About Zach Freeman: Zach Freeman is a runner, writer and computer nerd, though not necessarily in that order. He lives in Chicago and loves running so much that he can be found participating in a racing event nearly every weekend throughout the year (and often multiple events in one weekend). He writes about Chicago-area racing events for Newcity and his blog ZachRunsChicago.
Pre-race grassy knoll at the Bastille Day Run Standing in the neatly manicured, slightly hilly lawn just north of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, in Chicago, and just west of a blocked off Cannon Drive, I admired the clearly delineated basecamp area and the wide starting line that Special Events Management had procured for the Bastille...Continue Reading
5K March to College pre-race It's mid-May and Chicagoans are finally getting to enjoy some warmer weather. And Chicago runners are finally getting to enjoy evening runs during the week. This week the Center for Companies That Care hosted the 2nd Annual 5K March to College in Grant Park, a 5K run/walk "dedicated to increasing college graduation rates among...Continue Reading
Small races can be hit or miss. As can inaugural races. So when registering for a small inaugural race you just cross your fingers and hope for the best. And though the weather didn't necessarily cooperate on Sunday morning for the first Phi Delta Chi 5K Run/Walk, the group of UIC pharmacy students who coordinated it pulled off an...Continue Reading
Resurrection High School Resurrection College Prep High School, an all-girl Catholic school at the corner of Talcott and Oriole Avenues in northwest Chicago, is just about as close to the suburbs as a school can be while still claiming Chicago proper as its home. And for a school hosting a 5K on the cheap, that's not a...Continue Reading
Google Map for the February Fool's Goal Half Marathon/Debacle The first thing you may ask yourself before reading this article is, "Why would I want to do this?" It's a valid question. And I really have no answer for you other than to say: because it's possible. A few weeks ago while browsing the upcoming races on...Continue Reading
Despite the open course (meaning the streets weren't blocked off to traffic) and the double loop (meaning participants ran the same 1.5 mile route twice rather than running a single five kilometer course), the lengthily titled Park Forest Running and Pancake Club (PFRPC) Midwinter Cruise 5K has a certain grassroots charm to it. Maybe it's the group's prominently displayed...Continue Reading
The McHenry County Ultrarunning Dudes & Dudettes (M.U.D.D.) running club, the group of ultra enthusiasts who put together the first annual Frozen Gnome 50K and 10K in Crystal Lake, Illinois this morning, could probably write a book (okay maybe a pamphlet) on how to coordinate a successful inaugural run on a shoestring budget. But since they’re probably out running...Continue Reading