Fort2Base Run Race Description
The 13th annual Fort2Base Race will take place on Sunday August 27, 2023 in North Chicago, Illinois. North Chicago is conveniently located about 45 minutes north of Chicago and 45 minutes south of Milwaukee.
There are two event distances, 10 Nautical Miles and 3 Nautical Miles (11.5 and 3.45 miles respectively). The unique event distances are a nod to Naval Station Great Lakes, home to the only boot camp for the US Navy. The 10 Nautical Mile event begins at Fort Sheridan. Today fort Sheridan is an Army reserve installation, but during World War II over 500,000 men and women were processed there. Athletes continue through Fort Sheridan past George Patton’s home to the McClory Bike Path, past Naval Station Great Lakes and finish at Foss Park.
The 3 Nautical Mile course begins and finishes at Foss Park, while passing by Naval Station Great Lakes.
Fort2Base was founded to honor the men and women who serve and have served our country.
Fort2Base proudly supports Headstrong. Headstrong provides at no expense, confidential and stigma-free mental health treatment for military members, veterans and their families regardless of service era or discharge. Participants are able to support this great cause by making a donation through registration or by running for a reason and raising funds. 100% of the funds raised or donated go directly to Headstrong.
- Location: North Chicago, IL 60064
- Race Date: 2023/08/27 07:00:00 AM (Sunday)
- 3 Nautical Mile
- 3 Nautical Mile Active & Reservists
- 3 Nautical Mile Retired & Dependent
- 3 Nautical Mile Veteran
- 3 Nautical Mile Virtual
- 10 Nautical Mile
- 10 Nautical Mile Active & Reservists
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Fort2Base Run Reviews
Most Helpful Review
Will always do the Fort2Base Race
Even though it's pretty much a straight run - it's fun! Well organized, well marked, and plenty of water stations. Post race medals and food/drinks are always good. Good music and nice to meet the Navy volunteers afterwards!
I love that there was an option to do the race virtually and choose my location, go at my own pace, and upload my results. This was a great way to exercise and support a worthy cause.
Wow thank goodness for some shade cuz the sun mixed with humidity would have killed me:) Awesome volunteers all the way! Great organization...not one hiccup. LOVE the DIY race swag. I missed some post race fun in med tent (awesome paramedics and volunteers there too!!). Just a friendly great race. Not one frown face!
Lovely run in a shaded path
This was a great scenic, well-organized run. The pacers really helped. The food at the end was terrific as well, especially the barbecue sandwiches.
I’ll be back!
F2B! It was an early rise, but SO worth it! The history behind your race, the stories told, the route with its historical character, the electricity of the runners, this was an A+ event.
This is my 6th year running this race & I am never disappointed. This truly is one of my favorite races. So much fun!
Such a feel good!
I love this race, bar none my favorite of the season. Love the patriotism!
Love this race
Fort 2 Base is a well-run event, celebrating the American military and personal fitness. Love the patriotic medals and shirts too! Glad to do this one, year after year.
Awesome Race Experience
This race was awesome from the beginning to the end! Had a great time afterwards meeting and talking with people. Can't wait to run this one again!
Awesome Race and Recognition of the US Armed Forces
As a vet and someone who was attached to Fort Sheridan I have wanted to do this race for some time and it did not disappoint. Well laid out and supported. The ONPace group was awesome and Aubrey and Abby made it possible for me to finish right where I needed to be. Everything from the shuttles to the race to the fantastic finish made for a great experience. And running through the Historic Tower at Fort Sheridan was quite memorable and a stop and take a pic moment. 11.5 miles is no joke but I am glad I did it and would consider doing it again for sure. The race was a great training run for my marathon training.
This race was the best course to run. It was historic, scenic, and made one feel a sense of gratitude for all those that serve and have served. I am always looking for opportunities to run races were proceeds can be used to benefit a cause and I could not think of one more worthy than Fort2Base. This race was incredibly well organized! The pacers did a phenomenal job. Can’t say enough regarding the positive and fun experience it was.
This was my 2nd year running this race and this has to be one of my favorite races! Everything is set up great and everyone is so amazing and helpful! This year, I ran with the 13:00 minute pacers and they were awesome!!! They were great about helping me stay focused and motivated! I don't know if I could have finished the race without their support! Best pacers ever!!! I ran this year in memory of my dad (he passed away in December and he graduated from the Naval Academy at Great Lakes Naval Base), so this was an emotional race for me this year! I'm so happy that I decided to do this race again! I look forward to doing this again in the future!
From the very first email to the dropping off at Rosalind Franklin University fort2base was DEDICATED!!! Each person in the organization gave their best to provide a wonderful event and each participant seemed to DEDICATE themselves to having the best experience possible. It is easy to say everyone DEDICATED their efforts and spirit to our branches of military!!
The medals and race shirts are second to none. The post-race party is also excellent. The bus transports to the race were timely and plentiful.
Mr. Calvin Jordan
One of the best races in Northern Illinois. The after Party is the best. I still wish we could run up Hero Hill but with the heat of August it is still a tough race. I will be in in again next year.
Fort2Base 3 Nautical Mile Run
Although the 3NM run course is just average, everything else about this event is top notch! Registration, packet pickup, shirt, medal, water stop, and post race party-- all rate a 10. Keep up the great work.
North Chicago, IL Weather
Last year the weather condition was Partly cloudy.