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Fastest Kid - Race to Gately Events

 


Calling all young Chicago runners!  Come compete to be 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 are invited to compete in a 60-meter qualifying competition (see dates and times below). Those with the fastest times will advance to the 60-meter semi-qualifier and the final race at the new Track and Field Center at Gately Park on July 10.  1st - 4th-grade runners are invited to participate in Track and Field Experiences, a non-qualifying one-day skills and demonstrations event.  Every participant will receive a t-shirt and certificate, and awards will be given to those that advance to the semi-qualifier and final races.  Special guests will be on hand at many of the events.  All skill levels are encouraged to join in on the fun.



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Event Details

Race to Gately (5th-12th grade)

Run a 60 meter, automatic-timed sprint at one of the following eight locations.  You must register online in advance to compete. The top 5 fastest times at each location, for each gender and grade, will advance to the final competition at Gately Park on July 10. Winners will be notified by email the week of June 28 – July 2. 

60 Meter Sprint Qualifying Competition - June 12, 19 & 26 at Eight Sites

When registering, select one of the following event dates and time slots.

5th - 8th Grade

  • DATES:  Saturday, June 12 and Saturday, June 19

  • TIMES & SITES FOR MORNING SESSIONS:  9 – 9:45 am, 10 – 10:45 am, 11 – 11:45 am at Jackson Park Track, La Follette Park Track, Lincoln Park Wilson Track and Lindblom Park

  • TIMES & SITES FOR AFTERNOON SESSIONS:  2 – 2:45 pm, 3 – 3:45 pm, 4 – 4:45 pm at Brooks High School Track, Dunbar Park Track, Marshall High School and Steinmetz High School
  • REGISTRATION CLOSES:  June 9th at noon (extended) for the June 12 event, and June 14 for the June 19 event

    REGISTER NOW


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9th - 12th Grade

  • DATE:  Saturday, June 26
  • TIMES & SITES FOR MORNING SESSIONS:  9 – 9:45 am, 10 – 10:45 am, 11 – 11:45 am at Jackson Park Track, La Follette Park Track, Lincoln Park Wilson Track and Lindblom Park
  • TIMES & SITES FOR AFTERNOON SESSIONS:  2 – 2:45 pm, 3 – 3:45 pm, 4 – 4:45 pm at Brooks High School Track, Dunbar Park Track, Marshall High School and Steinmetz High School
  • REGISTRATION CLOSES:  June 21

    REGISTER NOW


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

All 5th – 12th-grade winners from the qualifier will compete in the 60-meter Sprint Semi-Qualifying Competition (invitation only), held Saturday, July 10 at the Track and Field Center at Gately Park.  Potentially 640 boys and girls will compete in the semi-qualifying race.  The top times will advance again to the final race to determine the fastest youth in each grade and gender.  This event takes place from 8 am – 5 pm.  Groups will run every hour. The approximate start time for finals for the elementary group is 12:30 pm and the high school group is 4:30 pm.

 

Track Experience (1st-4th grade)

Younger runners are invited to participate in a one-day track experience event.  Activities include dynamic drills; jogging and short sprints; starting, coordination, and agility games; and demonstrations on basic track knowledge.   

When registering, select one of the following event dates and time slots.

  • DATE #1: Saturday, May 22
  • TIMES & SITES:  9 - 10:30 am OR 11 am – 12:30 pm am at Brooks High School Track, Dunbar Park Track, Jackson Park Track, La Follette Park Track, Lincoln Park Wilson Track, Lindblom Park, and Steinmetz High School

 

  • DATE #2: Saturday, June 5
  • TIMES & SITE:  9 - 10:30 am OR 11 am – 12:30 pm at Gately Park*
    * Indoor Gately Track Center (June 5th ONLY).  This is a non-qualifying event. Kids will not compete at the July 10 event.


 

Locations

PARTICIPATING TRACK LOCATIONS:


Additional Information

Residency Requirement

Participants must live in Chicago.

Registration

Advance registration is required.  Online registration is available now.  See the links to register in the event section above.

A limited number of spots will be available for each location and time slot on the designated days. The maximum number of kids per session is 60. The maximum number of kids in each group will be 12.

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.  In order to maintain social-distancing guidelines, participants may be accompanied by one parent or guardian for indoor events at the Track and Field Center at Gately Park.  Outdoor event capacity allows for two spectators with participants as long as they remain socially distant and wear face coverings.

Health and Safety Information 

Health and safety protocols for this competition were developed per CSL Guidance and IDPH/DCEO All-Sports policy guidance, along with early feedback from CDPH. 

  • Masks: Students will follow state of Illinois guidance for the bridge phase and Phase IV for participants in indoor and outdoor sports and activities. Students must continue to wear masks in these sports and activities when they are not actively competing (i.e., athletes on the bench).
  • Supplies: Student athletes should be responsible for their own supplies such as a water bottle, towel placed in a backpack or gym bag. 
  • Signage: Information about the symptoms of COVID-19 will be posted in order to allow employees, participants, and spectators to self-assess whether they have any symptoms. Before allowing participation in sporting activities, participants will be asked if they are currently exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. CDPH also recommends considering signage be posted for spectators on the potential risks if indoors in a large crowd.
  • Cleaning: Sports organizers and venues should clean and disinfect premises on a weekly basis in compliance with protocols from the CDC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Venues should frequently clean and disinfect common areas (e.g., restrooms) and surfaces which are touched by multiple people (e.g., entry/exit doorknobs, stair railings). Hand sanitizer or hand washing stations available to participants. There will be minimal-no sharing of high-touch equipment between non-household individuals.
  • Capacity Limits: There is no limit to the number of participants, coaches, officials, and meet personnel at indoor or outdoor meets as long as social distancing can be maintained. A host may restrict the number of people that fall in this category in order to maintain social distancing requirements. If social distancing permits, meet hosts may allow spectators as follows, in accordance with regional Tier/Phase mitigation levels. If meet hosts allow spectators, they must maintain 6 feet social distance when possible.
  • Communications: Communication of guidelines in a clear manner to participants and their parents will take place.
  • Tracking/Monitoring: Staff will keep accurate records and health monitoring of those athletes and staff who attend events through registration, in case contact tracing is needed.
  • Eating and Drinking: CDPH does not recommend permitting eating and drinking in stands for indoor events.
  • Other: Every lane may be used. Workout activities will be conducted in “pods” of same students who are always training and rotating together. This will ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection.
     
Contact Information
Please email us with any questions:  gately.track@chicagoparkdistrict.com 

 

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