Weekend races in Chicago

Keep those fitness levels up this winter in Chicago and take part in one of the many races this weekend. Have you got what it takes to race in whatever weather Chicago sends your way?

Nov. 15

Girls on the Run 5K
Montrose Harbor
On-site registration: 6:30 a.m.
Race: 8:30 a.m.
Head down to Montrose Harbor to experience a whole lot of girl power all for a good cause. This run focuses on empowering girls to become strong, healthy women.

Swan-a-Thon Chicago
Grant Park
Registration and Packet distribution: 8:30 a.m.
Race: 10 a.m.
The Gamma Phi Omega chapter at University of Illinois hosts its annual race to benefit the American Diabetes Association. 

SHS Turkey Trot for Technology
James Knight Park, Sandwich, IL
Registration: 8 a.m.
Race: 9 a.m.
Sandwich High School Science Department is hosting its 5K and 1-mile walk/run to raise money for technology in their science class.

Cortland Turkey Trot
Cortland, IL
Race: 9 a.m.
A family-friendly run that takes you through Cortland’s beautiful neighborhoods. Pets are welcome to race, too.

Life Fitness: Fitness in motion 8K
Registration and Refreshments: 6:30 a.m.
Race: 8 a.m.
Missed the Ice Bucket Challenge? Head to Rosemont to tackle the the 8K to benefit  the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Race organizers encourage runners to raise at least $90 to represent that every 90 seconds someone is newly diagnosed with ALS.

Mike Hike 5K Veterans Run/Walk
Homer Glen
Registration: 8 a.m.
Race: 9 a.m.
An annual event organized by family and volunteers at Homer Glen Foundation to honor PFC Michael Olivieri, who lost his life while serving in Iraq. Proceeds raised through this event supports improvements to community trails and parks.  


Nov. 16

Niles Park District Harvest Hustle
Registration: 7 a.m.
Race/Walk: 8 a.m.
It may be chilly, but head outside to hit the pavement to raise money for the Niles food pantry at the 5K harvest hustle.

Red Eye Run
Race: 7:15 a.m.
The Red Eye 8K course takes runners through Joliet neighborhoods as well as the forest preserve. Organized by the Joliet Park District, it’s also part of CARA’s 2014 competitive circuit.