Updated June 6, 2018.
There are so many reasons to go for a run. It’s a surefire way to improve your overall fitness — quickly burning large amounts of calories, increasing your endurance, and boosting your heart health. It’s also incredibly efficient and cost-effective since it requires very minimal equipment, unlike other forms of exercise. And, of course, it releases endorphins that both boost your mood and relieve your stress.
Another great reason to hit the trails? Charity. This month in Chicago, there are so many opportunities to run for a cause. Not only will your reap the benefits of going for a jog, but you’ll also support an important cause by donating to it and raising awareness for it. Both seasoned pros and beginners alike can participate in these runs and walks (beginners, here’s what you need to know about preparing for your first 5K). Lace up your sneakers and get ready to get moving!
June 7, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Chicago
Raise awareness and funds for local organizations working to save lives in Chicago. One-hundred percent of the race proceeds are distributed to nonprofit organizations dedicated to reducing gun violence.
June 10, 2018 at 8 a.m. in Rosemont, Illinois
GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center’s mission is to change the perception of Down Syndrome through campaigns and educational programs, while also empowering those who have Down Syndrome (and their families). Sound inspiring to you? Register for the 5K or Fun Run to support the cause.
June 17, 2018 at 8 a.m. in Kankakee, Illinois
Formerly known as the Kilbride Classic 5K, this race has transformed into the Run for Autism. The races (choose from a 5K run or a 2K walk) help elevate Autism awareness and services. Additionally, the event has an art gallery where people with Autism can display their art.
June 21, 2018 at 6:26 p.m. in Chicago
Be a part of the fight to find a cure for all blood cancers at the ABC7 Gibbons race. All of the proceeds benefit the Leukemia Research Foundation. There will also be music by a DJ and refreshments after the race for participants.
June 21, 2018 at 7 p.m. in New Lenox, Illinois
Come celebrate the triumphs and achievements (big or small) of adults and children with disabilities served by Trinity Services by participating in the Trinity Triumph 5K. For those who prefer a shorter distance, there will also be a 1K race offered. Afterward, enjoy a family-friendly party with food, drinks, and music.
June 23, 2018 at 9 a.m. in Winnetka, Illinois
Made up of three mile-long races, this event benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leading global organization in funding type 1 diabetes research. Help support their mission to create life-changing solutions to cure, prevent, and treat type 1 diabetes.
June 24, 2018 at 10 a.m. in Chicago
Take action in the fight against pancreatic cancer by participating in PurpleStride Chicago. Your support will help efforts to increase awareness about pancreatic cancer and donations will help save lives of people who are or might be affected by this disease.
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Maddy Sims recently graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied magazine journalism. Her work has also been featured on Bustle, Real Simple, Apartment Therapy, Bicycling, and The Medill Olympic Media Project. She’s passionate about beauty, fashion, and lifestyle topics. Outside of writing, she loves to spend her time cooking yummy vegan recipes, attending music concerts, watching movies, and reading books. She is a huge supporter of the Special Olympics and has volunteered at several local events.