While we all know running is good for our health, some races make the journey more rewarding. The finish line is even sweeter when there is a chocolate treat, glass of red wine or promise of a fresh bratwurst sandwich waiting to be enjoyed. So get off the couch and start training to be ready for these runs, walks that will entice even the occasional runner.
As with all races, be sure to check out the registration. Advance registration is recommended to save on costs. Some races are family friendly; some are restricted to the 21 and older crowds. Some races are morning, others are afternoon so be sure to read past the delicious fun to determine which runs will whet your appetite.
The feel da Burn 0.1 Beer Run
3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14
American Legion Parking Lot, 112 N. Main St., Elburn
Ok, this run won’t help you win your Fitbit steps challenge but it still supports a good cause and offers plenty to enjoy. Participants will wind their way around the parking lot stopping to sample five craft brews and enjoying a festive atmosphere. At the finish line there is a selection of craft and domestic beers, spiked seltzers and soft drinks for purchase. Runners must be 21 and older to participate.
Additionally there is live entertainment and food trucks will be pulling up to provide additional refreshments.
This event is hosted by the American Legion Post 630, which supports and advocates for veterans, active military members and their families. Money raised from the event w ill support building improvements at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center.
Brat Trot 5K Run/Walk
10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
Downtown Batavia, State and North River streets
Started in 2018 the Brat Trot gives participants a chance to work up an appetite before indulging in the Batavia Oktoberfest delights. Runners and walkers will enjoy the beautiful course through the town and along the river on an autumn morning. Quench the post-race thirst with a stein of beer or root beer in this family-friendly event. Be sure to plan to stay post race to enjoy the German food as well as the entertainment, activities and contests, including the stein hoisting contest, at Oktoberfest or to enjoy the city as well. Lederhosen optional.
Register to race as an individual or check out the family registration option and get everyone running before enjoying a festive afternoon. Children participating in the Kids Dash receive finisher medals and there are awards for top runners in several age groups as well.
Hustle S’More 5K
5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva
This evening run is the perfect warm up for a post race celebration that features free hot chocolate drinks and that gooey, chocolaty s’mores. The scenic Peck Farm Park with trees in beautiful autumn colors will distract you with delight until you can sink your teeth into the post race snack. The S’mores with layers of marshmallow and chocolate wrapped in graham crackers will inspire you to run harder and faster to reach the end. This race also features a Kids Mile for ages 3-12 making it a great race for the whole family to enjoy. Strollers are permitted. In addition to awards for the top finisher per age group there are participation awards for the children’s race. Proceeds from the race support the Geneva Park District Scholarship fund, which provides recreational opportunities to those in need.
Wicked Wine Run 5K
Saturday, Oct. 19
5K starts at 4 p.m.; wine walk at 5:30 p.m.
Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton
When it comes to this race the only question is will you choose the red wine or white wine to quench your post-race thirst? This race is all about the fun as participants wear their favorite wine-sayings on their T-Shirts and other assorted costumes and enjoy a fun, non-timed run through the trails of Cantigny Park. Post race there is a 1K wine-tasting walk to stretch those racing legs. The walk brings participants back to the main area for live entertainment to keep the festive atmosphere going. With all the running and a wine walk runners will work up an hungry appetite and can head over to the food trucks to find something for everyone’s tastes.
Runners must be 21 and older to participate. There are awards for best costumes and top race finishers. Race as an individual or gather up the friends and create your own team. Race doesn’t include admission to Cantigny, so if going with friends carpooling is advised and bring along the $10 for parking/admission.
5th Annual Ooh LaLa Chocolate 5K and Half Marathon
Sunday, Nov. 3 in downtown Geneva
Half marathon starts at 7 a.m., 5K run starts at 7:30 a.m. and 5K walk starts at 7:40 a.m.
The promise of a sweet finish line entices races out of bed for this annual Sunday morning run featuring a choice of a half-marathon, a 5K run or walk. Sponsored by All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva there is no question the post race experience will tempt every chocolate lover into becoming a runner. Past race treats have included Chef Roby’s fresh pain au chocolate and award-winning hot chocolate, as well as the race gear, which is also sweet, though not edible.
The race course through downtown Geneva is certified and chip timed and there are awards for top finishers in several age categories. If this race sounds appealing then don’t wait to register as the race has sold out for the past three years. This race isn’t just about the chocolate, as it benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as well.