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6/8/13 2:41 P

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Can anyone suggest some 5K events in June and July? Looking for Chicagoland area. (more specifically: Northwest suburbs)

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We had someone who works for the Foundation come & talk to all of us employees & it was very educational. At least further in toward Chicago, & I'm pretty sure in other areas, there seemed to be lots of different programs, which let's the kids know they're not alone, just like you said. They seem to be doing quite a lot, which is great. My nephew suffered when a child, but he's in his 40's & has outgrown it.

I did the SAME thing when I first did a 5K. Can't remember how many I've done, but they've always been so much fun! The last one I did I had to walk with friends, because it was the Hot Chocolate/Chicago & just 3 months after I had surgery, but we had a good time.

Will you be running with someone, or by yourself? Almost all my races I started out with my daughter, but within a few seconds I ate her dust! emoticon

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3/19/13 10:17 A

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Thank you, Sue! I am glad to hear that the store you work for partners with them and helps support the programs.

You never think something like Epilepsy will come out of the blue and hit so hard. We went through so much... week long hospitalization in the Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, a horrible side effect to one of the medications that is extremely rare... It's been such a journey... I just want him to know that there are people out there who understand and who are working to find ways to cure/manage and educate about Epilepsy. It will be good for him to meet others who live with Epilepsy every day so he can see that he's not alone!

You know what's funny? I'm signing up for the Glow in the Dark 5K at Soldier Field for my Birthday! I haven't even completed my first and I'm signing up for more! LOL!

Thanks so much for the kind words, Sue.

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Well, good luck, Jess.....sounds like fun.
I'm familiar with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, since I work for a huge thrift store (Savers) that's partnered with them, meaning we help support their programs.
If you're like most of us, once you get bitten by the 5K bug, your first won't be your last.
Enjoy! emoticon

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3/18/13 11:09 P

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We are doing the Greater Chicagoland Epilepsy 5K on May 11th, 2013 in Libertyville (Lake County).

My son was diagnosed with Epilepsy in 2010, and we will be walking this 5K together... it's our first one ever!

Our team is Devin's Walkers. We are really excited! Anyone interested in joining our team can message me. It's a great cause and all registrations/donations are tax deductible.

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I'm doing the turkey trot 3 mile run in Oglesby. They give out beer and stuffing when you finish!! How funny is that? I just have to see this for myself!

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I wish there was actually a way to meet up, but unless you go together, know the area & can pick a spot to meet up--especially with races like the Hot Chocolate where I'm guessing there'll be thousands participating, it's probably next to impossible. At least I'll be going with some friends/neighbors. emoticon

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I'm doing the Santa Hustle 5k Dec 1st. @ Soldier Field

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10/7/12 10:40 A

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I'm doing the Hot Chocolate 5k and my husband is doing the 15k.

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Anybody in the McHenry Co area--or anywhere else--doing the Hot Chocolate 5 & 15 K ~ Nov. 4th / Grant Park, Chicago, IL? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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There is a mini triathalon in Annawan Illinois on Oct. 6th.along the Hennepin canal. I think it is 1.5 mile run, 3.5 mile bike ride, and 1.8 mile kayak. It sounds really fun ,but I have to get myself able to run at least 1.5 miles before then and I just started running a little on the treadmill. I don't know if I can do that. The biking and kayak are no problem for me-just the running!! Is there anyone in the area interested in this also?? Do you guys think I can get up to running 1.5 miles in two and a half weeks?



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9/17/12 10:25 P

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NanleyKW - How did it go? Sounds like a fun run.

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I am participating in my first 5K Run/Health Walk this Sat. Sept. 8th here in Princeton, IL. I entered along with my daughter as a walker since it is our first one. I have been training with the couch-2-5K program but I'm not far enough into the program to be able to enter as a runner. Here are my 2 goals for the race: be able to complete it; not to come in last. I have no doubt that I'll be able to complete it, however I'm not sure about the part of not coming in last.

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7/30/12 11:13 P

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I'm running my first 5k at the Firefly Run in Chicago, on September 15. It's a nighttime run and sounds really fun!

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That sounds like a great run and cause! I would love to do it and hopefully I can get in shape and do a 5K at some point.

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6/22/12 12:37 P

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Anyone looking for a fun 5K run? check out http://thecolorrun.com/stlouis

I am registered and have started a team - "Team Keefers" - for my friend's little boy, Keith, who has Autism. His mom and some of my other friends are running with our team too. Hope you can join us! It will be a great time and a great charity! if any SP peeps register for the race, send me a message and maybe we can get a time and place to meet before or after the race!

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Hi, there is a new 1/2 Marathon September 29th in Bloomington/Normal IL called We Care 1/2 Marathon https://www.facebook.com/WeCareTwinCitiesH
alfMarathon to sign up http://itsracetime.com/

We Care Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile race in the Twin Cities, Bloomington/Normal, Illinois, on September 29th, 2012. , benefitting Ecology Action Center

The race will start at 7:00 am at Eastview Christian Church, 1500N. Airport Road, Normal, Illinois.
Race Distances:
5k, 10k (possible), 1/2 marathon, kids run.
The 5k will be on Friday, September 28th. (time TBA)
The 1/2 marathon, 10k (possible) and kids run will be on Saturday, September 29th.
The race will be run over city streets and Constitution Trail (paved).

We care about the twin cities, and our environment.
To that end, any race profits will be donated to Ecology Action Center.
Runners also have the option to fundraise for (mostly) local charities through online donations. If you know of a non-profit organization that may wish to be included in the list of available organizations, please have them contact the Race Director, Dan Anderson (dan@dansplants.net).

We care about our runners.
We want you to succeed. If you have never run a half marathon before, this is a good one for you. The course is relatively flat. The weather is generally good the end of September. We will have links to beginner training schedules to help you out.
We also will have 'Barnabas runners'. Barnabas was known as The Great Encourager. We will have Barnabus runners the last few miles if you just need someone to help you finish. Someone to keep you going. We are all about helping you finish!

All race participants will receive t-shirts. 10k and 1/2 marathon shirts will be technical shirts. There will be finisher medals for the 1/2 marathon as well as age group winners and awards for all races.

Food will be provided after all races.

There will be an expo and race packet pickup at Eastview Christian Church on Friday night. The expo will include vendors as well as the charitable organizaions involved in the fundraising.


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You can check out the web site: www.active.com
Just enter your zip code & you'll get lots of races, in your area.

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I have ran 3 5k's in the last 8 months! I am looking for some fun ones that aren't in Chicago. Anyone find any in the next few months?

"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder


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I am new to the group - found you by looking for anyone running the Illinois Marathon, Half, 10k and the 5K at University of Illinois in Champaign IL. It's April 28th - pretty flat course. The registration is full for the half and 10k. They have the 5k race on Friday night with an option for the marathoners and half runners to join the 5k as an I-Challenge! We have over 8000 runners for the half this year! Totally excited - I run my first 10K last year!

There is a large expo on campus from Thursday through Saturday and they also have a kids run planned after the marathon runners are finished. There is also a pasta feed on Friday night too!

Hope to see some sparkers there! If anyone is going and if anyone has planned to meet up with any other SP people, please let me know! I am from Central IL - I will try to add the races I know of in my area if anyone is interested! Thanks!

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Ram Racing has some really fun 5K's coming up:

Cinco de Miler 5 Mile ~ May 6th / Montrose Harbor, Chicago, IL
NorthShore 1/2 Marathon & 5K ~ June 10th / Downtown Highland Park, IL
Terrapin 5K ~ Aug. 2nd / Terrapin Station - SE Corner of Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Bucktown 5K ~ Sept. 30th / Burr Elementary School Grounds ( Wabansia & Marshfield) Chicago, IL
Hot Chocolate 5 & 15 K ~ Nov. 4th / Grant Park, Chicago, IL
North Shore Turkey Trot ~ Nov. 22nd / Downtown Highland Park, IL

They also have 2 tri's coming up. One in Lake Geneva, June 24th & SouthShore Chicago, July 28th.
Unfortunatly, they have cancelled their Bangs Lake Tri & She Bangs Tri.


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Cool! I was just telling my dd about that race and she wants to do it! Wondering if we can make it to St. Louis in August.... off to check the calendar!

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A few friends and I are heading to St. Louis in August for the Run For Your Life 5k/Obstacle Course. It's a 5k course with 12 obstacle and lots of zombies to avoid!! emoticon runforyourlives.com/

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My dd & I want to do a mud run this year. It would be our first race ever. I wonder which one would better suit us. The one in Gilberts or the Dirty Girl www.godirtygirl.com/event-schedule/ ????

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I decided to do a 5k in the fall in order to have something to work towards and keep me motived. There is a 5k in Edwardsville at the Watershed in October that I have decided to do - and I think my mom (who is in way better shape than I am) is going to do with it with me!

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Oh definitely sign up for the mud run SSHAN004! My best advice for this event: HAVE FUN! Seriously, it's the only way to go at it! You will get muddy and it is exhausting, but if you enter with a good attitude, you will have a blast!

MYCBRSWIMS: Congrats on completing the Polar Dash! I have a couple of friends who competed in it - what a fun race :)




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I just did the Polar Dash 5K in Chicago and I'm doing the Cupid Dash 5K in February.

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Hi Daisyduck,

I observed the mudrun last year in Gilberts and loved it! I am pumped to try it this year! Any advice?

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Thanks for posting those Laurie!

I've registered for one race so far this year:
March Madness Half Marathon - Cary IL - March 18, 2012 (my first HM) I would post a link for sign-up but this race filled up in under an hour!

I'm planning on participating in:
Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run - Gilberts, IL - May 20, 2012 www.downanddirtymudrun.com/ch.cfm
I ran this last year and had an absolute blast!!


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I am registered for these:

Lincoln Presidential HM ~ Springfield, IL ~ April 7, 2012
Rockford (IL) HM ~ May 20, 2012
Quad Cities Marathon ~ Moline, IL ~ September 23, 2012

and in driving distance:

Wisconsin Half Marathon ~ Kenosha, WI ~ May 5, 2012
Madison Mini Marathon ~ Madison, WI ~August 18, 2012

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Please share any races and/or events in your area - whether you plan to participate or not. This could be a great opportunity for members to plan meet-ups!


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