Upcoming Chicago Running Events

I'm participating in several upcoming running-related events and wanted to share them with you in case you are interested!

Swirlgear at Road Runner Sports - Tuesday, August 27th

Several local Swirlgear ambassadors are hosting an event at the Road Runner Sports at 1435 N Kingsbury. There will be a fun 30 minute run and then mingling/shopping at Road Runner Sports!

Everything in the store will be 10% off (or 20% off if you are a VIP member!)

Also, have you seen runners with the crazy tape on their legs/shoulders/ankles/backs and want to learn more!?!?! Abby Kramer, who is certified as a FMT Certified Rocktape Doc will be there to give a short presentation in taping and tape those that are interested for FREE before the fun run! If you want to get taped you MUST RSVP on the Facebook invite.

RRS will provide food and there will be raffles at the end of the night!

Meet at 6:00pm
Presentation and Taping by Abby 6:15-6:30 pm
Fun run 6:30-7pm
Mingle/Eat/Shop 7-8pm

Nike Get Fly Relay Event - Wednesday, August 28th

Twenty-five teams made up of Chicago runners will be competing in a 4 x 1-mile relay event on the track at Chicago Ave and Lakeshore Drive. These teams, one of which includes yours truly, have been training since the beginning of August. We all ran a timed mile during the first week of August and then had the opportunity to win a speed-focused personal training session. My team won the first session and we learned how to increase both our mechanical and our chemical speed. Combining these moves with Nike Chicago-provided speed workouts means hopefully we've all gotten faster! Come on out on Wednesday and see who wins the battle of getting the most fly in one month.

Mad Dash to Madison 5K - Monday, September 16th

Attention Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Mad Dash to Madison 5K starts at 6:30 PM on Monday, September 16th. This race also features a rollerblade option for those of you who prefer to do your moving on skates.  Since I live in the West Loop I couldn't pass up the opportunity to attend. In running shoes, though. Not on skates.

Oktoberfest 5K - Thursday, September 19th

When else are you encouraged to run in a German-themed costume? I'll be there in a Dirndl-themed shirt with the Wurst Running Club Ever (aka some of my friends). Look for us in matching outfits.

Chicago Marathon Volunteering - Sunday, October 13th

It's once again time for Chicago Marathon volunteer sign-ups! As always, the Oak Park Runners Club will be there at mile 18 (aka Aid Station 13) handing out water and Gatorade to 40,000 runners. We need TONS of volunteers to get this done so join me for an amazing day.

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