It's Cycling Weekend in the Midwest

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Chicago Half Marathon  
Join us this Fall for the 2017 Chicago Half Marathon & 5K on September 24, 2017 at Jackson Park! Experience a picturesque autumn morning run on the banks of Lake Michigan. Our course winds through some of the city's renowned landmarks such as historic Hyde Park and the timeless Museum of Science and Industry. Make sure to snag your spot before the price increase at the end of the month. Register today using CHIFALL for $10 off your registration!
Do you and your friends take part in a local run club that would like to take on the Chicagoland Run Club Challenge? Check out this link for more information including prizes, perks and more!

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Raceway 5k- August 12
Runners and walkers, please start your engines! Come run or walk the course of former race car champions at the once famous Meadowdale Race Track located in Carpentersville, IL. Now known as Raceway Woods, it provides an exciting venue for a challenging 5K race which is sure to appeal to all participants with its beautiful scenery, rolling terrain, straight-aways, curves and embankments that only a course like Raceway Woods can provide.

The event is chipped timed, and awards will be provided for fastest times in multiple age categories. Be sure to register by July 23 to ensure you will receive an official athletic Raceway 5K t-shirt. (Extra's will be made, but sizing will be limited).  

All proceeds go to the Carpentersville Rotary Club to support its many charitable activities benefiting the community, including Project Warm, which provides new coats for children in need. 

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Komen Chicago's Inaugural Ride for the Cure  
Don't miss Komen Chicago's Inaugural Ride for the Cure, Sunday, September 17th.
As part of the Evanston Bike Club's 33rd  North Shore Century ride , cyclists can choose to pedal 25-, 50-, 62- or 100-miles, starting from Dawes Park in Evanston, heading up toward Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Sign on to Team Komen and your Ride Registration is FREE with your commitment to raise a minimum of $360, the cost of two mammograms. Raise $1000 and get a Ride for the Cure cycling jersey!
Seventy-five cents of every dollar raised funds much needed mammograms and diagnostic services for the un- and under-insured in and around our 5-county Chicagoland area. The remaining twenty-five cents is devoted to global breast cancer research. 
For full details, and to register today, go to:

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July 2017
Open-Water Swimming and Local Mountain Biking
Free Event Photos
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for photos updated hours after races end.

Calendar of Events
Looking for upcoming endurance events in Chicago? Check out  Chicago Athlete's event calendar  for the largest event guide in the Midwest.

Eight Cycling Events Coming to Midwest
Has the Tour de France ignited a cycling bug? You're in luck: this weekend is a cycling weekend in the Chicago area and suburbs, so whether you want to compete or spectate,  show your support for the sport!

Gran Fondo Hundo - Wilmette, IL
Higher Gear's metric century (100k) will take you and 99 others one-way from Higher Gear-Wilmette up to historic Simmons Field in Kenosha, WI. Rest stops will be provided along the route. Riders and bikes will be transported back to Wilmette.

Intelligentsia Cup - Niles, Elmhurst, Lake Bluff and Chicago, IL
Although this series of races started last week, the Intelligentsia Cup is still making its way around the suburbs and city through Monday! You can still register for any location on-site, or simply go watch riders tackle different routes. 

Venus de Miles - Lake Forest, IL
With the choice of a 25-mile or 60-mile ride or a 5k run, Venus de Miles is an unforgettable day of fun with extensive on-course support, complimentary lunch & cocktails, post-event pampering, and a stylish commemorative t-shirt.

Scenic Shore 150 - Mequon, WI
The Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour is a two-day, 150 mile bike ride in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Starting in Mequon, WI and finishing in Sturgeon Bay, WI, riders cycle along Lake Michigan's shoreline.

RAGBRAI - Orange City, IA
The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is seven-day bicycle ride across the state. The route averages 468 miles and begins along the western border on the Missouri River and ends along the eastern border on the Mississippi. 

TBT: Milwaukee Avenue Used To Host A 25-Mile Bike Race Every Year
Starting in 1886, cyclists gathered every Memorial Day for a 25-mile competitive bike race along Milwaukee Avenue, leading from northwest suburban Wheeling down to the city's West Side.
And the avenue - which today  funnels thousands of two-wheeled commuters each day - wasn't such friendly terrain for bicycles in the 19th century.

Northwest Chicago Historical Society board member Frank Suerth explains, " Milwaukee Avenue [was] not the Milwaukee Avenue that one knows of today but a dirt road with ruts and other obstacles. Just a half-mile from the start of the race, riders had to "narrow down" for the bridge over the creek flowing into the Des Plaines River. Riders unable to "narrow down" due to the crowded participants on the bridge made a wet detour."

Rupp, Hasay, Samuelson Among American Runner Field at Chicago Marathon
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp and American marathon debut record holder Jordan Hasay will lead a deep field of American contenders at the 40th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Adding an exclamation point to the elite athlete field, 1984 Olympic gold medalist and 1985 Chicago Marathon champion Joan Benoit Samuelson will toe the line in an attempt to set an age group world record.
"Galen and Jordan are huge talents who have the ability to capture podium finishes. The last time we had an American male and female place in the top three together was 1996. And we have a deep field of Americans who can shake things up this year Luke Puskedra, Diego Estrada, Sam Chelanga, Sarah Crouch, Becky Wade and Alia Gray, to name a few," said Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski.

"And Joanie is a legend. To have Joan attempting a record in Chicago allows us the opportunity to celebrate her as an American icon and running legend."

See the full American field here
The Annual Rock 'n Roll Chicago Half Marathon took place Sunday
Race Recaps Galore
Along with the summer heat, race season is at its peak, and we are out there trying to cover as many as we can! Check out reviews of the most recent races Chicago Athlete attended: 

Saturday, July 15
McHenry River Run - McHenry, IL
Grayslake 5k - Grayslake, IL
Hemingway 8K - Oak Park, IL

Sunday, July 16
Rock 'n Roll Chicago Half Marathon, 10K and 5K - Chicago, IL

Monday, July 17
Universal Sole Burgers and Beer 5K - Chicago, IL

Bike Safety, Skills Development for Young Cyclists 
Helping your kids become safe, confident cyclists is one of the best things that a parent can do for their active children.  Kids love bike riding and the feeling of independence that comes from the ability to get to school or a friend's house under their own power. It can be a life-long source of fun and fitness.

Cycling is an incredible way to be active, see your neighborhood, bond with friends and have memorable family adventures.  Help it to be a safe hobby by giving your kids the skills to ride safely.

Race Results from July 13 to July 19
View all past race results online

July 15
Seth Egger Memorial 5K - Aurora, IL
Grayslake 5K - Grayslake, IL

Calendar of Events from July 20 to July 26
Full calendar available at

July 20
Sundowner 5K - Joilet, IL
IronFam - Oswego, IL

July 22
'Go Run - Humboldt, Warren and Washington Parks
Chicagoland Inline Race - Hoffman Estates, IL
Sunset Half Marathon/10K/5K - Hoffman Estates, IL
The Glo Run - Hoffman Estates, IL
Venus de Miles - Lake Forest, IL
Wauconda Kids Triathlon - Wauconda, IL
KPC Sprint Triathlon - Kendallville, IN
3 Disciplines - Hopkins, MI
Scenic Shore 150 - Mequon, WI

July 23
Youth Triathlon - Belvedere, IL
BTN Big 10K - Chicago, IL
Get Your Rear in Gear - Tinley Park, IL
Wauconda Triathlons - Wauconda, IL

July 25
CARA Six Series - Chicago, IL

July 26
MMTT Splash and Dash - Geneva, IL
Summer Sunset - Geneva, IL

Local Discounts, Deals and Price Increase Alerts  
Race Directors: Have a discount code or price increase for your upcoming event? We encourage you to submit them to to provide to subscribers! 

Tahqua Trail Run (Race Date: August 5)
-Save $10 on 25K or 10K with code GLECA10

Hawaii Volcano Rain Forest Runs (Race Date: Aug. 19)
-Price increases on July 31

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