Tracksmith Pop-up is Back!


The Chicago Tracksmith running kit is back for the 2022 marathon and the Boston-based running company is popping up, once again at the Chicago Athletic Association (12 S. Michigan) for a weekend full of events. Registration is required for all events and they will fill up fast, so RSVP now to make sure you don’t miss this amazing pop up. I attended several events last year and enjoyed every moment.

Friday, October 7th

Race Pack Pick Up – Visit the Pop-Up to get your free Race Pack, including a tote bag, METER magazine and Tracksmith x Ciele Go-Cap. Runners must show proof of race registration (either digital or bib.)

Happy Hour and Footwear Fireside Chat – Join us for a pre-race happy hour including a behind-the-scenes fireside chat with Emily Abbate and our designer, Brent James.
Only 65 spaces available

Saturday, October 8th

Pre-Race Shakeout Run – Join us for a shakeout party from the pop-up, hosted by Tina Muir, Mario Fraioli, Tommie Bailey and Alexandria Williams. We’ll run an easy 5K on the lakefront to get the legs ready for race day. Doors will open and bag check will be available at 8AM.

Sunday, October 9th

Post Race Beers and After Party – We’ll be celebrating post-race with beers and good conversation. Join us after your race is done.

Commemorate/Commiserate – No matter the outcome, this race will be stamped on your memory. Commemorate a PR or commiserate over the struggle with a free finisher’s poster hand stamped with your time. Posters are first-come, first-served.

Aside from the insane pop up that comes from Tracksmith each fall, you have to check out this year’s Chicago running kit.

The commemorate set includes a unique singlet top. Not only is the design stunning and memorable, it is highly functional with breathable mesh material to allow you to knock out the 26.2 miles in style.

The shorts are super lightweight and breathable. They also have 3 pockets to store your fuel throughout the race. I took this set out for a long run and experienced no chafing, which is always a huge concern to me for race day. The second chafing starts, it’s all I can think about for the entire race. This set is airy to allow for cooling, but snug enough that it doesn’t rub between the legs or under the arms.

The Chicago tee completes the look, and offers options for runners who prefer a sleeve. Tracksmith is always unique in their apparal, but I think they knocked it out of the park with this year’s design.

You can view their full marathon collection here, which features running kits for all of the majors. You can also visit their pop up and shop the entire collection later this week. Thanks to Tracksmith for making our marathon a priority and producing such great gear to pound the pavement in. I hope to see you at some of the pop up events later in the week!

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Mandi has been running for over 25 years and has participated in the Chicago, Detroit, and Boston Marathons. Mandi regularly competes in regional events and enjoys being a part of several running groups including CARA and the Badgerland Striders. She is a co-host on the Ten Junk Miles podcast and looks forward to hosting the Chicago Athlete Podcast. An RRCA certified coach and Les Mills certified instructor, Mandi is also a coach with Chicago Athlete Coaching. Mandi is a local government attorney by weekday and race warrior by weekend.


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