Important Race Day Info!

Fools, these are the things you need to know about Saturday’s race:

Heat sheets are up!

Please review your event for accuracy! Let us know ASAP if we need to make a change. Heat Sheets

Doors open at noon:

Ladies in the 2K, you will probably want to arrive a little earlier than that, around 11:45 just to get in, go through registration, etc. Everyone else, please show up no earlier than noon.

Directions & Parking Info:

Street parking is usually available in the neighborhood around the gym, but we are expecting a full capacity event. Thus, parking will be at a premium near PXM CrossFit

Shaded yellow in map - Street parking is mostly available on Edgewater Ave South of Ridge Ave, Glenwood Ave South and North of PXM, Early Ave, Wayne Ave & especially Ardmore Ave. Be aware that the neighborhood has a considerable amount of one-way streets.

Shaded red in map - If no parking is available, we have a remote parking lot available located behind Nicolas Senn High. Please note, there is no overnight parking allowed in this lot. The “address" is technically 1501 W Thorndale at the intersection of Greenview and Thorndale. Once parked, please follow the path south to Ridge Ave at Ardmore and walk Southeast on Ridge Ave to PXM.

Shaded green in map - There is also paid hourly street parking (can be reloaded from PXM by downloading the ParkChicago phone app) on Ridge Ave at the intersection of Broadway, and on Clark St both north and south of the intersection of Clark and Ridge Ave.

PXM Parking Directions

PXM Parking Directions

PXM Walking Directions From Thorndale Lot

PXM Walking Directions From Thorndale Lot

PXM Entrance / Bathrooms / Changing Areas

PXM CrossFit is working to expand bathroom capacity and signage, among other items. If you aren’t aware, permits are fun in the city of Chicago…

The PXM main entrance is a solid metal door with a red helmet on it (that will likely be held open with an orange traffic cone), and it is not any of the beautiful glass doored entries in the building, yet… permits.

We currently have 1 bathroom fully equipped with a shower. The front 2 bathrooms which are under construction will be converted into athlete changing areas, so the main bathroom can remain as available as possible. Please do any quick apparel changes in those areas and leave the bathroom itself open for toilet usage. THANK YOU!

There will be an additional Portable Flushable Bathroom with a hand wash station in the alley for overflow restroom needs. We would suggest, and we'll remind you again on the day of, to plan ahead a bit for bio breaks before your heats. Friends and family, please be cool and let a racer skip ahead of you in line if they are about to race.

PXM has had large events near this size with little problem, but given the extra stretch in capacity (awesome registration numbers), we wanted to make sure everything is set-up for maximum success.

PXM Entrance

PXM Entrance


We’ve got Stretching!

Our friends at StretchLab will be at the event all day providing complimentary stretches on our athletes. AWESOME! Go over to their tables and get stretched. Your body will thank you!


After racing is finished we will have our Fools Fest Sprints Awards Ceremony and hold our raffle and give-away prizes from our awesome sponsors. Everyone registered to race can put their name in the hat for a chance at one of our prizes. Fill out your raffle ticket at registration.


The party starts … When you’re done racing? When you walk in the door?? That’s your call. We still have the beer package available for sale online, and it will be available day of for everyone over 21 years of age with a valid i.d. BRING YOUR I.D. so we can give you a beer bracelet. Without that, no beer for you. $15 gets you the official 2019 Fools Fest 16 oz can glass with beer access until it’s out. So bring $15 with you to the race if you haven’t signed up online yet. Friends & family included!!!

We will also have soda, water, snacks and new this year: HOT FOOD! Our good friends Carrie & Ryan have graciously volunteered to man the charcoal grill out back so we’ll have hot links, and slaw being served up all day during the races and afterwards during the party.

RB Rowing Apparel For Sale

Ride Backwards Rowing will be at the race selling original rowing designs on quality apparel. Word on the street is that they will be greatly discounting their merch, so bring cash or a credit card and grab a new tee or a pair of sweats to wear home.

We are so excited about this year’s Fools Fest Sprints. We’ve taken some major steps since our first race last year, and I’m really proud of where we are and what we’re doing. Always looking to improve, so we’ll be sending out an event questionnaire/review after the event that we’d love your feedback on. Thank you all for coming to play with us!

See ya soon,