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Participants during the 2023 West Side Wellness Walk.

The Bank of America Chicago 13.1 is excited to work with West Side residents to introduce wellness-based activities to the race weekend experience. The goal of these events and activities is to support, advance and celebrate health, wellness and movement on Chicago’s West Side. Activities include a family-friendly 1.31-Mile Wellness Walk, youth events, and opportunities to showcase local West Side businesses.


Schedule of events
Saturday, June 8
Garfield Park

8:00 a.m. – West Side Wellness Walk bib pick-up begins*
8:00 a.m. – Community tents open
8:45 a.m. – Pre-walk warm-up activity
9:00 a.m. – West Side Wellness Walk starts
10:00 a.m. – Youth events begin
11:00 a.m. – Youth events end
11:00 a.m. – Community tents close
*Bib pick-up for the West Side Wellness Walk will take place in Garfield Park and is different than Packet Pick-up for the Bank of America Chicago 13.1. 

The West Side Wellness Walk will take place in the south section of Garfield Park. The Wellness Walk will kick off near the Garfield Park Bandshell south of Madison Street, with youth events planned to take place on the turf soccer and football field near South Hamlin Boulevard and West Jackson Boulevard.

Public transportation and parking
Street parking is available throughout the Garfield Park neighborhood.


Join us race weekend for the West Side Wellness Walk at the Bank of America Chicago 13.1. The 1.31-mile walk is a family friendly activity that takes participants on a tour of the south side of Garfield Park.

All walkers will receive a unique bib number for this untimed event and a commemorative item for participating.

Gear check is not available. Participants should not store, hide or leave any personal items at or near the event site. You are responsible for safely storing your gear offsite prior to the race. Any items left unattended will be removed from the area and will not be made available later.

The Wellness Walk is open to individuals 6 years of age or older. The entry fee is free with the opportunity to donate to the Garfield Park Advisory Council (Garfield PAC).

Garfield Park Advisory Council (Garfield PAC)
The Garfield PAC is an advocate and steward for the preservation and restoration of 184 acres of natural resources and park facilities in Garfield Park, as well as a voice for the surrounding community. The Garfield PAC promotes ways for the community to better utilize Garfield Park’s natural resources, youth/adult programs and facilities; provides communication to the Chicago Park District on matters relating to the improvements of the park, while increasing community awareness of on-going projects; and providing the community with a vehicle through which park information can be shared.

The funding generated from the 2023 Bank of America Chicago 13.1 Wellness Walk will support the Garfield PAC Health & Wellness/Sports Committee activities in 2024 including: Bike the Boulevards (two youth and one adult bike ride), Stepping Dance Lessons (five months) and Family Skate Meet-Up (six events). 

Event requirements

  • Participants 17 years of age or under must have permission from their parent or legal guardian permitting them to participate in the race. This permission is given during the application process.
  • Registration for the West Side Wellness Walk is free. All donations will go to the Garfield Park Advisory Council.
  • All participants must be familiar with and abide by the event rules.


The Bank of America Chicago 13.1 is working with local organizations to create fun youth-based events that will take place in conjunction with the West Side Wellness Walk on Saturday, June 8. More information about these events will be shared in the coming weeks.


West Side businesses will be onsite throughout the weekend. Attendees will have the opportunity to support and learn more about local businesses. The organizations that will have tents on Music Court Circle around the Garfield Park Bandshell will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event.

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