Terrapin 5k is Headed Back to Chicago for One Last Time!

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In honor of the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary concerts in Chicago, Terrapin 5k is coming back this year with a 5k race and a concert after, on Thursday evening, July 2nd . The event will take place at Arvey Field in Grant Park.

As the sun sets, participants will run along the beautiful lakefront, with the view of the skyline in the background. The course will start at Arvey Field at 6:30pm, and run along the lakeshore path.

The 2015 goodie bag will include a throwback tie-dye technical short-sleeved shirt, and a reusable drawstring backpack. All participants will also receive not-‘shroom pizza, nothash brownies, and a Magic Hat beer at the post-race party. Beer tickets will be sold on race day for $5 or 5 for $20 when you register. Doors will open at 4pm. After crossing the finish line, runners will relive their favorite music from the Grateful Dead via live band, Old Shoe, at the post-race party. Entry into the post-race party is free to all.

Registrants will have a chance to win a pair of 200-level club Grateful Dead tickets to the July 3rd show. Runners will be given a code when they sign up to encourage friends to race. Participants will receive an additional entry into the giveaway for each runner that registers using their code. The winner will be announced by the band during the post-race party, and must be present to win.


Packet pick-up will be available at Running Away Multisport in Deerfield, Fleet Feet’s Old Town & Elmhurst locations, and on-site race day. For dates and times, please visit our website.

The official charity partner for Terrapin 5k is the Rex Foundation. In the fall of 1983, members of the Grateful Dead, with family and friends, established the Rex Foundation as a non-profit charitable organization, allowing the band to proactively support creative endeavors in the arts, sciences, and education. The Rex Foundation aims to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere.