Contrary to popular belief, sitting in front of the television set with a bowl of white cheddar Cheez-Its is not a form of physical exercise. It came as a shock to me as well. But since we need exercise in our lives because it is “good for us” and “keeps us alive” and “gets all that energy out,” I have some fun ways to do it and not feel like it’s a chore. It won’t feel like sitting on the couch eating Cheez-Its but once I figure out how to do that, I promise to share that with you. Here are six fun family races (5K’s) to help kick off Exercise with Your Child Week (August 6-12)!
Six Kid-Friendly Races for Families in Lake County
Round Lake Park District Superhero Fun RunSunday, 6 August
Round Lake Sports Center, 2004 Municipal Way, Round Lake Beach
Participants in this family 5K are encouraged to dress like their inner superhero: think capes, masks, etc.. Proceeds will benefit Special Olympic athletes from the surrounding area. Dogs are welcome to run as well!
Cost: $15 pre-registered; $20 at the event (dogs are free!)
Making Strides for Special Kids
Saturday, 16 September
Independence Grove, Libertyville
This family walk raises funds to help with social, vocational and educational needs for special needs children and their families in Lake County. Head to the website for more detailed race information.
Color Run 5K
Saturday, 16 September
Closer than Chicago, this fun run is great for adults and kids alike. If you like being doused with all the colors of the rainbow at every mile marker, this race is for you. Plus, they gave us rainbow Kringle as a gift so really it’s like they were paying me to run.
Cost varies by location and participant, so head to the website for more details.
Run for Learning 5K
Saturday, 23 September
This race raises awareness and funds for licensed, early-education centers in Grayslake, and provides both a competitive race for athletes of all abilities and family-friendly opportunities to participate. Proceeds from this event are distributed to teachers through a grant process.
This races offers a 5K run/walk in addition to a 1K fun run and a Youth Dash. There are award categories, time chipped bibs, and food and beverage for those registered.
Cost: $30 per person (day of) for the 5K; $25 per person (registered in advance) for the 5K; Kids 1K run- $10; Youth Dash is free.
Courtesy of Lake Bluff PTO Pumpkin Chase Facebook page
Lake Bluff PTO Pumpkin Chase
Saturday, 28 October
121 E. Sheridan Place, Lake Bluff
This fall run is the real deal, offering bib chip timing, a certified course and multiple age group awards. Proceeds will benefit the Lake Bluff PTO.
Cost: 5K- $29; 1 mile fun run (with free shirt)- $17; 1 mile fun run (no free shirt)- $7
Girls on the Run
Several dates throughout May and June each year
I had the honor of being a coach this year for the running program, Girls on the Run, and it was life changing. I hate running. Like, HATE running. But now I just signed up for my second 5K in one year and I don’t know who I am! This program is offered through schools all over Chicagoland (and the U.S.) in an effort to empower girls, help them to discover their emotions, use their voice and in the process, they learn how to run a 5K. The girls meet bi-weekly after school from March through June for practices, with the 5K being the end of the season. Head to the website above to see if your school is participating or tell them you want your school to take part!
Tell us about some great kid-friendly races that we didn’t mention!