South Blvd to East Avenue, and turn north onto East Avenue. The high school is located one block east on Scoville.

If traveling by train from Chicago, take the green line and exit at the Ridgeland stop, the high school is located one block north and two blocks west down Lake Street.

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RACE DAY DETAILS - It looks like everyone else who is participating in my event has a different colored bib than I do. Is this correct?

As long as you verified your registration information at packet pickup (or beforehand) the color of your bib should not matter.

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What does the entry fee for the FLW Races benefit?

The Frank Lloyd Wright Races benefit the community of Oak Park by tying back to our mission: In partnership with the community, we enrich lives by providing meaningful experiences through programs, parks, and facilities. Any profits derived from the Races support the programs we offer, as well as the care and upkeep of our facilities and parks.

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My six year old would like to register for the Youth Mile. Is that possible?

Yes! We definitely want to encourage our young runners to participate. We ask that you register for the race in person for a runner under 7, during Customer Service hours at either the RCRC location or the GRC location.  We also encourage that a parent or older sibling accompany the child along the race route to help ensure their safety!

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Can you do both the 5k and the 10k?

Yes! We do have a few energetic runners who do both the 5K and 10K each year. You just need to register for each event separately.

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Is there restroom access along the race routes?

Restrooms are provided as port-a-potties at the finish line/race fair area, as well as in multiple locations inside the OPRF High School. There are no facilities provided along the race route.

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