Running can help get away from something, catch up with something, or just keep relay batons from getting too comfortable. Stay up to speed with today’s Groupon: for $21, you get one entry to Homecoming 5K, presented by Chicago Sport and Social Club and Fleet Feet Sports, on Sunday, October 23 at 9:30 a.m. (a $42 value, including handling fee).
The Homecoming 5K Run merges pent-up school spirit with three miles of lakefront scenery and a post-race tailgate party to support alumni clubs of colleges across the country. Hearkening back to the first day of classes, racers don school colors and supplied ChronoTrack B-Tag timers, lining up at Montrose Harbor rain or shine to race along the shores of Lake Michigan. Hydration stations line the course, and tapped kegs of Coors Light greet racers at the finish line along with the cheers of a pom-pom squad. Post-race, runners can watch the Bears game on the JumboTron, massage their wind-scuffed ears with live music, including a marching band, and apply a soothing salve of cold Coors Light and roasted pig to tired tootsies while top finishers, those who raise the highest monetary totals, and the most-creatively costumed bask in prizes and applause.
Chicago Sport and Social Club
Each year, Chicago Sport and Social Club draws 100,000 participants together on fields and courts for laid-back games and practices. Looking to make new friends while indulging in some fun competition, players sign up for ongoing leagues and classes, along with single-session sporting events. Sports on the club's roster include tennis, volleyball, football, and soccer, along with activities like bowling and dodgeball. Some leagues and tournaments are co-ed, some are gender-specific, and some are for costumed mascots only. All of the events, however, promise as much opportunity for socializing as they do for scoring points.
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