Best Chicago Races in 2017
2017 Chicago Races
Sign up for one of the best 2017 Chicago races to help you stay on track with your new year’s resolution. Whether your goal is to weigh less, exercise more, or simply live a healthier life, committing to a race can help you achieve your goal.
I hand picked some of the top 2017 Chicago races in and around the city. From 5Ks to the Chicago Marathon, there are races for all levels that will help you stay on track and realize your resolution (for once!).
This year, my goal is to get back to working out five times per week. I’m not trying to lose weight, but I want to be healthier and get in tip top shape for my wedding (I got engaged in December!).
I’m not a huge fan of cardio anymore, so signing up for a race or two in Chicago will force me to incorporate it into my workout routine.
Best Chicago Races of 2017:
- Leprechaun Leap, 5k & 8K – March 11, 2017
Chicago doesn’t mess around when it come to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, but before you throw back some green beer, consider burning some calories along with 1,000 people along the Chicago lakefront. Don’t forget to get decked out in green! Proceeds benefit The Greater Chicago Food Depository. Oh, and if you are ready for a longer race, the Get Lucky Half Marathon, 14k & 7k are on the same day.
- Chi-Town Half Marathon & 10K – April 8, 2017
Run along the lakefront and Lincoln Park in this chip-timed half marathon 10K. Pacers run the course with you to help you reach your goal, and a big party with live music takes place at the finish line.
- Michelob Ultra Half Marathon & 10K – May 21, 2017
Join thousands of other runners in this race which ends with a breakfast, a spring market, and of course – Michelob Ultra beer. This is also the same day as two other area half marathons: The Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K (a USATF-certified course with about 3,000 runners) and the Rockford Half Marathon, which is 90 miles outside of Chicago. I completed the Rockford Half Marathon in 2012 when I was living there and working as a news reporter. That was the only time I’ve done a half!
- Soldier Field 10 – May 27, 2017
I’ve got my eye on this 10 mile race. It’s a good distance for casual runners like me who want a challenge but don’t want to train extensively (I would lift weights over a long run any day). The course takes you along Lake Shore Drive, and ends with a post-race party at Soldier Field. Proceeds benefit members of the military, veterans, and their families.
- Chicago Half Marathon, 5K – September 24, 2017
Many runners would consider this half marathon as one of the best Chicago races. Lake Shore Drive shuts down to make room for more than ten thousand runners. It starts South of Museum campus and goes through Hyde Park – which is gorgeous!
- Bank of America Chicago Marathon October 8, 2017
It’s too late to sign up for this race, but if you can get your hands on a bib (and you are up for the challenge of 26.2 miles) this race would be an awesome experience. People from 50 states and 100 countries come to Chicago to run through downtown and along the lakefront.
If you need some marathon training inspiration, follow @measuredmiles on Instagram. It’s a brand new account that will document training for the Chicago Marathon, and I am confident it is going to be worth a follow! The person behind the account is named Ellen Cox, and I used to play soccer with her. Not only is she a boss athlete, she is a fantastic writer and storyteller. I am sure she can get you pumped up to run in 2017!
Good luck with your goals. Let’s get healthy and make them happen!