Race Recap: GoRun in Chicago Parks


Chicago Park District and CARA have joined forces this summer to offer free timed 5K and one mile races throughout the Chicago Parks. Specifically, the races run on the eight Saturdays from May 21- July 9 with events going on concurrently at Warren, Humboldt and Washington Parks.

I took the opportunity to participate this past Saturday at Warren Park and cannot recommend these events enough! The course was straightforward and marked with GoRun stamps along with marshalls along the way. They are low key and promote community, getting outside and health. Oh, and they are FREE!

Whether you want a speed 5K in your weekly training or to walk with your family one mile, there really is something for everyone.  My church group consisted of seasoned runners, walkers, a dog, a first time 5K’er, family with a stroller and a grandmother and her grandkids, and everyone had a blast. We also had fun with the kids helping pass out water at the end.  

These events are a perfect, low stress and no-cost way to be active on the weekends and promote health to yourself and your family.

If you haven’t made it out to these events, sign up before they end on July 9th.  http://www.cararuns.org/en/GoRun/

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Nicole once thought that the timed mile in high school was a form of torture. In an ironic turn of events, racing is now part of half her weekends in a given year and would take an early Saturday race over a Friday night out everytime. A self-proclaimed "back of the packer", Nicole loves triathlons and run races with her favorite distances being the half marathon and olympic distance triathlon. She works full time as a health care administrator and lives in Skokie with her husband, son and spoiled dog. You can find her race reports, musing and other random thoughts on her blog.