The Honda Miles Per Hour run is a unique indoor run developed by the Chicago Area Runners Association in partnership with the Chicago Auto Show. 


The one hour run is an event in which participants cover as much distance as they can within one hour. While an officially recognized event, the one-hour run is rarely contested apart from occasional record attempts. Making this run even more unique is that its being run entirely INDOORS and through the halls of the Chicago Auto Show and McCormick Place!

Runners will complete loops through the massive three main halls of McCormick Place. The loop, spanning approximately 2.4 Miles, includes laps through the Chicago Auto Show floor past incredible auto displays. Runners will experience breathtaking views of the Chicago Skyline as they cross over Grand Concourse bridge and wide views of Lake Michigan through the Lakeside Center's expansive walls of windows.


The loop will include a variety of long straightaways, some unique zig-zags, and even an incline as runners run the indoor the bridge over Lake Shore Drive.

At Miles Per Hour, your finish line is what you make it. Run as far as you can in one hour, and then take in the Chicago Auto Show with special early access. Timing mats will be placed throughout the course in multiple locations to catch your finish result (Learn how we calculate results here).


Go the distance with the Honda Miles Per Hour 26.2 Team Challenge! Put together a team of three or four. Each team member will run the full one-hour for distance. Teams that run a combined 26.2 Miles or more will complete the challenge and earn their 26.2 Team Challenge pins as a companion to their finishers medal.

Team captains should set-up a team through the "Team Registration" option. Captains will pay for only themselves, and then the system will provide a link for each additional team member to register and pay for themselves.


Race Day is Sunday, February 16, 2020

Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up Schedule

  • TBA (City and Suburban locations will be offered)

Race Day:

  • 7:00 a.m. - Packet Pick-Up, and Gear Check Opens (McCormick Place Lakeside Center)

  • 7:55 a.m. - Packet Pick-Up Closes (McCormick Place Lakeside Center)

  • 8:00 a.m. - Start (McCormick Place Lakeside Center)

  • 9:00 a.m. - Run Ends / Chicago Auto Show Early Access Begins at the Honda Display!

  • 9:00 a.m. - Finisher Medal Pick-Up opens (Honda Display)

  • 9:30 a.m. - Overall Awards Recognition (Honda Display)

  • 9:45 a.m. - Finisher Medal Pick-Up Ends (Honda Display)

  • 10:30 a.m. - Gear Check Closes






CARA's Honda Miles Per Hour run takes place entirely indoors, inside the massive McCormick Place convention center.  The run start will take place in the Lakeside Center, with the run going through all three main halls of McCormick Place, including through the Chicago Auto Show floor!

McCormick Place

Lakeside Center

2301 S. King Dr., Chicago


GPS Search: McCormick Place


Travel Details:



McCormick Place offers on-site parking. There are three main McCormick Place lots. A, B & C. Lot A & C are $23. Lot B is $15. Parking fees can be paid by cash or credit card; VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Parking lots are open throughout event hours. Overnight parking is not available, and there are no in-and-out privileges.

Public Transportation:

Public transportation and carpooling is encouraged. 


Public Transit: The following bus lines will get you near the start; 78-Montrose, 81-Lawrence, 145-Wilson/Michigan, and 146-Marine/Michigan. Find public transportation details at http://mccormickplace.com/attendees/public-transportation.php .

Ride Share:

Those traveling to the event by ride share should drop off at the main McCormick Place entrance.


McCormick place has direct access to the Lakefront Trail. Bike parking is available along the Lakefront Trail. A Divvy station is also located near the main entrance to McCormick Place. 


Pre-Race - TBA (City and Suburban locations will be offered)

Race Day - Race day packet pick-up begins at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 7:55 a.m. Participants are encouraged to attend a pre-race packet pick-up to avoid lines on event morning. 

Packet Mailing: Participants may elect to have their packets mailed to them for a fee of $12.50. Packet mailing is only available on registration until January 31. Packets will be mailed two-weeks prior to the event. The event is not able to take responsibility for errors by the US Postal Service and it is the participant's responsibility to ensure that their mailing address is provided correctly and in full at time of registration. Only one packet will be mailed in each package. 


Gear Check will be provided in the Lakeside Center near the start line for all runners and will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. You may check a reasonably sized bag of your choice using the gear check tag received at packet pick-up. The event is not responsible for lost or damaged items checked at gear check. Please do not check valuables. Gear check items not picked up by 11:00 a.m. will be taken back to CARA's office.


Honda Miles Per Hour participants and their ticketed guests will receive early access to the Chicago Auto Show floor. Once the run ends, participants will be directed to the Honda display area where they can check out the latest from Honda, pick up a unique finishers medal, a goody bag, and enjoy the overall awards ceremony. At 10:00 a.m., you will already be in the show, and can visit all of the displays within the Chicago Auto Show.

Participants will have the opportunity to purchase early access guest tickets during registration for a discounted rate of $10 ($13 value) to allow their friends and family not running to access the auto show floor during the run. Regular Auto Show tickets not purchased through the run do not provide early access. Note, those 6 and under, who are accompanied by a ticketed person, do not need a ticket to enter the Auto Show.

Friends and family who are not going to visit the auto show floor can spectate in the Lakeside Center (start area) and at specific spectator zones outside of the show floor without purchasing a ticket. However, only those with a Auto Show ticket will be able to enter the two main halls where auto show displays are located.  



Volunteers are needed for the event.  Please visit our volunteer page (coming soon) for details.



E-mail events@cararuns.org or call 312-666-9836


Strollers / Pets?

For the safety of all runners, participants are NOT allowed to participate with baby joggers, strollers or animals. To request accommodation for service animals please e-mail events@cararuns.org.


How will I be timed?

Each runner will have the chronotrack B-Tag affixed to the back of their race bib/number. Do not bend or break this tag. Place your race bib on your outside layer of clothing on your front chest or abdomen. The number must be fully visible while participating. Please do not pin number to leggings, back or behind layers of clothing. Please do not hand carry number.


Is the race chip-timed or gun-timed?

The run will last one-hour from the start time, regardless of when a runner crosses the actual start line. A runner's final result will be a calculation of their "Miles per Hour" pace achieved as determined from the last timing mat crossed. Timing mats will be placed approximately every 1/4 mile.


How will I receive my result?

Results will be available for lookup at results kiosks and on your mobile device on race day after finishing.


Where can I pick-up my packet?

Packet pick-up locations, dates and times will be posted on the race website and e-mailed to all registered participants once available. Locations will be available in the suburbs and the city. Race day packet pick-up is also available but participants are highly encouraged to come to a pre-race day packet pick-up to avoid race day lines. Packets will also be mailed for $12.50 if selected during the registration process.


Can a friend pick-up my packet?

Yes, a person may pick-up up to four packets at a time if they have the registration confirmation e-mail or copy of the drivers license (printed or on phone) of each person they wish to receive a packet for. If a person wishes to pick-up more than four packets and there is a line at packet pick-up they must return to the back of the line to receive additional packets.


Can I give my registration and or bib number to another person?

You may NOT give (or transfer) your registration to another person and another person may NOT run with another person’s bib/number.


Can my friends or family run with me if they are not registered?

No, unregistered persons may not run with you on the course.


What are the events pacing rules?

The event will abide by USATF competition rules. The event expects all participants respect fair competition. However, due to the unique nature of the indoor course, the course will not be USATF certified/measured.


If I do not run on race day do I receive a finisher medal?

No, finisher medals are only provided to finishers on race day.


Can I defer or receive a refund?

Refunds and deferrals will NOT be issued for any reason, including injury and other unforeseen issues. Registering early comes with decreased entry fees and registrants should understand their risk by choosing to register early, including no opportunity for refunds.


What is the events cancellation policy?

Event staff reserves the right to cancel or to modify the race if deemed necessary to protect the participants, the volunteers, the spectators or the host community or as a result of unforeseen course/venue conflicts. Cancellations out of the direct control of the event will be recognized as unforeseeable acts. Since the staging of the race results in substantial up-front expenses regardless of whether or not the race is completed, cancellation or modification of the event will not result in the refunding of fees or future event credits.


I am not able to run the race. Can I still get my participation item?

Yes, but you must come to a packet pick-up pre-race or on race day.


I am part of a group. Are discounts available?

Yes, if you are part of a group of 10 or more please contact events@cararuns.org.


I am an elite athlete. Are their comp entries available?

No, this event does not offer comp entries to elite athletes.


What is the events weather policy?

This event is indoor. If there are weather issues affecting safe travel to the event, they will be posted HERE and at cararuns.org in the twitter feed box.


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