The Best Spring Races in Chicago(land)

Spring is getting close and if you if you’re still rounding out your spring race calendar, here are some options to consider:


The Shamrock Shuffle. I’ve already told you why you should run it. One thing I forgot to mention in my post is the course! How could I forget it’s one of the few races in Chicago to run through downtown? The race is Sunday, so register already! The weather looks nice a chilly.


Photo Source: Soldier Field 10 Facebook page

The Soldier Field 10I ran this race in 2011 and volunteered for it in 2012. It was the first “long” race that I felt went well, I loved finishing on the 50-yard line of Soldier Field, and it’s put on by Fleet Feet and they have earned a reputation for good races. Even year, I think about doing this race again. If I can get my act together, and my knee cooperates, maybe this will be the year I finally do it again.


Southwest Half Marathon. Named for the location in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. This holds a special place in my heart because it was my very first half marathon, the very first race I did as a “real” runner, I’ve watched numerous friends run it (see photo above), I’ve met the race director and he does a lot for the local running community down there. The course is not the most exciting, the field of runners isn’t huge, but there is free parking, it’s a good community race, and there is a cash prize so they get some fasties.

Good Life Race. I haven’t done it, but it’s been around for a long time, it’s put on by the local running club (so they know a thing or two about a good race), and Erin is always talking it up.

Rockdale Ramblin Run 10K

Rockdale Ramblin Run 10K. It’s hilly. It’s way outside of the city. But I think it’s worth the trip. The course is interesting and nice change from the Lakefront Trail, that’s for sure! They give away hoodies and there is beer post-race (at least there was when I did it) and it’s only $35.

Ravenswood Run 5K. In my experience, you can’t go wrong with a Fleet Feet race. I haven’t actually run this one, but my trusted running friends (especially this one) seem to like it.

What do you think? What did I miss? I barely run anymore, what do I know? 

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  1. So that whole Fleet Feet thing…. yeah they no longer coordinate races. They traded that to RAM for their store in Deerfield. Going to be interesting to see what changes because of that.

      1. It’s been all over the Facebook and the Twitters lately! i think FF puts on better races than RAM, but I’m excited to live a bit closer to one of their stores again – sounds like some suburban pint nights coming my way 🙂

  2. Thanks for the shout out regarding the Ravenswood Run. It is a fun little “local” race. There are not many northside city races that fully on city streets. I also like how you linked to my blog showing all my posts that mention the Ravenswood Run – very cool!

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