Beginner Friendly Running Events in Illinois

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Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend1800 S 1st St, Champaign, IL 61820, USA

The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon offers a beautiful, scenic tour of the University of Illinois campus, revitalized downtown streets, tree-lined residential neighborhoods, and an awesome paved park trail. Thousands of friendly and fun fans and volunteers from Champaign-Urbana line the course, exuding Midwest hospitality like you have never seen before.

You will find first-class race shirts, medals, food, and fanfare. Enjoy a spectacular finish at the 50-yard-line of the Universitys historic Memorial Stadium and attend the rocking postrace 27th-Mile Celebrate Victory Bash right outside the stadium. Live music, free beer, interactive booths, bragging rights.

From the youngest to the oldest, from the slowest to the fastest, from the youth run to the marathon, there is a race for everyone.

Join us April 26 & 27, 2019 for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend! Our mantra is making runners happy, one mile at a time.

$15 - $460
5k • Marathon • Other • Half Marathon • 10k
Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend
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DC Wonder Woman Run - Chicago/GurneeGurnee, IL, USA

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
5k • Half Marathon • 10k
DC Wonder Woman Run - Chicago/Gurnee
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Christmas in JulyLisle Community Park C4 Field, 1825 Short St, Lisle, IL 60532, USA

We would like to welcome you to the 6th Annual Christmas in July Races, which we like to call the longest summer holiday running party in the country.

Our venue is festively decorated with christmas lights, inflatables, and more and takes place in beautiful Lisle Community Park in Lisle, IL (Just 25 miles outside of Downtown Chicago, IL and easy to get to).

This is a great venue for the entire family. The kids get to run with Santa Claus and receive medals and t-shirts for their participation. Each participant receives awesome swag at the door and top notch finisher medals upon completion. We also hand out unique holiday Nutcrackers as finisher awards. We also have a costume contest for the 5K and fixed-timed events, so if you like, come prepared for that so our amazing volunteers can pick the winners.

If youre running one of our timed events, youre able to camp alongside the trail. Last year, we had 84 camping tents on the grounds and its growing every year. Most decorate their space with holiday decorations, some even bring projection TVs to entertain the kids overnight. Its a blast!

If you have any questions, at all, please contact the race staff at [email protected] and well be happy to answer any of your questions. We look forward to see you in 2019!

$40 - $850
5k • Ultramarathon
Christmas in July
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Father's Day 5K Run/ WalkWheaton, IL, USA

Join us on Fathers Day Sunday, June 16th, 2019 for a fun and exciting 5k run. The race will take place in Wheaton, IL at the Danda Forest Preserve starting at 8:00 am. Awards ceremony will begin at 8:50 with timing provided by J3 Timing.

$25 - $40
Father's Day 5K Run/ Walk
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Massbach Ridge Wine Run 5kS Massbach Rd, Stockton Township, IL, USA

Like running? Love wine? This race is for you!

Join us on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 for an exciting new event that features the scenic views of Jo Daviess County, and the great Wine produced by locally owned by Massbach Ridge Winery. With registration options for all wine lovers and runners, this race is a sure thing for a great time!

$10 - $27
5k • Other
Massbach Ridge Wine Run 5k
Shine Like Gold 5KBelvidere, IL 61008, USA

Shine Like Gold is a 5k run/walk charity event that will be helping over 30 children who have unfortunately been diagnosed with childhood cancer.

$10 - $20
Shine Like Gold 5K
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Wine Run 5KDan Ryan Woods Pavilion, W 87th St &, S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60620, USA

Like Running? Love Wine? This race is for you!

Join us on October 21st for an exciting new event that features the scenic course at Dan Ryan Woods, and the great Wine and Mead produced by locally owned Bev Art Brewer & Winemaker sponsored by Wild Blossom Meadery. With registration options for all wine lovers and runners, this race is a sure thing for a great time! This race is timed and scored by J3 Timing.

$10 - $20
5k • Other
Wine Run 5K
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Beer Run 5K^3Carl R. Hansen Woods, Poplar Creek Trail, Elgin, IL 60120, USA

Like Running? Love Beer? This race is for you!


Join us on November 3rd for an exciting event that features the scenic trail run course at Carl Hansen Woods and is paired with excellent local craft beer!

How does it work? We have 4 Registration Options Available, so whether you like to drink AND run, run then drink, just run, or just drink - we have an option for you!

$10 - $35
5k • Other
Beer Run 5K^3
Penguin in the Park 5KFairview Park, 2095 W Eldorado St, Decatur, IL 62522, USA
5k • Other
Penguin in the Park 5K

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