Preparing to run a race is more fun when you have a group to keep you motivated! Local running clubs offer scheduled fun runs, speed workouts and advice from members that will keep you on pace. Though COVID has curtailed or limited some of these options for training, the following is a list of possible options. Please contact them to find out if they are having group runs and if so, what precautions are in place to prevent the spread of COVID.
AMP’D Athletic Association
Alpine Runner of Lake Zurich
Busse Woods Running Club
Dick Pond Fast Track Racing Team (Schaumburg)
HIP Athletic Association in Palatine
Libertyville Running Club
Dr. Nick Nowicki / Arlington Trotter Speed Workouts
Running in the USA is a good resource to help you locate a running club in your area.
Public Transit not needed this year!
The Metra train station that is nearest the race course from the live event last held in 2019 is located at 137 W. Wood Street in Palatine. The train line is the Metra Union Pacific Northwest. It is located about 3 miles from Midtown. You would need to take a cab or Uber – unless you want to walk or run a 5K before a 5K! This is also the closest transportation to get you to Deer Grove East for the post-event celebration planned on 11/6/21. We will be in Picnic Grove #4 – see map.
Dressing for the Weather
If you’re looking for a new pair of athletic shoes or the perfect gear to keep you comfortable during the race or walk, the professionals at Runners High ‘n Tri have over 31 years of experience and are happy to help. You can run or walk in the weather of your choosing! Please be sure to dress for the weather for the post-event celebration on 11/6/21, since November can be unpredictable. We will have the use of the shelter in Picnic Grove #4, so we will have a roof over our heads.
Refunds/Rain Checks – This should not be an issue with a virtual run/walk
No refunds, no person-to-person transfers, rain checks or deferrals to a future year will be given. It should not be an issue since you have until November 6th to complete the run and submit your results. Remember, you must register by 10/1/2021 in order to get an event T-shirt. We understand that plans change, injuries happen, and situations arise, but we will apply a uniform policy to everyone.