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?