Concerts and Races Come Together for 5Ks


Music festivals in Chicago are impossible to miss and in August the running crowd will get their very own taste with two concert themed events. Both the Rock the Night 5K and the Urban Hoedown 5K will feature prominent musical acts following their Thursday night races.

The Rock the Night 5K, formerly known as the Terrapin 5K, is hosted by RAM Racing and will be held on August 21. Held just outside Soldier Field, runners will have the opportunity to run the lakefront 5K before returning to a party complete with barbecue, beer and, of course, music. The headliners of the night will be Big Head Todd and the Monsters but will also include opening bands Simpleton & Cityfolk, Carbon Tigers, Dogs in Winter and The Red Plastic Buddha. The music starts soon after the race opens up at 4pm. Rock the Night will feature beer from official sponsor Bell’s Brewery from Kalamazoo, MI.

One week later the music focus switches from rock to country with the Urban Hoedown. Also located at Soldier Field, the August 27 race brings in Pamela Rose & Windy City Country for post-race entertainment. The race will help their participants get into the spirit as much as possible, each person who signs up will receive a bolo tie medal and western cowboy hat. Additionally there will be professional line dancers giving instructions for the correct moves.

Music is undoubtedly a big part of running and often helps runners cross the finish line. For two weeks in August, the music will not only encourage faster times, but it will also serve as a reward. All kinds of music lovers will have a chance to find and enjoy a post-workout party, or just buy a beer and listen to the music.