Fall Runs In Chicago From 5k To Half Marathon

As the temps dip, some of you still want to keep your running goals for the year. If running an Ultra Marathon which involves 50 miles or gorging Krispy Kreme donuts as you run, up your alley? We’ve selected some runs happening in Chicago and area suburbs. If you’re looking to train, you can join some of the area running clubs including  the free Nike+ Run Club

RACE: 5K Run/Walk to benefit Northwestern Special Olympics
Date: Saturday, October 24
Cost: Northwestern Student $5.00 | Community Member $10.00
Distance(s): 5k (3.1 miles)
Location: Evanston
Start time: 9:00 AM
More info: Enjoy views of Lake Michigan & the Chicago skyline and support a great cause. All race proceeds go to Northwestern Special Olympics. Sign Up


RACE: Pumpkins in the Park 5K
Date: Saturday, October 24
Cost: 5K – $40
Distance(s): 5k (3.1 miles)
Start time: 4 PM 5K start
Location: Lincoln Park (Stockton Drive + LaSalle Street) – Chicago
More info: Pumpkins in the Park is Chicago’s Official Halloween race for the whole family, produced in partnership with the Chicago Park District. Signup


RACE: Life Fitness Hustle for ALS 8k/5k
Date: Sunday, October 25
Cost: 8k – $50.00 | 5k – $40.00 | 5k Fun Walk – $35.00
Distance(s): 8k (4.9miles), 5k (3.1 miles), 5k Fun Walk
Location: MB Financial Park – Rosemont
Start time: 8:00 AM
More info: Challenge yourself for 5 or 3 miles while celebrating the lives and memories of Chicagoland area ALS patients, their loved ones who are currently fighting and those who have passed away from ALS. Onsite registration for the 8k run will not be available, however race day registration for the 5k run and fun walk will open at 7am on race morning. Signup


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RACE: Apna Ghar’s Stride Against Violence 5K Run/Walk
Date: Sunday, October 25
Cost: Adult – $40 | Youth Participant(11-17) – $25 | Child Participant -Free
Distance(s): 5k
Start time: 9:30 AM
Location: Montrose Harbor – Chicago
More info: Apna Ghar (Our Home) has been a safe haven for women and children in Chicago who face domestic violence, but don’t have the support networks or access to services needed to break free. Day of Registration, packet pickup, and gear check begins at 8:00am. Signup


RACE: Dick Pond Hot Cocoa 5K & 8 Mile
Date: Sunday, October 25
Cost: 5K Run/Walk-$39.00 | 8 Mile-$39.00
Distance(s): 8 mile, 5k (3.1 miles)
Start time: 8:00 AM
Location: Danada Forest Preserve Wheaton, IL (DuPage County)
More info: A fun Halloween themed event the Cocoa Run Walk has become a late fall tradition. All registrants get a sweet fleece jacket and hot cocoa. Chip timed, awards to the top overall male and female finisher and the top 3 male and femail finishers in each age group. Signup


RACE: Chicago Monster Dash
Date: Saturday, October 31st
Cost:Half Marathon-$69.99 | 10K-$59.99 | 5K-$49.99 | 5K Youth (12 and Under) -$34.99
Distance(s): Half marathon (13.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles), 5K (3.1 miles)
Start time: 9:00 AM
Location: Start and Finish in Grant Park south along Lakefront Trail
More info: Team Ortho’s signature costume race is the perfect way to start celebrating Halloween! The Monster Dash Half and 5K races are filled with great scenery. Signup


RACE: SkyRise Chicago
Date: Sunday, November 8
Cost: Individual participant-$60|Team minimum donation: $2500
Distance(s): 103 floors
Start time: 7 a.m
Location: Willis Tower
More info: The Seventh Annual SkyRise Chicago stair climb, benefiting the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). SkyRise Chicago is the only event to offer two modes of participation: a climb of 103 floors or hand cycle of the equivalent distance and elevation. Experience a finish line on Skydeck Chicago’s breathtaking panoramic views and The Ledge  glass floor balconies 1,353 feet above street level. Signup


RACE: Hot Chocolate 15k/5k
Date: Saturday November 8th,
Cost: 15K -$79.00 Until registration closes |5K-$54.00 Until registration closes| Walk for Little City Adult 2 Mile Walk-$45.00
Distance(s): 15k (9.3miles), 5k (3.1miles)
Start time: 7:00am
Location: Grant Park, Chicago
More info: Start and finish in Grant Park amongst Chicago’s biggest chocolate aficionados. Participants receive an award winning goodie bag. The chocolate really begins to flow at the Post Race Party where runners enjoy music, a family friendly kid-zone (complete with bounce houses and games) and a finisher’s mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dippable treats! Signup


RACE: Chicago’s Perfect 10
Date: Saturday, November 14
Cost: 10K Before 9/14/15: $47, On/After 9/14/15: $51 | 10 Mile Before 9/14/15: $64, On/After 9/14/15: $68
Distance(s): 10 Mile, 10K
Start time: 7:30 AM
Location: Navy Pier
More info: One of the Windy City’s fastest-growing running events, Chicago’s Perfect 10, returns for its fifth year at the front door of Navy Pier. Runners will have two sprint options: a 10K run south along lakefront to Soldier Field and back OR a longer 10-mile run south to 31st Street and back. A portion of the proceeds will again benefit Gateway for Cancer Research. Signup


RACE: North Shore Turkey Trot!
Date: Thursday, November 26
Cost: 10K-$54.00 ’til November 8th, $59.00 ’til registration closes | 5K-$44.00 ’til November 8th, $49.00 ’til registration closes
Distance(s): 10k , 5k (3.1 miles)
Start time: 5k: 7:30am | 10k: 8:10am
Location: Downtown Highland Park, IL
More info: Enjoy an incredible course through the North Shore After the race, grab your free personal pie to help you recover like the champ you are. Signup


RACE:Turkey Day Run Chicago 5K/8K
Date: Thursday, November 26
Cost: 5k Adult-$40 | 8k-$40 | 5k Youth-$20 + Processing fee
Distance(s): 8k (4.9 miles), 5k (3.1 miles)
Start time:9:00 AM
Location: Lincoln Park along Lake Michigan
More info: Warm up your Thanksgiving appetite with Chicago’s longest running Thanksgiving tradition, the 38th Annual Turkey Day Run Chicago. Support the Greater Chicago Food Depository in ensuring no Chicagoan goes hungry this Thanksgiving by bringing two cans of food to either packet pick-up or to the race day. Signup


RACE: Grant Park Turkey Trot
Date:Saturday November 28
Cost: 5k Run/walk-$35 on or before November 27
Distance(s): 5k (3.1 miles)
Start time: 9:00 AM
Location: Grant Park, Chicago
More info: Work off your thanksgiving feast with a 5k run or walk the Saturday after Thanksgiving with family and friends. Signup

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