The sun is out, the wind is warm, and the sneakers are begging to be taken for a jog. It’s summer, and that means running season. Test your hammies in one of five 5K runs happening this month around Chicagoland.
19th Annual Roselle Run for the Roses 5K and Youth Run
When: Sunday, June 2, at 8 a.m.
Where: Roselle Park District Clauss Center | 555 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Roselle
Tip: Free childcare is available for kids not participating themselves.
This easy dash through scenic Roselle challenges runners with a quick first mile and benefits the Tourette Syndrome Association of Illinois and the Tourette Syndrome Youth Camping Organization. After completing the USATF-certified course, runners can refuel with an early morning slice from Nancy’s Pizza, or cheer on the next generation of racers in the Youth 0.6K. Prizes will be awarded to the top overall male and female runners, as well as the top three runners in each age group. Registration may be completed onsite from 6 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. on the day of the race.
1st Annual Superhero 5K Walk/Run
When: Saturday, June 8, at 9 a.m.
Where: Palatine Towne Square Pavilion | 150 W. Palatine Rd., Palatine
Cost: Adults: $35 with T-shirt, $30 without; Kids 11–17: $15 with T-shirt, $10 without; Kids 10 and younger: $5 with or without T-shirt
Tip: Free parking is available at the Gateway Parking Garage or any village parking lot.
The inaugural running of this race will send scads of costumed crimefighters speeding through a USATF-certified course that cuts through Palatine’s well-manicured streets. These heroes fight more than just supervillains, though; they race in support of Journeys: The Road Home, a nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness in suburban Cook County. Prizes will be awarded to the top overall male and female runners, as well as the top three runners in each age group. Register here.
Father’s Day 5K: Kickin’ Grass
When: Sunday, June 16, at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Maine East High School | 2601 W. Dempster St., Park Ridge
Cost: $30 online; $40 day of race
Tip: The race is run on an all-grass course.
Challenge Pops to a friendly Father’s Day jog during Maine Township’s 5K fundraiser for its school-based health center. After earning some family bragging rights, stick around for the post-race raffle, with prizes including new running shoes, cooking classes, and a coaching session with professional triathlete Jim Lubinski. Prizes will be awarded to the top overall male and female runners, as well as the top runners in each age group. Register here.
10th Annual Bud’s Run
When: Saturday, June 22, at 8 a.m.
Where: Ross Ferraro Town Center | Corner of N. Gary Ave. and W. Lies Rd., Carol Stream
Cost: $30 online; $35 day of race
Tip: Running strollers are allowed on the course.
Held in memory of distinguished school psychologist and running coach Bud Swanson, Bud’s Run honors his legacy by raising money to combat sarcoma, a rare cancer. In addition to the main race, Bud’s Run honors its namesake’s love of youth athletics with a 1K Fun Run for children 12 and younger and a Budding Runner event for tots 5 and younger. Prizes will be awarded to the top overall male and female runners, as well as the top three runners in each age group. Register here.
3rd Annual Disco Dash 5K/10K
When: Thursday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Soldier Field | 1410 Museum Campus Dr., Chicago
Cost: Adults: $65 for 5K, $75 for 10K; Kids 12 and younger: $40 for 5K or 10K
Tip: Spectator bibs ($35) are available for non-runners who plan to attend the post-race party.
Toss on your best leisure suit, bell bottoms, or sequined mustache for this pair of evening runs in support of the Peapod Project. After finishing the lakefront courses that wind through the Museum Campus and toward the 31st Street Harbor, head to the Stadium Green just outside Soldier Field for a post-race boogie with disco titans the Village People. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, as well as the top overall male and female runners. Register here.