Father’s Day is always an opportunity to take dad out for a fun active day. The summer holiday lends itself to early morning races before afternoon cookouts, and this year there are a number of race options throughout the Chicagoland area. Local stores are also selling some of the most popular gifts for the active dad.
At least five different races will be held Sunday throughout the suburbs with room for both fathers and their family. For the 15th year, the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate returns to Evanston for their 5K and 10K. The Father’s Day 5K — Kickin’ Grass will also be held in the northern suburbs in Park Ridge. The western suburbs will have a pair of 5Ks of their own with the Father’s Day Freedom 5K in Wheaton and the Daisy Dash 5K in Clarendon Hills. Farther out in the southwest •burbs, Oswego will hold the PrairieFest 5K.
Cyclists and triathletes will also have their chance to shine on Father’s Day with Sunday events. The Lake in the Hills Triathlon returns to the namesake town on Sunday as does the Motor City Triathlon for those making the trip to Michigan. Cyclists will have a chance to get out there with the Grand Illinois Trail and Parks bike tour in Orgegon, IL.
Along with the morning activity, dads will also love a chance to open up something other than a neck tie this year. Two local stores have come up with some of the best gifts for the last second shoppers. Fleet Feet Sports Chicago Catherine Moloznik said they have a number of gifts perfect for dads of all athletic abilities. Prana Brighton shirts and shorts are perfect not only for a morning walk or hike, but also the afternoon cookout, Moloznik said. They also offer a pair of sandals that give the foot support that so many need following the morning’s workout. Olukai sandals are specifically designed to offer the support of a shoe with the comfort of a sandal.
The experts at Higher Gear invite any shoppers who are looking for something for their cyclist father to come in and take a look around. The team has a specific selection of gifts perfect for Dad.