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2018 Annual Fitness/Race Guide

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2018 Annual Fitness/Race Guide…

The absolute best way to keep yourself running is to find a race in the 2018 Annual Race Guide, Just sign up, pay for it, and put it on your calendar. A fixed race date will help you stay focused, and keep you on a regular running schedule. Nothing feels better than crossing the finish line. A beginner can run any race — you just need to allow enough time to train for it. Check back for race updates in each bi-monthly edition.



  • Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to
  • CNB Oak Forest Fleadh 5K — Sat 3/3 at 8:30 AM. 5K CARA and USAT Certified. Oak Forest. 708-687-4600.
  • Manhattan Irish Fest Parade 5K – Sat 3/3 at 11 AM. CARA and USAT Certified. Manhattan, IL.
  • Shiver Run – Sat 3/3 at 8:30 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Barrington.
  • Chicago Polar Plunge – Sun 3/4 at 10 AM. North Avenue Beach, Chicago. Benefits Special Olympics Chicago. 312-527-3743.
  • CORE Indoor Sprint Triathlon – Sun 3/4 at 8 AM. 10 min swim, 15 min bike, 15 min Run. Lemont. 630-257-6787.
  • Running O’ The Green – Sun 3/4 at 8 AM 8K Run/Walk. USATF certified. Tinley Park. 708-342-4200.
  • Kilted 5K – Sat 3/10 at 8:30 AM 5K Run/Walk. Benefits the F.I.S.H. Food Pantry and Friends of the Fox. East Dundee. 847-426-7300.
  • St. Paddy’s Day 5K – Sat 3/10 at 8 AM 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Rotary projects and charities. Naperville.
  • Advocate Good Shepherd Indoor Triathlon – Sun 3/11 at 8 AM. 10 min Swim, 20 min Bike, 15 min run. Barrington. 847-620-4500.
  • Fight for Air Climb – Sun 3/11 at 7 AM. 180 floors and 2,340 steps. Benefits the American Lung Association. Presidential Towers, Chicago. 312-940-8004.
  • St. Pat’s Day 5K and 1 MIle Pet Walk – Sun 3/11 at 9 AM. Benefits Anderson Animal Shelter. South Elgin.
  • Together WeTri Indoor Triathlon – Sun 3/11 at 7 AM. 10 min swim, 20 min bike and 15 min Run. Benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research. Glenview.
  • Pi Day “Pi K” Fun Run/Walk – Wed 3/14 at 6 PM. Sponsored by Illinois Science Council and Fleet Street Sports. Lincoln Square, Oak Park and Old Town, Chicago.
  • Deer Park St. Paddy’s Day 5K Run/Walk – Sat 3/17 at 8:15 AM. 10K, 5K and Kids’ Dash. Benefits WINGS. Deer Park.
  • Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail Race #3 – Sat 3/17 at 10 AM. 10K trail Run. Fabyan East Forest Preserve, Geneva.
  • Get Lucky Chicago – Sat 3/17 at 9 AM half marathon, 14K and 7K. USATF Certified. Soldier Field, Chicago.
  • McHenry Shamrock Shuffle 5K Walk/Run – Sat 3/17 at 8 AM. New Kids’ Dash 1/4 MI 7:45 AM. USATF certified. McHenry.
  • Shamrock Chicago 5K Beer Run – Sat 3/17 at 10 AM. 5K novelty Run/Walk. Arlington Heights.
  • St. Paddy’s Day 5K and 8K Run/Walk – Sat 3/17 at 9:30 AM. USATF certified. Benefits Greater Chicago Food Depository. Lincoln Park, Chicago. 773-868-3010.
  • Amita Health Bolingbrook St. Paddy’s Half Marathon and 5K – Sun 3/18 at 8:15 AM Half Marathon, 5K and Kids’ Dash. Benefits Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation. Bolingbrook.
  • March Madness Half Marathon – Sun 3/18 at 8:35 AM. Cary.
  • MELTFEST 5K – Sat 3/24 at 10 AM. 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run. Rockford.
  • Mistwood Hole in Run 5K – Sat 3/24 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Mistwood Golf Club, Romeoville.
  • Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K – Sun 3/25 at 8:30 AM. USATF certified. Grant Park, Chicago. Join Lupus Charity Runners.
  • Cusacks Leprechaun 5K Dash – Sun 3/25 at 10 AM. 5K Run/Walk and 1MI Kids’ Dash. Gaelic Park, Oak Forest.
  • Bunny Rock Chicago – Sat 3/31 5K Run/Walk and Egg Hunt at 9 AM. Montrose Harbor, Chicago.
  • Bunny Run and Easter Egg Hunt – Sat 3/31 at 8 AM. 15K, 10K and 5K Runs and 200 M Kids’ Dash. Libertyville.
  • Chocolate Chase 5K – Sat 3/31 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. USATF certified. Palos Heights. 708-361-1807.
  • March4Meg 5K Run/Walk – Sat 3/31 at 9 AM. Benefits Step Up To Stop Melanoma.


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  • No Foolin’ 5K – Sun 4/1 at 9:04 AM. 5K Run and Little Fools 1MI USATF and CARA Certified. Lockport. 801-228-0886.
  • April Fools 5K Run – Sat 4/7 at 9 AM 5K and Kids’ Dash. USATF certified. Benefits Phil’s Friends. Bloomingdale.
  • Arny Johnson Run – Sat 4/7 at 8:30 AM. 10MI and 5K Runs. Benefits Annie’s Locker. Machesney Park.
  • Chi Town Half Marathon and 10K – Sat 4/7 at 7 AM. USATF certified. Benefits Special Olympics Chicago. 224-757-5425.
  • Foodie 5K – Sat 4/7 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Northern Illinois Food Bank. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-443-6910.
  • Shake It Off 5K Run/Walk – Sat 4/7 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk 1MIle Walk and Kids’ Dash. Benefits Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research. Bolingbrook. 800-708-7644.
  • World Health Run – Sat 4/7 at 8 AM 5K. Chicago.
  • Healthy Kids Running Series – Sun 4/8 to Sun 5/6 at 3 PM. 1MI, Half MI, and Quarter MI Runs and 75 and 50-yard Dashes. Geneva.
  • St. Charles Amazing Race – Sun 4/8 5K at 12 PM. Run, jog, walk or crawl to victory competing in physical and mental challenges with your team using clues to brainstorm and strategize. St. Charles.
  • The Good Life Race – Sun 4/8 at 8:45 AM 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ Mile and Junior Dash. CARA and USATF certified. Benefits the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. Oak Park.

Red Shoe Run for Donor Awareness – Sat 4/14 at 8 AM. Competitive 5K  Run + Family Fitness Walk. Rock River Valley Blood Center. 8500 E. State St., Rockford. 815-965-8751. .

  • Chicago Lakefront 50K George Cheung Memorial Race – Sat 4/14 at 7:30 AM.
  • Faraway 5K – Sat 4/14 at 9 AM. Obstacle course race. Part of Joliet Park District Run 3.1 5K 3 Ways (3-part race series; other dates 7/19 and 11/11). Joliet.
  • Fun Run in Color – Sat 4/14 at 9 AM. 5K Novelty Run. Wheaton. 630-690-4880.
  • Saw Wee Kee Spring Trail Run – Sat 4/14 at 4 PM. 4MI Trail Run. Oswego. 630.554.4425.
  • SVF Friars 5K Fun Run/Walk – Sat 4/14 at 8 AM. 1MI Fun Run and Senior Shuffle. River Forest 773-495-8157.
  • March for Babies – Orland Park on Sun 4/15; St. Charles on Sat 4/21; Arlington Heights and Lisle on Sun 4/22; DeKalb on Sat 4/28; Chicago 4/29. Benefits March of Dimes.
  • Superhero Glow Run – Fri 4/20 at 7:30 PM. 5K Novelty Run/Walk, Six Flags, Gurnee.
  • Earth Day 50K – Sat 4/21 at 8 AM. 50K, 15 MI and 5 MI Runs. Crystal Lake.
  • Just Move It Challenge – Sat 4/21 at 8 AM. 5K and 1MI Run/Walk. Benefits ABC/25 Foundation. Arlington Heights.
  • Kendall County Juvenile Justice Council SKY 5K – Sat 4/21 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. USATF Certified. Benefits Kendall County Juvenile Justice Council. Yorkville. 630-553-4157.
  • Sly Fox Half Madness and 10K –Sat 4/21 at 7 AM. Half Marathon and 10K. USATF and CARA Certified. St. Charles.
  • Spring Chance BQ.2 Marathon – Sat 4/21 at 6:30 AM. Marathon. Geneva.
  • Techno Trot 5K – Sat 4/21 at 8:45 AM. 5K Run/Walk and Half MI Kids’ Race. Benefits Westfield School technology. Winthrop Harbor. 847-731-3085.
  • Walk and Roll Chicago – Sat 4/21 at 8:30 AM. 5K Walk, 10K Skate or 15K bike along the Lakefront. Benefits American Cancer Society. Soldier Field, Chicago. 312-279-7266.
  • Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler and 5K – Sat 4/21 at 9 AM. 10 MI and 5K Runs. CARA certified. Montrose Beach, Chicago. 312-666-9836.
  • Breakthrough For Brain Tumors – Sun 4/22 at 9 AM. 5KRun/Walk. Benefits American Brain Tumor Association. Soldier Field, Chicago. 800-886-1281.
  • Fox Valley PR.1 Half Marathon – Sun 4/22 at 6:30 AM. Half Marathon. Geneva.
  • Hop to It 5/10K Run/Walk – Sun 4/22 at 9:30 AM. Benefits Hersey Deaf Alumni Association and SWCCCASE. John Hersey High School, Arlington Heights IL.
  • The Champion of Trees 10K Run – Sun 4/22 at 8 AM. USATF certified. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. 630-968-0074.
  • McHenry County Human Race – Sun 4/22 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Fitness Walk. CARA Certified. Benefits local charities. Crystal Lake. 815-344-4483.
  • Naperville Women’s Half Marathon and 5K – Sun 4/22 at 7 AM. North Central College, Naperville. 504-454-6561.
  • Race to Zero 5K – Sun 4/22 at 9 AM. Benefits Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center. Libertyville. 240-364-4910.
  • Walk The Walk For Autism – Sun 4/22 at 8:30 AM. Community House, Hinsdale.

Barnyard Dash 5K – Saturday, 4/28 at 8:30 AM. 5K & Pig Pen 1-miler. CARA Certified. Blackberry Farm, Aurora. 630-892-1550.

  • Batavia Mothers’ Club Fox Trot 5/10K – Sat 4/28 at 8 AM. 5K and 10K Runs and Kids’ Fun Runs. Batavia.
  • DuPage Human Race – Sat 4/28 at 9 AM. 5K Run and 2MI Walk. Benefits local charities. Downers Grove. 847-829-4536.
  • Run With the Lions – Sat 4/28 at 8:30 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Kids’ Run. Warrenville.
  • Shelter, Inc. 5K 4 Kidz Run/Walk – Sat 4/28 at 9 AM. Benefits abused children. Busse Woods, Elk Grove.
  • TCS Run, White and Blue 5K –Sat 4/28 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk. USATF and CARA Certified. Shorewood. 815-351-0218.
  • Willow Creek 5K – Sat 4/28 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. USATF Certified. South Barrington. 847-765-5000.
  • Miles for Smiles – Sun 4/29 at 9 AM. 1MI and Kid’s Fun Run. Benefits people with disabilities. USATF-IL certified course. Oswego, IL. 630-885-3006.
  • Ravenswood Run – Sun 4/29 at 8 AM. 5K Run and Kids’ Race. USATF Certified. Benefits Ravenswood Community Services Food Pantry. Chicago. 847-243-8500.
  • Run Thru the Hills – Sun 4/29 at 8 AM. 5K and 10K Run/Walk and 5K. Lake in the Hills. 847-960-7469.
  • Stepping Up for Wellness Run/Walk – Sun 4/29 at 7:30 AM. 5K and 1MI Family Walk. Libertyville. 847-509-9595.
  • Walk MS 2018 – Sun 4/29 at 9 AM. 1MI and 3 MI Walks. Chicago, Deerfield. 800-344-4867.


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  • Cinco de Miler – Sat 5/5 at 8:30 AM. 5MI Run. USATF Certified. Benefits Gilda’s Club and other charities. Montrose Harbor, Chicago.
  • Color Vibe Aurora 5K – Date TBD. 5K Fun Run. Colored powder chalk race.
  • Color Vibe Rockford 5K – Date TBD. 5K Fun Run. Colored powder chalk race.
  • Hanover Township Sprint to Spring 5K – Sat 5/5 at 8 AM. Elgin.

15th Annual Run for the Kids: Superhero Hustle 5K Run/2 Mile Walk – Saturday, 5/5 at 9 AM. Benefits Children with. Developmental Disabilities. 830 S. Addison Ave, Villa Park. 630-620-4433. .

  • Run to Remember – Sat 5/5 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk and Junior Jog. USATF certified. Benefits Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. Chicago. 312-499-8899.
  • Breathe Deep North Shore – Sun 5/6 at 9 AM. 2MI Walk and 5K Fun Run. Benefits LUNGevity Foundation. Deerfield.
  • Deer Dash and Tinman Triathlon – Date TBD at 7:30 AM. 10K, 5K and 1MI Family Fun Run. Jaycee Park, Deerfield. 847-945-0650.
  • EmpoweRun – Sat 5/5 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. USATF Certified. Benefits A Safe Place. Libertyville.
  • Fellowship Housing 5K Team Run – Sat 5/5 5K Team Run/Walk. Elk Grove Village. 847-882-2511.
  • Be The Match 5K – Sun 5/6 5K and 1K. Grant Park, Chicago.
  • Darien Dash –  Sun 5/6 at 7:30 AM. 10K and 5K, 1MI Runs and Fun Run. USATF Certified. Darien.
  • March for Babies – Sun 5/6 Woodstock. Benefits March of Dimes.
  • North Shore Walk for Autism Speaks – Sun 5/6 at 9 AM. Benefits Autism Speaks. New Trier HS, Northfield.
  • Race to Wrigley – Sun 5/6 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Lurie Children’s Hospital Chicago.

Village of Willowbrook’s 4th Annual Spring Fling 5K – 1m Kids Fun Run & Community Fair. Sunday, 5/6. Pre-race registration starts 7:30 AM Race starts 9 AM. 1m Run starts 10:00 AM. Community Fair 9 AM – Noon. Portion of proceeds to Gateway SRA Borse Community Park, 208 Midway Dr. 630-323-8215. .

  • Makin’ Strides for Strays Walkathon – Sun. 5/6 at 8:30 AM. Naperville Central H.S. 440 Aurora Ave., Naperville. Hosted by A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter.
  • Chicago Spring Half Marathon, 10K and Junior Dash – Sun 5/20 at 7 AM.
  • Ferocious 5K – Sun 5/6 at 8 AM. 5K Run. USATF Certified. Elgin.
  • Illinois Lupus Walk – Sun 5/6 1MI and 3 MI routes. Vernon Hills.

21st Great Western Half Marathon – Sunday, 5/6 at 8 AM. Sycamore Speedway. A point-to-point, USATF Certified,RRCA Championship Event. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Illinois. .

  • Run For Your Life Safety 5K – Sun 5/6 at 8:30 AM. 5K Run/Walk and 1K Kids’ Dash. USATF Certified. Tinley Park. 708-444-5200.
  • Southwest Half Marathon and 10K – Sun 5/6 at 7:30 AM. Half Marathon, 10K Run/Walk, Half MI Walk, Run or Roll for special needs. CARA certified. Palos Heights. 708-448-9200.
  • Walk MS 2018 – Sun 5/6 at 9 AM. 1MI and 3MI Walks. Deerfield, Lake in the Hills, Naperville, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Rockford, Schaumburg, St. Charles. 800-344-4867.
  • Walk to Cure Arthritis – Sun 5/6 3MI and 1MI Walks. Montrose Harbor, Chicago. 312-690-9603.

Walk for Wellness House – 5K Run, 3K Walk. Sunday, 5/6. Registration open at 7 AM. Race begins at 8:30 AM. Wellness House, Hinsdale. 630-654-5191. .

  • Autism Speaks Walk – Sat 5/12 at 10:15 AM. 3 MI Walk. Soldier Field, Chicago. 224-567-8573.
  • Chi-Town Showdown 5K – Sat 5/12 at 8:30 AM. 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. USATF certified. Benefits the Showdown Scholarship. Mokena. 708-390-2401.
  • Foodie 5K – Sat 5/12 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits N.IL Food Bank.  Libertyville. 847-336-3663.

Groovin’ in the Grove 5K – Saturday, 5/12 at 9 AM. 5K Run and Kids’ 1K, 1/2K, 100 Yd Dash. Warrior Fitness Challenge. USATF and CARA certified. Benefits Sharing Connections. Midwestern University, Downers Grove. .

  • Hope for Haitians 5K Walk/Run for Education – Sat 5/12 at 8:30 AM. Geneva.
  • Illinois Lupus Walk – Sat 5/12 1MI and 3 MI routes. Olympia Fields.
  • Push for the Path PeppeRUNi 5K – Sat 5/12 at 8 AM. Yorkville. 630-553-4350.

The Pink 5K Run/Walk – Saturday 5/12 at 8 AM. USATF & CARA certified. Team and individual registration accepted. Benefits Hinsdale Hospital Foundation. Oak Brook Park District. 1450 Forest Gate Rd. Oak Brook. 630-990-4233. .

  • Quarryman Challenge – Sat 5/12 at 7:30 AM. 10MI and 5K. CARA certified. Lemont. 708-705-6791.
  • Apple Blossom Run 5K/10K/Stroller Rollers – Sat 5/12 at 8 AM. Bartlett.
  • Squeez’d Girls on the Run – Sat 5/12 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk and Li’l Spark Sprints. Joliet.
  • Cooley Run 5K – Sun 5/13 at 8:05 AM. 5K Run and Superhero Dash. CARA Certified. Huntley.
  • Komen Chicagoland Mother’s Day Race for the Cure – Sun 5/13 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Susan G. Komen Foundation. Chicago.
  • Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk – Sun 5/13 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk and Free Kids’ Fun Run. USATF certified. Barrington.
  • The Universal Sole Four Mile Classic – Thurs 5/17 at 7 PM. 4MI Classic. Benefits Chicago Run, the fight against childhood obesity. Montrose Harbor, Chicago.

Lilac Mutt Strut 5K Run & 1 Mile Puppy Path – Saturday, 5/19 at 8:00 AM. USATF certified; Run/walk with your dog! Lombard. 630-620-7322. .

  • Bridge Walk – Sat 5/19 at 8 AM. 5K Walk. Benefits Living Well Cancer Resource Center. Geneva, IL. 630-262-1111.
  • The Frontline OCR – Sat 5/19 at 8 AM. 5MI Obstacle Run. Lockport.
  • Got2Run…For Education – Sat 5/19 at 8 AM 8K Run and 2.62MI Run/Walk. USATF certified. Arlington Heights.
  • Lake County Walk to Cure Arthritis – Sat 5/19 3MI and 1MI Walks. Libertyville. 312-690-9603.
  • Leaning Tower Triathlon – Date TBD. 100m swim, 4K bike, 1K run (Ages 7-10), 200m swim, 8K bike, 2K run (Ages 11-14). USATF Certified. Leaning Tower YMCA, Niles. 847-410-5108.
  • Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk – Sat 5/19 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk and 1MI Kids’ Run. USATF and CARA certified. Benefits ALS. Northbrook. 847-400-8901.
  • Night Nation Run – Sat 5/19 at 8 PM. 5K Novelty Run. Benefits Stand Up To Cancer. Soldier Field, Chicago.
  • Squeez’d Girls on the Run – Sat 5/19 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk and Li’l Spark Sprints. Grant Park, Chicago.
  • STEM Step 5K – Sat 5/19 at 8:30 AM. 5K Run, Family Walk and Kids’ Dash. USATF certified. Humboldt Park, Chicago.
  • Sock Hop Hustle 5K – Sat 5/19 at 8 AM. 5K Novelty Run/Walk. USATF Certified. Olympia Fields. 708-481-7313.
  • Backbones Annual 5K Run, Walk and Roll – Sun 5/20 at 11:30 AM. Benefits spinal cord injury victims. Country Gardens Park, Prospect Heights.
  • Chicago Spring Half Marathon and 10K – Sun 5/20 at 7 AM. Half marathon, 10K and Junior Dash. USATF certified. Chicago.
  • Chicagoland Spring Marathon and Half Marathon – Sun 5/20 at 7:05 AM. USATF certified. Schaumburg. 224-757-5425.
  • Great Strides – Sun 5/20 at 11 AM. 3MI Walk.  Montrose Harbor, Chicago. Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. More dates/times/locations – To find a Walk near you go to or call 312-236-4491.
  • Dash for the Dogs – Sun 5/20 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk and 1MI Family Fun Walk. Benefits Animal House Shelter. Barrington. 487-961-5541.
  • Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon – Sun 5/20 18.5MI River Race and 5.25MI Minithon. Libertyville. 847-604-2445.
  • Lake Zurich Color Vibe 5K – Sun 5/20 at 8 AM. 5K Novelty Run. Lake Zurich.
  • J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge – Thurs 5/24 3.5MI Run at 7 PM. Grant Park, Chicago. 847-779-7444.

Run For The Brave 5K Run/Walk/Ruck – Saturday, 5/26 at 8AM. Benefiting Illinois Veterans. Plainfield, Illinois. 630-302-2638. .

  • Soldier Field 10 Mile – Sat 5/26 at 7 AM. 10MI Run. CARA certified. Benefits Salute, Inc. Chicago.

Western Springs 41st Annual Tower Trot – Saturday, 5/26 at 8:30 AM. 10K, 5K, & Fun Run, plus Double Run (10K& 5K). CARA & USATF certified. Benefits Healing Hearts for Ashley. Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand Avenue, Western Springs. 708-246-9070. .

  • MB Bike the Drive – Sun 5/27 at 5:30 AM. Up to 30MI round trip ride of Lake Shore Drive. Benefits Active Transportation Alliance. Chicago.
  • MMTT Youth and Elite Triathlon – Sun 5/27 at 7 AM. Swim, bike, run. Junior (7-10), Senior (11-16) and Elite (any age) Divisions. Geneva. 630-779-0836.
  • Race to the Flag 5K Run/Walk – Sun 5/27 at 8 AM. CARA and USATF Certified. Ty Warner Park, Westmont. 630-682-5402.
  • SALUTE, INC. 5K/10K Tactical Challenge – Sun 5/27 at 8 AM. 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and/or Tactical Challenge. Arlington Hts. 847-359-8811.
  • Essence of Freedom Run – Mon 5/28 at 7:45 AM. 5K. USATF certified. Benefits Support Our Soldiers Freedom, Inc. Deerfield.
  • The Ridge Run – Mon 5/28 at 8 AM. 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, and Youth MI. Ridge Park, Chicago. 773-233-3100.


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  • Chicago Gospel Run 5K/10K – Sat 6/2 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk and 1/2 MI Kids’ Run. USATF Certified. Oakwood Beach, Chicago.
  • Cori’s Kids’ Triathlon – Date TBD. Swim, bike, run. Promotes exercise and fun for kids. Oak Brook Park District.
  • Cosley Zoo Run For the Animals – Sat 6/2 at 7:30 AM. 5K/10K Run and Kids’ Run. CARA certified. Cosley Zoo, Wheaton. 630-665-5534.
  • Dash for Detection – Sat 6/2 at 9 AM 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. Soldier Field, Chicago. 773-989-1108.
  • G.L.O.W. 5K Run – Sat 6/2 at 8:15 PM. Benefits Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Literacy Fund. Naperville.
  • Great Steps 4 NF – Sat 6/2 at 8:30 AM. 3MI Walk. Benefits Neurofibromatosis Midwest. Naperville RiverWalk. 630-945-3562.
  • Run the Ridge 5K and 1 K Run/Walk – Sat 6/2 at 8 AM. Benefits ProActive Kids. Burr Ridge. 630-850-4050.
  • Squeez’d Girls on the Run – Sat 6/2 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk and Li’l Spark Sprints. College of Lake County, Grayslake.
  • Take Steps Chicago – Date TBD. Benefits Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
  • Trot Against Trafficking 5K – Sat 6/2 at 8:30 AM. 5K and 1MI Run/Walk, and Kids’ Fun Runs. USATF Certified. Park Ridge.
  • Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Sat 6/2 at 8 AM. 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, 1MI Walk and Kids’ Dash. Benefits ZERO The End of Prostate Cancer. Joliet.

Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race – Sunday 6/3 at 7 AM. 11 canoe divisions, 8 kayak divisions and 1 open (non-competitive) division. Aurora. 630-892-1550. .

  • North Shore Classic Half Marathon – Sun 6/3 at 7 AM. Half Marathon and 5K Run. Highland Park.
  • Pet Walk and Run – Sun 6/3 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk, Pet Walk, and Kids’ Dash. Benefits Hinsdale Humane Society. Hinsdale. 630-323-5630.
  • Promise Walk and 5K Run – Sun 6/3 at 9:15 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village.
  • Run for the Roses – Sun 6/3 at 8 AM. 5K and Youth Race. Roselle. 630-220-4878.
  • Run for the Zoo – Sun 6/3 at 7:45 AM. 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Races. USATF certified. Benefits Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago.
  • Running for Hope – Sun 6/3 at 8 AM. 5KRun/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Benefits Ronald McDonald House at Advocate Children’s Hospital. Oak Lawn.
  • Take Steps – Sun 6/3 at 10 AM. Benefits Crohn’s and Colitis research. Naperville. 847-827-0404.
  • Chasing the Sun 5K – Thurs 6/7 at 7 PM 5K Run/Walk and Stroller Run. Benefits educational scholarships. New Lenox. 815-485-4241.
  • Fight for Air Ride – Fri-Sun 6/8-10, 2 or 3 Day Ride. Benefits American Lung Assoc. Crystal Lake, IL to Lake Geneva, WI.  312-940-781-1100.
  • La Grange Rocks – Fri 6/8 at 6PM. 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Races. Benefits The LeaderShop. La Grange.
  • Not All Wounds Bleed 5K – Sat 6/9 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. St. Charles.
  • Kendall County Sweetness Run – Sat 6/9/18 at 8 AM. 8K and 5K Runs. Benefits Walter and Connie Payton Foundation. Yorkville.
  • Gigi’s 5K and Fun Run with a Dash for Down Syndrome – Sat 6/10. 5K, 1MI and Kids’ Dash. Rosemont.

Honor Ride Chicago – Sunday, 6/10 at 8 AM. Three non-competitive routes. Beginning and ending in Skokie. Benefits our Healing Heroes. Evanston Subaru. 818-888-7091 x 106. .

  • Batavia Triathlon/Duathlon – Sun 6/10 at 6:30 AM. Swim/Bike/Run or Run/Bike/Run, Youth Splash and Dash, and Kids’ Dash. USATF certified. Batavia. 630-430-9006.
  • Tour de Cure – Sun 6/10. 10 MI, 20MI,  40MI, 65MI, and 100MI bike rides. Benefits American Diabetes Association. River Edge Park, Aurora. 312-346-1805 x 6568.
  • Walk to End Lupus Now, Chicago – Sat 6/16 at 10:30 AM. 1MI Montrose Harbor.
  • Daisy Dash – Sun 6/17 at 8 AM. 5K and Kids’ Fun Run. USATF Certified. Clarendon Hills. 773-617-8408.
  • LM5K Family Run/Walk – Sat 6/16 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Villa Park.

Superhero 5K Run/Walk – Saturday, 6/16 at 8:30 AM. 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run, USATF Certified. Benefits JOURNEYS | The Road Home. Towne Square, Palatine. 847-963-9163. .

  • Tiki Run – Sun 6/17 at 8 AM. Themed 10K and 5K Fun Run. Montrose Harbor, Chicago.
  • Father’s Day 10K/5K – Sun 6/17 at 8 AM. 10K and 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Cary.
  • PrairieFest 5K – Sun, 6/17 at 8:30 AM. 5K Run and 1MI Prairie Dog Jog. USATF Certified. Oswego. 630-554-1010.
  • Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate – Sun 6/17. Benefits YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Evanston. 847-864-8445.
  • ABC7 Gibbons 5K – Thurs 6/21 at 6:25 PM 5K Run and 3K Walk. Benefits Leukemia Research Foundation. Grant Park, Chicago. 847-424-0600.
  • Bike MS: Tour de Farms – Sat.-Sun. 6/23-24. Multiple route options up to 175-miles starting at Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles. 855-372-1331.
  • Lambs Farm Fun and Fit Family Day – Sat 6/23 at 9 AM. 5K Run and 2MI Walk. Libertyville.
  • Color in Motion 5K – Sat 6/23 at 9 AM. 5K Novelty Run. Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake.
  • PurpleStride – Sat 6/24 at 10 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Soldier Field, Chicago. 877-272-6226.
  • 49th Swedish Days Ride – Sun 6/24 at 6 AM. Bike tour over country roads. Burlington. Fox Valley Bicycle and Ski Club.
  • Take Steps – Sun 6/24 at 5 PM. Benefits Crohn’s and Colitis research. Glenview. 847-827-0404.
  • Run the Runway at CEA – 6/30 at 8 AM. 5K Run and 1MI Walk. USATF certified. Chicago Executive Airport, Wheeling.


  • Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to
  • Freedom Four 4-Mile Run – Wed 7/4. Glen Ellyn Park District.
  • Freedom Fun Run 5K/1MIle Walk/Run and Fireworks – Sat 7/2 at 7:45 AM. Knights Park, Sandwich. 815-786-8044.
  • Stampede Run – Sun 7/1 at 7:30 AM. 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. USATF certified. Arlington Heights. 773-617-0284.

Firecracker 5K Run/Walk – Wednesday, 7/4 at 8 AM. 50-yard Dash (Ages 3-6) and 100-yard Dash (Ages 6-10). Certified {Scenic} Course IL-09121-JW. 3S260 Warren Ave., Warrenville. 630-393-7279. .

  • Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th – Wed 7/4 at 7:15 AM. 4 MI Run and 1K Kids’ race. CARA and USATF certified. Elmhurst. 630-269-4872.
  • Stars and Stripes 5K – Wed 7/4 at 8 AM. Tinley Park.
  • Great Western Freedom 4 – Wed 7/4 at 6:30 AM. 4MI Run, 2MI Walk and Kids’ Dash. USATF and CARA certified. St. Charles. 630-587-2144.
  • Independence Day 5K – Wed 7/4. 5K Run/Walk. Riverside. 708-442-7025.
  • Bubble Run Chicago – Sat 7/7 at 8 AM. 5K Running through “Foam Bogs.” Benefits Handing H.O.P.E. Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet.
  • Lake Zurich Triathlon – Sun 7/8 at 6:30 AM. 1.5K Swim/40K Bike/10K Run. Also Sprint Tri. USATF certified. Lake Zurich.
  • Christmas in July 5K/10K – Fri and Sat 7/13-14. 5K, 10K, Santa Claus Fun Run and ultra races of 6, 12 and 24 hrs. USATF Certified. Lisle. 847-894-0461.
  • Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 – Sat 7/14 at 7:30 AM. 10 MI Run. Benefits Big Rig Books. Darien.
  • 5K Run! To End Homelessness – Sat 7/14 at 8:00 AM. 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run. USATF Certified. Benefits A Safe Haven Foundation. Montrose Harbor, Chicago.
  • McHenry River Run – Sat 7/14 at 8 AM. 10K and 5K Run/Walk. USATF Certified. McHenry. 815-363-2100.
  • 5K Dash ‘N Splash – Sun 7/15 at 7:30 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Hanover Park. 630-837-2468.
  • Sundowner 5K, Splash Dash, 1MIle Job and 50 Yd Dash – Thurs 7/19 at 6:30 PM. Part of Joliet Park District Run 3.1 5K 3 Ways. Joliet.
  • Hemmingway 8K Running of the Bulls – Sat 7/21 at 7:45 AM. Oak Park.
  • Humana Rock and Roll Chicago 5K and Half Marathon – Sat-Sun 7/21-22 at 6:30 AM. USATF certified. Chicago. 800-311-1255.
  • Insane Inflatable 5K – Sat 7/21 at 8:30 AM. 5K Novelty/Obstacle Run. Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet. 815-722-5500.

Splashes, Dashes & Spokes Youth Triathlon – Saturday, 7/21 from 8-11 AM. Kid-Friendly • Kid Distances • Kids Only. Otter Cove Aquatic Park. 3615 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles. 630-513-6200. .

  • Venus de Miles Ride and Run – Sat 7/21 at 7 AM. Women’s 60MI and 25MI bike rides and 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Greenhouse Scholars. Lake Forest.
  • Wauconda Triathlons – Sat 7/21 Kids’ Triathlon and Adult Triathlon on Sun 7/22. Wauconda.
  • Get Your Rear in Gear – Sun 7/22. 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Fun Run. Benefits Colon Cancer Coalition. Tinley Park.
  • Run For Gus – Thurs 7/26 5K Run/Walk and 400M Kids’ Race. CARA Certified. Benefits Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital. Diversey Harbor, Chicago 312-227-7298.

Splash Pedal Dash Triathlon/Dash – Pedal Dash Duathlon. Sunday, 7/29 at 6:30 AM. Triathlon/Duathlon. Meineke Recreation Center, Schaumburg. 847-490-7015. .

  • Run for Veterans 5K – Sun 7/29 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Burr Ridge. 630-654-8181.
  • Sunset Half Marathon – Date TBD. Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ Dash and Glo Run. USATF certified. Hoffman Estates.


  • Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to
  • Barrington Honor Ride and Run – Date TBD. Bike Rides and 10K/5K Runs, 1MI Fun Run and 1MI Kids’ Ride. Barrington.
  • Food Fest 1Mile Race – Thurs, 8/2. Romeoville, IL 60446. 815-886-6222.
  • CowaLUNGa Bike Ride – Sat-Mon 8/4-6. Bike one, two or three days IL – WI. Respiratory Health Association. 888-880-LUNG.
  • Glenview Park Center Sprint Triathlon – Sun 8/5. 300 YD Swim, 10MI Bike, 5K Run. Glenview. 847-724-5670.
  • Naperville Sprint Triathlon – Sun 8/5 at 7 AM. 375 Meter Swim, 22K Bike and 5K Run. Duathlon is 1MI Run, 22K Bike, 5K Run. Aquaike is 375 Meter Swim and 5K Bike. Kids’ Triathlon 175 Meter Swim, 11K Bike and 5K.
  • Illinois Lupus Walk – Sat 8/11. 1MI and 3 MI routes. Naperville Riverwalk.
  • Stan’s Donut 5K – Sat 8/11 at 8 AM. 5K Run, 5K Walk and Kids’ Dash. Enjoy donuts through race.

Amazing Race – Saturday, 8/ 11 at 9 AM. Teams of 4 race through fun, mental and physical challenges for prizes, pizza and bragging rights. T-shirt for all participants. Prisco Community Center, Aurora. 630-859-8606. .

  • Chicago 10K – Sun 8/12 at 8 AM. 10K Run/Walk. Benefits Special Olympics Chicago. Grant Park, Chicago.
  • Rotary Club of Woodridge Mini Triathlon – Sun 8/12 at 7 AM. Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park.
  • WindRunner 10K – Sun 8/19 at 8 AM. USATF and CARA certified. Wheaton.
  • Life Time Chicago Super Sprint and Kids’Triathlon – Sat 8/25 at 7 AM. Swim/Bike/Run or Sprint. Foster Beach, Chicago.
  • Parkie’s 5K – Sat 8/25 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk. USATF and CARA Certified. Bolingbrook. 630-739-0272.
  • Rugged Maniac – Sat 8/25 at 9 AM. 5K Mud and Obstacle Run and Festival. Wilmot, WI.
  • Chicago Illinois Tough Mudder – Sat-Sun 8/25-26.  at 8 AM. 10-12MI. Mud, more than 20 challenging obstacles and other physical feats required. Rockford.
  • Muckfest 5K – Sat 8/25 at 9 AM.. Fun, muddy obstacle course that ends with MuckFestival at the finish. Benefits MS Research. Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake, IL.
  • Fort 2 Base Race – Sun 8/26 at 7 AM. 10 nautical miles (11.5 MI) or 3 Nautical Miles (3.45MI). CARA Certified. Great Lakes Naval Station, North Chicago. 312-925-6067.


  • Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to
  • Twilight Shuffle 5K – Sun 9/2 at 6 PM 5K Run/Walk. Libertyville.
  • Verizon Half Madness – Sun 9/2 at 7 AM. Half marathon. USATF and CARA certified. Benefits Batavia Food Pantry. Batavia. 630-244-5224.
  • Itasca Oktoberfast 5K – Sat 9/8 at 9 AM. USATF certified.
  • Last Chance BQ.2 – Sat 9/8 at 6:30 AM. Boston Marathon qualifier. USATF certified. Geneva.
  • Run Mag Mile – Sat 9/8 at 7 AM. 5K and 10K. Grant Park, Chicago.
  • Hero Hustle – Sun 9/9 at 8 AM. 10K/5K Runs and 1MI Obstacle Runs. CARA certified. Glenview.
  • Naperville Trails Half Marathon – Sun. 9/9 at 8:30 AM. USATF certified. Wheaton.
  • PATCH Run with the Lion 5K – Date TBD. 5K Run/Walk and 1MI Kids’ Race. Benefits the PATCH Foundation. Aurora.
  • SEA Blue Prostate Cancer 5K Run and Walk – Sun. 9/9. Starts at 1790 North Stockton Drive.
  • Zoo Run Run – Sun. 9/9. Fun Run and Walk inside Brookfield Zoo.
  • Race Judicata Walk/Run 5K – Thurs 9/13 at 6:30 PM. Chicago.
  • Foodie 5K – Sat 9/15 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Northern Illinois Food Bank. Romeoville. 630-443-6910.
  • NAMIWalksChicago – Sat 9/15 at 4 PM. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits local National Alliance on Mental Illness. DuSable Harbor. Chicago.
  • Advocate Health Care Fox Valley Marathon – Sun 9/16 at 7 AM. Half Marathon, 20 MI, and Full Marathon. USATF certified. St. Charles.
  • CASA Kane County Fox Valley KIDS’ Marathon – Sun 9/16 at 3 PM. 1.2 MI USATF certified. Benefits CASA Kane County. St. Charles.
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Sun 9/16 at 10 AM. 5K Run/Walk. North Central College, Naperville. 815-272-2010.
  • Chicagoland Out of the Darkness Walk – Sat 9/22 at 11 AM. Benefits American Foundation For Suicide Prevention. Chicago.
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Sat 9/22 at 10 AM. 5K Run/Walk. St. Charles. 815-272-2010.
  • Chicago Half Marathon/5K – Sun 9/23 at 7 AM. USATF and CARA certified. Chicago.
  • Dekalb Corn Classic 10K – Sun 9/23. NIU campus and surrounding area.
  • Have Fun? You Won! Kids’ Triathlon – Sun 9/23 at 11 AM. 100M Swim, 3 MI Bike Ride and Half MI Run. Oswego East High School, Oswego Park District.
  • Illinois Lupus Walk – Sun 9/23. 5K Fun Run, 1MI and 3 MI routes. Lincoln Park, Chicago.
  • Quad Cities Marathon – Sun 9/23 at 7 AM. Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay and 5K. USATF certified. Benefits prostate cancer research. Moline.
  • Run to Read – Sun 9/23 at 7:00 AM. 5K Run, 1MI Family Fun Walk, Mascot Dash and Kids’ Dash. Benefits School District 54 literacy programs. Schaumburg. 847-357-5028.
  • Light the Torch Night Run – Fri 9/28 at 5:30 PM 5K Novelty Run/Walk. Benefits FT Cares Foundation. Wheaton. 630-510-5135.
  • Illinois Warrior Dash – Sat 9/29 at 8 AM. and Noon. 5K Obstacle Run. Benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Balmoral Park, Crete, IL.
  • Terrain Race – Sat 9/29 at 8 AM. 10K and 5K Obstacle Races and Kids’ Mini Monkey Course. Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet.
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Sat 9/29 at 10 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Orland Park. 815-272-2009.
  • Bucktown 5K – Sun 9/30 at 8:30 AM. 5K Run. USATF Certified. Benefits the 100 Club of Chicago. Chicago. bucktown5K.
  • Cancer Schmancer 5K – Sun 9/30 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Grayslake. 773-698-6905.
  • Histio Heroes 5K – Sun 9/30 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk, 1MI Fun Run, and Kids’ Fun Run. CARA Certified. Benefits Histiocytosis Association. Batavia. 856-589-6606.
  • KidFitStrong Fitness Challenge – Sun 9/30 at 10 AM. Completion-based obstacle course. Chicago.


  • Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to
  • Chicago Country Sole – Date TBD. Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Run/Walk and Concert. Benefits Back on My Feet. Chicago. 224-757-5425.
  • Highlander Assault – Sat 10/6 at 7:40 AM. 4 MI, 8 MI and 12 Mile Paint Ball and Obstacle Runs. McHenry.
  • International Chicago 5K – Sat 10/6 at 7:30 AM. Daley Plaza, Chicago. 312-904-9800.
  • Giant Steps for Autism 5K – Sat 10/6. Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove.
  • NAMI Run For Mental Health 5K – Sat 10/7 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. USATF certified. Benefits local NAMI chapter. Batavia.
  • Run With the Nuns – Sun 10/14 at 8 AM. 5K and Youth Dash. Lemont.
  • Fall Color 5K Run and Walk – Sun 10/14 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. USATF certified. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. 630-968-0074.
  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon – Sun 10/7 at 7:30 AM. Chicago. Join Lupus Charity Runners.
  • Prairie State Half Marathon and 10K – Date TBD. USATF certified. Benefits WINGS. Long Grove.
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Sun 10/8 at 10 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Crystal Lake. 815-272-2010.
  • Des Plaines River Trail Run – Sat 10/13 at 7 AM. 50 MI, Marathon and Half Marathon. Vernon Hills. 847-476-5645.
  • Scarecrow Scramble Nighttime 5K – Sat 10/13 at 3 PM 5K Run/Walk, Tot Dash and Festival. USATF Certified. Lisle. 630-353-4304.
  • Race For the Kids – Sun 10/14. 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ MI and Kids’ Dash. CARA certified. Benefits Comer Children’s Hospital. Chicago. 773-702-1000.
  • This Run’s for Jack – Sun 10/15 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk. USATF Certified. Benefits Melanoma Fund. Glen Ellyn.
  • Monster Dash – Sat 10/20. 5K, 10K, Half and Mt. Doom Challenges. Chicago.
  • Light the Night Walk – Sun 10/20 at 4:30 PM in Chicago and Oak Brook and 10/21 in Glenview. 2-3MI Walk benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 877-LTN-WALK.
  • Naperville Kids’ Marathon – Sat 10/20 at 3 PM 1.2 MI Run. USATF Certified. Naperville.
  • Pumpkins in the Park 5K – Sat 10/20 at 2:30 PM 5K and Kids’ Sprint. Benefits the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks. Lincoln Park.
  • Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon – Sun 10/21 at 7 AM. Half Marathon and 5K. USATF Certified. Naperville.
  • Halloween Hustle 5K – Sat 10/27 at 8:30 AM. 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Come in costume. USATF certified. Palatine.
  • Lake Bluff PTO Pumpkin Chase – Sat. 10/27 at 8 AM. 5K Race and 1MI Fun Run. CARA Certified. Lake Bluff. 224-622-9022.
  • Race to Cure Sarcoma Chicago – Sat 10/27 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits the Sarcoma. Libertyville.
  • Healthy Driven FRAIDYCAT 5K GHOST RUN 10K and MEOW MILE – Sun 10/28 – 9 AM. Downtown Oswego. 630-554-3505.
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Sun 10/28 at 10 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Montrose Harbor, Chicago. 708-669-2475.
  • World’s Largest Corn Maze Run – Date TBD. 5K Run/Walk through a corn maze and Kids’ Dash. Spring Grove.


Cantigny 5KSat. 11/3 at 9:00 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.

  • Beer Run Crystal Lake 5K – Sat 11/3 at 11 AM. Benefits Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Crystal Lake.
  • Hot Cider Hustle – Sat 11/3 and Sun 11/4. 8 MI and 3 MI Run/Walk. USATF certified. Benefits Special Olympics, IL. Wheaton.
  • Mike Hike 5K Run/Walk – Sat 11/3. Benefits Veterans. Homer Glen. mikehike5K.
  • St. Francis Falcon 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Fun Run – Sat 11/3 at 8 AM. USATF certified. Benefits St. Francis Xavier School, LaGrange Park.
  • Veterans 5K – Sat 11/3 at 8:15 AM. 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ 5K and Kids’ Fun Run. USATF certified. Benefits the Veterans Drop-In Center. Rockford.
  • Hot Chocolate 15K/5K – Sun 11/4 at 7:30 AM. 15K/5K Runs and 2 MI Walk. USATF Certified. Benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities. Grant Park, Chicago. hotchocolate15K/5K.
  • Gobbler Hobbler 10K and Mashed Potato Mile – Sun. 11/11 at 7:30 AM. 10K Race and 1MI Fun Run. USATF Certified. Oswego.
  • Red Eye 5K – Sun 11/11 at 6:30 AM. Part of Joliet Park District Run 3.1 5K 3 Ways (3rd of 3-part race series). Joliet.
  • Chill William’s Veterans Day 5K – Sat 11/10 at 8 AM. Benefits Chill William’s Veterans Relief Organization. Chicago.

21st Annual Naperville Noon Lions Turkey Trot 5K – Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, 11/22 at 8 AM. Proceeds benefit individuals with. Vision and Hearing disabilities. Naperville Central High School, 440 Aurora Avenue, Naperville. .

  • Bonfield Express 5K – Thurs 11/22 at 8:30 AM. Provides scholarships to local high schools. Downers Grove.
  • Chicago Turkey Trot – Thurs 11/22.
  • Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run – Thurs 11/22 at 9 AM. Benefits local community charities. Elmhurst.
  • Long Grove Turkey Trot – Thurs 11/22 at 8:30 AM. 5K, 8K and Tiny Tot 100M Dash.
  • McHenry Turkey Trot for Hospice 5K – Thurs 11/22 at 8 AM. Supports JourneyCare Hospice and Palliative Services.
  • North Shore Turkey Trot – Thurs 11/22. 10K and 5K. Highland Park.
  • Roselle Turkey Tango/Trot 5k – Thurs 11/22. USATF certified.
  • Wauconda Turkey Trot – Thurs 11/22. 4 MI Run. Benefits Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry. Wauconda.
  • Winnetka Turkey Trot – Thurs 11/22 at 9 AM.
  • Schaumburg Half Marathon and 5K Turkey Trot – Sat 11/24 at 9:15 AM.
  • Westmont Rotary Ugly Sweater 5K – Sat 11/24 at 9 AM.


  • Arctic Frog Endurance Run – Sat. 12/1 at 7:45 AM. 50K and 25K Runs. Libertyville.
  • Lions Club Reindeer Run – Sat 12/1 at 8:30 AM. 5K. USATF and CARA Certified. Wheaton. 630-510-5135.
  • Viking Winter Dash – Sat. 12/8 at 11 AM. 5K, 10K and 15K Run. Crystal Lake.
  • New Year’s Eve 5K – Mon 12/31 at 9 AM. Benefits Special Olympics Chicago. Lincoln Park.


An EASY Fix for 10 Running Mistakes

By Meghan Kennihan

Running seems like a simple activity that anyone can do just put one leg in front of the other, but like with any other exercise, a lot goes into making sure it’s done properly to ensure efficiency and to avoid injury.

To help you avoid commons injuries and burnout, here are 10 mistakes you might be making but can easily fix.

  1. You Skip Strength Training. Running is very demanding on the body, and a proper strength program not only strengthens the muscles supporting the joints, but also the connective tissues. You won’t “bulk” up, distance running will ensure lean muscles. You don’t need a gym membership you can train in your own living room by using your own body weight or by getting yourself a set of dumbbells or kettlebells.
  1. You Wear the Wrong Shoes. You want to make sure your running shoes are comfortable. Chances are, if you’re hitting up your local outlet mall or large-scale retailer in search of whatever shoe is on sale, or in the color scheme you like best, you’re choosing the wrong footwear. Finding the right running shoe for you isn’t that simple, and is best achieved at a specialty running store where professional staff can watch you run and move in the shoes you select. It’s also important to remember that running shoes have a lifespan of about four months for those who run daily.
  1. You Wear the Wrong Attire. It’s especially important to wear running-specific attire that’ll keep you cool and dry in the summer, and warm and airy in the winter. Poorly fitting clothing can cause unnecessary chafing, and pants or shorts that are too tight may interfere with your natural running stride. Also, remember, we lose heat quickest from the top of our head, so a hat or cap that’s not breathable can cause you to overheat fairly quickly.
  1. You Don’t Share Your Goals. If you’re afraid to tell your friends, family, or co-workers about your passion for running for fear that you might fail or disappoint them, you’re only hurting yourself. Fear can often be the most powerful form of motivation. And having the support of loved ones when you’re getting into the hardest, longest weeks of training will be seriously worth it. Word of warning: Do not try to keep them updated on your day-to-day progress. Unless he or she is a runner, they simply won’t understand your mile-by-mile breakdown of your long run. A better option is to confide in a few people who you know care about you, and to seek out their support as fuel for motivation.
  1. You Don’t Set a Goal. There are lots of things that will come up during training that can cause you to lose motivation. And it’s very likely that you’ll miss a run or two (or three!) due to work, family, injury, illness, and the many other obstacles that come with life. No matter what the reason, never lose sight of your goal, or you’ll find yourself missing more and more runs and start losing belief in yourself. Post your goal somewhere you’ll see it every day, as a constant reminder, so that, no matter what happens, you’ll see the positive aspects of the situation and keep going.  Remind yourself of how amazing it felt when you completed a new distance and achieved your smaller goals leading up to the big one.
  1. You Don’t Drink Enough Water. Many runners suffer from dehydration because they underestimate how much water their body needs during training. But it’s not only important to hydrate before and after your runs, you should also be drinking during them. Your urine should be light yellow to clear, dark yellow means you’re not adequately hydrated and need to drink more water. However, there is such a thing as over-hydration, which is also unhealthy. Aim for eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day and 10 on high-training days. Most of all, listen to your body to figure out what it needs.
  1. You Have Poor Nutrition Before/After Runs. Don’t grab a donut or a bagel after your run, opt for a protein-packed snack or a fruit instead. Most runners don’t understand the direct correlation between performance and nutrition. Make sure you learn which meals, snacks, and fluids work best during base training, and stick to it. Your meals should be focused real food, protein, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits.
  1. You Run On the Treadmill ONLY. If you’re training for a race, you might want to opt for running outside. Treadmill running is very different than running on the ground, and many people learn this the hard way when race day approaches and they find out their pace isn’t what they were able to do on the treadmill. The treadmill is doing a lot of the work for you because it is pulling your leg along. Running on the pavement, however, means your body’s doing all the work for that forward momentum. You’ll also encounter uneven surfaces, which give your feet and ankles the opportunity to become strong and flexible. If you’re only on the treadmill’s smooth surface, you won’t experience this added benefit.
  1. You Aren’t Using Your Arms. Having a proper arm swing effects every part of your run. It can improve your stride length, and it can make your running rhythm feel fluid. The faster you swing your arms, the faster your legs will go which helps when you legs just don’t want to move anymore. Too little arm movement, criss crossing in front of your body or letting the arms and hands hang low below your waist all create inefficiency. Keep your elbows at a 90 degree angle or slightly higher and swing straight forward and back to propel yourself.
  1. You’re Running Too Much, Too Fast. Running can quickly become addicting. Once a person is bit by the running bug, it’s sometimes all they want to do. It’s best to stick to a training plan, or work with a running coach ( who knows how much you can handle and at what pace to gradually increase your mileage.

Meghan, a certified personal trainer, is passionate about helping others enjoy running, fitness and health as much as she does. Connect with Meghan at and www.trainwith .

Running Shoes

There are a number of benefits associated with running, including drops in blood pressure and body weight, and increases in lung capacity. The types of equipment needed by runners is relatively limited, a good pair of running shoes is an absolute must!

The main thing to consider when selecting your running shoes is the actual running you’re likely to be doing, not only in terms of distance, but also terrain.

Visit a specialty running store to determine the best shoes for your foot type. People have different foot types, and there are running shoes available for all types.

  • Normal arch. This means that you are a normal pronator. The ideal shoe for this foot type would be a good stability shoe. It offers moderate pronation control so that you can have extra stability.
  • Flat foot. This means that you are an overpronator. Your arch tends to collapse inward, causing too much movement. Having flat fleet also means that you will be more prone to injuries. A good pair of motion-control shoes can control pronation.
  • High arch. This means that you underpronate. Your arch does not collapse enough, causing the shock of your foot landing to put pressure on your legs. Having a high arch can also cause injuries. You would need a neutral-cushioned shoe to stimulate pronation.

In general, brands will advise that running shoes will last 500 miles or so, but they’re not going to fall apart at that point, so unless there are clear signs of disrepair, there’s no need to replace immediately. Resist the temptation to wear them everyday to avoid wear and tear. Signs to watch out for are when the cushioning starts to feel squishy, rather than firm, and the grip on the sole being eroded.

Keep two pair of running shoes and alternate days. This allows one pair to completely dry inside and outside before wearing them again. This will also keep them from breaking down too soon.

Never put your running shoes in a washing machine. If you get into mud, etc, give your shoes time to dry and them brush off the dirt. You never want to submerge your shoes in water.

Don’t put your shoes intop or on a heater to dry if you get caught in the rain – it will dry out your inner shoes and break them down. Just let them naturally air dry. If they are super wet – it’s alright to take out the insole for faster drying.

Don’t just kick your running shoes off without untying them. It’s not good for the back of your shoes or the laces. Take the time to remove your shoes properly.

A good pair of running shoes can make your running more pleasant and keep you running injury free.

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