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2017 Event Information

The Lycée Français de Chicago invites the community to participate in its second annual “Oui” Run 5K (we run 5K) , Kids Races and post-race breakfast on Sunday, September 24th! ​ All registered runners in the 5K will receive a Participant Bag and Technical race t-shirt.

"The 'Oui' Run 5K is a  celebration of our community in Ravenswood and Lincoln Square, and it is a positive way to show our students that they can pursue a life of sport, and health and fitness beyond the Lycée." - Eric Veteau, Head of School 

Event Location
Lycée Français de Chicago
1929 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, IL 60640

Event Start Times
5K: 8am
Awards: 9am
Kids Races: 9:15am
Post-race breakfast immediately following 

Click here to register for the 5K run and Kids Races
Race Day Registration: 6:30am - 7:30am

Entry Fees
5K:  $30
After August 24 - Sept. 23: $35
Kids Races: $10

​Kids ages 6 and up are welcome to participate in the 5K with a parent or guardian (in order to run the 5K, they must register for the race and have a parent or guardian sign the event waiver).

Kids Races 
Bring the whole family to the "Oui" Run 5K! Our event features kids races for

ages 3-7


*subject to change
Ages 3-5: 130 meter dash
Ages 6-7: 480 meter dash

The Kids race will be run in heats according to age (e.g. all three-year-olds will run together, all four-year-olds will run together, etc.)

All registered kids will receive a cotton t-shirt and race bib (kids will not receive technical running shirts).

The Kids Races will start on Rue Alain Weber (the private drive). To view the Kids Races Maps, click here . All kids races will finish at the official event finish line! 

Parents, please accompany your kids to the start line! Also note that there will be street closures and parking restrictions in the area prior to the kids races, so please plan accordingly - we don't want your little ones to miss the start!

Event Rules
All registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Race Shirt
All registered 5K runners will receive a technical race t-shirt with the official "Oui" Run 5K logo! All registered participants in the Kids Run will receive an official "Oui" Run Kids Race cotton t-shirt. Please note that while we have done our best to provide the correct t-shirt sizes, we cannot guarantee sizes. Thank you for understanding!

Packet Pick-Up/Goody Bag
Pick up location: 1929 W. Wilson Ave.
Wednesday, Sept. 20 - 3:00pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday, Sept. 21 - 3:00pm - 6:00 pm
Friday. Sept. 22 - 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday, Sept. 23 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Race Day Packet Pick-Up
Pick up location: Allée Alain Weber Ave
Sunday, Sept. 24 - 6:30am - 7:30am

Gear Check (5K Runners ONLY; no Gear Check for Kids Races)
Gear Check will be available from 7:00am to 10:00am.

The "Oui" Run 5K is using the Chronotrack B-Tag Timing System.  Timing devices will be distributed at Packet Pick-Up. 

Click here to view a Course Map

Streets will be opened on a rolling basis as the race progresses. Streets are expected to close at 7:30am. All race route streets will be opened by 9:30am. Parking restrictions will be in effect from 4am to 10 am. For more information, call Corinne Manaranche at 773.665.0066 ext. 223 or email

Course Time Limit
Runners must be able to maintain a 20:00 minute/mile pace - from the start line to the finish line - to finish the course within the event 1 hour time limit.

Street Closures and Residential Parking
"No Parking Zones" along the course will be enforced beginning at 4 am. on Sunday, September 24th. Please look for "No Parking" signs in your area for full details. Street closures along the route will occur between 7:30am and 9:30am. City streets will re-open promptly as the final runners pass through. The Chicago Police Department will be responsible for closing and re-opening streets. Please follow their instructions when approaching streets on the course. Please do NOT attempt to block the race course at any time.

Runners who cannot maintain a 20:00 per mile pace will be asked to move to the sidewalks so that police can re-open traffic routes in a timely manner. Participant and spectator safety is at the forefront of the event.

Click here for a complete listing of street closures. 

Transportation and Parking
We strongly encourage carpooling, riding your bike or taking public transportation to the event. Neighborhood parking is limited.

The easiest way to access the race site is via the CTA brown line Damen stop (0.2 miles or an approximate three minute walk to the Start line and race site) or Montrose stop (0.4 miles or an approximate seven minute walk to the Start line). Visit for more information.

Ride your way to the race via Divvy. Divvy Bike Stations are located at Damen Avenue and Sunnyside Avenue and Leland Avenue and Damen Avenue. Visit for more information.

Awards will be presented to the overall male and female finishers, and age group winners. 

Post race French Breakfast 
There will be French food near the finish line following the 5K!

Results will be posted by 11am on race day. 

Weather Policy
The Oui Run 5K will take place in rain, snow or sunshine. If the event must be canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, runners will be notified on site, race day.

The "Oui" Run will also abide by the Event Alert System (EAS), a color-coded method of quickly communicating to participants the potential for adverse weather conditions that can affect the race event. This system, and the scientific measurements behind it, was originally developed by the United States military, as a guide to the level of heat stress soldiers might experience during training exercises in varying weather conditions. The system was adopted by the American College of Sport Medicine and the Road Runners Club of America encourages all events to implement a similar system. To learn more, click here.

We need volunteers to assist with the following:
  • Flyer distribution
  • No Parking signs - hang up and remove 
  • Race packet preparation
  • Packet Pick-Up
  • On site Registration
  • Gear Check
  • Start Line
  • Finish Line (medal distribution)
  • Aid Station (Lawrence and Ravenswood)
  • Course Marshals
  • Medical (must have a valid Illinois license)
  • Course Entertainment (music + Cheer Stations)
  • Post Race Clean Up Crew
  • Post Race Picnic

"Very well organised, awesome music, great food and coffee after! Definitely would do it again." 

"Tres bien organise... very well organized... we enjoyed it very much." 


"Oui" Run 5K and Kids Races Site Map