Chicago's LGBTQ+ Running & Walking Club

Safety Information

Course Safety

Proud to Run uses the nationally recognized, standardized Event Alert System to inform runners of course conditions. These markers, displaying the current conditions, will be located at the registration booth upon arrival. Should a change in conditions occur, announcements will be made over the PA system, and course marshals will be notified. Runners should adjust their strides accordingly. 

Much of the race course is on pavement. Please use caution when transitioning from different surface types. Some of these transitions are on turns. Be conscious of obstacles such as standing water, potholes, and debris. The Proud to Run race course may be shared with non-participants (e.g., runners, bicyclists, etc.); please adjust your path accordingly to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

Proud to Run volunteers will be along the course to alert runners to the path conditions as necessary. If you notice an underserved area, or a potentially dangerous situation, please notify a Proud to Run volunteer immediately. 

Public Safety

Your safety while attending the race is our primary concern. On race day, security will be onsite around the Athletes’ Village. Should a medical injury occur, please contact a race ambassador (volunteer, course marshal or Proud to Run board member). An ambulance will be parked at the Athletes’ Village. Please notify your closest race ambassador if a situation arises that requires an ambulance. Due to road closures, this ambulance will be able to assist faster than calling 9-1-1. Use common sense judgement for severity of injuries, and dial 9-1-1 when needed, and inform dispatch of the race conditions, and that Proud to Run has an ambulance onsite.

Please join us by being observant of your surroundings. If you see something, say something. Dial 9-1-1, and alert the nearest Chicago Police Officer.

Inclement Weather Policy

Proud to Run will take place rain or shine. However, if lighting is within 6 miles of the course, the race will be halted and runners will be instructed to seek shelter. In the unlikely event of a tornado, participants will be instructed to evacuate the Athletes’ Village and seek shelter in a permanent structure, near the center of the building, away from windows, in the lowest level accessible.

Since we are a summertime race, and Chicago weather is unpredictable,race directors will be monitoring pavement temperatures. Should the temperatures rise to unsafe levels, we will update the Event Alert System accordingly.

Should Proud to Run be cancelled for any reason, refunds will not be offered. You can stay safe and dry knowing your registration went to our Race Beneficiaries!