BAPA's 46th Ridge Run & Memorial Day Parade

Join Us on Memorial Day—Monday, May 27

Runners, walkers, and marchers of all ages are invited to participate in the races as well as the Beverly/Morgan Park Memorial Day Parade.

Races start and finish at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr., and the Parade follows the run, stepping off from 110th and Longwood and marching north to Ridge Park.

Team up! The Ridge Run invites area schools, clubs, families, and friends to form a team and take advantage of a race fee discount as well as race day perks.

Volunteer! This event is brought to life every year by amazing volunteers. Get involved by signing up today!

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March in the Memorial Day Parade

The first Beverly/Morgan Park Memorial Day Parade was in 1926, making it the oldest community Memorial Day in Chicago!

This year, members of the National Women Veterans United (NWVU) will march as the  Grand Marshal on Mon., May 27.  NWVU is the only all-female veteran organization advocating for veterans. The organization works with military women veterans—particularly those who are disabled, homeless, at risk, or returning from deployment—to ensure they are connected to appropriate direct services and resources.

Back by popular demand is the Jesse White Tumbling Team! Talented members of the team will stop to perform all down the parade route, thrilling spectators with jumps and flips that defy gravity and amaze onlookers. 

The Memorial Day ceremony honoring the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces who have given their lives in service to our country, is held at Ridge Park at 9 am. It includes the laying of the wreath, taps, and a solemn remembrance of the true meaning of Memorial Day.

The parade steps off after the Ridge Run races and features military vehicles, the Patriot Guard, scout troops, area families, businesses, institutions, and other groups. Parade participation is open to all area residents and organizations! 

Team Up!

Sign up a team of your colleagues, club members, or family and friends when you register online. It’s more fun when you run as a team!

Form a team with your colleagues, school groups, or family and friends. Creating a team is a great way to add an extra layer of fun to the races and experience teamwork in action! You are considered a team with 10 or more registered runners. Teams enjoy the following perks.


Team Perks

  • Pizza Vouchers
  • Beer Vouchers (21yrs+)
  • $5 Off Coupon for team members
  • Tent in Team Town to gather and celebrate pre/post-race
  • Team picture
  • Team captain check-in at packet pickup


Create Your Team

  • Team captains must create a team first.
  • Team members will search for their team and register for their distance of choice.

Note: We regret that we are unable to issue refunds for individuals who registered for the Ridge Run and are unable to attend the race. 

Race Morning Schedule

6:30 am – Registration & Packet Pick-Up Opens
7:30 am – 10K/ Youth Mile registration closes
7:50 am – 10K Line up at Start/Finish Line
8:00 am – 10K Race Starts
8:10 am – Youth Mile Starts
9:00 am – Memorial Day Service (Stage)
9:00 am – 5K Registration Closes
9:20 am – 5K Line up at Start/Finish Line
9:30 am – 5K Race Starts
10:15 am Tot Trot begins (Kids Zone)
10:30 am Memorial Day Parade starts arriving at the park
Festival closes at 12 noon


Volunteering for this event is a wonderful way to engage with neighbors and give back to the community.

There are many volunteer opportunities before and the day of the festivities! We even have ways our youth can be involved for service learning hours! 

Join our volunteer team and help make this year’s Ridge Run the best ever. 

Our 2024 Sponsors

Thank you to all of the Ridge Run sponsors, without whose support BAPA could not present this event.