Race Day

Event Details

ABC 7 Gibbons 5K  Run and 3K Walk

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

in Grant Park, Chicago


For the last 24 years, the ABC7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk has proven itself as a landmark event in the Chicagoland area and is a major fundraiser for the Leukemia Research Foundation.

This local Chicago 5k charity run and walk, is held each year on the third Thursday evening in June, more than 2,000 people gather along the city’s downtown lakefront to run, walk and raise funds in search of a cure for Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma and all blood cancers.

The event consists of a chip timed 5K Run and a 3K Walk.  A fun filled party immediately follows the run/walk. Participants enjoy food, refreshments and live music, and have the opportunity to visit the many partner tents on-site. This creates a great atmosphere for the participants to interact.  A great way to support those touched by a blood cancer while participating in a Chicago 5K race.

A special Heroes of Hope tent dedicated to honoring blood cancer patients and Survivors provides an opportunity for those touched by these diseases to gather.

An awards ceremony begins at 7:30 where the top three male and female runners will receive a commemorative medal. Medals will also be handed out to the top 3 male and female runners in each age category.

The event has proven #itsmorethanjustarace!  Please join us as we run and walk to find a cure for all blood cancers.  #togetheritispossible

Entry Fees

Ages 13 and above

$24.00 for all runners and walkers– expires 12/31/17

$35.00 for all runners and walkers—1/1/2018 to  3/01/2018

$40.00 for all runners and walkers—3/2/18 to  5/31/2018

$45.00 for all runners and walkers—6/1/2018 to 6/14/2018

$49.00 for all runners and walkers—6/15/2018 to 6/21/2018

Ages 12 and under

$12.00 for all runners and walkers– expires 12/31/17

$20.00 for all runners and walkers– 1/1/2018 to 6/21/18oli


   Gear check will be open from 4:30 to 7:30 on event day.  All participants must use the gear check tab provided on your ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk race bib.  The Leukemia Research Foundation is not responsible for lost, damaged or misplaced items.


T-shirtsAll paid participants will


Race Refund Policy

Refunds will not be given for race entries. Please know that your money is still going to a great cause!


family reunion

Family Fun

Join us from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm in our KIDS TENT area where The Leukemia Research Foundation will offer special refreshments

for children and activities including, arts and crafts for the little ones.


Post Race Party

Please join us for a party in the park after the race. We will have runner food, a complimentary beer (must be 21 and have a valid ID) and live music!

Bring your friends! They are welcome to join us!  Beer tickets will be available for purchase.

All participants who raise a minimum of $500.00 on their fundraising page will receive 2 complimentary passes to our VIP tent.

Baby Joggers and Strollers, Etc.

In order to provide the safest and most enjoyable race environment possible,  in-line skates, skates, scooters, other wheeled vehicles (except wheelchairs and strollers) are not allowed on the race course.

Baby joggers and strollers are allowed on the course after the walker start time and must be completely outside of the starting area until all runners have crossed the starting line.


Wall of Hope

After running the 5K or walking our 3K, stop by our WALL OF HOPE and take the time to write a message. Tell us who you are honoring, memorializing and why you are joining us today in our fight against all blood cancers. Tell us your story! #togetheritispossible #whyIrun #whyIwalk


Say “Cheese”!!

Take a “selfie”  and don’t forget to use the hashtag #gibbons5K when you post.  You can also have your picture taken in one of our photo areas.

Our Heroes of Hope Tent will feature a special ABC7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk background to commemorate your participation.  We are also working on some special selfies too!  Stay tuned for details! We are more than your typical Chicago 5K.

All photos taken on the day of the event will be available to download for free via our website after the race.