2018 Fun Runs and Races in the Southwest Suburbs

Spring is in the air!  Time to dust off those gym shoes and get active outdoors with your kids!  Whether your kids are ready for a full-blown 5K race or a short and sweet fun run, the southwest suburbs are packed with local running events. Many of these races are community parties with live music, food, and games for kids….all while supporting local churches, schools, causes, or organizations.

2018 Fun Runs and Races in the Southwest Suburbs

March 2018 Races and Fun Runs

SMI 5K/2K (Plainfield)
Saturday, March 17, 2018 | 5K at 7:15 am; Kids Sparty 2K at 8:00 am

Amita Health Bolingbrook St. Paddy’s Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk (Bolingbrook)
Sunday, March 18, 2018 | Kids Dash Start at 8:15 am

March 4 Meg 5K Run/Walk (Evergreen Park)
Saturday, March 31, 2018 | 9:00 am

No Foolin’ 5K and Little Fools 1 mile (Romeoville)
Saturday March 31, 2018 | 9:00 am

April 2018 Races and Fun Runs

St. Mary’s School Titan Trot 5K and Dash (Mokena)
Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 am; Kids Dash at 9:30 am

Illiana Pancake Pacer 5K (Lansing)
Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 7:30 am

May 2018 Races and Fun Runs

New Lenox PTO 5K Running in Color (New Lenox)
Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 8:00 am

June 2018 Races and Fun Runs

Holy Family School 5K (Shorewood)
Saturday, June 2, 2018 | 8:30 am

Chasing the Sun 5K (New Lenox)
Thursday, June 7, 2018 | 5K Run/Walk and stroller run at 7:00 pm

Trinity Triumph 5K (New Lenox)
Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 1K/5K at 7:00pm

August 2018 Races and Fun Runs

New Lenox Running with Faith (New Lenox)
Saturday, August 25, 2018 | 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk at 6:30pm

September 2018 Races and Fun Runs

Jane’s Warriors 5K Run and Walk (Orland Park)
Saturday, September 9, 2018 | 8:30 am

Plainfield Harvest 5K and Kidz Miler (Plainfield)
Sunday, September 30, 2018 | Kidz Race at 8:30 am; 5K at 9:00 am

Did we forget one of your favorite local races? Please comment below with your fun run suggestions! Don’t forget to check out all the great local races in the Western suburbs, as well as more outdoor activities for families.

About the Author

Kristen Sheehan
Kristen is a Burbank native who settled with her family in New Lenox in 2016. She loves her new neighborhood and could not be happier with her new home. Kristen and her husband have three amazing children – two daughters, ages five years and four months, and a two year-old son. She also has a furry shih-tzu baby, who is 10 years old. The kids are active and energetic, but Kristen enjoys providing a mix of structured play/activities and downtime at home. She is passionate about keeping her family healthy and happy. During the winter, Kristen likes to go sledding and skating – as well as experiencing indoor play spaces. During the summer, she loves getting outside with her family – playgrounds, festivals, fairs, picnicking, bike riding, and trips to the zoo. Her kids love helping in the kitchen, and Kristen enjoys cooking and baking with them!

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