Beginner Friendly Running Events in Illinois

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JUN8
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Not All Wounds Bleed 5K
St. Charles, IL, United States

Not All Wounds Bleed is a non-profit organisation based in St. Charles Illinois. Our all volunteer staff is dedicated to raising awareness about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) while providing links to resources that can assist those coping with post-traumatic stress and their families.

The Not All Wounds Bleed 5k Run/Walk is our flagship awareness and fundraising event and takes place during PTSD Awareness Month every June.

Join us on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, IL as we break the PTSD Stigma one step at a time.

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Not All Wounds Bleed 5K

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St, St. Charles, IL 60175, USAView event
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Not All Wounds Bleed is a non-profit organisation based in St. Charles Illinois. Our all volunteer staff is dedicated to raising awareness about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) while providing links to resources that can assist those coping with post-traumatic stress and their families.

The Not All Wounds Bleed 5k Run/Walk is our flagship awareness and fundraising event and takes place during PTSD Awareness Month every June.

Join us on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, IL as we break the PTSD Stigma one step at a time.

$20 - $25
Not All Wounds Bleed 5K
MAY25
Run for Refugees 5K
Highland, IN, United States

The Welcome Network is excited to announce the 3rd Annual Run for Refugees 5k Run/Walk fundraiser. This purpose of this race is to spread awareness and advocate for refugees. 100% of funds raised will go to supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Northwest Indiana as settle into their new homes.

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Run for Refugees 5K

Wicker Memorial Park, 8554 Indianapolis Blvd, Highland, IN 46322, USAView event
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The Welcome Network is excited to announce the 3rd Annual Run for Refugees 5k Run/Walk fundraiser. This purpose of this race is to spread awareness and advocate for refugees. 100% of funds raised will go to supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Northwest Indiana as settle into their new homes.

$30
Run for Refugees 5K
MAY25
Elgin Valley Fox Trot

Welcome to the 42nd Annual Elgin Valley Fox Trot! This year well be gearing up for summer fun with a throwback to the Woodstock music festival. Join us bright and early May 25th, as we kick off the festivities with a yoga warm-up at 7:00. Following the warm-up, you can participate in the 10-mile, 10K, 5K or 2 mile Walk for a Cause.

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Elgin Valley Fox Trot

113 S Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120, USAView event
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Welcome to the 42nd Annual Elgin Valley Fox Trot! This year well be gearing up for summer fun with a throwback to the Woodstock music festival. Join us bright and early May 25th, as we kick off the festivities with a yoga warm-up at 7:00. Following the warm-up, you can participate in the 10-mile, 10K, 5K or 2 mile Walk for a Cause.

$40
Elgin Valley Fox Trot
MAY25
CDM Mind and Body 5K

Hey St. Louis! Our fifth annual CDM Mind and Body 5K run/walk is set for May 25th, where we challenge St. Louisans to implement lifestyle change with our Run In The Park, through Tower Grove Park.

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CDM Mind and Body 5K

St. Louis, MO, USAView event
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Hey St. Louis! Our fifth annual CDM Mind and Body 5K run/walk is set for May 25th, where we challenge St. Louisans to implement lifestyle change with our Run In The Park, through Tower Grove Park.

$40
CDM Mind and Body 5K
MAY25
Foam Glow – Chicago

Walk, run or dance your way through the awesomely fun Chicago Foam Glow. Bound to be one of your favorite nights of the year as you and family and friends get blasted by colored foam along the course. Come for some craziness, some great music and to support local charities.

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Foam Glow – Chicago

Chicagoland Speedway, 500 Speedway Blvd, Joliet, IL 60433, USAView event
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Walk, run or dance your way through the awesomely fun Chicago Foam Glow. Bound to be one of your favorite nights of the year as you and family and friends get blasted by colored foam along the course. Come for some craziness, some great music and to support local charities.

$40
Foam Glow – Chicago
MAY25
Bubble Run - Chicago

If youve done a traditional 5K, you know they can be a bit lackluster. But the BUBBLE RUN is like running through Willy Wonkas factory. Clad in white t-shirts, adults, kids and strollers run, walk, dance and play across 3 miles of absolute fun! Waves start every 3-5 minutes. Then, at each kilometer, participants will run through the Foam Bogs where there is enough colored foam to cover you from head to toe!

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Bubble Run - Chicago

Chicagoland Speedway, 500 Speedway Blvd, Joliet, IL 60433, USAView event
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From the organiser

If youve done a traditional 5K, you know they can be a bit lackluster. But the BUBBLE RUN is like running through Willy Wonkas factory. Clad in white t-shirts, adults, kids and strollers run, walk, dance and play across 3 miles of absolute fun! Waves start every 3-5 minutes. Then, at each kilometer, participants will run through the Foam Bogs where there is enough colored foam to cover you from head to toe!

$40
Bubble Run - Chicago
MAY25
Run for Bonifest 5K
Edwardsville, IL, United States

Edwardsvilles official kick-off to summer, the BONIFEST music festival and carnival is a long-standing tradition of great food, music, and fun. The RUN for BONIFEST 5K and 2M Walk is one of the oldest and largest annual race events in the Metro East. Starting and Finishing near the BONIFEST main-stage on the St. Boniface Catholic Church campus, this chip timed run draws elite and casual runners of all ages, with a big focus on FUN! The historic course looping around the lake at LeClaire Park never disappoints.

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Run for Bonifest 5K

Edwardsville, IL, USAView event
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Edwardsvilles official kick-off to summer, the BONIFEST music festival and carnival is a long-standing tradition of great food, music, and fun. The RUN for BONIFEST 5K and 2M Walk is one of the oldest and largest annual race events in the Metro East. Starting and Finishing near the BONIFEST main-stage on the St. Boniface Catholic Church campus, this chip timed run draws elite and casual runners of all ages, with a big focus on FUN! The historic course looping around the lake at LeClaire Park never disappoints.

$35
Run for Bonifest 5K
MAY25
Run 4 Rescued Retrievers

Join us for the 4th annual Run 4 Rescued Retrievers and help us save dogs in need especially Retrievers. Our event will consist of a 6 K and 1 mile fun run. This event is hosted by Love a Golden Rescue. All proceeds from race will help provide veterinary care to the dogs we rescue

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Run 4 Rescued Retrievers

City Hall, 1200 Market St, St. Louis, MO 63103, USAView event
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Join us for the 4th annual Run 4 Rescued Retrievers and help us save dogs in need especially Retrievers. Our event will consist of a 6 K and 1 mile fun run. This event is hosted by Love a Golden Rescue. All proceeds from race will help provide veterinary care to the dogs we rescue

$25
Run 4 Rescued Retrievers
MAY26
Race to the Flag
Westmont, IL, United States

We appreciate the support youve given to the event in the past, and hope that you will continue to be part of the 10th annual Race to the Flag 5k!

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Race to the Flag

Westmont, IL, USAView event
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We appreciate the support youve given to the event in the past, and hope that you will continue to be part of the 10th annual Race to the Flag 5k!

$12 - $25
Race to the Flag
MAY27
Ridge Run

More than 3,000 athletes from around Chicagoland gather in Beverly/Morgan Park on Memorial Day to compete in BAPAs annual Ridge Run. The 10K run, 5K run/walk and Youth Mile are hosted by the Beverly Area Planning Association with Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in Evergreen Park the presenting sponsor of the race.

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Ridge Run

Chicago, IL, USAView event
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More than 3,000 athletes from around Chicagoland gather in Beverly/Morgan Park on Memorial Day to compete in BAPAs annual Ridge Run. The 10K run, 5K run/walk and Youth Mile are hosted by the Beverly Area Planning Association with Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in Evergreen Park the presenting sponsor of the race.

$35 - $40
Ridge Run
MAY27
Honoring the Legacy Memorial Day 5K
Belleville, IL, United States

The Memorial Day 5K Run/Walk will take place on Monday, May 27, 2019. Well be running/walking 5K from Laderman Park in south Belleville up to Main Street and past the scenic fountain in the city square and back to the park.

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Honoring the Legacy Memorial Day 5K

600 IL-159, Belleville, IL 62220, USAView event
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The Memorial Day 5K Run/Walk will take place on Monday, May 27, 2019. Well be running/walking 5K from Laderman Park in south Belleville up to Main Street and past the scenic fountain in the city square and back to the park.

$30
Honoring the Legacy Memorial Day 5K
MAY27
St. Joseph Parish Jubilee Jog 5k
Wilmette, IL, United States

The St. Joseph Jubilee Jog is a 5k Run/Walk that promises fun for all ages. The race will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. The race kicks off at 8:00 AM at St. Joseph School at the corner of Ridge and Lake with a beautiful route through the residential streets of Wilmette.

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St. Joseph Parish Jubilee Jog 5k

1900 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091, USAView event
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The St. Joseph Jubilee Jog is a 5k Run/Walk that promises fun for all ages. The race will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. The race kicks off at 8:00 AM at St. Joseph School at the corner of Ridge and Lake with a beautiful route through the residential streets of Wilmette.

$20 - $39
St. Joseph Parish Jubilee Jog 5k
MAY27
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Run for Sam 5K Beer Run
Elk Grove Village, IL, United States

This event will feature the scenic Busse Woods trails and some of the best craft brews in the industry.

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Run for Sam 5K Beer Run

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, USAView event
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This event will feature the scenic Busse Woods trails and some of the best craft brews in the industry.

$30 - $35
Run for Sam 5K Beer Run
MAY31
Paint the Town Pink 5K Glow Run
Whiting, IN, United States

Whiting's Indiana MONTH long May event supported by our local merchants and community members to honor those that have had to battle breast cancer.

Our annual events help raise funds that goes towards the Pink Ribbon Society, which is a local organization that helps men and women in our area who are currently battling or won against cancer. You can help us top what we did last year by joining in on the fun

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Paint the Town Pink 5K Glow Run

1842 Oliver St, Whiting, IN 46394, USAView event
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Whiting's Indiana MONTH long May event supported by our local merchants and community members to honor those that have had to battle breast cancer.

Our annual events help raise funds that goes towards the Pink Ribbon Society, which is a local organization that helps men and women in our area who are currently battling or won against cancer. You can help us top what we did last year by joining in on the fun

$35
Paint the Town Pink 5K Glow Run
JUN1
Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals
Wheaton, IL, United States

Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 5K/10K and 1/2-Mile Race Event. Support Cosley Zoo by participating in one of the Chicago suburbs largest and most popular 5K/10K runs!

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Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals

208 W Union Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187, USAView event
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Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 5K/10K and 1/2-Mile Race Event. Support Cosley Zoo by participating in one of the Chicago suburbs largest and most popular 5K/10K runs!

$40
Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals
JUN1
Chicago Undy Run/Walk

The National Undy RunWalk is not just an opportunity to run or walk in your underwear. It is a family-friendly undy-themed RunWalk created by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, with the goal to provide support for patients and families, caregivers, and survivors; to raise awareness of preventive measures; and inspire efforts to fund critical research.

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Chicago Undy Run/Walk

Chicago, IL, USAView event
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The National Undy RunWalk is not just an opportunity to run or walk in your underwear. It is a family-friendly undy-themed RunWalk created by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, with the goal to provide support for patients and families, caregivers, and survivors; to raise awareness of preventive measures; and inspire efforts to fund critical research.

$30 - $35
Chicago Undy Run/Walk
JUN1
WCPF Sweetness Run - Walk
Yorkville, IL, United States

OUR MISSION is to take an active role in helping those less fortunate to find stability while providing positive opportunities needed to live their lives with dignity and pride.

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WCPF Sweetness Run - Walk

Yorkville Grade School, 201 W Somonauk St, Yorkville, IL 60560, USAView event
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OUR MISSION is to take an active role in helping those less fortunate to find stability while providing positive opportunities needed to live their lives with dignity and pride.

$34
WCPF Sweetness Run - Walk
JUN1
Girls Run The World Aurora

The Girls Run the World 5K will aid in the expansion of the Girls Run The World leadership program that services three high schools in Aurora. This event will celebrate the accomplishments of the young women in the program and young ladies all over Aurora, while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

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Girls Run The World Aurora

299 W Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL 60506, USAView event
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The Girls Run the World 5K will aid in the expansion of the Girls Run The World leadership program that services three high schools in Aurora. This event will celebrate the accomplishments of the young women in the program and young ladies all over Aurora, while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

$25
Girls Run The World Aurora
JUN1
Heart to Heart 5K/10K
Creve Coeur, MO, United States

5K/10K course starts and finishes at Millennium Park and loops through residential street. The 10K will run the 5K loop twice. Click here to see the route map. Race proceeds benefit free, family-focused events presented by Creve Coeur Parks and Recreation such as the Summer Concert Series, Farmer's Market and Holidays on Ice. The American Heart Association, a local charity, has been selected for receive up to $500.

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Heart to Heart 5K/10K

343 N Graeser Rd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141, USAView event
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5K/10K course starts and finishes at Millennium Park and loops through residential street. The 10K will run the 5K loop twice. Click here to see the route map. Race proceeds benefit free, family-focused events presented by Creve Coeur Parks and Recreation such as the Summer Concert Series, Farmer's Market and Holidays on Ice. The American Heart Association, a local charity, has been selected for receive up to $500.

$30 - $60
Heart to Heart 5K/10K
JUN1
Swansea Rotary 5K
Swansea, IL, United States

This Event was created to honor and promote The Chad Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund supporting College Scholarship Programs for Qualifying Graduates of area High Schools.

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Swansea Rotary 5K

401 Timber Ridge, Swansea, IL 62226, USAView event
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From the organiser

This Event was created to honor and promote The Chad Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund supporting College Scholarship Programs for Qualifying Graduates of area High Schools.

$20
Swansea Rotary 5K
JUN1
Royal 5K
Granite City, IL, United States

Come run or walk with friends and help our school! Don't miss a chance to win great prizes!

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Royal 5K

1326 Niedringhaus Ave, Granite City, IL 62040, USAView event
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From the organiser

Come run or walk with friends and help our school! Don't miss a chance to win great prizes!

$25
Royal 5K
JUN1
Gospel Run

Gospel Run is a 501c3 public health organization, and our mission is to inspire health, transformation, and expanded possibilities in communities that face the most challenging health disparities. Since our launch in 2013, weve inspired thousands of sedentary men, women, and kids to get up, get active, and embrace healthier lifestyles. Countless families, churches, & individuals have made our annual signature event, the Gospel Run 5K, an tradition that they embrace as their own.

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Gospel Run

1099 E Oakwood Blvd, Chicago, IL 60653, USAView event
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From the organiser

Gospel Run is a 501c3 public health organization, and our mission is to inspire health, transformation, and expanded possibilities in communities that face the most challenging health disparities. Since our launch in 2013, weve inspired thousands of sedentary men, women, and kids to get up, get active, and embrace healthier lifestyles. Countless families, churches, & individuals have made our annual signature event, the Gospel Run 5K, an tradition that they embrace as their own.

$40
Gospel Run
JUN1
SMG 5K Run/Walk 4 Hunger

This race is held to raise funds for the St. Maria Goretti "Community Outreach Ministry and Food Pantry". The Community Outreach Ministry believes that there are many within our community who may be in need of some support. We also believe that we can make a difference by providing supplemental food to our neighboring communities. We support these neighboring communities by need rather than by parish borders. In addition, the race provides an opportunity for runners (and walkers) to come together on a Saturday morning to exercise and then break bread over breakfast.

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SMG 5K Run/Walk 4 Hunger

201 Joliet St, Dyer, IN 46311, USAView event
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From the organiser

This race is held to raise funds for the St. Maria Goretti "Community Outreach Ministry and Food Pantry". The Community Outreach Ministry believes that there are many within our community who may be in need of some support. We also believe that we can make a difference by providing supplemental food to our neighboring communities. We support these neighboring communities by need rather than by parish borders. In addition, the race provides an opportunity for runners (and walkers) to come together on a Saturday morning to exercise and then break bread over breakfast.

$15 - $25
SMG 5K Run/Walk 4 Hunger
JUN1
Dash for Detection 5K

DASH for Detection is a family friendly 5K walk/run that takes place along Chicagos magnificent lakefront. Whether youre a runner, jogger, team leader, volunteer, or cheering spectator at the end of the day, youre a catalyst for change, and a supporter of early detection pancreatic cancer research.

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Dash for Detection 5K

600 W Montrose Harbor Dr, Chicago, IL 60640, USAView event
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From the organiser

DASH for Detection is a family friendly 5K walk/run that takes place along Chicagos magnificent lakefront. Whether youre a runner, jogger, team leader, volunteer, or cheering spectator at the end of the day, youre a catalyst for change, and a supporter of early detection pancreatic cancer research.

$20 - $50
Dash for Detection 5K
JUN1
LOVE>FEAR 5K
Downers Grove, IL, United States

Run/Walk, Volunteer, Sponsor, Raise Funds, Raise Awareness: We all can play a part and help #Take13Back!

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LOVE>FEAR 5K

5739 Dunham Rd, Downers Grove, IL 60516, USAView event
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From the organiser

Run/Walk, Volunteer, Sponsor, Raise Funds, Raise Awareness: We all can play a part and help #Take13Back!

$30
LOVE>FEAR 5K
JUN2
Viking 5K Fun Run/Walk
Wheaton, IL, United States

Bring your warrior helmets, horns, beards, and braids for this years Viking 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash. All proceeds support Conquer Myasthenia Gravis. Going strong for 47 years, Conquer MG has given support, information, advocacy, and research funding to those struggling with the rare autoimmune disease. Myasthenia gravis patients get a discount!

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Viking 5K Fun Run/Walk

3S580 Naperville Rd, Wheaton, IL 60189, USAView event
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From the organiser

Bring your warrior helmets, horns, beards, and braids for this years Viking 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash. All proceeds support Conquer Myasthenia Gravis. Going strong for 47 years, Conquer MG has given support, information, advocacy, and research funding to those struggling with the rare autoimmune disease. Myasthenia gravis patients get a discount!

$37
Viking 5K Fun Run/Walk
JUN2
The Angel Dash 5K
Highland, IN, United States

The Angel Bag Project Presents the Angel Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk! Come take a Dash to help shelters in our community! Our vision is expanding, and your participation is needed! This event is co-sponsored by Frank Mrvan, North Township Trustee.

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The Angel Dash 5K

Wicker Park Dr, Highland, IN 46322, USAView event
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From the organiser

The Angel Bag Project Presents the Angel Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk! Come take a Dash to help shelters in our community! Our vision is expanding, and your participation is needed! This event is co-sponsored by Frank Mrvan, North Township Trustee.

$25
The Angel Dash 5K
JUN2
Cancer Survivors' Celebration Walk and 5K

For 26 years, our Cancer Survivors Celebration Walk & 5K has been a source of hope and inspiration for people who have faced, or are facing cancer.

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Cancer Survivors' Celebration Walk and 5K

Grant Park, Chicago, IL, USAView event
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For 26 years, our Cancer Survivors Celebration Walk & 5K has been a source of hope and inspiration for people who have faced, or are facing cancer.

$20 - $50
Cancer Survivors' Celebration Walk and 5K
JUN5
IL Brewery Running Series - Goose Island Tap Room

Join us at Goose Island Brewing Compamy on for a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at this awesome brewery on National Running Day! Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what theres a beer waiting for you at the finish line!

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IL Brewery Running Series - Goose Island Tap Room

Chicago, IL, USAView event
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From the organiser

Join us at Goose Island Brewing Compamy on for a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at this awesome brewery on National Running Day! Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what theres a beer waiting for you at the finish line!

$30
IL Brewery Running Series - Goose Island Tap Room
JUN6
Strides for Peace Race Against Gun Violence

The Race Against Gun Violence is a rallying point to raise awareness of and funds for organizations working to save lives and build Chicagos future. It is an opportunity to change the narrative about our city, call concerned citizens to action and show the world that Chicago can come together to solve the problem of gun violence.

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Strides for Peace Race Against Gun Violence

Chicago, IL, USAView event
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From the organiser

The Race Against Gun Violence is a rallying point to raise awareness of and funds for organizations working to save lives and build Chicagos future. It is an opportunity to change the narrative about our city, call concerned citizens to action and show the world that Chicago can come together to solve the problem of gun violence.

$40
Strides for Peace Race Against Gun Violence
JUN8
Breaking the PTSD Stigma
St. Charles, IL, United States

Professionally timed 5k run/walk for post traumatic stress disorder awareness.

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Breaking the PTSD Stigma

64 S 5th Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174, USAView event
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From the organiser

Professionally timed 5k run/walk for post traumatic stress disorder awareness.

$20
Breaking the PTSD Stigma
JUN8
5K SCADaddle for Research
Wheaton, IL, United States

Our chip-timed 5K trail Run/Walk takes place on a USATF certified crushed limestone course at the main entrance of beautiful Danada Forest Preserve, Wheaton, IL. The course winds through the preserve's beautiful landscape.

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5K SCADaddle for Research

140 N Main St, Wheaton, IL 60187, USAView event
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From the organiser

Our chip-timed 5K trail Run/Walk takes place on a USATF certified crushed limestone course at the main entrance of beautiful Danada Forest Preserve, Wheaton, IL. The course winds through the preserve's beautiful landscape.

$15 - $30
5K SCADaddle for Research
JUN8
PurpleStride Chicago

When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride Chicago 2019, the walk to end pancreatic cancer, you join a vibrant community of survivors, impacted families, loved ones, researchers and advocates committed to rewriting the future of this deadly disease. Your fundraising and participation directly funds efforts to help patients and families. Come out and stride with us!

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PurpleStride Chicago

Chicago, IL, USAView event
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From the organiser

When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride Chicago 2019, the walk to end pancreatic cancer, you join a vibrant community of survivors, impacted families, loved ones, researchers and advocates committed to rewriting the future of this deadly disease. Your fundraising and participation directly funds efforts to help patients and families. Come out and stride with us!

$10 - $35
PurpleStride Chicago
JUN8
Hallin' Up the Gap 5K Challenge
Collinsville, IL, United States

Formerly known as the Turkey Trot 5K Challenge, this is the Annual 5K Challenge. Taking off from the Collinsville Public Library runners will test their endurance as they ascend over 600 feet to the top of Lookout Mountain in just a mere 1.5 miles. After making it to the top & knowing you're halfway there it's all downhill from here. Try to set new PR's as you blaze a trail back down to the valley floor.

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Hallin' Up the Gap 5K Challenge

131 W Main St, Collinsville, IL 62234, USAView event
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From the organiser

Formerly known as the Turkey Trot 5K Challenge, this is the Annual 5K Challenge. Taking off from the Collinsville Public Library runners will test their endurance as they ascend over 600 feet to the top of Lookout Mountain in just a mere 1.5 miles. After making it to the top & knowing you're halfway there it's all downhill from here. Try to set new PR's as you blaze a trail back down to the valley floor.

$25
Hallin' Up the Gap 5K Challenge
JUN8
Chicago Beer 5K

The Beer 5K is open to anyone 21 and over that likes to exercise by running/walking, drinking local craft beer, or supporting a local charity and businesses. We have something for everyone. We also have volunteer options if you do not want to run/walk or drink beer.

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Chicago Beer 5K

Chicago, IL, USAView event
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From the organiser

The Beer 5K is open to anyone 21 and over that likes to exercise by running/walking, drinking local craft beer, or supporting a local charity and businesses. We have something for everyone. We also have volunteer options if you do not want to run/walk or drink beer.

$50
Chicago Beer 5K
JUN8
Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K

This is not your ordinary 5K! The Brunch Run is a 5K and one-mile walk with a reward worth running or walking for. When you reach the finish line, you will be treated to amazing amenities including

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Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K

Chicago, IL, USAView event
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From the organiser

This is not your ordinary 5K! The Brunch Run is a 5K and one-mile walk with a reward worth running or walking for. When you reach the finish line, you will be treated to amazing amenities including

$20 - $55
Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K
JUN9
Tunnel To Towers - Lake Zurich
Lake Zurich, IL, United States

The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk Series was created to honor the heroic life and death of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers. Honor all of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and support our first responders and military who make extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty! For more information on the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, please visit www.tunnel2towers.org. This will be the 3rd Annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk in Lake Zurich, Illinois! Lake Zurich is currently the only city in Illinois where a Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk or Tower Climb event is being held in 2019.

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Tunnel To Towers - Lake Zurich

4 W Main St, Lake Zurich, IL 60047, USAView event
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From the organiser

The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk Series was created to honor the heroic life and death of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers. Honor all of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and support our first responders and military who make extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty! For more information on the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, please visit www.tunnel2towers.org. This will be the 3rd Annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk in Lake Zurich, Illinois! Lake Zurich is currently the only city in Illinois where a Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk or Tower Climb event is being held in 2019.

$12 - $30
Tunnel To Towers - Lake Zurich
JUN9
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DC Wonder Woman Run - Chicago/Gurnee
Gurnee, IL, United States

Calling all superheroes! Get your cape on and join your fellow Super Heroes when you run or walk the Chicago Gurnee DC Wonder Woman 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon! Experience heroic race course entertainment, earn the stunning DC Wonder Woman finishers medal and celebrate with your fellow super heroes at the post race party

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DC Wonder Woman Run - Chicago/Gurnee

Gurnee, IL, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Calling all superheroes! Get your cape on and join your fellow Super Heroes when you run or walk the Chicago Gurnee DC Wonder Woman 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon! Experience heroic race course entertainment, earn the stunning DC Wonder Woman finishers medal and celebrate with your fellow super heroes at the post race party

$59 - $99
DC Wonder Woman Run - Chicago/Gurnee
JUN9
Ballwin Days 5K
Ballwin, MO, United States

Kick off the last day of the Ballwin Days Festival with a competitive 5k and/or 1 mile run. Adults and children alike are welcome to run in either or both races.

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Ballwin Days 5K

Ballwin, MO, USAView event
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From the organiser

Kick off the last day of the Ballwin Days Festival with a competitive 5k and/or 1 mile run. Adults and children alike are welcome to run in either or both races.

$15
Ballwin Days 5K
JUN9
Naperville 10K

Join us for the Naperville 10K and 5K finishing in the family-friendly atmosphere of Centennial Beach Park in the heart of Naperville.

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Naperville 10K

500 Jackson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USAView event
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Join us for the Naperville 10K and 5K finishing in the family-friendly atmosphere of Centennial Beach Park in the heart of Naperville.

$25
Naperville 10K
JUN9
dash 4 dEBra
Lake Forest, IL, United States

The money raised for this event will go to support research, provide medical supplies to families and patient access to specialists.

Many patients with EB travel out of state for care and support, and many insurances do not cover the supplies needed for these patients' care

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dash 4 dEBra

Lake Forest Academy, 1500 Kennedy Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045, USAView event
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The money raised for this event will go to support research, provide medical supplies to families and patient access to specialists.

Many patients with EB travel out of state for care and support, and many insurances do not cover the supplies needed for these patients' care

$25 - $30
dash 4 dEBra
JUN9
Special Gifts Theatre 5K - Northwest
Elk Grove Village, IL, United States

Special Gifts Theatre (SGT) is an educational and therapeutic theatre company for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The SGT 5k Run & 3k Walk is a fun family friendly event complete with snacks, awards, performances & more an event you wont want to miss!!

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Special Gifts Theatre 5K - Northwest

1485 Lively Blvd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, USAView event
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Special Gifts Theatre (SGT) is an educational and therapeutic theatre company for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The SGT 5k Run & 3k Walk is a fun family friendly event complete with snacks, awards, performances & more an event you wont want to miss!!

$15 - $25
Special Gifts Theatre 5K - Northwest
JUN9
GiGi's Playhouse 5K
Hoffman Estates, IL, United States

GiGis Playhouse will host the 2019 Chicagoland 5k run, 1-mile walk and Dash for Down syndrome. This family event is one you dont want to miss. This event is designed for the entire family and where people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. We will be having fun activities for all you enjoy.

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GiGi's Playhouse 5K

1760 Hassell Rd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169, USAView event
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GiGis Playhouse will host the 2019 Chicagoland 5k run, 1-mile walk and Dash for Down syndrome. This family event is one you dont want to miss. This event is designed for the entire family and where people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. We will be having fun activities for all you enjoy.

$15 - $30
GiGi's Playhouse 5K
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