Summer Series – Run While It’s Cool

As the weather starts to cool down, it’s the perfect time to get outside and run! This week’s Summer Series features some awesome fall runs here in Chicago. 

First up is the 2019 Get Your Rear in Gear! The race is on Saturday, September 7 at Montrose Harbor. Registration begins at 7 am on race day! There is a Kids Fun Run beginning at 8:20 am,  a 5K Timed Run at 8:30 am, and a 5K Walk at 8:35 am. Online registration closes on Wednesday September 4 at midnight. Adult registration is $30, youth participants are $15 (12 and under), and Kids Fun Run participants (10 and under) are $15. On race day, all kids are $20 and adults are $40. Proceeds from the race benefit increased screening and prevention of colon cancer. Find more information and register now, here.

Mark your calendars for the Mesothelioma Race for Justice! This second annual race is on Saturday, September 21 at 9 am. Take in the gorgeous fall scenery on the trail at Lake County Forest Preserve Half Day Location! The race day silent auction will begin at 7:30 am, the pre-race ceremony begins at 8 am, the 5K begins at 9 am, and the vendor tables open at 9 am. The silent auction winners will be announced at 11 am. Registration costs $40 and is open online until September 19. Registration prices go up to $50 on race day. All participants will receive a long sleeve race shirt and a Finisher’s Medal! Funds raised at the Mesothelioma Race for Justice go directly to the Meso Foundation’s crucial efforts toward curing this disease. Register here now!

Every October, runners from across the country and around the world come to Chicago to experience the city by running through it at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon! Whether you’re running the marathon yourself, cheering on friends, or just looking to be part of the excitement of race weekend, you’re invited to the Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K on Saturday October 12. The race begins at 7:30 am at Daley Plaza. Runners and spectators should allow themselves plenty of time to get to the start on race day- public transportation is highly recommended. Entry fee for the event is $35 and runners will receive a one-of-a-kind running tour through downtown Chicago, a Chicago style winter hat, an event bib number and timing device, and a finisher’s medal. Find more information and register now here.

The Chicago Marathon is a huge, city-wide event! Come to support a specific runner or to cheer on the masses- it’s just as fun for spectators as it is for participants! General spectators do not have access to the start and finish areas within Grant Park but are encouraged to support runners from elsewhere on the course. There is a designated runner reunite area where you can meet your runner after the race. The Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party and runner reunite area of Grant Park will open to spectators at 9:30 a.m on Sunday October 13. As the Bank of America Chicago Marathon weaves its way through 29 diverse neighborhoods, participants and spectators experience the history, culture, renowned architecture, and vibrant spirit that make Chicago great. As you prepare to cheer on your runner make sure to take advantage of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon spectator guide. With a detailed course map, spectator viewing areas by CTA trains, Chicago neighborhood details and more helpful information, the Chicago Marathon spectator guide will help you get the most out of your spectator experience. You can download your copy here!