Friday, May 22, 2015

Five Chicagoland Races in June.

Memorial Day weekend always marks the "unofficial" start to summer for me. I can't wait for al fresco dining, bike rides along Lake Michigan, barbecues, and summer travel plans! Evening walks and warm morning runs are also at the top of my list. Registering for a few fun races is great motivation to train. There are so many fantastic road races in the Chicagoland area over the summer months, so I'm starting a new monthly feature to list a few interesting race options.

Where will you be running this summer?

June 6

Capital Nutrition Run for Vets 5k - Orland Park

{Image via Run for Vets 5k website}

Capital Nutrition is hosting its 3rd annual Run for Vets 5k race, to raise awareness and funds to help military veterans heal emotional wounds by pairing them with shelter dogs. This race helps both shelter dogs and veterans. Proceeds go to the Pets For Vets charity. Race organizers have also teamed up with the Disabled Patriot Fund. Their goal is to provide financial relief for local U.S. veterans in financial crisis or in need of financial aid.

There are goodie bags, t-shirts, and other prizes for runners. Register for the race here 

June 14

PAWS Run for their Lives 8k Run/4k Walk - Montrose Harbor, Chicago

PAWS Chicago is a local no-kill animal shelter in the city, and the annual 8k run/4k walk race is a fundraiser to benefit homeless pets. 100% of donations from participants help the organization rescue thousands of homeless kitties and dogs yearly. This cause is close to my heart, as I have a cat rescued from a local animal shelter. Register for the race here.

I ran this race in 2014 {race recap here} and I'm back this year with a team of runners to raise money for PAWS! Our team is Dogs and Cats Living Together. Taken from Ghostbusters, obviously. Check out my fundraising page if you are interested in donating - every dollar counts. My team is currently in second place overall among fundraisers!

The Double Road Race - Villa Park 

 {Image via Double Road Race website}

This is a race created by Bob Anderson, the founder of Runners World Magazine. The race includes two running stages - racers get a halftime in-between. Halftime is referred to as the Recovery Zone. As described on the website,  this is where runners can stretch, listed to live music, talk with healthcare professionals, and even get a massage! Read more about the background of Double Racing here.

There are three options for this race - a 15k {split into a 10k and 5k}; an 8k {split into a 5k and 3k}; and a Kids Cup Challenge {split into a 1 mile and half mile run}. Register for the race here. {<-- affiliate link}

June 21

Color in Motion 5k - Montrose Beach, Chicago

 {Image via Color in Motion website}

This popular fun run 5k comes back to Montrose Beach this year. Runners/walkers wear white t-shirts and are hit with a variety of colors during the race. The dye is safe and washable after the race. The Color in Motion 5k is partnering again with Special Olympics Illinois. Special Olympics Illinois provides opportunities for more than 21,000 athletes, 40,000 volunteers and thousands more people statewide through 19 area programs in all 102 counties of the state. A portion of all proceeds from the race will benefit Special Olympics Illinois

If you want to join in on this vibrant event, register for the race here.

June 27

Proud to Run 10k Run and 5k Run/Walk - Chicago

{Image via Proud to Run Chicago website}

The Proud to Run race is part of Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Pride Week activities. The race is an annual event that has been running {literally!} since 1982. Read more about Proud to Run here.

The event takes place along the lakefront, focusing on celebrating pride in and raising funds to support the greater Chicago area LGBTQ community. This race is organized by an all volunteer, community based board of directors. Register for the race here.

1 comment:

  1. That looks like so much fun! I used to run in a lot of races but haven't in years.