These days, running is all about fun and games, and less about its original purpose—escaping peer pressure. Show your true colors with this Groupon.
- $29 for race registration for one ($50 value)
On September 21st at 10:15 a.m., runners take off from Montrose Beach for a 5k sprint through explosions of colored powder. All participants need to bring a white T-shirt to wear during the race. The race is not timed, so some participants may also want to bring a stopwatch.
Rainbow Fun Run
While meteorologists have trouble predicting weather even a week in advance, it's a safe bet that their forecast for September 21st will be cloudy with a 100% likelihood of color storms. The date marks the launch of Chicago's first annual Rainbow Fun Run, a 5 kilometer, friendly race with a twist. Competitors hurtle past three color stations on their way down the course, where onlookers pelt them with exploding packets of colored powder. The powder drifts in multi-hued plumes over the crowd, temporarily dying skin, clothes, and anything else it touches. Pristinely clean runners, all dressed in white, start the race at 10:15 a.m at Montrose Beach, and cross the finish line happy, festooned with new paint jobs, and in easy walking distance of a panoply of restaurants.