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World Robot Olympiad-USA 2016 National Competition
WRO-USA is a rapidly growing competition, with plans to expand to 150 teams across at least 15 states in 2016, culminating in the National Championship at Northern Illinois University. Now in its third year in the United States, WRO-USA is expanding its program to reach even more young people throughout the country. They not only encourages young people to develop the necessary technical skills, but teaches significant life skills as well. Visit the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center on September 4, 2016 to watch the World Robot Olympiad-USA 2016 National Competition. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to come and watch our future STEM leaders compete in exciting robotic competitions!
Winnebago County Fair
Come to the 95th Annual Winnebago County Fair and enjoy the sights, the sounds, the animals, the competitions, the music, and great entertainment. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events.
Whirlwind Soccer Tournament
Annual Recreational League Soccer Tournament for ages 5 to 18. Hosted by Marion Soccer, Inc. and held at the Marion Soccer Complex. This invitational tournament will bring over 100 teams from six states to play for the Whirlwind Title.
Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival
Come see the world's fastest growing water sport at Lake Arlington. Twenty paddlers move in unison, combining strength with teamwork in a boat whose elaborate design originates in ancient China.
Twilight Shuffle 5K Run
Run through the historic neighborhoods of the east side of Libertyville. Professional timing. Families are encouraged (no children under 9) to run. After finishing the course, all participants are invited to join their fellow racers for a fabulous post-race party (including light dinner and non-alcoholic drinks for all registered participants) at the new Mickey Finn's Brewery. No registrations will be accepted or processed after 12pm on race day.
Tunnel Hill 50/100 Mile Run
Are you looking for your first 100 mile run? This could very well be the course you're looking for! Flat, fast course on the Tunnel Hill Illinois State trail . Unlike a lot of rails-to-trails, there is nothing "flat" about the scenery. From wildlife inhabited wetlands to gorgeous rock formations, this trail has it all. Smooth crushed limestone covered dirt bed is wide and contains no trip hazards. Best of all is the iconic tunnel... over 600' of thrills you'll always remember. Includes a 50-mile option... all the fun of the 100 miler, except you run the course once instead of twice.
Trivia Night at Cademon Brewing Co.
Are you ready for another trivia night?! Join us the first Tuesday of the month for another round of Trivia at Cademon! Teams of 1-5 people participate in 4 rounds of 10 questions, followed by a final wagered question. At the end of each of the first four rounds, you turn in your answer sheet and all the empty glasses from that round. You get points for correctly answering, and a point for each glass your team emptied in that round.Entry Fee: none! We do this for free for you. - Top three teams get "house cash!"
Try your hand at the Litchfield TriathLou at Lake Lou Yaeger. Swimming in Lake Lou Yaeger is the best open water swim you will have in the Midwest. There really is no comparison to this large beach with pristine flat racing water. The bike course is flat and fast with some great curves to keep you entertained the whole ride. Both the 5k and 10k runs see very honest mile paces with plenty of flats, and a couple hills throughout. Sprint and Olympic distances are available.
Track Laps and Car Wash at Chicagoland Speedway
Fans can take their own vehicles onto The Magnificent Mile And A Half for two parade laps around the 1.5-mile oval that the stars of NASCAR will race on during the Sprint Cup Series weekend September 15-18 at Chicagoland Speedway. This opportunity is available for only $10!
Tour de Shawnee Bike ride
Bicyclists meet at the Olive Branch Community Center at 8 AM. Organized bike routes of 15, 30, 45, 62 and 100 mile rides around scenic Horseshoe Lake and area. Entry fee includes: Event bag, chance for attendance prizes. Early registration includes commemorative t shirt.
The 38th Annual Alpine Races
Presented by the Alpine Runners, this is a 1/2 Marathon, 5K Run/Walk, Youth Mile, and also offers kid's races. Something for all runners and the whole family. The races run through the streets and along the shores of beautiful Paulus Park in Lake Zurich. Gatorade, water, and time splits will be available along the course. Food and drinks will be available to participants at the finish line. No dogs, strollers, bikes, rollerblades or headphones are allowed in the races please.
Southern Illinois Boat & Fishing Show
A weekend long event sponsored by the Youth Outdoor Education Foundation and the Williamson County Tourism Bureau. The show features boats, trailers, trucks, ATVs, fishing tackle, live entertainment and more. Admission and parking is free. Great fun for all ages.
Route 66 Half Marathon, 5K, Mile Dash
Run down Historic Route 66 in this race down memory lane. On this flat course, you will have the opportunity to set a personal best. Plus, its filled with some of the oldest landmarks on Historic Route 66.
Rock Island Grand Prix
The world's best drivers come to compete for one of go-karting's largest cash purses with payouts through ninth place. Last year attracted more than 30,000 spectators to the two days of racing. Festival week includes nightly outdoor concerts, driver's parade, fan autograph session and special Sunday post-race awards ceremony. There are also food and merchandise booths, kid's activities and other race-related activities. Free admission.
Ride Like An Egyptian
Join us for a fun and enjoyable bike ride through DeKalb and Kane Counties and support the historic Egyptian Theatre on Satruday, August 20th. Since the ride starts and ends at the Egyptian Theatre, you will have the opportunity to explore this historic landmark. This bike ride offers four mix-n-match 25-mile loops. All participants will be provided with route maps and all routes will be marked with signs. There will be great SAG support on all loops and a well-stocked central rest stop. Bike at your own speed, this is not a race. All ages are welcome, however, those under the age of 16 must ride with a participating parent or guardian. There will be an end-of-ride meal provided for registered riders. Meal will feature soup, sandwiches, and refreshments.
RC Jet Rally
This remote control jet rally gathers some of the best scale model jets in the country. Live stunts and performances will be available to the public.
Quad Cities Marathon
This marathon offers beautiful views of the Mississippi River, entertainment and more. 5 Races to choose from including: Marathon, Half Marathon, 5-Person Relay, 1 Mile Walk, 5K Run/Walk, and kids runs.
Out at Wrigley
The nation's largest annual LGBT sporting event is growing even more this year, with a special prize for a finalist of the annual national anthem contest and the induction of the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame to create a weekend-long LGBT sports event.
Old Settlers Swedish Stomp and Skamperoo
Begins at 9 am, Skamperoo starts at 10 am. Over 150 runners each year of all ages enjoy this tradition of family fun running through historic Bishop hill, during the annual 5K run/walk. Runners vie for the coveted hand carved wooden boot trophy, symbolic of the Swedish Stomp. Open to all ages 7 to 107.
Oak Brook Polo
The exhilaration of polo returns to Oak Brook! Be a part of history as you cheer on the ponies and players in this game that's been an Oak Brook tradition since 1922. Games are on select Sunday's.
NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl
One month after the swing event on the points tour, both the NMRA and the NMCA roll into Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, over the weekend of July 28 – 31, 2016. This is the only event where the NMRA and NMCA compete against each other for the ultimate bragging rights! The 11th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing is one of the crown jewels in ProMedia organization’s family of events. By combining all of the classes across both racing sanctions, selecting an outstanding venue like Route 66 Raceway that is centrally located to much of the country, and bringing the baddest door slammers in the country together in one place, the stage is set for ground-breaking, record-setting heads up drag racing plus a giant all American car show and so much more! Over the last several years, the Route 66 surface has been home to many record-setting passes. It’s called the Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing for a reason, and the racing action reflects that title. Over 30 race classes filled with all kinds of awesome Detroit iron, walkin’ and talkin’ down the track – this event is an absolute must!
NASCAR XFINITY Series - Chicagoland 300
Chicagoland is the Last Chance Race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series stars to punch their ticket to the series' new playoff format, which will determine a champion! The drivers of the XFINITY Series will race against some of NASCAR's biggest stars on Saturday, September 17 as part of our four-race race weekend! This is where history begins as the drivers look to not only capture a Championship, but also make their way into the ranks of NASCAR's best! Green flag is set for 2:30 p.m. CT!
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400
Make sure to join us for the first races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup! As the first of 10 Chase races, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 begins NASCAR's thrilling playoffs. With a wide variety of family friendly options, you can't beat summer at Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - American Ethanol E15 225
The American Ethanol e15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway is the Last Chance Race for the ever-unpredictable Camping World Truck Series as NASCAR's newest stars battle for a final spot in the series' new playoff. The trucks return under the lights as part of the Four-Race Weekend on Friday, September 16! NASCAR's newest stars will try their luck at tackling the tri-oval during an all-out battle. There will surely be fireworks during the race ... and we'll have some afterward, too! Green flag is set for 7:30 p.m. CT!