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 mortonarb.org
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.; earthday5kchicago.com
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; thecolorrun.com/Chicago