Did you know that merely being outside in nature can lower your blood pressure, decrease stress, and positively benefit your health? You’ve been stuck inside during the worst winter ever, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Whether you’ve never done a 5k or any sort of group sporting event, or if you’ve been training all winter… either way… hibernation is over!
Put a little spring in your step and sign up for one of Visit Lake County’s spring and summer 5k’s, or make a lady’s day of it, and sign up for the Dirty Girl Mud Run in Grayslake! (June 28) Remember, most races require early registration and runners/walkers usually have to be there a few hours before the race to register! Make sure to read the event details when registering!
Most runs have a registration fee that goes to support a cause. Find the right run for you to sign up for today!
Mama’s 5K Run in Zion
Saturday, May 10
Put your fastest shoes on because the top three runners in this event get a fancy trophy!
Run for the Fields 5K in Licolnshire
Saturday, May 17, 8 a.m.
Register for this event before May 16 and get a t-shirt while supplies last! Celebrate your accomplishment of crossing the finish line with a DJ, and post race snacks, massages, and a bounce house!
Run with the Bulldogs 5K in Waukegan
Sunday, May 18, 9 a.m.
Run on closed off roads through Waukegan, and then enjoy scenic tree-lined Sheridan Rd.
10th Annual Stepping up to Wellness Run/Walk at Libertyville’s Independence Grove
Sunday, May 18, 7 a.m. onsite registration, 9 a.m. 5K run/walk, 10 a.m. Family Walk
Everyone loves a reason to enjoy the outdoor beauty at Independence Grove! There’s never been a better reason to get out and enjoy the sights and nature that Independence Grove has to offer.
Ruth’s Run in Libertyville’s Old School Forest Preserve
Saturday, May 24, 8:30 a.m.
Help the children of Haiti while enjoying a friendly atmosphere and take advantage of the different prices based on age.
Essence of Freedom Run on Memorial Day in Deerfield
Monday, May 26
Celebrate Memorial Day and the men and women, both past and present, who serve our country. Fun alongside military servicemen and women!
Dash for the Dogs 5K Run and 1K Walk through Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve
Saturday, May 31, 8 a.m.
This certified race means that your time will be registered by an electronic chip. It’s a great way to track your time. Let the energy of the event push you to your fastest time yet!
Frog Hops’ 5 & 10K “Sport Frog Run at Independence Grove in Libertyville
Saturday, May 31 (Register by Friday May 30)
Celebrate Spring weather with us running through the Des Plaines River Trails (DPRT), enjoying nature, and making new friends! Join us in one of our races at the Independence Grove in Libertyville, IL. The beautiful course features rolling hills, open prairies and lush green surroundings.
Team CF Superheroes 5K Fun Run through Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve
Sunday, June 1, 8 a.m.
Dust off your favorite Halloween costume for this family friendly fun run! Join costumed friends and neighbors as you make your way along the 3.1 mile track that winds through scenic Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve in Barrington.
Reading 5K in Zion
Saturday, June 14, 8 a.m.
Help support reading while running! Grab a bunch of friends and check out the group rate to save some money! Shirts are available on a first come basis, so sign up now! Go! Do it!
Fun & Fit Family Day at Old School Forest Preserve
Saturday, June 28, 9 a.m.
Bring the family out to Lambs Farm for this fun day including a 5k run or a 2 mile walk around Old School Forest Preserve, and then visit Lambs Farm’s Farmyard and attractions. Eat a healthy meal at Magnolia café, and stay active with a game of mini golf!
Dirty Girl Mud Run at the Lake County Fairgrounds
Saturday, June 28 & Sunday, June 29
Dirty Girl events inspire fabulous females to run, walk, climb, jump and laugh their way, hand in muddy hand, to an unabashed sense of accomplishment. And today? Oh yeah things have gotten a whole lot dirtier! Register early and save