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The Color Run
The Color Run takes place in Chicago on June 16.

Running season is nearly upon us, and if you aren?t one of the nuts who logs miles on the lakefront during a Friday-night blizzard, now?s the time to start training again. Sign up for a short spring race to help you reclaim your runner?s high.

Arbor Day 10K Crave a break from the city? This serene April 21 race covers rolling terrain on the east side of the Morton Arboretum?s 1,700-acre property. Registration includes admission to explore for the rest of the day. Registration $35; $40 day of; 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle; 630-968-0074 or

5K for Earth Day This laid-back April 27 run in Humboldt Park ends at the historic boathouse with music and shopping at the Green Market. The 9 a.m. start time means you can roll out of bed, run fast to beat the crowds and then head to brunch at nearby Lula Café. Registration $15 to $35; 1440 N. Humboldt Dr.;

The Color Run Start clean and finish messy at this 5K on June 16, where speed takes a backseat to fun. Racers wear white and are given bags of powdered-sugar-like ?color? to throw around as they sprint. The result: Everyone ends up looking like a graffiti-esque work of art. Registration $50 to $60; course TBA;

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