Archive Fitness | Windy City Events

By: Compupet  09-12-2011

Fundraising Doga Class for One Tail at a Time

I also polled our fellow twitter followers to see what some alternatives to the Millenium Park rink are.  From my understanding, it can get really busy.  Some replies were:

Where have you gone?  Do you have a favorite?  We’d love your perspective!

Be a part of this Saturday fun run for the fitness benefits or simply for the hilarious visual. Both are equally legitmate reasons to partake.

Every participant will be given a beard and red hat to wear during the race so hitting up Walgreens for the last minute disguise is unnecessary. The event also encourages runners of all skill levels to join the race (sorry, but I still don’t think I can bare the embarrassment of my nonexistent endurance). Motivation for the slow runners– awards will be given the person or group with the most creative Santa costume.

The run goes down in Lincoln Park between Lake Shore Drive and Clark Street. So register and hit the streets at 9 a.m., if only just for the free breakfast and Santa hat!

The skating is FREE (yes, a free Chicago event!), buuuut renting a pair of skates will set you back $10. Not a big deal however; you can skate around to holiday tunes all day if you really wanted to. My personal favorite way to enjoy this seasonal event is to simply lean over the railing and watch the talented glide over the ice and the less than talented suffer some serious wipeouts. Honestly, it’s just as fun.

The ice rink is open through March 14th, but I’d scoot on over before Christmas to get the added bonus of the holiday playlist.

The rink is open Monday-Thursday noon-8 p.m., Friday noon-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and  is located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison streets; you really can’t miss it.

Stuffing yourself silly on Thanksgiving is unavoidable, but why not lessen the guilt factor by getting in a festive 8K before heading off to Grandma’s house? Fleet Feet presents its 32nd annual Turkey Trot, on November 26th at 9am in Lincoln Park.   This shoe store and leader of the running community in Chicago always puts on a well-organized and all around good-time race day.  Walk, run or TROT to the finish line… whatever pace you feel comfortable with, you won’t be alone.   Bring the whole family and kids can participate in the Plymouth Rock Ramble, a short distance course in the middle of the race day activities.  Registration for the 8K is $30 in advance and $35 on race day.    It’s the perfect way to kick off turkey day and enjoy the end of bearable running weather.

This Saturday, October 17, Step Out will bring thousands united to help fight Diabetes to Soldier Field.  There really isn’t a better spot in the city to talk a walk along the lakefront and to help the 24 million individuals afflicted with Diabetes.  Registration begins at 8:30.   Participants will get a free breakfast that includes bagels, fresh fruit courtesy of Stanley’s, and coffee and orange juice.  There are opening ceremonies at 9:45 and the brisk 3.2 mile walk begins at 10:15.  Upon return to Soldier Field participants will enjoy lunch provided by Pockets.  Pockets will also donate 20% of all online orders through November to the American Diabetes Association.  For more information follow the link to Step Out’s website.

Marathon day sure got here quickly!  I know I couldn’t make it even a quarter of the way before ducking into a Starbucks and hiding out.  Even talking with people about their 16 week training programs makes my knees hurt!

Are you running it this year?  Did you do it last year?  Did you make it a work event or did you con your friends into doing it with you?

Tell us about your preparations and past experiences in the comments!

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011


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