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Fastest Kid - Race to Gately Events


Who will be named one of Chicago’s fastest kids?

The Chicago Park District is teaming up with Mayor Lightfoot and the City of Chicago, Jesse Jackson, and Operation Rainbow Push, and Chicago Public Schools to find Chicago's fastest kids.  5th - 12th-grade runners were invited to compete in a 60-meter qualifying competition. Those with the fastest times advance to the 60-meter semi-qualifier and the final race at the new Track and Field Center at Gately Park on July 10.  


60 Meter Sprint Semi-Qualifying Competition & Finals (invitation only) - July 10 at Gately Park

View the qualifiers who advanced to July 10 Semi-Finals:  LIST OF QUALIFIERS

The top times will advance again to the final race to determine the fastest youth in each grade and gender.  Doors open at 9:30 am for athletes and spectators.  The first round of races begins at 11:00 am.  Special guest and former 6-time Olympic Medalist from Illinois will be there! 

IMPORTANT:  Qualifiers must register for the July 10 event
Those who have advanced to the finals at Gately must declare their participation by registering.  An email with the registration link was sent to the email address used at registration.  Registration closes July 7 at midnight.  If you have questions about your participation, please email by Wednesday, July 7.   

Gately Park Track & Field facility is located at 10201 South Cottage Grove Avenue in Chicago.

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Additional Information

Residency Requirement

Participants must live in Chicago.


Advance registration is required.  Online registration is available now for those who qualified for the July 10 event, as listed in qualifiers document posted above.  

Participant Info. for Day of Events

Running spikes are not allowed,  starting blocks will not be used in preliminary races;  masks can be removed when running; participant must bring their own water.  T-shirts will be given out to participants upon arrival.

Health and Safety Information 

As the health and well-being of children in our parks is our highest priority and with most of the children in our programs not eligible to receive the vaccine, the Chicago Park District will continue to require that face coverings be worn by everyone who enters our indoor spaces when children are present.  If children are not present, vaccinated persons may remove their face coverings.
The Chicago Park District encourages everyone to follow the recommendations of public health officials from the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and unvaccinated persons should continue to wear a face covering in crowded outdoor settings or in instances where social distancing cannot be maintained.


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