5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    NameCityDateWebsite
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 2 July 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Firecracker 5K McLeansboro, IL 2 July 2022 Firecracker 5K
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 9 July 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Run for the Health of It Chillicothe, IL 9 July 2022 Run for the Health of It
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 16 July 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Toagie 5K Run, Walk & Stroll Highwood, IL 16 July 2022 Toagie 5K Run, Walk & Stroll
    Run for the Bagel Mattoon, IL 23 July 2022 Run for the Bagel
    Fit America Half Marathon Hoffman Estates, IL 23 July 2022 Fit America Half Marathon
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 23 July 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Kaskaskia College Blue Classic 5K Centralia, IL 30 July 2022 Kaskaskia College Blue Classic 5K
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 30 July 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Freedom Run East Moline, IL 4 August 2022 Freedom Run
    Back Our Blue 10K/5K Neoga, IL 5 August 2022 Back Our Blue 10K/5K
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 6 August 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Foam Glow - St. Louis Madison, IL 13 August 2022 Foam Glow - St. Louis
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 13 August 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Hull of a Race Hull, IL 20 August 2022 Hull of a Race
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 20 August 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 27 August 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 3 September 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 10 September 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 17 September 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Dwight Harvest Days 5K Dwight, IL 24 September 2022 Dwight Harvest Days 5K
    Miles for Meso 5K Alton, IL 24 September 2022 Miles for Meso 5K
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 24 September 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Quad Cities Marathon Moline, IL 25 September 2022 Quad Cities Marathon
    Chicago Half Marathon Chicago, IL 25 September 2022 Chicago Half Marathon
    DeKalb Corn Classic DeKalb, IL 25 September 2022 DeKalb Corn Classic
    Lions Run for Hope Stickney, IL 25 September 2022 Lions Run for Hope
    Fall Color 5K Lisle, IL 1 October 2022 Fall Color 5K
    Autumn Leaf Run Freeport, IL 1 October 2022 Autumn Leaf Run
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 1 October 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Bronzeville 5K Chicago, IL 2 October 2022 Bronzeville 5K
    Bucktown 5K Chicago, IL 2 October 2022 Bucktown 5K
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 8 October 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Snyder Shriners 5K Bloomington, IL 8 October 2022 Snyder Shriners 5K
    Sauk Valley Apple Cider Run Rock Falls, IL 8 October 2022 Sauk Valley Apple Cider Run
    Chicago 5K Chicago, IL 8 October 2022 Chicago 5K
    World's Largest Corn Maze 5K Spring Grove, IL 9 October 2022 World's Largest Corn Maze 5K
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 15 October 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Country Sole Half Marathon Chicago, IL 15 October 2022 Country Sole Half Marathon
    Scarecrow Scramble Lisle, IL 15 October 2022 Scarecrow Scramble
    Run with the Nuns 5K Lemont, IL 16 October 2022 Run with the Nuns 5K
    Beat Yesterday 5K/8K Challenge Geneva, IL 16 October 2022 Beat Yesterday 5K/8K Challenge
    Rosehill Cemetery Crypt 5K Chicago, IL 22 October 2022 Rosehill Cemetery Crypt 5K
    Old Stompin' Ground Runaround Macomb, IL 22 October 2022 Old Stompin' Ground Runaround
    Shake Your Trail Feather Trail Run Charleston, IL 22 October 2022 Shake Your Trail Feather Trail Run
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 22 October 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Heritage Harbor parkrun Ottawa, IL 29 October 2022 Heritage Harbor parkrun
    Ghost Chase Race Chillicothe, IL 29 October 2022 Ghost Chase Race
    FraidyCat 5K and Ghost Run 8K Oswego, IL 30 October 2022 FraidyCat 5K and Ghost Run 8K
    Hot Chocolate 15K/5K - Chicago Chicago, IL 6 November 2022 Hot Chocolate 15K/5K - Chicago

    About 5k races

    A 5K is the shortest of the common running event distances, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers).  These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular event you are looking into running.  5Ks are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers, and newcomers as well. Not just the 5K races in Illinois, but generally all 5Ks are something fun for families to do together.

    How did we choose the best 5k events in Illinois? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors include how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 5Ks in the Chicago area?

    There are many to choose from here as the Chicago area is host to many 5k races throughout its many cities and communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs, and other racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 5k running events include Polar Dash 5k, Chicago 5k, Gospel Run and others.

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  • 10k races
    NameCityDateWebsite
    Chicago 10K Chicago, IL 10 July 2022 Chicago 10K
    Fit America Half Marathon Hoffman Estates, IL 23 July 2022 Fit America Half Marathon
    Run for the Bagel Mattoon, IL 23 July 2022 Run for the Bagel
    Back Our Blue 10K/5K Neoga, IL 5 August 2022 Back Our Blue 10K/5K
    Hull of a Race Hull, IL 20 August 2022 Hull of a Race
    DeKalb Corn Classic DeKalb, IL 25 September 2022 DeKalb Corn Classic
    Sauk Valley Apple Cider Run Rock Falls, IL 8 October 2022 Sauk Valley Apple Cider Run
    Harvest Wind Half Marathon New Berlin, IL 9 October 2022 Harvest Wind Half Marathon
    Country Sole Half Marathon Chicago, IL 15 October 2022 Country Sole Half Marathon
    Shake Your Trail Feather Trail Run Charleston, IL 22 October 2022 Shake Your Trail Feather Trail Run
    Sycamore Pumpkin Run Sycamore, IL 30 October 2022 Sycamore Pumpkin Run

    About 10k races

    A 10k is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are twice the distance of the 5k and still relatively short in distance. Fewer runners tend to participate then the 5k, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10k races in Illinois? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors include how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 10Ks in Illinois?

    There are many 10K races in Illinois to choose from! Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs, and other racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 10k running events Frozen Gnome 10k, Chicago 10k and Run Mag Mile. These are just a few of the many available events.

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  • Half marathons
    NameCityDateWebsite
    Heartland Series - Day 4 - IL Fulton, IL 12 July 2022 Heartland Series - Day 4 - IL
    Fit America Half Marathon Hoffman Estates, IL 23 July 2022 Fit America Half Marathon
    Quad Cities Marathon Moline, IL 25 September 2022 Quad Cities Marathon
    Chicago Half Marathon Chicago, IL 25 September 2022 Chicago Half Marathon
    Sauk Valley Apple Cider Run Rock Falls, IL 8 October 2022 Sauk Valley Apple Cider Run
    Harvest Wind Half Marathon New Berlin, IL 9 October 2022 Harvest Wind Half Marathon
    Country Sole Half Marathon Chicago, IL 15 October 2022 Country Sole Half Marathon
    Des Plaines River Trail Races Vernon Hills, IL 15 October 2022 Des Plaines River Trail Races
    Galena River Fall Half Marathon Galena, IL 29 October 2022 Galena River Fall Half Marathon

    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon which is a total of 26 miles. The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000s and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states. The growth rate of participants for the half distance is currently higher than that of the full.

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in Illinois? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors include how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Half Marathon events in Illinois?

    There are many popular half marathon events to choose from in Illinois.  Most are very flat and good for first-timers and those looking to set a PR.  Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some are fun runs, and others are racing events but it all comes down to the runners.

    A few of the more notable half marathons include the Fly with the Eagles Half Marathon, the Chicago Spring Half Marathon, and the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon.  These are just a few of the great half marathons Illinois has to offer.

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  • Marathons
    NameCityDateWebsite
    Heartland Series - Day 4 - IL Fulton, IL 12 July 2022 Heartland Series - Day 4 - IL
    Quad Cities Marathon Moline, IL 25 September 2022 Quad Cities Marathon
    Chicago Marathon Chicago, IL 9 October 2022 Chicago Marathon
    Des Plaines River Trail Races Vernon Hills, IL 15 October 2022 Des Plaines River Trail Races

    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900s, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and in 2017 there are currently more than 800 events being held, and that number is consistently growing.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in Illinois? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors include how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Marathon events in Illinois?

    There are several popular races in Illinois.  The most well-known marathon in Illinois is the Chicago Marathon, which is one of the World Marathon Majors.  Other notable marathons in Illinois include the Illinois Marathon, Road to Carthage Marathon and Fox Valley Marathon.  Illinois has plenty of marathons to choose from, most being flat and fast, great for first-timers or those looking for a PR or BQ.

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