We are a few short days from the Inaugural FREE Black Friday 5K Fun Run for Charity and the excitement is building.
What started out as a fun little idea has taken wings and it's because of the energy and love of the Chicagonow bloggers and the Chicago endurance community that this FREE Run is taking flight.
On Monday Fleet Feet Sports jumped in to help make this a reality, by offering up their Piper Alley location as the official start, finish, refreshment stand and storage facility for all the runners. Click here to go to the Fleet Feet Sports Facebook page for more details.
Despite having a major race of their own, the 33rd annual Turkey Trot, the day before, Dave Zimmer and his entire staff are showing their true holiday spirit of giving, by getting involved. For that we are eternally grateful.
What's even more amazing is the Chicagonow Bloggers all jumping in to make sure this message of health and good will reaches as many people as possible. Not just the health and fitness types, Cubbie Julie, Awesome Barb, who is simply Awesome, Chef Joe, The Chicago Food Snob, Marathon Miss Fit, ABC 7 John Garcia and plenty more have Tweeted, Facebooked, Digged and spread the word that THIS FRIDAY at 3:00PM is the day and the time to make a difference with a donation of food, shoes or old race t-shirts.
Here are all the details of the run and a little added inspiration by our good friends Jason Mraz, Elmo and Big Bird. We hit them up for a song that would inspire people to get outside, enjoy the day and remind them that the best things in life are truly free.
When: Friday, November 26th, "check in" is at 3pm. The run starts at 3:30pm!
Where: Meet at at The Piper Alley Fleet Feet Sports location (1620 N. Wells). The course head north along the running path towards Fullerton Ave and return. Maps will be provided on the day of the event and we will be out there to help you get around!
The great people at Fleet Feet Sports will be out in full force to help get things started!
This is FREE, but we do ask that you:
1. Bring a can of Food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Your Can of food will also get you an additional 10% your Black Friday Purchase at Fleet Feet Sports
2. Bring a old race t-shirt for St Vincent DePaul
3. Bring gentle used shoes for Share Your Soles
For all you non- runners, but well wishers, the after party is at Casey Moran's in Wrigleyville. Bring a donation and you get $1 beers and free appetizers!
Enjoy our theme song, courtesy of Sesame Street and Jason Mraz.