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Ditka Dash VIP Registration 98% SOLD OUT - Register Today!  
On October 14, join thousands of mustache-clad Ditkas at Soldier Field for the Ditka Dash 5K. All participants will receive a proper mustache, aviator sunglasses, cold beer, an amazing finisher medal, and a race shirt reminiscent of Coach Ditka's fine wool sweater vest.
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Parkie's 5k/10k  
All-new 10K course!  Join the Bolingbrook Park District on Saturday, August 26 and participate in Parkie's 5K/10K, which has been running for over 10 years and has grown to be one of the most popular races in the area. This is the perfect race for beginners or if you're a seasoned athlete looking to PR on a fast course. Parkie's 5K/10K will use bib chip timing again this year! This means even greater accuracy for your race time and nothing to attach to your shoe. 
Registration is just $23 for the 5K and $33 for the 10K. Register today as prices increase on August 1! The first 500 registrants will receive a moisture wicking t-shirt and post-race refreshments will be provided. See you on August 26!

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The Woodridge Rotary's 18th Annual Mini Triathlon Main Event labeled as Chicagoland's LARGEST Mini Tri takes place at Woodridge's award winning Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park and welcomes athletes of all abilities, age, shapes, sizes and experience. Whether you are a first timer, rookie triathlete, a weekend warrior or a seasoned veteran in training for an upcoming triathlon, this event is the perfect race for you. The (Main Event / All Ages) 250 YD Swim (Pool Swim) / 10k (6.2 Mile Bike) / 2 Mile Run event takes place on Sunday, August 13, 2017 @ 7AM and (KiDs Event / 12 Years of Age & under) starts at 10:30 AM. Main Event Race fee $65/person.  KiDs Race (12 & <) Fee $55/person. 3-Person Teams are welcome.  

Race Fee includes: chip timing, BIB, T-shirt, water/sport drinks, nutrition bars & fruit, post event sandwich/drink (beer for 21 & over), event area entertainment, $5 charitable donation, sponsor giveaways, raffle prizes (bike), sponsor products, placement award medals and finishing medals.

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Naperville Last Fling
The Naperville Jaycees' Last Fling is a family-friendly community festival which takes place over Labor Day Weekend in and around Downtown Naperville and, for many, is a fun way to say farewell to summer! The Last Fling offers a wide variety of attractions for all ages to enjoy including: national and local musicians on two stages, Family Fun Land, a carnival, unique special events, a business expo, a parade and a few running events.  

On Monday, there is the Fling Mile that starts at 8:45am and the 5K starts at 9:00am.  

This year on the main stage, we are bringing Emily Ann Roberts and LANCO Friday night, Cinderella's Tom Keifer and Bret Michaels Saturday night, and Soul Asylum and Barenaked Ladies Sunday night.  Sunday afternoon, from 3-5pm, we have a Meet and Greet with Miranda "Lou" May of Disney Channel's "Bunk'd." Tickets are now available for purchase at

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August/September 2017
Official Transamerica Chicago Triathlon Program

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Calendar of Events
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Run this Malort 5K to Get a Buzz and a Burn
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club supporters group Section 8 is celebrating the group's 20th anniversary by torturing Chicagoans with a 5K race on Saturday, August 20 in North Center that'll start (and end) with a shot of Chicago's favorite wormwood libation.
The Malort 5K kicks off at 10 a.m. and ends at the PrivateBank Fire Pitch (3626 N. Talman Ave.) with another shot of Malort-if runners can tolerate it-at the soccer facility's Pub97. Brave souls will also be given a complimentary beer upon crossing the finish line to complete their Chicago handshake and thus, sealing the fate of their poor tastebuds. You'll also receive a T-shirt to commemorate the event and to brandish in front of your grandkids in 50 years to prove you, too, once went hard.

Tickets to participate are $30 and can be purchased from Stay hydrated out there, folks.

Public Bathrooms Finally Coming to 606
The  McCormick YMCA  at the western end of the 606 has kicked off a $9.4 million expansion that will add amenities for its members such as two indoor swimming pools - and for users of the park system's elevated Bloomingdale Trail,  long-desired public bathrooms.
The bathrooms are expected to open in fall of 2018 in conjunction with the expansion, officials said.

Building two unisex restrooms for visitors at the western trailhead of the 606 - Chicago's 2.7-mile long elevated park and trail system -  was a requirement included in an  ordinance introduced  in May by Mayor Rahm Emanuel  tied to the sale of city-owned land to the YMCA.

Top 5 Running Drills
Running drills are important because they strengthen your weaknesses and teach your body to work harder, stronger and more efficiently than before. It doesn't matter if you're running for fun or if you're looking to run faster and stronger, running drills are not just for elite athletes - everyone should be doing them.

You can do the drills as an independent workout after a warm-up, or as part of prep work before a full, longer run, one or twice a week. The drills look painless and easy, but they'll be different than what your body is used to, so you may find yourself sore in different places. However, the drills will start to feel easier and you'll begin to recover faster the more you do them.

Here are 5 different running drills to try that will change your running.

The City Wants Your Opinion on Splitting the Lakefront Trail Once Again
As almost every local Chicago runner knows, thanks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the city is currently working on separating paths for runners and bicyclists along seven miles of the Lakefront Trail between Fullerton Avenue and Ohio Street and from 31st to 51st streets.

The section from 31st Street to 41st Street has been complete for several weeks. The city is now set to split the trail between Ardmore and Montrose avenues, and is holding an open house on August 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. present its plans for this portion.

Representatives from the Chicago Park District, Chicago Area Runners Association, and the Active Transportation Alliance will be present at the open house to gather feedback, answer questions, and present their plans.

2017 CrossFit Games Come to Midwest
The CrossFit Games takes competitive fitness to its extreme, pitting the fittest of the fit against each other across a series of workouts, often with a twist. Last year's prize pool totaled $2.2 million.

Tuesday, CrossFit updated the 2017 Games 
workouts page with details on four of the first five events at the 2017 CrossFit Games, which take place August 3-6 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Although the event is local, catch the games on CBS Sports Network. CBS will carry two hours of competition coverage each night at 9 p.m. up through the final day of this year's CrossFit Games on August 6. On Saturday, August 5, CBS Sports will air live coverage of the games beginning at noon followed by an event recap show on August 19, also at noon.

Race Results from July 20 to July 26
View all past race results online

July 20
Sundowner 5K - Joliet

July 22
CARA 'Go Runs - Chicago, IL
The Glo Run Chicago - Chicago IL
The Glo Run - Hoffman Estates, IL
Fitness for America Half Marathon - Hoffman Estates, IL
Fast Feet for Families 5K - Janesville, WI

July 23
Get Your Rear in Gear 5K - Tinley Park, IL
BIG 10K - Chicago, IL

Calendar of Events from July 27 to August 2
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July 28
Michigan Adventure Race - Cadillac, MI

July 29
'Go Run - Humboldt, Warren and Washington Parks
The Glo Run 5K - Cedar Rapids, IA
Hawk Harrier 5K - Park Ridge, IL
Iron Abe Triathlon - Springfield, IL
Route 66 Half Iron - Springfield, IL
Stone Man Sprint Triathlon - Springfield, IL
3 Disciplines - Sanford, MI
Hilloopy 100+ Relay - Kenosha, WI

July 30
Algonquin Founders Day Run - Algonquin, IL
Great Lake Plunge - Evanston, IL
Splash Pedal Dash Triathlon - Schaumburg, IL
Bob Leonard 5K/10K - St. Charles, IL

August 1
CARA Six Series - Chicago, IL

Local Discounts, Deals and Price Increase Alerts  
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Tahqua Trail Run (Race Date: August 5)
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Hawaii Volcano Rain Forest Runs (Race Date: Aug. 19)
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