2018 Races and Fun Runs in the Western Suburbs

The spring and summer months bring an incredible round-up of races and fun runs locally that are lots of fun for the whole family! While some kids are ready for a full-blown 5k, others might like to start with a short and sweet fun run: the perfect way to introduce younger kids to longer races. Either way, they’re sure to enjoy these family friendly events. Many end with a party with live music, food and games too! Get out and exercise with your kiddos at one of these awesome events coming up soon.

2018 Races and Fun Runs in Chicago’s West Suburbs

April 2018 Races and Fun Runs

St. John’s Beat The Eagle 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run on Friday, April 6 in Lombard to benefit St. Johns School.

Foodie 5K  on Saturday, April 7 at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. (Also being held May 12 in Libertyville and September 15 in Romeoville.) Benefits the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Shake It Off 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 7 at Bolingbrook High School to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Mustang Trot 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, April 8 in Downers Grove to benefit Lungevity.

Good Life Race on Sunday, April 8 at Oak Park River Forest High School to benefit the Collaboration for Early Childhood and the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.

Young Hearts for Life 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, April 8 at Benedictine University in Lisle to benefit Young Hearts for Life.

Fun Run in Color on Saturday, April 14 at Memorial Park in Wheaton features a wave start, four color stations, and an after party with a final color toss.

SVF Friars 5K, Fun Run & Sr. Shuffle on Saturday, April 14 at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish School in River Forest.

5Kto1K Neighborhood Run on Sunday, April 15 in the Fulton Market neighborhood of Chicago to benefit Cara.

Roadrunner Ramble 5K, 1K Fun Run and Kids Dash on Sunday, April 15 at Hidden Lakes Forest Preserve in Glen Ellyn to benefit Project Playground for Arbor View Elementary School.

Superhero Glow Run on Friday, April 20 at Six Flags Great America.

Walk and Roll Chicago 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 21 at Soldier Field in Chicago to benefit the American Cancer Society.

HOPE Scholarship 5K on Sunday, April 22 at Morton West High School in Berwyn to benefit the HOPE Scholarship.

Wildwood PAC Earth Day 5K and 2K Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, April 22 at Wildwood Park Fieldhouse in Chicago.

BT 5K Run and Walk on Sunday, April 22 at Soldier Field in Chicago to benefit the American Brain Tumor Association.

Race Against Extinction Earth Day 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run on Sunday, April 22 to benefit the World Wildlife Fund.

DuPage Human Race 5K Run and 2K Walk on Saturday, April 28 at The Esplanade in Downers Grove to benefit 70+ non-profit organizations serving DuPage County.

BlazeATrail 5K on Saturday, April 28 at Keystone Park in River Forest.

Barnyard Dash 5k and Pig Pen 1K on Saturday April 28 at Blackberry Farm in Aurora.

Shelter 5K Run/Walk 4 Kidz on Saturday April 28, at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village to benefit Shelter, Inc.

Run for 102 – Race to the Finish 5k and Fun Run on Sunday, April 29 in La Grange Park to benefit District 102.

Miles for Smiles 5k Fundraiser on Sunday, April 29 in Oswego to benefit Celebrate Differences.

May 2018 Races and Fun Runs

Sprint 2 Spring 5K on Saturday, May 5 in Elgin to benefit the Hanover Township Foundation.

Stars and Spikes 5K & 1 mile Fun Run on Saturday, May 5 at Madison Elementary School in Lombard.

Run to Remember 5K and Junior Jog on Saturday, May 5 in Chicago to benefit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

Run for the Kids Superhero Hustle 5K Run/2K Walk on Saturday May 5 in Villa Park to benefit Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley.

Willowbrook Spring Fling 2018 – 5K & Kids 1 mile Fun Run on Sunday, May 6 at Borse Community Park in Willowbrook to benefit Gateway Special Recreation Association.

Darien Dash 1 mile, 5K, and 10K Run on Sunday, May 6 in Darien to benefit one Darien school and one not-for-profit organization.

Race to Wrigley 5K on Sunday, May 6 at Wrigley Field in Chicago to benefit Cubs Charities.

Groovin’ in the Grove 5K and Little Groovers Race on Saturday, May 12 at Midwestern University in Downers Grove to benefit Sharing Connections.

Pink 5K on Saturday, May 12 at Oak Brook Park District’s Central Park to benefit Open Arms-Hinsdale Hospital Foundation’s Breast Cancer Outreach Fund

The Y Run 5K and Super Kids Fun Run on Saturday, May 19 in downtown Glen Ellyn in conjunction with the Taste of Glen Ellyn to benefit the B.R. Ryall YMCA Scholarship Fund.

LaGrange Park Run for the Roses on Saturday, May 19 in LaGrange Park.

Mutt Strut 5K & 1-Mile Puppy Path on Saturday, May 19 in Lombard to benefit the Lombard Food Pantry and DuPage County Animal Care and Control.

Backbones 5K Run, Walk n Roll on Sunday, May 20 at Country Gardens Park in Prospect Heights to benefit those with spinal cord injuries and their families.

Vets Week Aurora 5K, Fun Run, Walk, Woof and Roll on Sunday, May 20 at Phillips Park Zoo in Aurora to benefit local veterans in need.

Tower Trot 5K, 10K, Double, and Fun Run on Saturday, May 26 in Western Springs. Fundraising for Healing Hearts for Ashley will be held in conjunction with the race.

Race to the Flag 5K on Sunday, May 27 in Westmont to benefit People’s Resource Center.

June 2018 Races and Fun Runs

Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 5K and 10K (plus half-mile kids’ run) on Saturday, June 2 in downtown Wheaton to benefit funds for Cosley Zoo animals, exhibit development projects, public programs, and conservation projects.

G.L.O.W. 5K Run on Saturday, June 2 in Naperville to benefit the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy.

Burr Ridge Run the Ridge 5k and 1K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 2 in Burr Ridge to benefit the ProActive Kids Foundation.

Hinsdale Humane Society Pet Walk and 5K (plus a Kids’ Dash) on Sunday, June 3 at Katherine Legge Memorial Park in Hinsdale to benefit the Hinsdale Humane Society.

PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, June 3 at Montrose Harbor in Chicago to benefit PAWS Chicago.

Run for the Zoo 5K Run, Walk and Safari Stampede on Sunday, June 3 at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

La Grange Rocks 5K on Friday evening, June 8 starting at the Lyons Township North soccer fields and organized by The LeaderShop.

The Sugar Rush 5K on Saturday, June 9 at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village, where you can indulge in candy at the finish line!

Remembering Lauren 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 16 at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park to benefit the Lauren Kiefer Memorial Foundation, Inc.

Purple Stride Chicago 5k on Sunday, June 24 at Soldier Field in Chicago to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

July 2018 Races and Fun Runs

Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th  4-mile run on Wednesday, July 4 in downtown Elmhurst to benefit the Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation.

The Freedom Four™ 4-Mile Run on Wednesday, July 4 at Lake Ellyn Park in Glen Ellyn to benefit the Glen Ellyn Park District’s scholarship funds.

Riverside Independence Day 5K on Wednesday, July 4 in Riverside.

The Original Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 on Saturday, July 14 at the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Darien to benefit Big Rig Books.

Hemingway 8K Running of the Bulls and kids’ fun run event on Saturday, July 21 in Oak Park to benefit the Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park and the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.

Run for Hunger 5K Run/Walk and 1/2 Mile Kids Fun Run on Sunday, July 22 in Elmhurst to benefit the
Elmhurst/Yorkfield Food Pantry, Disciples Food Pantry, Hand and Hand Food Pantry and Community Table.

August 2018 Races and Fun Runs

HAE IN-MOTION 5K on Saturday, August 4 at Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton to benefit the HAE Scholarship Program, Compassion Fund and Research.

The 2K for Kids Fun Run on Saturday, August 4 in Glen Ellyn. Kids will race a 1.25-mile course while competing in fun and age-appropriate challenges.  Open to ages 4-10, each participant of this timed race will receive a t-shirt, bib, and post-race snacks. Plus, awards will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place runners in each age division and gender group!  Presented by the Glen Ellyn Park District, the 2K for Kids Fun Run is just $17 for residents and $25 for non-residents. Don’t miss out – the deadline to register is Friday, July 20. Learn more and register at www.gepark.org.

Stan’s Donut 5K Run, Walk and Kids Dash on Saturday, August 11 on Montrose Harbor in Chicago to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

More races will be added throughout the season when information becomes available. Did we miss a race or fun run in your area? Let us know, and we’ll add it to the list! You can also find races and fun runs in the south suburbs. Then, check out our outdoor activities page for even more ways to enjoy the outdoors with your family.

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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