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Registration Questions


What is the Dim Sum and Then Some Race?

  • The Dim Sum 5K/10K & Kids Dash is held by 501(c)(3) nonprofit social services organization, Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA). CMAA’s mission is to serve the needs, promote the interests, and enhance the well-being of low-income immigrants and refugees of all generations and to foster their participation in U.S. society. Your support goes towards empowering our 5,000 clients through our youth programs, workforce development program, citizenship/immigration services, English as Second Language classes, and elder care services. CMAA also helps minority entrepreneurs start small businesses. We provide essential human services uniting entire communities. When you donate to us, you change lives.

    More than just a run/walk, this race offers each participant a unique cultural experience by drawing from the wide range of ethnicities that CMAA serves in Uptown and Elgin, IL. Prior to the race, runners are treated to two rites of good luck: everyone partakes in a Laotian ceremony where string is tied around each other’s wrists, and then colorful lion head dancers will perform a traditional Chinese dance to kickoff the race. Once the race has begun, participants will pass some of Uptown’s historic businesses and continue to run along the beautiful Chicago lakefront. Lastly, each finisher will have the opportunity to participate in a post-race block party, where they’ll receive dim sum and bubble tea while enjoying more performances by the CMAA youth dance troupes.

What time does the race start?

  • Registration & Packet Pick-Up begins at 6:30 AM

  • Kids Dash starts at 7:30 AM

  • 10K Start beings at 8 AM

  • 5K starts at 8:10 AM

How much does the race cost?

  • 5K

    • $40 through May 31

    • $45 June 1 - 30

    • $50 July 1 - August 3

    • $60 August 4 - 5 (Race Day)

  • 10K

    • $50 through May 31

    • $55 June 1 - 30

    • $60 July 1 - August 3

    • $70 August 4 - 5 (Race Day)

  • Kids Dash

    • $20 until May 31

    • $25 June 1 - June 30

    • $30 July 1 to Race Day

What is included in the race swag?

  • All participants will receive a race short sleeve shirt, race bib, finisher medal, Bubble Tea, and DIM SUM!

What are the shirt sizes?

  • Shirt sizes range from x-small to 2XL

  • Sizes are limited

  • Shirts are unisex fit

Pre-Race Packet Pickup


When is Packet Pick-Up?

  • Date: Friday, August 4, 2023

  • Time: 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Where is Packet Pick-Up?

Race Day Questions


What time should I arrive for the race?

  • Please arrive ready to run before 8AM.

Will gear check be available?

  • Limited Gear check will be available for this race but we highly suggest you to keep all personal items at home or in your vehicle.

Where can I park?

  • There will be street parking around the locations.

Where is the start and finish line?

  • Start and Finish Line will located on Argyle Street in front of the Self Help Home.

Will there be awards?

  • For the top THREE (3) male & female finishers. 

Course Questions


What is the course like?

  • The course will be ran on the lakefront path. Check out the course tab for street-by-street directions and maps.  

Are strollers allowed?

  • Yes, strollers are allowed. We just ask that you start in the back of your pack.

Can I walk the 5K?

  • Yes, walkers are always welcomed!

Are dogs/animals allowed?

  • While we love your fur-babies, dogs and other lovely pets are not allowed on the course. 

How is the starting line set-up?

  • The 10K race will begin together at 8 AM and the 5K will begin together at 8:10 AM.

Where are the aid/water stations located?

  • There will be three water/aid station located on the course for the 10K and 1 for the 5K.


How far is the Kids Dash?

  • The kids dash is about a 1/2 of a mile. It will start and finish at the same start and finish as the 5K and 10K.

What do the Kids receive?

  • All kids will receive a t-shirt, Kid's Finisher Medal, Race Bib, Dim Sum, Bubble Tea and more!

Kids Dash
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