Early humans developed the ability to sprint in order to chase down sprightly prey and invented long-distance running to escape from slowly approaching glaciers. Follow in their fossilized footsteps with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $22 for a race entry for one (up to a $55 value)
- $42 for a race entry for two (up to a $110 value)
Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, runners dressed in their favorite '60s, '70s, or '80s outfits take their mark for an untimed race that starts at Metra Park. Entry includes a free commemorative T-shirt and sunglasses. After the race, runners can get down to an '80s dance party taking place just past the finish line.
The Retro Run 5K
When participants at The Retro Run 5K take their marks, they're more likely to be taken for Cyndi Lauper than a marathon runner. That's because the 3-mile run eschews the put-ons of most modern races: there are no times collected, and those with the best '60s, '70s, or '80s costumes are the ones destined to win the big prize—in the post-race costume competition, anyway. Neon spandex, fanny packs, and fingerless gloves are a hot choice among racers, but even if you're just there in a T-shirt and shorts, the staff will hook you up with a free pair of sunglasses to help you look the part. After the race, runners, walkers, and even pets celebrate with an '80s-themed festival complete with top party music, a costume contest, and pyramid teams reenacting the fall of the Berlin Wall.