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The Amazing Race – Starved Rock Style
Spend an exciting day solving devious clues each step of the way and getting to know the Starved Rock Lodge area a little more. Try to be the first to uncover the Legend of Starved Rock. Use your wits, energy and sense of adventure as you race against time and your fellow racers. Enjoy a post-race awards ceremony at the finish line. The Amazing Race is fantastic for families, but children under the age of 8 and guests with limited mobility may find this event too strenuous. Teams are of 2-4 people and at least one person must have a valid drivers license and their own transportation as there is driving involved. Check in for the race will be at 11:15 a.m in the Starved Rock Lodge Lobby. Race start time is 11:30 a.m. $50.00 per couple. Race Dates for 2014: June 8 & 22, July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24, September 7 & 21.
“Ciao” on delicious Italian food and delight in a grand parade. There will be midway rides and games, live music, a bocce tournament, a grape stomp, a pasta cook-off, a kids pet and bike parade, a road race and an art contest.
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.
CITY: Rock Island
Tough Mudder events are hardcore obstacle courses designed to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, over one million inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world. But Tough Mudder is more than an event; it’s a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time and discover camaraderie with your fellow participants that’s experienced all too rarely these days.
Downtown Car Show/Cruise Night
Downtown Car Show / Mt. Vernon Cruise Night - The Car Show will be located on 9th Street between Harrison and Jordan. Features cruise night, car, truck, and motorcycle show; entertainment, food, demonstrations, and a 50/50 drawing. The Car Show will have various models from "Classics" to "Modern".
CITY: Mount Vernon
The Warrior Dash in Channahon, IL is the world's largest running series. Held on challenging and rugged terrain, people come from all over to participate in feats of courage and strength; like sprinting over fire, trudging through mud and scaling at least 12 obstacles during this fierce 5K. From couch potatoes to novice runners to extreme athletes, Warrior Dash truly is an event for all athletic abilities.
Boone County Fair
Come to one of the finest fairs in the state, where you'll enjoy animal shows, antique tractors, tractor pulls, entertainment, a carnival, food and much more.
20th Annual Galena Triathlon & Duathlon
Ranked by USAT as one of the top 10 sprint distance triathlons in the United States, this challenging multi-sport event offers unique terrain and beautiful scenery, beginning at Nixon Beach on Apple Canyon Lake.
CITY: Apple River
Somonauk Summer Fest
The Somonauk Summer Fest will have a parade, cruise night, top entertainment, beer garden, 5K run, ISP truck pull, bingo, Texas hold'em and much more!
Effingham County Fair
The annual County Fair offers a variety of events for residents and visitors alike. 4-H and open shows of agricultural products and animals, Queen pageants, horse racing, talent contests, rodeo, demo derby, tractor pulls, and professional entertainment are some of the events you can enjoy while at the County Fair.
The oldest footrace in Southern IL. is held the 2nd Saturday in November each year on the Mississippi River levee in Cairo. A long sleeve t-shirt is given to each participant in the 5000 & 10,000 meter run and awards will be presented to winners
Guardian Angel Bassett Bash & Waddle
Join in for two days of fun, friends and fundraising to help our favorite four-legged friends. This event, held at the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue Park in Dwight, will raise money for the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue to help Basset Hounds in need of a home. The 'Largest Basset gathering in the World' includes a picnic, 'bassetball' and waddle. A weekend filled with Bassett’s, games, contests, entertainment & the huge finale of the Bassett Waddle with hundreds of Bassett’s leading off the Harvest Day’s Parade.
Amateur Short Track, AMA All-Star Short Track & Springfield Mile Motorcycle Races
Enjoy the fast paced action and non-stop thrill of national level motorcycle racing at its best. Aug 29-Amateur Short Track Races, Aug 30-AMA All-Star Short Track Races and Aug 31-Springfield Mile Motorcycle Races.
Annual Heath Toffee Harvest Festival and Parade
Celebrating the delicious Heath Candy Bar, created in 1928 by Heath Brothers Confectionary in Robinson. Features Friday night entertainment, street dance, and car show, and Saturday craft show, live entertainment, toffee bake-off, and parade, capped off by a free chili supper.
Harvest Frolic Fall Celebration
Celebrate the arrival of autumn with Lincoln Log Cabin’s annual Harvest Frolic on Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28 from 10am to 4pm daily. Activities will take place at both the Lincoln and Sargent farms including children’s games, doll making and hearth cooking. There will also be a three-legged race, a cast iron skillet toss, two-man saw contest and a “dipping cup race” and a special scavenger hunt will be open to children 12 years of age or younger. Visitors are encouraged to take part in these period games and activities. Demonstrations, food, period music and entertainment along with our featured visiting artisans will round out the weekend programing.
Fleet Feet Sports SuperSprint Triathlon
The Fleet Feet Sports SuperSprint Triathlon takes place at Montrose Avenue Beach. The course consists of a 375-meter swim, a 10K bike ride and a 2.5k run.
Join the 4th annual Fort2Base Race. There are two event distances, 10 Nautical Mile or 3 Nautical Mile events (11.5 miles or 3.45 miles). The 10NM event begins at Fort Sheridan in Highland Park, runs along the North Shore Trail and finishes within the confines of Naval Station Great Lakes. The 3NM event is run solely within Naval Station Great Lakes. All registered participants receive a tech shirt and finishers medals. Runners and walkers welcome!
Crush Winthrop Harbor - The North Point Triathlon
This unique race offers Elite, Individual, Relay, Team and Stand-up Paddle Board Racing. The second race in the Team Challenge Triple Crown, participants will enjoy a beach start swim in Lake Michigan, a rolling bike course with smooth roads, and a scenic run split between road and trail.
CITY: Winthrop Harbor
Des Plaines River Trail Marathon Races
Welcome to year five of the Des Plaines River Trail Half-Marathon, Marathon and 50 Mile Ultra Marathon along the beautiful and fast Des Plaines River Trail. This is a truly special running course. The DPR Trail is a wide, crushed gravel track, free of roots and rocks, and very flat. All of the major road crossings are managed by way of bridges or viaducts This is a great track through alternating lush forests and open wetlands. With cool temperatures expected, and given the flat terrain and ideal running surface, you'll find these to be extremely fast courses. Registration is open until it reaches full capacity or October 10th. Register early and save.
CITY: Vernon Hills
Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race
The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race is a simple concept---take a carved pumpkin, decorate it and insert two independent axles through it and attach wheels, then race your pumpkin down a hill to victory! This event is great family fun and a safe, enjoyable way to celebrate fall. Plus, if you craft a winning pumpkin you get to advance to the championship where you can win prizes!
Run like Ditka as thousands of runners and walkers take to Soldier Field for the Ditka Dash 5K. All participants will receive an awesome mustache, aviator sunglasses, and a shirt just like Da Coach used to wear!
The Men’s Health URBANATHLON is a three-city event series comprised of 9.5 to 11 mile endurance races that incorporate city landmarks and urban obstacle courses set on the streets of three of the largest cities in the U.S.
Savoy Orchard Days
The Savoy Orchard Days Festival is fun for the entire family! This small town festival hosts a variety or food vendors, features fine arts & crafts displays, offers flea market stands for the daily consumer, carnival rides for the kids, and live local bands.
7th Annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
The annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is one of the most popular spring running events in the Midwest… and, arguably, the country with its fast and flat course, ideal for qualifying for the Boston Marathon. With over 20,000 participants expected in the 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, relay and the youth run, the Illinois Marathon is a destination race for people from all over! From flat and fast courses to the Memorial Stadium 50-yard line finish to the rockin’ State Farm 27th Mile Celebrate Victory Bash, this has all the makings for the perfect spring getaway. 217-351-4133
Sullivan Area Arts “Cruisin’ The Cornfields” Bike Ride
Bike ride fundraiser for the Sullivan Area Arts. The route departs from Sullivan’s beautiful Wyman Park with a rest stop at Okaw Valley Orchard. Great ride through the lush cornfields.
International Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
The 49th Annual International Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon invites runners from around the world to participate in the 13.1-mile race past the nation’s premier Lincoln sites.
Budweiser Grand National & Peoria Motorcycle Club Grand National TT Race
The Budweiser Grand Nationals are back at Peoria's Riverfront Park on Sunday, August 17! This year will feature a special appearance by the Smage Brothers, precision stunt riders, who performed on America's Got Talent! Tickets are just $20 in advance. Complete information and tickets are available at http://www.peoriamotorcycleclub.net/?event=budweiser-ama-pro-grand-national-championship-tt
Race Fan Rally
The Race Fan Rally is a yearly NASCAR event on the second Thursday of September and a kickoff event to the NASCAR weekend at the Speedway. Event includes plenty of entertainment on main stage and other locations, food, beer tents, NASCAR drivers, simulators, classic cars, prize and raffle drawings, everything NASCAR related. Event held from 4 to 10 pm on Chicago Street and side streets.
Tour de Frost
Team Fur Bandit presents the 5th Annual Tour de Frost, a 25-mile bicycle ride for charity, Join the race to raise money and gather warm clothes for the Rockford Rescue Mission.
Abe’s Trail Trek
Come out for the 3rd year of what may be the toughest one day series of trail races in Illinois. While the 5k is runner, walker and new-to-trails friendly, the 10k and 15k will test the mettle of all but the most seasoned trail runner.
29th Annual Wood River Triathlon
Are you physically fit and up for a challenge? Be a part of the 28th annual Wood River Triathlon. The event will begin with a swim at the Aquatic Center, followed by a bike ride and run through the streets of Wood River.
CITY: Wood River
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival
The City of Highwood is honored to once again transform into Pumpkin Fest headquarters. This event orchestrates fan favorite activities including a pet costume contest, Light Up the Night Parade, 5K Pumpkin Run, Walk & Kids’ Dash, onsite carving, nightly pumpkin wall lighting ceremonies, hay rides, pumpkin bowling, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival rides, kids crafts, live entertainment, pumpkin beer tasting, and seasonal food and beverage vendors galore.
Venus de Miles All Women Road Ride
Venus de Miles is a lot of things, this is Illinois' first all-women's road ride, a celebration of sisterhood and crazy fun, but one thing it's not is a race. So, don't be afraid to walk your bike up that hill, stop to listen to a band, and most importantly, enjoy. Put the pedal to the mettle. Venus is for all skill levels and features four courses to accommodate any rider - novice or seasoned. Stay for the post race festival. Register early to receive a discount on registration fees.
CITY: Lake Forest
If you like fun, food, drinks and winning money then this is the only place for you to be this Saturday night. Each ticket comes with a 2 hour buffet, 2 drinks, a free t-shirt, race program, and live music! Log onto BalmoralPark.com today!
2014 Buddy Challenge & 5K Run/Walk
The race will start in front of Bent Fork Bakery at Sheridan Road and Walker Avenue in downtown Highwood. Participants will pair up and be put to the test doing push ups, calisthenics, the fireman carry, buddy drag, piggyback carry and the consisting of 100 upper body and 100 core exercises, and plenty of running in between! This race is not about the fastest time, it’s about putting yourself to the test, having fun, and taking pride in your efforts while working as a team!
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup!
Pop sensation and Grand Marshal, Austin Mahone kicks off the event with pre-race entertainment. Last year's race winner, Matt Kenseth, looks to defend his 2013 win and gain his second trip to Gatorade Victory Lane at Chicagoland Speedway. Who will win this year? Experience all of the action for yourself live and in person!
For more than 30 years, triathletes have gathered on the shores of Lake Michigan for one of the largest triathlons in the world. The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon presented by Toyota is an action-packed tour through one of America’s signature metropolises.
Monster Truck Mayhem
Love monster trucks? Then this is one event you don’t want to miss! The Monster Truck Mayhem at Route 66 Raceway will electrify crowds with high-powered, car-crushing action for the entire family. It's All Things Trucks! Meet the drivers, get autographs and take photos up-close with the monster trucks at the free tailgate party. The night of mayhem begins at 7 p.m. with monster trucks freestyling and racing for a great night of fun for everyone!
Route 66 Swap Meet
Route 66 Swap Meet & Show 'n Shine is the event for racers, rodders, restorers and collectors! There's a wide selection for any automotive enthusiast.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
The NASCAR Nationwide Series makes its second stop at Chicagoland Speedway of the year with the Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 as part of the triple-header Chase weekend! Last year, Kyle Busch led the majority of the race and ended up in Gatorade Victory Lane for the second time during the weekend. Who will win this year? Come see the race live and experience all the action first-hand!
16th Annual Rattlesnake Master Run for the Prairie
The 5K fun run and walk will traverse Meadowbrook Park one and a half times before returning to the finish line.
The Biggest Loser RunWalk 5K, 10K & Kid's 1 Mile Fun Run
Register individually or as a team for either the 5K or 10k RunWalk or sign the kids up for a mile fun run. All fitness levels are welcome. Each registered participant and finisher will receive a Biggest Loser RunWalk Finisher's Medal, commemorative technical t-shirt, drawstring backpack and a truly inspirational and unforgettable experience. Please visit the website for more information.
Team Demolition Derby
This Red, White and Blue theme night sails into the dirt oval featuring the "Stars of the Cars", blues music and a fireworks show. Don't miss a patriotic night of car crashing fun at Route 66 Raceway’s Dirt Oval!
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Night Race!
Do you love night racing? Don't miss the exciting NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 night race! The night race kicks off the triple-header Chase weekend! In 2013, Kyle Busch gave a dominating performance and finished the night in Gatorade Victory Lane. Who will win this year? Find out live and in person!
Charleston Challenge 40 Mile Relay
Are you looking for a new and exciting race? Check out the 40 Relay covering the Southeast corner of Coles County! The 40 mile loop course can be run individually or with up to 4 runners.
Hollywood Casino Joliet Route 66 Classic
A tribute to all things vintage, the Hollywood Casino Joliet Route 66 Classic is the ultimate good ol' days event, paying homage to the early drag racing and hot rod culture. From Nostalgia Funny Car racing down the dragstrip, to the classic cars on display in the Show 'n Shine - the Route 66 Classic is a quarter-mile blast down memory lane.
Team Demolition Derby
The Tournament of Destruction demolition derby season concludes with Pink Night, featuring the Ladies of Team Demolition Derby in support of breast cancer awareness. This Team Demolition Derby is the fifth and final of the bone-crushing events at Route 66 Raceway’s Dirt Oval in 2014.
Allerton Park Trail Run
The run is a 5.7 mile trail run (and 2 mile untimed walk) held on the estate of Robert Allerton Park in Monticello, IL. The time of year, Allerton is beautiful as the trail is through fall-colored forests and past the unique gardens and statuary of Allerton Park.
Meadows Monster - "Dual at Dawn"
Meadows Monster - "Dual At Dawn" race offers the runner/cyclist the opportunity to enjoy the cool fall temperatures and beauty of the season.
Canal Connection 10K
This year marks the 165th Anniversary of the opening of the Illinois-Michigan Canal. Join runners in the Canal Connection and run along the Canal Tow path and end it the historic village of Utica.
Team Demolition Derby
The action heats up this summer when Team Demolition Derby encourages you to Light up the Night in your best brights and neons. Cub Scouts are encouraged to participate in this night of fun featuring an Amateur Demo. Come take part in Team Demolition Derby's bone-crushing events at Route 66 Raceway’s Dirt Oval.
H2O 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Walk
Get your exercise in October! This fun fitness event features a USATF and CARA certified 5K Run and a non-competitive 1 Mile "Fun Walk" starting outside Bar Louie at the Promenade Bolingbrook mall. There will be music, vendors, awards, giveaways, and more! All proceeds benefit Heart Haven OutReach, which provides support and mentoring to local high school teens.
Fox Valley Amazing Race
Teams of adults embark on an amazing race. Solve clues and complete challenges!
25th Pumpkin Pie Bicycle Ride
Ride between 28 and 103 miles along roads and rolling hills. Take a family bike ride on the I&M Canal! After biking, celebrate with pumpkin pie and goodies served at the YMCA. Preregister online by 9/18 at midnight for $23, or register after 9/18 for $30. Start biking as early as 7:00am!
A River Thru History: The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous
Step back 200 years into Chicago's past! A River Thru History Rendezvous is an early American party with all the trimmings! Join this festive gathering of fur trappers, settlers, craftsmen, and entertainers along the banks of the Des Plaines River. Enjoy a family-friendly event of: Authentic period food, Music & Entertainment, Craft Demonstrations, Canoe Races, Tomahawk throwing demonstrations, Battle Skirmishes & Canon Kid Games & Trading Post and much more!
CITY: Willow Springs
15th Annual Chicago Lakefront 50/50
View the Chicago skyline as you run in either a 50m or 50k race along Chicago's lakefront paved paths. Run for fun or beat the record that was set in 1984! Show off your 50/50 tech shirt and your medal or belt buckles to all of your friends!
Blacklight Run™ is a unique night 5K fun run focused less on speed and more on UV Neon Glowing fun with friends and family. Glowing participants come from all different ages, shapes, sizes, and speeds; every participant will get Glowed?™ and has the time of their life. Whether you are an avid runner or a walk around the park walker, the 3 miles of the Blacklight Run™ course will have you glowing and waiting for the next one!
Corn Maze 5K
Run or walk the 5k entirely through the World's Largest Corn Maze. Definitely an a-maze-ing experience that is so corny it's crazy. Weave through 100's of turns on the clearly marked course through Richardson Adventure Farm's 33 acre corn maze.
CITY: Spring Grove
Frank Lloyd Wright Races
Now in our 38th year! Bring your racing and running season to a close in historic Oak Park with the flat, fast, and scenic route of the 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Races. The races feature a 5k Run/Walk, 10k Run, and a Youth Mile for ages 7-14. All events are on Sunday, October 19th and start just east of the Oak Park River Forest High School at Scoville and Ontario Streets, and finish on Scoville in front of the school.
CITY: Oak Park
Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race
Folks from all over literally take pumpkins and creatively engineer them into race cars. Participants race their pumpkins down the streets of downtown Carbondale, competing with one another, and hope theirs crosses the finish line first! Pumpkins race in a series of categories (largest, fastest, most creative, etc.), and must travel unassisted on wheels inserted onto axles that penetrate completely through the melon (no caster wheels and no support frame or chassis will be allowed). This family-friendly competition is both challenging and fun.