Contrary to popular belief, sitting in front of the television set with a bowl of white cheddar Cheez-Its is not a form of physical exercise. It came as a shock to me as well. But since we need exercise in our lives because it is “good for us” and “keeps us alive” and “gets all that energy out,” I have some fun ways to do it and not feel like it’s a chore. It won’t feel like sitting on the couch eating Cheez-Its but once I figure out how to do that, I promise to share that with you. Here are six fun family races (5K’s) to help kick off Exercise with Your Child Week (August 4-10)!
Six Kid-Friendly Races for Families in Lake County
Wings of Mercy Family Fun Day
Saturday, 13 July, 8:00 a.m.
Campbell Airport, 22733 W. Townline Rd., Grayslake
This 5K run/walk takes place on the Runway at Campbell airport. After the run stick around for the family fun day activities including an airplane show, plane rides (additional charge) games and more. All proceeds benefit Wings of Mercy.
Race fee: $35, Funday Admission (no race) $10 adults, $5 children
Saturday, 17 August, 9:00 a.m.
Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake
Mud so thick and obstacles so bold it will leave you wanting more (and a shower!) Waves start every 20 minutes. Cost is $85 (but there are several deals and deadlines). Muckfest is a fundraiser for the National MS Society and if you raise $250 you run for free.
Round Lake Park District Superhero Fun Run
Sunday, 8 September, 10:00 a.m.
Round Lake Sports Center, 2004 Municipal Way, Round Lake Beach
Participants in this family 5K are encouraged to dress like their inner superhero: think capes, masks, etc.. Proceeds will benefit Special Olympic athletes from the surrounding area. Dogs are welcome to run as well!
Making Strides for Special Kids
Saturday, 14 September, 8:30 a.m.
Independence Grove, Libertyville
This family walk raises funds to help with social, vocational and educational needs for special needs children and their families in Lake County. Head to the website for more detailed race information.
The Great Inflatable Race
Saturday, September 21, 9:00 a.m.
Lake County Fairground, Grayslake
Like no race you have seen before this race is an all inflatable fun run. Test your skills on the Big Baller inflatable or try racing across four big red balls. Sure to be fun for the whole family!
Lake Bluff PTO Pumpkin Chase
Saturday, 26 October, 8:00 a.m.
121 E. Sheridan Place, Lake Bluff
This fall run is the real deal, offering bib chip timing, a certified course, and multiple age group awards. Proceeds will benefit the Lake Bluff PTO.
Cost: 5K- $29; 1 mile fun run (with free shirt)- $17; 1 mile fun run (no free shirt)- $7
Tell us about some great kid-friendly races that we didn’t mention!