Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go—what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you.

Luckily, the Chicago running community is offering several different events to help celebrate. Whether you participate in one of these, or celebrate on your own, share your runs on social media using the hashtags #GlobalRunningDay and #ChiAthletesInspire.

Can’t make it to an event but want to be part of one anyways?  Run the free one-mile NYRR Virtual Global Running Day 1M Powered by Strava race anywhere, anytime between June 1 and June 9 to partake in the worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving.

1RUN TOGETHER: lululemon Chicago x Global Running Day

  • Date + Time: Wed, June 5 | 7:30 p.m. run, 9:30 p.m. Fireworks
  • Where: Miller Lite Beer Garden Grove
  • What: Hit the ground running at 7:30 p.m. from one of three locations as we make our way to the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier to celebrate! Beer, food, fireworks and connection
  • Various Routes:
    • Halsted Store (2104 N Halsted) to Navy Pier via Lake Front Trail (3.5 miles)
    • Fulton Market Local (167 N Sangamon) to Navy Pier via Chicago Riverwalk (3.5 miles)
    • Adler Planetarium (south side, on the steps) to Navy Pier via the Lakefront Path (3.5 miles)

    Register: HERE

2Chicago Area Runners Association Global Running Day Fun Runs

CARA invites everyone, whether you have ever run with us before or not, to come out for an open free community three-mile fun run and ice cream social. We will host nine different runs around the city and suburbs, followed by the best thing running provides — community! We will enjoy an ice cream social together to kick off a great summer of running.

Please RSVP if you plan to join.  Questions? E-mail Declan at

3RAM Racing Global Running Day Party

Get ready Ram Racer’s! Global Running Day is on June 5 and we are throwing a party JUST for you! Join us at Pioneer Court between the hours of 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. where you’ll enjoy:

  • HUGE giveaway options through multiple sponsors as well as extra swag
  • Allstate Hot Chocolate finisher mugs FILLED with all your post-race favorites
  • Fun Run hosted at noon and MUCH MORE!

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4Fleet Feet: Run to Castaways

Join the Fleet Feet Running Club in celebrating Global Running Day with a party full of runners at Castaways at North Avenue Beach in partnership with Brooks, Aligned Modern Health, Superfeet and Nuun.

Just meet the Fleet Feet Running Club at one our four city locations and we’ll run to Castaways as a group. The four city locations are Fleet Feet Old Town, Fleet Feet South Loop, Fleet Feet Lakeview, and Fleet Feet Lincoln Square.

For only $10, with a portion of the ticket proceeds going to the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, you will receive the following:

  • Supported route from our South Loop, Old Town, Lakeview or, Lincoln Square Fleet Feet location ending at Castaways.
  • Gear check from the Fleet Feet locations with pick up at Castaways.
  • One (1) free drink ticket (must have photo ID) courtesy of Brooks.
  • Free Brooks x Fleet Feet running hat ($27 value).
  • Samples, giveaways and much more provided to you by our partners Brooks, Aligned Modern Health, Superfeet and Nuun.
  • Access to an exclusive roof top deck party to celebrate Global Running Day with the local running community.

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5St. Jude Heros & Road Runner Sports

Join St. Jude Heroes & Road Runner Sports Chicago for the Wednesday Night Run Club – Global Running Day Edition.

Distance: Up to 5 miles
Run will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.

RSVP here

6Humana #RnRChicago Global Running Day Recovery Happy Hour

Recover from your Global Running Day festivities by joining us at Public House Gastropub and Dining Hall for happy hour from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Enjoy FREE appetizers and beverage (one drink per guest), great deals, and the chance to win some SWEET Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series swag.

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7American Cancer Society

Come celebrate Global Running Day with a fun run and fundraiser! Altra Running and Generation UCAN will be on site for shoe and nutrition demos, plus so much more!
#Peakgivesback: Peak will donate 15% of all earnings during the event to the American Cancer Society!

Fun run starts at 6:00 p.m. More info

8Global Running Day Run Club Chicago with Team Paws and Road Runner Sports

Join Road Runner Sports Chicago for the Wednesday Night Run Club. Team Paws will be joining us for a special Global Running Day run.

Log your miles while making new running friends! Pick up a Frequent Runner Card to track your miles and you could win cool prizes. Hang around after the run to see who wins!

Distance: Up to 5 miles
Run will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.

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9Life Time Fitness – Algonquin

Come join us and run with the rest of the WORLD on Global Running Day! We will meet at 5:45 p.m. behind the front desk and start our 5k run at 6 p.m.!

All paces welcome and encouraged to join in on the fun

Please feel welcome to bring your family and friends! We will also have smoothie samples available in the cafe afterwards. Learn how to refuel properly!

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Global Running Day
© WEDGE Creative Photography, Film, Production: Brian & Malia Wedge

Join Athleta Southport Ambassador Julie Speck for a special edition of our weekly run club in honor of Global Runing Day. We will meet at the Athleta Store located at Southport & Roscoe and will head out from there for a 2-3 mile run. After the run, refreshments will be provided in store. All are welcome!

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11Run for Change Endurance Training

Let’s Celebrate Global Running Day and run part of our world here on the Chicago Lakefront.

We will have a 3 mile run on the lakefront path and then some fun afterwards…wait the run will be fun too! All paces are welcome.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run many distance races, and is going for her first marathon at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon this October. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism, and is working towards her Master in Arts in New Media and Marketing.


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