5 summer fun runs and races for kids

Kids can run in costume, in the zoo and more this summer

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  • Photograph: Thomas Kubik | TK Photography

    Run for Gus

  • Lifetime Kids Tri

  • Zippity Zoo Run

  • Photograph: Mary Melka

    Walk for Wishes

Photograph: Thomas Kubik | TK Photography

Run for Gus

Kids love to run. Whether it be through the sprinklers, in the backyard or at the park, it's hard to contain their endless energy. Races are the perfect way to expose them to new places across the city and give them a sense of accomplishment (think medal) for completing the task. These five races offer up everything from views of the zoo to a run in costume.

Run for Gus

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The Run for Gus is a fun-filled event for a great cause: pediatric brain tumors. Kids under 12 can participate in the 400m dash. Before the race there is a kids corner filled with fun kids games, and following the race each participant gets a shirt and medallion. The whole family is invited to tour the Peggy Notebaert Museum afterward.

  1. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N Cannon Dr, at Fullerton Pkwy
  2. Thu Jul 24
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Lifetime Kids Tri

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Your little athlete (ages 7–10) can participate in a smaller scale version of the city's mega triathalon: a 110m swim, 4K bike ride and 1.5K run. Kids get body marked and chips just like the more senior athletes.

  1. Montrose Beach 4400 N Lake Shore Dr, between Wilson and Lawrence Aves
  2. Sat Aug 23
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Walk for Wishes

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Running or walking dressed up as your favorite superhero, animal or princess is every kid's dream. This 5k makes that dream a reality in the hopes to make dreams happen for some very sick kids. Make a Wish Foundation holds this race each year on Montrose Harbor with food, fun and more. Prizes are awarded for best costume. All ages can participate and strollers are welcome.

  1. Montrose Harbor 4400 N Lake Shore Dr, at Montrose Ave
  2. Sun Sep 14
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