Running in McHenry

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  • 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
  • Mudderella
    Climbing walls, ice baths, pools of mud, electric shocks?a Tough Mudder isn't your average event. Each 10- to 12-mile course contains 20 adrenaline-pumping obstacles designed to test participants' strength and endurance, just like most local DMV lines. Runners clamber on top of each other to scale the slick, sloping wall of Pyramid Scheme or squeal with shock as they plunge into the Arctic Enema, a plastic-lined dumpster filled with thousands of pounds of ice. They even endure shocks from a forest of live wires known as Electroshock Therapy. But it's all worth it for the glass of beer at the end, plus the sense of camaraderie that develops among teammates. Many of those teammates go on to join the Mudder Legion, an organization for those who have participated in the event more than once. Tough Mudder also raises funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps injured veterans transition to civilian life.
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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
  • Gymboree
    In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their children's development, their kids learn to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.
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    30 North Williams Street
    Crystal Lake, IL 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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