How to celebrate National Running Day Chicago style
The sun’s out, the humidity is down, the temperatures are more ideal than oppressive. We’ve been waiting for this kind of weather, right? And what better way to celebrate the start of June than by going for a run? You don’t really have an excuse today either—and not because of this perfect weather. It’s National Running Day, a celebration of running that started two years ago to encourage runners to get outside and share what they love.
Carey Pinkowski, executive race director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and Wendy Jaehn, executive director of the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA), already kicked things off this morning with a run that left NBC Plaza at 6:30 a.m. But that doesn’t mean you’ve missed out on all of the day’s fun. Here are more ways to get running and share the fun.
Take a running photo. Snap a shot of yourself in running action, dressed in your running gear, with your running buds—all things running apply—and share it with Fleet Feet Sports Chicago’s Facebook page.
Run with Mark Buciak and Fitness Formula Club. Head over to Fitness Formula Club’s Gold Coast location, 1030 N. Clark, to run with local legend Mark Buciak, who’s known among runners for his consecutive string of Boston Marathons. The run starts at 6pm. and wraps up with a core class back at the gym at 7:30pm.
Run with Fleet Feet, Craft and Karhu. Celebrate National Running Day with a 3- to 6-mile run through Lincoln Park with this fun run that leaves Fleet Feet Piper’s Alley at 6:30pm. Here’s your chance to run with Karhu’s mascot, Run with the Bear.
Register for a race. If you had your eyes set on running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon on August 14 but were dragging your feet to cough up the money and pay, you’ll save $13, courtesy of Competitor Group, by registering today. All of their Rock ‘n’ Roll, Muddy Buddy and TriRock races offer these one-day discounts so you can’t lose.
Run with Universal Sole and The Running Institute. Squeeze in a few extra minutes at the office before heading over to The Running Institute at 111 N. Wabash for their 6:30pm. fun run. The run offers 3 to 6 miles through Millennium Park and along the lakefront, followed by food and drink.
Run with lululemon athletica. CARA will be on hand tonight at lululemon’s Michigan Avenue location (900 N Michigan Ave), where you’ll be able to experience the organization’s Beginning Running, 5K, 10K Training Program without dropping a dime.
Whether you’ve been running for years or trading the sofa for sneakers, it’s going to be a great night to get outside. Where are you running?