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    Cinco de Miler - Chicago
    Sat 4th May
    $54
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    Cinco de Miler - Chicago

    Chicago, IL, USAView event
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    The Chicago Cinco de Miler run is an annual 5 mile race that happens around May 5th each year. The race, which is billed as Chicago's only stand alone 5 miler, celebrates Mexico's colorful culture, and is half fun run/half "see how fast you can go" road race.

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    Night Nation Run - Chicago
    Sat 18th May
    $29.99
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    Night Nation Run - Chicago

    1410 Museum Campus Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USAView event
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    The Night Nation Run is the Worlds 1st Running Music Festival an ultimate blend of a Music Festival and a Fun Run. Experience a music filled course with Live DJs, Light Shows, Bubble Zones, Neon and Black Lights. Cross the finish line into an Epic Main Stage After Party featuring Top Headliner DJs.

    Start and Finish at iconic SOLDIER FIELD! Run along the waterfront with epic views of the CHICAGO city skyline!

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    JP Morgan Corporate Challenge Chicago
    Thu 23rd May
    $54
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    JP Morgan Corporate Challenge Chicago

    1000 S Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USAView event
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    The J.P.Morgan Corporate Challenge Chicago is scheduled for Thursday, May 23 at Grant Park! We encourage all employees of your company to enter, whether they are experienced racers, joggers or walkers. Register early, as we will reach capacity quickly. Once we have reached course capacity, we will no longer accept online team registrations. However, we will accept entries onto our Wait List. We thank you for your interest in fitness and health, and we look forward to seeing you on the race course!

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    Chicago Undy Run/Walk
    Sat 1st Jun
    $30 - $35
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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.

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    PurpleStride Chicago
    Sat 8th Jun
    $10 - $35
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    PurpleStride Chicago

    Chicago, IL, USAView event
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    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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    Chicago Beer 5K
    Sat 8th Jun
    $50
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    Chicago Beer 5K

    Chicago, IL, USAView event
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    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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    Gino's East 5K
    Thu 20th Jun
    $10 - $44
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    Gino's East 5K

    Montrose Harbor Office, 601 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613, USAView event
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    GRAB YOUR PIZZA-LOVIN' FRIENDS AND COME TO THE GINO'S EAST 5K PRESENTED BY ASE ON THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019 AT MONTROSE HARBOR IN CHICAGO.

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    Chicago Promise Walk and 5K Run
    Sun 19th May
    Elk Grove Village, IL, United States
    $5 - $15
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    Chicago Promise Walk and 5K Run

    Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, USAView event
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    Welcome to the Chicago Promise Walk and 5K Run. Please join us as we make strides and deliver hope at the Chicago Promise Walk!

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    Chicago Beer Run
    Sat 8th Jun
    Elk Grove Village, IL, United States
    $35
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    Chicago Beer Run

    Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, USAView event
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    A not-so-traditional run in Busse Woods, Groves 5-16, with an amazing after-party. This run isn't about who's the fastest. This is simply about having fun, acting like your crazy self, and oh having a few beers along the course. Every half mile (approx), you'll be treated to a specialty beer sampling.

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    Chicagoland Spring Marathon
    Sun 19th May
    Schaumburg, IL, United States
    $69.99 - $89.99
    7 reviews
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    Chicagoland Spring Marathon

    Schaumburg, IL, USAView event
    7 reviews
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    The 26.2 mile marathon and 13.1 mile half marathon courses are USATF certified. The marathon is a Boston qualifier. The course will start in the business district of Schaumburg before touring into scenic Busse Woods featuring serene lakes, forests and prairie. Miles will be marked along the course to help you keep pace with your goal time! Aide stations with water and sports drink as well as toilets will be located along the course, see course map for locations.

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    • Did the event in 2016

      The Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon (not to be confused with the Chicago Half Marathon) is held in Schaumburg, IL (which is not Chicago) and run both on streets and on paved trail in the Busse Woods Forest Preserve (IL speak for "park"). Unlike the big city races, this is a much smaller, no frills event. One of the draws of these events is the free and easy parking. Schaumburg is about a 40 minute drive from home so my friend and I left about 5:30 and reached Schaumburg a little after 6 AM. We parked the car in a huge lot a couple hundred feet away from the starting line and went off to pick up her race packet. I had mine mailed to me (a nice option) and it had arrived a few days earlier. Same day packet pickup is also really nice and it took just a few minutes to do so. We walked back to the car, sat for a bit to stay warm and then went to the port-a-potties. Kudos to the organizers, there were more than enough port-a-potties and although there were lines, they went fast.The start of the race is a little cramped and it takes a few minutes to get the 1500 runners through the shoot. Still, it is nothing like the huge city races with multiple corrals and long waits to get started. Just a few minutes and then we crossed the mat and were off. The first 2.5 miles and the last 2.5 miles of the half (and the full marathon) are run on a mostly cement totally uninteresting road beside a major highway. Fortunately, there is a bit of distance to the highway and it is fenced off so it is not like actually running on the highway. Also, the event organizers close off two lanes of the four lane road so there is plenty of room to run and pass people as need be. This year, the weather was cold (35 to 45 deg during the race), sunny and windy. The run on this open stretch of road, while not exciting, was enjoyable although the way back was in a pretty good head wind. It seemed more brutal than it actually was after having already run 11 miles. On a hot, full sun day this part of the run would be really brutal.The majority of the run is held in the Busse Woods forest preserve on a paved bike trail. There is only one hill over the highway as the course leaves the road and enters the forest preserve. It isn't much of a hill and is quite short, yet many people just walked it. Once the hill is crested, it is downhill to the flat run through the forest preserve. The Busse Woods trail is fairly narrow and the course runs out and back in a few places. As such, there were times when it was difficult to get around slower runners and there were times when the faster runners felt that they could just run in the wrong lane. Although it was a bit annoying, it didn't happen often enough to ruin the run. Another small complaint about the race is that the Busse Woods path is open to the public during the run (race organizers don't get permission in Chicagoland to close off public access to forest preserve land) and bikers were also on the path. A lot of the bikers are irritated that runners are there and instead of just not riding, they behave badly and just make for an uncomfortable situations. Again, it only happened a couple times, so it was ok. The run through the preserve is really pretty, a number of spots with views of the ponds and some shade.Overall there seemed to be plenty of aid stations though the first station doesn't appear until a bit over 2 miles (too long for me). I carried water so didn't actually stop at most of the stations but there was water and Gatorade at all of them and the volunteers were enthusiastic. I did stop at the last station for a bit of Gatorade to carry me to the finish. The race ends where it starts at an office complex. The course runs around the back of one of the big buildings and as soon as the last turn is made, the finish line is right there. The final couple hundred feet is up a tree lined shoot with a very good band playing. As you cross the final mat, they handed out the medals and a bottle of water.There isn't much of an after party for this race except for the band. There were a couple vendors, Orange Theory is one I remember and some food -- grapes, bananas, granola bars, peanuts, cookies, more Gatorade. No beer. My friend and I hung out for a little while and saw some of the first marathon runners come in and then walked the few feet to the car and drove home.The swag for the race was a nice technical long sleeved quarter zip pullover. There was a choice of pink or black although both were unisex sizing. I chose the pink one although I really liked the black too. I did not wear it during the race but it was perfect for the day's weather. I really enjoyed this race and PR'ed by over 13 minutes. It's on my must do list for next year. Totally low key and easy.
    • Did the event in 2016

      The 2016 event took place on Sunday May 15 in Schaumberg, IL. It was sunny and cool, about 50 degrees, and the wind picked up through the day. Race started at 7:05Registration: Online through the website, started near $50 ish increased to race day pricing of $95. Included was a unisex tech 1/4 zip pullover, you had the choice of color; timing chip on personalized bib.Expo/ Packet Pickup: No true expo, packet pick up was held in Hoffman Estates at a sporting good store. You could also get your packet before the race at the start. Someone else could get your packet with a signed wavier. Packet mailing was available through online registration for an additional fee.Pre race: The race started near an office building. There was parking near the race start for free, but needed to be aware which lot you were in, as you couldn't leave them as some were on the race course. Lots of port-o-potties were lined up, there was last minute packet pick up. The music was pumping on the loud speaker, however no speakers in the slower corrals. Participants to line up according to pace, flags marked this. No National Anthem.Race/ Course: The majority of the course takes part in the Busse Woods Forrest Preserve.
      -Terrain - paved roads or paved bike trail. The trail in Busse Woods is narrow
      -Scenery - once in the woods, there are trees, elk, water, but start/finish have not much too see unless you are into things such as the WGN radio transmitter
      -elevation - FLAT!!! there are some bridges, but no steep climbs
      -spectators - few and far between, unless you have family out to cheer you on
      -Aid Stations - water and orange (self mix) Gatorade in the same white paper cups- no food, some gels
      -Volunteers - lots on the course, including many police officers at non crucial intersections on the woods
      - photographers - pictures for purchase or free to download
      -mile markers - each mile marked with a yard sign
      - bathrooms on course - including park bathrooms
      - out and back sections - great to cheer on others, easy to cheatFinish/ Post race: Before you cross the finish line a live band is playing some rock cover tunes to greet you, then you run under the arch and cross the timing mat. A volunteer hands you a medal ( beige ribbon, silver triangle shape) and a bottle of water. Then you turn back around for the post race area. Food included - bananas, granola bars, peanuts and cookies. Cups of orange Gatorade and bottled water. There was a backdrop set up to take photos and you could listen to the band.My Race: I am continuing my goal of a marathon a month for 2016, so this was my 5th marathon. The race was no frills, didn't seem to go the extra mile for many things. I ran with my pack as I knew there would be no food, not everyone survives on gooey gels. I just wanted to finish, and with the cool temps that was going to be no problem. I didn't have any problems, except that the woods is open to the public, and the permitting system doesn't exist for races. So at mile 17 I was greeted with a 5k, and I hit the wall of walkers with strollers on a path that was just wide enough for 2-3 people. I ran a couple miles on the side in the wet grass, so that might have deflated my energy. Or I had just ran a full 2 weeks before...oh well I will take my 5:15 finishing time and be happy.Overall: It's a nice race, and running in the woods is a nice treat from the bustle of the Lake Front Path and McCormick Tunnel. All the volunteers were friendly. If you sign up early the price is right, and I do like the pullover.For pictures and a video, check out my blog https://marathang.wordpress.com/2016/05/26/chicagoland-spring-marathon/
    • Did the event in 2015

      This was my first time participating in a race put on by All Community Events. Registration was a breeze. I did not go the day before to get my packet as it was 45+ minutes one way. I arrived about 40 minutes before the race to get parked and pick up my bib. They did a nice job of creating a fast system for runners to grab their stuff. I was really worried about returning my stuff to my car as this race did not offer a gear check. Luckily I got a close parking spot so I didn't have to walk too far. My mom joined me to spectate the race and we hung out around the start line until the gun went off. This race had pacers for the HM and full marathon which is great for runners who wanted to achieve a certain time or BQ. The start line was full, but not chaotic. You should also know that I never look at race maps before a race. I like the mystery involved and that way I am always have something to look forward too. We started and waved through a back parking lot which seemed odd to me, but it was definitely not crowded. People who wanted to pass had plenty of room. The race took place on road and paved trail, which I really enjoyed. There were many spots where family and friends could drive and park along the course and see their runner a few times. So if that's a big part of your race experience, this race does allow for that. I can't say how they would get back and parked to see you cross the finish line, but my guess is that it wouldn't be too hard. There were many water stops that offered water and Gatorade. I liked that the cups were about 1/3 filled because I end up spilling it if there is anymore than that. I also carried my own bottle (w/ NUUN) and was glad I did. The path we spent probably 80% of the time on was under some light tree coverage which was great because that saved us from getting completely soaked by the rain. I bet it would also be some nice shade if the sun would have been out. There was only one "hill", other than that it was a very flat course. While I didn't run with the pacers, they really seemed to know their stuff and were encouraging to all runners around them. The course was an out and back so we got to see some of the faster runners come back through. I really enjoy running with lots of other runners and tend to lose a bit of motivation if I am by myself. Fast forward to the end: It was a rather interesting loop we took to get to the finish line. They had a live band jamming out as we crossed. I was handed a medal and then told that they would mail me the correct one. The manufacturer had made a mistake and sent too many 26.2 medals. I was kinda bummed, but was glad they were apologizing. I understood that this was something completely out of their control and it didn't effect my feelings about the race. After I found my mom we went to walk and see what kind of refreshments they had. I was mildly disappointed. When I got to the food all I saw was bananas, grapes, fruit snacks, a vegan granola bar and some beet juice. I am one of those weird people who crazes salty, junk food and a chocolate milk after a run. Now they might have had those things, I was just a mid to back of the pack runner and missed it all. OR maybe they were saving those types of things for the marathoners. I'm not really sure. We looked around to see what else was going on post race and decided to head back to the car. One other thing I would like to mention is that I noticed there was a high level of security and emergency personnel on site. I felt safe the whole time. Would I recommend this race to a friend? Yes I would. I loved the flat, scenic course, personalized bib and cool race zip up. The food at the finish line was not up to my standards, but again that could just be me. I will keep this race in mind for my future racing schedule.
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    Christmas in July
    Fri 14th Jun
    $40 - $850
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    Christmas in July

    Lisle Community Park C4 Field, 1825 Short St, Lisle, IL 60532, USAView event
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    Oh you know, just your average Christmas themed run in the middle of summer. This mostly flat course allows participants to hit PRs in the 5k race or one of the timed events. Come for the festive medals and all-year-round good cheer. You might even earn the 100-mile belt buckle in the 24-hour event.

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    Father's Day 5K Run/ Walk
    Sat 15th Jun
    Wheaton, IL, United States
    $25 - $40
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    Father's Day 5K Run/ Walk

    Wheaton, IL, USAView event
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    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.

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    International Chicago 5K
    Sat 12th Oct
    $35
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    International Chicago 5K

    Chicago, IL, USAView event
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    Chicago is more than just a big city. Its a city of neighborhoods and people that represent vibrant and diverse backgrounds and cultures. Every October, runners from across the country and around the world travel to Chicago to experience this international city by running through it at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Whether youre running the Chicago Marathon, cheering on friends or looking to be part of the excitement of race weekend, we invite you to join us on Saturday, October 12 for the Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K.

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    Christmas in July Half Marathon and 5K Chicago
    Sun 14th Jul
    Cook County, IL, United States
    $55
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    Christmas in July Half Marathon and 5K Chicago

    Busse Woods, Busse Woods, Elk Grove Township, IL 60007, USAView event
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    How about some Christmas Spirit this summer? Join many other festive runners this July in Indianapolis and Chicago for the annual Christmas in July Half Marathon and 5K! Well run early to beat the summer heat. Well be running the popular Busse Woods trails through wooded and open areas starting in South Grove #5.

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    Semper Fi Fund Fundraising Team Chicago Marathon
    Sun 13th Oct
    Cook County, IL, United States
    $50
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    Semper Fi Fund Fundraising Team Chicago Marathon

    N Columbus Dr, Illinois, USAView event
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    Thank you for joining the Semper Fi Fund team for the 42nd Anniversary of the Chicago Marathon on October 13th. A race that is among the fastest growing marathon road races in the world with its largely fast and flat course that finishes in Grant Park.

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    $10 - $20
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    Wine Run 5K

    Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion, W 87th St &, S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60620, USAView event
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    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.

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    Hot Cider Hustle – Chicago 8K
    Sat 9th Nov
    $34.99
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    Hot Cider Hustle – Chicago 8K

    Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club, 601 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613, USAView event
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    Run the Chicago Hot Cider Hustle 8K on November 9th.

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    Chicago Marathon
    Fri 13th Dec
    $205 - $230
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    Chicago Marathon

    310 S Federal St, Chicago, IL 60604, USAView event
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    Chicago is now one of the biggest marathons in the World and has developed a reputation as also being one of the best marathon experiences anywhere - a 'must do'. With 45,000 runners this is truly a major event and many think the best of the big marathons, as its status as one of the Marathon Majors (along with London, Boston, Berlin, Tokyo and New York) testifies. With a start and finish in Grant Park, on the shores of Lake Michigan, this flat route takes in much of the shoreline, and downtown areas with their massive and distinctive skyscrapers.

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    Soldier Field 10 Mile
    Sat 25th May
    20 reviews
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    Soldier Field 10 Mile

    Chicago, IL, USAView event
    20 reviews
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    • Did the event in 2018

      This race is one of my favorites in Chicago. I love the location and the distance. This one was a HOT one compared to the other times I've run it.I received NO communication from RAM regarding packet pickup or any other race information. Luckily I looked for the info on the website.A friend of mine picked up my bib and shirt from Fleet Fleet Old Town since I dislike going to that location.
      It takes me about an hour to get there and then another hour to get home. I prefer the South Loop location.I left my house at 5:30am. Perfect time to avoid the traffic and still manage to park for free in the parking lot. One of my favorite things about it since parking is around $20. If I had to pay, I would have taken public transportation.That start was inside the stadium. We had access to the indoor bathrooms which is nice. By the time I got inside, most of the runners were already lined up so there were no bathroom lines. I was in corral K but moved to L. I was in the 2nd wave and I didn't start till about 7:30am. Too long of a wait. I understand the reason behind it so maybe I just need to run faster so I can get an earlier start. :-)I knew it was going to be a HOT day but I wasn't really prepared for it. It was nice and cool inside the stadium but one I was out I could feel the heat. Oh, and it was crowded. Too congested. Plus, it was annoying to see walkers in the middle of the path. That is one of my pet peeves.I was feeling OK till about mile 3. Then the heat just got to me. By now my goal was simply to not pass out and finish it.I got annoyed at the turnaround point because the announcer teased us that we looked like we could use some ice. I thought for sure we would get some ice. We didn't. Rude. The volunteers were wonderful. At every water station, there was water and Nuun ready for me. I never had to wait. One volunteer was nice enough to fill up my water bottle with Nuun.The finish is inside Soldier Field. I was happy to run into the tunnel leading inside. At least now it was shaded and I was almost done. I got my medal and a bottle of water. I also got a goodie bag. I stayed for about 20 minutes to see some friends and then went home. I was hungry and tired. I wanted a burger and a beer. No, not Budweiser. Usually I do not pass up free beer but I was not in the mood for Budweiser.Overall, it is a great race and would recommend it to everyone to run it.
    • Did the event in 2018

      I signed up for the Soldier Field 10 basically on a whim. As in, the Thursday afternoon before the race. So my pre-race experience was a bit condensed, to say the least. Because of my late sign up, I was basically required to attend packet pickup at the Fleet Feet location in OldTown. Had I signed up in advance, like a normal person, I could’ve done pickup at the Fleet Feet in Elmhurst, which would’ve been WAY more convenient for this suburb dweller. Bib pickup was super quick at Fleet Feet though, and I was pretty happy they had me in the system about 20 hours after I signed up (I’ve had issues with late sign-ups at other races).Fast forward to race morning, and an early 7am start. Of course, that meant an early wake up call to drive to Soldier Field. Fortunately, there’s virtually zero traffic at 4:30 in the morning, so I zipped downtown real quick. And parking was SO easy that early. Oh, and it’s free if you are there early enough to park in the SF lots. Around 15-20 minutes before the race, runners are ushered into Soldier Field for the start. I thought this was the coolest thing ever, since we got to walk through the tunnel onto the field. As a football fan, that was so epic. The race starts and we run through some for SF tunnels (which throws your watch a little) and out onto the road, down through McCormick Place and south. The turnaround is a smidge before the 5 mile mark, and the way back is pretty much entirely along the Lakeshore Path. The only part of the course we overlap as runners is going in and out of Soldier Field and back to finishing on the 50. The post race “tailgate” area was pretty neat. Live music, one free beer for runners, and other booths and the such after the race. If I was planning to stay downtown, I could’ve hung out there for a while. Now let’s talk SWAG. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the race shirt. I liked the design, it’s nice and simple, just not the feel of the shirt itself. I’d wear it around, but probably not while running. The medal, though, was awesome! Big, classy, and showcasing that this was the 15th year of the event. Yes, it was a bit warm this year, but I really liked this event. Plus, how many 10 mile races are floating around out there? RAM Racing always runs an awesome event, and this one was no exception
    • Did the event in 2018

      Here was my 7th time running the Soldier Field 10 Mile race! I love this race for its length, location and beer at the end!And we definitely deserved a drink after this race. BECAUSE IT WAS HOT! According to my phone, we started in the 70s and ending in the mid 80’s by the end of this race.With a 4:30am ride to the city we were all in front of Soldier Field for our regular group pictures by 6:15!Ram Racing and Soldier Field did a great job organizing its 15th race. I had prime starting position this year in corral C. I was glad I could use my Athlinks account to help me prove that I could run starting in this preferred corral.Now just like last year, be prepared to cry at the pre-race ceremony. You start inside the Soldier Field stadium and get to watch Budweiser do an amazing tribute to Folds of Honor and its contributors. Here watch and grab a tissue…After the video, names of fallen military men and women this year, a gun salute, Taps and the National Anthem, the race began in small waves. The course was the usual with an out-and-back heading south first. While in the shade of the stadium it felt great. But once you were out, you definitely noticed the heat and the sun.Here’s My Mental Diary!
      Mile 1: Hmmm, toasty already. Just get through the McCormick Place tunnel and focus on staying hydrated.Mile 2-3: Hit the water table and keep going. “Definitely stay to the right to get as much shade as you can.” That sun was already hot and it’s only 7:30!Mile 4: You can start to see people coming back from the turn-around. “I wish I was on that other side already…”Mile 5: YES, the TURN-AROUND!!!Mile 6: Water table time and I have got to take a picture! The city looks awesome!Mile 7-8: “I thought this was the windy city??? There is absolutely no breeze.” I’m starting to get a little angry now and I’m done…Mile 9: I hear my name and there’s my friend John. That totally perked me up. Especially knowing that I am less than a mile away and I can hear the inside of the stadium. Mile 10: As we run into the tunnel onto the Soldier Field field, I realize this is why I love this race so much. It is definitely an amazing feeling running into this huge building. Finish: DONE and AMEN!!!Runners get a great medal, water and can take pictures before they leave the stadium. Afterwards, you can walk through the stadium building and there are water bottles, Nuun and bathrooms. It felt so good to just wash my face. Before you leave the building, they give you a bag of goodies that we all gobbled up!After grabbing our cool-looking Budweiser beer from the beer tent, my run club and I sat in the shade to watch the rest of the runners finish. This has become a fun tradition.Would I recommend this race?
      Heck Yeah! It is well supported, super-organized and a ton of fun–EVEN IN THE HEAT. Ram Racing did a great job taking care of all the runners with extra water tables, ice cups on the course, and frozen towels at the finish. Put this on your to-do list in Chicago!
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    Ridge Run

    Chicago, IL, USAView event
    4 reviews
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    • Did the event in 2016

      My mom and I have been doing the Ridge Run for a few years now. It has become our own little Memorial Day tradition, and I'd say the same for most of the others there. It takes place each year on the Monday of Memorial Day, with a 10k starting at 8:00am and the 5k at 9:30am. There's a Youth Mile that starts at 8:10. The Tot Trot began at 10:30. Weather was in the 70s and sunny, but I felt the humidity wasn't nearly as bad as previous years, so that was a welcome treat.PROS:
      + You can register up to about a week before the race and they also have race day registration (closes 1/2 hour before each race starts).
      + They had multiple days for packet pickup; Tuesday, May 23 – Friday, May 27, 3pm to 7 pm at
      Running Excels at 10328 S Western Ave; Sunday, May 29, 12pm to 3pm, Ridge Park at 9625 S Longwood Dr.; Race Day – Monday, May 30, 6:30am to 9am, Ridge Park at 9625 S Longwood Dr.
      + Packets included coupons for Running Excel, a Fruit & Grain Bar, papers/postcards/sheets for other races and local businesses, a plastic water bottle, your bib, and a short-sleeved blue shirt (Gilden Performance, unisex, I got a M which I usually get and fits fine).
      + There's plenty of residential parking available for race day. We parked maybe a half mile from the race and walked over.
      + I'm not sure if there are any official aid stations, but there was at least 1 that you passed twice with water. It could be the community doing, or the race, not sure. Either way, it's nice to have, especially since the weather is usually pretty warm.
      + the community really comes out for this - since the race is along mostly residential streets, the families of the homes come out to cheer, a bunch put out sprinklers/hoses, and it's really just a fun, family-friendly event.
      + The course is well marked with cones and course marshals. At one point the slower runners and walkers are still on the part of the course that is split for the fast runners coming back. It's cool to see them pass and to cheer them on. Before they come along, a police car comes by to make sure everyone is pushed over to the left.
      + They changed up the finish area a bit, and now once you finished you went straight through the runners chute with the food and drink. Before you had to finish and then move down the hill to get the food. No more need for the runners food slip that you had to rip off your bib (even though it was still on there this year).
      + Post race food = bottled water, bananas, apples, mini ham or turkey sandwiches, and Fruit & Grain Breakfast Bar (strawberry).
      + Post race there's food and beer (not included in registration), free Rainbow Cone in small containers (I got one of the last containers), music, jumpy house for the kids. There's also a parade at 10:30.
      + Results on Active.com.CONS:
      - I was a little disappointed in the move of the finish line this year. It narrowed down to the path going down towards the park. We were going a bit faster than some others at the end, and it made it hard to pass since it was so narrow. I'm sure there was a good reason for the move, but I personally wasn't a fan.
      - In previous years they gave medals to the top 3 of each age group. This year, only the top 3 men and women overall were regarded as winners (not sure if they received anything). This didn't matter for me, but I felt bad for my mom who usually receives a medal.
    • Did the event in 2015

      For the last two years I have had the opportunity to do the Ridge Run after a few years hiatus. And the last two years I have done the challenge where you run the 10K and then the 5K. The races are spread fairly apart but for the slower runners such as myself that is a bit of a challenge. The race is held in the south part of Chicago and it always amazes me how a neighborhood so close to me can be so different with their elegant houses, old town businesses, and quaint buildings. More than 3,500 athletes from around Chicagoland gather in Beverly/Morgan Park on Memorial Day to compete in the 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. With cash prizes awarded to the top finishers, the Ridge Run is one of Chicago’s favorite neighborhood races, attracting elite runners as well as neighborhood families. Start times are 8 a.m. for the 10K run, and 9:30 a.m. for the 5K run/walk. The Ridge Run’s races start and finish at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago. As a whole it is a fantastic race with plenty of crowd support from the locals, lots of water and Gatorade on the course and a course that challenges with hills and curves. The other part of the race is the porta potties and bathrooms at the start. There is plenty of them and the price for the 10K is 40 dollars and 5K is 35 dollars . For the challenge both races are only 60 dollars. That is quite a deal because not only do you get two shirts but you also get a medal at the end. My only recommendation is that if you are looking at doing the race for time get up in the front especially at the 5K. Unfortunately people who walk or go slow do not go to the side and walk more than 2 people across. So if you are looking for a great race to add to your neighborhood festivities check out the Ridge Run. You will be glad you did. For more information about next years race check out. Ridge Run http://www.bapa.org/ridgerun/index.html
    • Did the event in 2014

      This is a nice, fairly small race on the southside of Chicago – about 3,500 runners. The course takes your runs through the center of the beautiful, residential Ridge Historic District (with some really lovely old homes) and features the challenge of Chicago’s highest hill. There is plenty of parking on residential streets, you just have to walk a few blocks to the start, usually. The community support for this race is great – so many homeowners out cheering, spraying people with a hose, or having sprinklers set up to run through (Memorial Day weekend is generally VERY warm and humid). I always appreciate the kindness of these people, and their sprinklers! The race starts off a little downhill, then there's one steep hill around mile 1.75, then a nice downhill around mile 2.25, and then the last bit to the finish line is at a slight incline. I believe there were two water stations for the 5k – not sure what was available for the 10K.Things I like about this race:
      • Dry-tech shirt for 5k and 10k participants, new design every year
      • Community support/cheering
      • Friendly environment
      • B-chip technology (I personally prefer the chip on the bib, versus the D-tag)
      • Sponges soaked in ice cold water at the finish
      • Wide course (but if you are slower, when the faster runners are coming back to the finish, you'll need to move over to the left to let them through... that's at about the first/last .25 of a mile or so)
      • Nice views of historical homes
      • Nice variety of post-race food/drinks
      • Ice cream and hot dogs for saleDislikes:
      • The shirt sizes ran large
      • No wave start or pace line-up – it's not a huge race, but starting everyone at once always creates a bit of a jumble up until the first mile or so, plus, there's no way to really know where you should line up because there aren't any pace signs.You can read my recap here: http://heatherrunsthirteenpointone.blogspot.com/2014/08/ridge-run-5k.html
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    Chicago Spring Half Marathon
    Sun 19th May
    $70 - $115
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    Chicago Spring Half Marathon

    955 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608, USAView event
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    The 11th Annual Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K, produced by Life Time, celebrates the citys emergence from winter hibernation, the Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K delivers an intimate urban setting with a gorgeous lakefront course, charming finish line complete with a hot gourmet breakfast buffet, Athletico recovery zone, and a Spring Market featuring local vendors, Spring flowers, beer garden, live acoustic music and more.

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    PAWS Chicago 5K
    Sun 2nd Jun
    $20 - $50
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    PAWS Chicago 5K

    Chicago, IL, USAView event
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    The PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run For Their Lives, presented by VCA, is the FIRST fundraising event that PAWS Chicago held and is entering its 19th year! Funds raised at this event support the life-saving work of PAWS Chicago, the Midwest's Largest No-Kill Shelter. The PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run is Chicago's LARGEST dog-friendly charity walk and BizBash's Top 100 Events in Chicago and Top 10 Athletic Events in 2016, 2017 & 2018!

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    Cheers to New Year’s 5K
    Wed 1st Jan
    Itasca, IL, United States
    $25 - $27
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    Cheers to New Year’s 5K

    Church Street Brewing Company, 1480 Industrial Dr C, Itasca, IL 60143, USAView event
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    Join us at Church Street Brewery on New Years Day to run the first 5K of the year with us! Why? Why not!

    Start of the year on the right (or left) foot! Be immortalized with your 2020 goal printed on your race bib and the long-sleeve race shirt!

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    Chicago 10K
    Sun 30th Jun
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    Chicago 10K

    Chicago, IL, USAView event
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    In running, you decide what winning means. Whether its a new personal record, a first medal achieved or a longer distance conquered than ever before, define your goal and go get it. Come chase whats yours at the Chicago 10K.

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    Cheers to New Year's 5K
    Wed 1st Jan
    Itasca, IL, United States
    $25
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    Cheers to New Year's 5K

    515 W Irving Park Rd, Itasca, IL 60143, USAView event
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    Join us at Church Street Brewery on New Years Day to run the first 5K of the year with us! Why? Why not, I ask! But here are some reasons: Start of the year on the right (or left) foot! Free pint of Church Street Beer to 21+ runners Be immortalized with your goal printed on your race bib and the long-sleeve race shirt!

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