Running in Fox Lake

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  • Mudderella
    Designed by women, for women, Mudderella is a true athletic event. Across the 5–7 mile muddy course, the non-competitive fitness event finds participants trekking across plenty of obstacles, along with mud-filled pits, mountains of hay, and other challenges to be conquered. Some are designed to be accomplished solo, while others ask runners to team up and lend a hand. With obstacles likes Hat Trick, Wheels in Motion, and Mud Majesty, the event encourages its participants to step outside their comfort zone. Every course is different, but they all guarantee athletes a chance to get their hands—and the rest of them—dirty for a good time and an even better cause: Futures Without Violence, a non-profit that fights to prevent domestic violence and support survivors. While plenty of fun can be found on the course, the festivities begin before the start line and end well after groups cross the finish line. The day kicks off with a stretch and strengthen session, after which participants can visit The Works and get free temporary tattoos, purple face-paint, and festive ribbons. Afterwards, they can pay a visit to the rinsing stations, change into some clean clothes—muddy sneakers can be donated to a local charity—and hit the after-party. Drinks, snacks, Mudderella gear, and massages will be available for purchase.
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    5016 Rte 173
    Richmond, IL US
  • Savage Race
    Savage Race is not so much a race as it is a protracted series of battles that push physical limits and confront fears. Over 100,000 people test their courage and teamwork annually, pushing themselves as far as they can go. The course pits runners, from elite athletes to weekend warriors, against 25 obstacles made of 65 tons of steel, drenched in 1.5 million gallons of water and 60,000 pounds of ice, that challenge every muscle group and require every ounce of racers' stamina. The obstacle that looms the highest is Colossus: an epic 43-foot obstacle with a 16-foot quarter-pipe ramp that leads into a free-fall water-slide. Though ropes hang from the ramp to aid in the climb, most people still require a helping hand from those who have already conquered the top—and Colossus has a completion rate of only 60%. But that's nothing compared to Sawtooth. Only 20% of Savage Race participants make it across this blue array of monkey bars, positioned 10 feet above a pool of water. The tooth-shaped dip in the middle is what spells defeat for those who haven't mastered the art of the pull-up. Sawtooth and Colossus stand beside the pits of ice water, tunnels of mud, and lengths of barbed wire that racers must also traverse in their quest for the finish line. Participants will also come face to face with Davy Jones Locker, a 15-foot high dive to a murky pool below. Medals of honor and cold beer are handed to participants as they cross the finish line and join the festivities taking place after the event. Victory stories and muddy hugs are passed amongst friends and strangers, along with promises to meet again at the next event.
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    909 English Prairie Road
    Spring Grove, IL US
  • Running Scared 5K for Special Olympics Illinois
    Halloween's tricks and treats meet heartwarming altruism as the McHenry Police Officers Association unveils the first annual Running Scared 5K for Special Olympics Illinois. The fun run—which also doubles as a fun walk, stroll, or lollygag if the participants choose—sends costumed friends and families on a trek from scenic Shamrock Farms Park through the subdivision of Legends Lake. Along the paved trail, racers can admire, giggle, and gasp at the array of swaying Halloween apparel before crossing the finish line. All proceeds go directly to Special Olympics Illinois, which enables athletes with disabilities to train and compete in sports events.
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    333 South Green Street
    Mc Henry, IL US
  • Rugged Maniac - Chicago/Milwaukee
    Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race sends runners into an obstacle-filled odyssey of muddy endurance. The 5-kilometer course features more than epic 25 obstacles, with participants scaling towers of stacked shipping containers, crawling through underground tunnels, and leaping over fire. After the race, live music and cold beer invite triumphant runners to unwind. Those with excess energy can head over to even more kinetic activities such as mechanical bull riding, beach volleyball, and adult-sized bounce houses.
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    11931 Fox River Rd.
    Twin Lakes, WI US
  • Bubblepalooza
    The first Urban Assault Race invaded the city of Austin more than a decade ago, back in 2003. Don't be fooled by the war-like name, though. As Austin residents were the first to find out, the bike obstacle race is a physical challenge on par with a bootcamp—but more than that, it's fun. Here are three reasons why. The race is a puzzle. There's no official route—instead, race checkpoints are scattered across the city, and teams must find the most efficient route between them. Winner are often cunning, and good at biking through hedges without leaving a hole. Bikers encounter wacky obstacles along the way. In the past, racers have undertaken the hybrid sports—bike jousting and bike limbo, for instance—when they weren't throwing themselves down inflatable slip 'n' slides. There's a backyard BBQ-style afterparty. Racers 21 and older can sip free beers at the fresh air festivities—and the free swag doesn't stop there. Every racer heads home with a limited-edition race t-shirt to commemorate the event.
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    1060 East Peterson Road
    Grayslake, IL US
  • Bubble Palooza
    Typically, bubbles are associated with getting something clean—they remove stains from clothes, or lift dirt from elbows. But at Bubble Palooza, bubbles experience a bit of an identity crisis. Here, relieved of their duty as degunkers and loaded up with non-toxic color, they help transform a three-mile route into a vibrant, foam-filled wonderland. Along that route, and oftentimes buried beneath bubbles, participants clad in white run, walk, and skip their way from one end of the course to the other. In the process, those same participants are blasted by a bubbly rainbow of foam, becoming magnets for the greens, blues, and other colors carried by a seemingly endless deluge of bubbles. After the event, the color-saturated participants gather to celebrate at the Bubble Bash, where they listen to music, dance, and attempt to lure an untamed bubble into coming home as their pet.
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    1060 E Peterson Rd.
    Grayslake, IL US

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