25 Chicago Must-Do Races to fill your 2020 Race Calendar

25 Chicago Must-Do Races to fill your 2020 Race Calendar

Chicago is a great place to run and it has many unique and fun races. Whether you live in or near The Windy City or have a reason to travel here, do mark your calendar for some of these must-do races. I haven’t done all of them (yet), but the ones I haven’t done come highly recommended by numerous sources in the Chicago running community. Wishing you happy miles…enjoy! Read more

Race Review: Hot Chocolate 15k/5k (Chicago)

Race Review: Hot Chocolate 15k/5k (Chicago)

I ran the Hot Chocolate 15k in Chicago last Sunday. It was awesome! There was also a 5k and between both events there were over 32,000 finishers making it one of Chicago’s biggest races. Sponsored by Allstate, Hot Chocolate has become one of those kind of iconic races that everyone does. With Shamrock Shuffle which opens the Chicago race season in March, it serves as as a bookend to the season in November. Read more

Three reasons this year’s Chicago Marathon is extra special

Three reasons this year’s Chicago Marathon is extra special

The Chicago Marathon is now three days away. Three days! Although it will be my ninth marathon, there is just something so special about this one in particular.

There is of course something unique and special about every marathon experience, and like all marathoners, I have great stories to tell about all of them. What has made this marathon special though has already happened and will remain unchanged regardless of what happens on Sunday. Read more

Race Review: Race Against Hate

Race Review: Race Against Hate

I know four of my last six posts have been race reviews.  Can you stand another? Last weekend’s race was a great event for an even more important cause, so please bear with me another week.

We ran the 10k at the 20th Annual Ricky Birdsong Memorial Race Against Hate on Father’s Day. There were also 5k and Youth Mile and Half Mile races. Ricky Birdsong  was the men’s basketball coach for Northwestern, who, just about 20 years, ago was murdered by a white supremacist.  His killer went on a rampage that Independence Day weekend in 1999 that left 7 wounded and another dead. Read more

Race Review: The Bellin Run

Race Review: The Bellin Run

I still don’t totally understand the popularity of this race. The 42ndAnnual Bellin Run in Green Bay, Wisconsin last weekend had over 11,000 participants! It’s one of the largest fields for a 10k in the nation! The course was nice; rolling hills and winding streets through mostly residential parts of Green Bay and Allouez. In that regard it reminded me of the Ridgewood Run on Memorial Day in New Jersey. But the Ridgewood Run, while a big event, doesn’t have over 8600 finishers in the 10k. Read more