Chicagoland runners are never at a loss for races – there’s one almost every weekend in the summer! These races can range from 5K running tours to the famous Chicago Marathon, each providing unique outlets to push yourself to the limits.
Many of Chicago’s 5K races (which cover three miles) have fun themes attached to them. This month you can toss on your best polyester leisure suit for the Elvis is Alive 5K kicking off from Diversey Harbor. The Chicago Monster Dash on October 20 is a fun day where runners will dress up and even trick-or-treat at water stations along the way.
If you are looking to accelerate your running repertoire, the Chicago 10K takes place this weekend. The race is divided into age groups ranging from 14 and under to 80 and over. Grant Park is the starting point, but race packet pick-up is at 1620 N Wells.
If you want to take your running skills to the extreme, it’s time for the big guns: full marathons. These are not for the beginner or faint of heart, with a whopping 26.2 miles to cover. Of all of the available marathon opportunities, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon stands out. This is the most popular of the Chicago marathons, with its unique tie to charity causes as well as press coverage. Each runner that registers for the marathon has the opportunity to run for a charity of their choosing, with the Bank of America opening up to the public the list of charities that non-runners may donate to. This year’s race takes place on October 13.
There are an abundance of marathons, long or short, throughout Chicago throughout the rest of the year. Whether you are looking for an easy run or a challenge, the Chicago races of 2013 are a sure fire way to have fun and strive for a healthier way of life.