Event Info

Start Times

5K : 8:00 a.m.

KIDS RUN: 10:00 a.m.


The Race

The Candy Dash 5K & Kids Dash on Saturday, September 21, 2019 is the most mouthwatering and deliciously fun 5K in Chicago and you are invited to race through our candy-filled land with a sweet tasting experience throughout!

Packet Pick-Up & Registration

Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up is at Road Runner Sports Chicago (1435 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642).

  • Friday, September 20: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (NOTE UPDATED TIMES!)

Packet pick-up will be available at Lincoln Park (1650 N Stockton Drive, Chicago, Illinois)

  • Race Day, September 21:
    • 5K Pick Up: 6:30 - 7:45 AM
    • Kids Dash Pick Up: 6:30 - 9:15 AM
Packet Shipping

Make your life easier by adding Packet Shipping during registration and get your race packet shipped directly to your house for only $14.95. Packet mailing is per registrant, not per order. Your packet includes your Race Shirt, Bib, and more!

If you opt for packet mailing during registration, there is no requirement to attend Packet Pickup. Packet mailing is a convenient option for those with tight schedules and more!

5K Swag

This mouthwatering swag will give you another reason to sign-up for this sweetest race in the city with a Candy Dash Shirt, a candy-themed 5K finisher medal, and delicious candy throughout the course and at the finish line.

Shirt Sizing Chart: CLICK HERE

Kids Run

CANDY! Kids love candy! All Kid's Run participants will receive a Youth Size Dri-Fit Shirt, Medal, Bib, and LOTS of Candy!

For Shirt Size Chart: CLICK HERE

Suggested Age: 10 and Younger


Virtual Candy Dash 5K

Can't make it on race day? No worries! You can run it virtually! Run a 5k, by yourself or with a large group, in the location of your choice, at any time of the day.

Same race. Same swag. Just Your Location!

How It Works

  1. Register For the Virtual Candy Dash 5K – DOMESTIC ONLY.
  2. You will receive your swag (Shirt, Bib, Medal, and Candy) in the mail
  3. Run/Walk your race on any day.
  4. If you want a PDF Certificate of Completion, emailed please submit your Name, Time, Date of Completion, and any Photos to [email protected]
  5. Enjoy the satisfaction of your success and being a part of the Virtual Candy Dash 5k!

*Please note if you purchase a virtual entry, it will not be valid at Lincoln Park on 9/21. This is only for virtual runners.


Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers as well as the top three runners in each age group, by gender in the 5k RUN ONLY. (1-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+)

There will be an awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. for the 5K Run. If you do not stay for the awards ceremony and want your award shipped to you, you must pay a shipping fee. Please look for a post-race email on how to submit for your award.

Awards are for the 5k RUN ONLY. The walk will not receive age group awards. But both races will receive a finisher medal.

Start & Finish Line

Start and Finish Lines will be on the paths at Lincoln Park.

1650 N Stockton Drive, Chicago, Illinois
Timing & Race Bibs

The Candy Dash 5K RUN is an officially timed event using the disposable B-Tag timing system. Timing chips are attached directly to the back of your bib number and are to remain adhered for the duration of the event. In order to receive an accurate time, please confirm your bib is...

  • Clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Pinned in all four corners
  • Not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)

Results will be posted on-site, as soon as possible following the event and official results will be posted on the results page.

IMPORTANT: The walk will NOT be timed. If you would like to be timed please sign up for the run.

Strollers, Walkers & Dogs

Strollers are allowed but must start in the back of the pack.

The 5k is a Run/Walk so walkers are welcomed.

While we love your fur babies, unfortunately, animals are NOT allowed.

Gear Check

Gear Check will be available at Lincoln Park for all participants at the race starting at 6:30 AM. Please use the provided tear off on your race bib to use when you check your personal items. We are not responsible for any lost items.

Any gear not picked up by 10:30 AM on race day will be transported to our main office at 345 N Eric Dr, Palatine, IL. Items not claimed within 30 days will be donated to a local charity.


Parking will be available for free along the streets, but are first come, first serve. We highly recommend carpooling, Uber, Lyft, using public transportation, or riding your bicycle to the event.

To determine the best route to travel via public transportation, please visit the CTA's trip planner.

Limited street parking may be available. Paid parking is available at the SP+ Parking lot (Stockton Drive ) or in the Lincoln Park Zoo Lot (on Cannon Drive, just south of Fullerton) on a first come, first serve basis.

Refund Policy

Since the Candy Dash 5K & Kids Run has many upfront costs, we have a strict and uniform policy of no refunds, no person-to-person transfer, or no deferrals to a future year. We do understand that plans change, injuries happen, and various situations arise, but, we feel it is most fair to apply a uniform policy to all, instead of a subjective line of who should receive a refund and who doesn’t. All purchases and sales are 100% final, no exceptions. Refunds will not be issued based on weather conditions. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

More Information

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at [email protected].