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Coaster Challenge Incentive Prizes


Incentive Prizes

As part of participating in this exciting event we offer incentive prizes for the various levels. If you’ve always been at the 5k level give the 10k a try and you’ll receive another awesome incentive along with the other benefits! Photos to come!!

  • Coaster Challenge Athletic shirt – 5k $150 level
  • Athletic Pop Socket and Portable Charger – 10k $300 level
  • Adidas Back Pack – Half Marathon $500 level
  • Adidas Sweatshirt – Marathon $1,000 level

Coaster Challenge Benefit Levels


Benefits and Incentives

5k Benefits ($150 Fundraising or $100 if you are a current season pass holder)

  • Free entrance into Six Flags Great America (Value $74.99)
  • Parking pass (Value $25.00) – If packet is picked up prior to day of event
  • Free breakfast
  • Official Coaster Challenge athletic shirt
  • Tracking pass
  • Medal upon completion
  • Entrance via The FLASH Pass for easy access to rides until 1pm
  • Early access to Whizzer and Raging Bull prior to park opening starting at 11am. Priority of seats will be given to those completing the Marathon then Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k.

10k and $300 Fundraising Benefits

  • All of the above
  • Official Coaster Challenge Pop Socket and Portable Charger
  • Lunch voucher for day of the event
  • Entrance via The FLASH Pass for easy access to rides until 3pm.

Half Marathon and $500 Fundraising

  • All above mentioned prizes
  • Official Coaster Challenge Adidas Back Pack
  • Entrance via The FLASH Pass for easy access to rides until 5pm
  • 2019 return ticket for the park

Marathon and $1,000 Fundraising

  • All above mentioned prizes
  • Signature Coaster Challenge Adidas Sweatshirt Jacket
  • Upgrade your 2019 return ticket to a 2019 Six Flags Great America season pass
  • Ability to ride continuously on Raging Bull and Whizzer from 9am – 11am when park opens.
  • Entrance via The FLASH Pass for easy access to rides ALL DAY!

Mini Marathoners for kids 10 and under (Fundraising Levels Prizes same as above)

  • Ride the equivalent of a 5k on the Whizzer before 11am or other coasters after the park opens.
  • Fundraising prizes same as 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, and Marathon levels

Coaster Challenge Event Details


Event Details

Six Flags Great America and Special Olympics Illinois have teamed up for the Coaster Challenge on Saturday, September 15!

Simply register for $25, fundraise, and ride the distance of a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Marathon (26.2 Miles) on Six Flags Great America’s world-class roller coasters.

For those of you that have the DEMON in you, go for the Marathon!  Fundraise a minimum of $1,000 and ride a full 26.2 miles!  Have your scorecard stamped as you exit each ride, and we will tally your total distance when you check in at the scoring table upon completion.

All Coaster Challenge participants will also receive early entry to the park to kick-start their race! Challengers can ride Whizzer from 9-11:00am and Raging Bull from 9:30 – 11:00 am to get extra laps in before the park opens.

Don’t miss out on this amazing event!

*Please note: $25 registration fee to reserve your spot to be a Coaster Challenger for 2018!


The parking gates will open at 8am on Saturday, September 15th and registration will be open at that time.  The registration area outside the park gates will be open until noon on the day of the event. Make sure to arrive prior to noon to receive your park benefits.

Gates to the park will open at 8:30 and we will have everyone meet in front of the Whizzer for an 8:50 Opening Ceremonies prior to the first ride at 9:00am.

The Whizzer will be open for continuous riding from 9:00 – 11:00 and the Raging Bull will open at 9:15 am to allow people to walk over after the Opening Ceremonies.  Priority for continuous riding will be Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and then 5k.

Every person entering the park, including spectators, will need to have a ticket to enter.  Only those who have registered and fundraised the minimum amount will be able to ride coasters from 9-11am.  If you would like to purchase a ticket for a spectator, visit the Six Flags Great America website and type Coaster in the promo code box on the top right corner of the website.

2018 Coaster Challenge Waiver


For those who met their minimum fundraising requirement ($150), you will be mailed your parking pass and t-shirt.  IF you have only met the $25 threshold and have the remainder of your donations offline, your parking pass has been sent in the mail and you will receive your shirt upon arrival when you turn in your offline donations,

Please contact Jennifer Marcello with any questions –