Crisp autumn air and leaves crunching beneath your feet are just some of the perks of the fall running season. With the promise of pumpkin pie and holiday cookies around the corner there is plenty of inspiration to keep those legs moving. Check out these fantastic events for great ways that you and your family can earn some fun swag while enjoying the company of other running fans.
Ooh La La Chocolate Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk
7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3
All Chocolate Kitchen, 100 S. Third St., Geneva
When it comes to running, is there a more noble cause than to run for chocolate? Chef Roby’s All Chocolate Kitchen plays host to this truly sweet race where after completing either a half-marathon, 5K run or walk participants receive a fresh pain au chocolat and the chef’s award winning hot chocolate. Optional swag includes a tech jacket or hoodie and there are finisher medals for the half-marathon participants too. Enjoy running through the lovely downtown Geneva where runners can find a number of cute brunch spots to satisfy their hunger.
Gobbler Hobbler 10K & Mashed Potato Mile
7:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10
Fox Chase Elementary School, 260 Fox Chase Drive, Oswego
Get a start on your pre-Thanksgiving workout with this fun race that also recognizes the Veterans Day. Participants register in advance to secure your patriotic Gob Hob hoodie. The course along the Fox River and scenic Oswego will make the miles pass quickly. Young and newer runners will enjoy the fun Mashed Potato Mile. After the runs stay and enjoy all this great community has to offer from quaint shops and restaurants to larger favorites as well.
Chili Chase 5K Run
8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24
Yorkville American Legion Post #489, 9054 Route 34, Yorkville
If the cool fall weather has you thinking of warm bowl of chili than look no further than this favorite race. Participants are rewarded with a steaming bowl of chili provided by the Trinity United Methodist Men. Make this race the perfect way to start off a football-filled Sunday. The race course travels through the Heartland subdivision. This year the race will benefit Hope Fest of Kendall County, which supports the American Cancer Society.
The Fox and The Turkey
7:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28
151 Houston St., Batavia
A Fox Valley Thanksgiving Day tradition for the last 23 years this race combines fun, beauty and community spirit. Enjoy a four-mile race along the beautiful Fox Fiver in downtown Batavia. Younger runners can enjoy the One Mile Youth Race and parents and older siblings are invited accompany young runners. In the spirit of Thanksgiving participants are invited to bring along donations of non-perishable food items to the packet pickup. Donations will be distributed through the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.
McHenry Turkey Trot for Hospice 5K
8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28
McHenry High School East Campus, 1012 N. Green St., McHenry
As if logging a few miles before delving into a day of eating wasn’t motivation enough this race includes prizes to top finishers while supporting a good cause. Choose to run or walk the 5K route that winds along the McHenry Country Club and the Fox River. This will be the 8th year for the race that benefits JourneyCare Hospice& Palliative Services. The race was started in 2012 by the Siman Family Charities, in honor of Carlene Siman.
Running with the Lions 5K
8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28
Life Time Fitness, 451 Rolls Road, Algonquin
Take a break from the marathon of cooking to enjoy this race as an individual or with the entire family. The event is hosted by the Algonquin Lions Club. Choose to walk or run the 5K course on Thanksgiving morning. There are awards for top finishers in age categories for men and women. Last year the race raised more than $5,000 which was then used to support the Jacobs High School’s Eagles Wings food program and the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry, in turn providing nourishment and a bounty for others in their time of need.