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Fun runs in the city

By Maria Cannata
On April 21, 2012

Never thought the words "fun" and "run" could be used in the same sentence? Think again. Chicago offers a variety of runs that are fun.

These races aren't always for the serious runner you might see at the Ray (the ones that have been running for your entire workout and have yet to break a sweat). They're for everyone: lovers of music, beer, burritos or the beach. Some upcoming runs include:

Cinco De Miler : 5/6/12

Continue the Cinco de Mayo celebration and run off those Coronas at the Cinco de Miler. This five-mile run begins at Montrose Harbor and ends with a post race fiesta. Register for $50 at

Chicago Late Night Six- 6k Glo Run: 6/16/12

Like techno and house music? More of a night person? Then this 6k run is the one for you. Beginning at 9:30 p.m. runners get to enjoy a live DJ on the course, glow in the dark swag and a post-run party. Registration is $35 before June 14 at

Disco Dash: 6/21/12

"Shake your groove thing" at Soldier Field with Disco bands, a beer garden and your choice between a 5k or 10k course. Registration is $35-$40 before June 13 at

Beach Dash : 7/14/12

Beach Dash is a "gnarly" event at Montrose Beach where participants enjoy beach music, beer and face a variety of obstacles in support of St. Jude. Register online at for $50 before June 4.

Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon: 7/22/12

Xsport fitness presents the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon for lovers of fitness and music. This race includes bands every mile and a post-race concert. Registration is $100 before May 31 at

Mud Wars: 7/28/12

Don't mind getting a little dirty? Mud Wars is an intense 5k run equipped with nine obstacles, three mud pits and a party area including DJs, food and beer. Register at for $55 before July 28.

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