24 Must-Do Oct./Nov. Races Across The U.S.

St. Louis Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. Photo: www.photorun.net

Midwest Region

Des Plaines River Trail Races
Oct. 19, Lincolnshire, Ill.

Now in its third year, the Des Plaines River Trail Races offer a flat, scenic course for runners looking to take on a half marathon, marathon or 50-mile race. The Des Plaines River Trail is a wide, crushed-limestone path that features both lush forests and open prairie. All races start and finish at the Half Day Forest Preserve in Lincolnshire, Ill. Fifty-mile finishers receive a belt buckle, while half- and full-marathon finishers receive medals. Hot chocolate will be available for all runners and spectators from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and after the race runners can enjoy a picnic in the preserve with hamburgers, chicken and veggie burgers. If you’re looking for a low-key alternative to the big, urban fall marathons, this is the race for you.

Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Marathon http://running.competitor.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=84098&action=editand 1/2
Oct. 27, St. Louis

Rock ‘n’ Roll returns to St. Louis with more options for runners who want a great tour of the city and entertainment from some of the Midwest’s best music on the course. The loop course starts and finishes in downtown St. Louis with great views of the Arch. Both the marathon and half marathon will take advantage of St. Louis’ scenic neighborhoods, parks and historic areas. This year, runners can choose from the marathon, half marathon, two-person half-marathon relay and the new mini marathon, a 3.75-mile run. Once again, the finish-line festival after the race will feature plenty of food, drinks and live music to celebrate your accomplishment.

Cantigny 5K Run/Walk
Nov. 2, Wheaton, Ill.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of this 5K, which runs on the beautiful grounds of Cantigny, the 500-acre estate of former Tribune publisher Colonel Robert R. McCormack and now houses the First Division Museum, a golf course and a world-class landscape garden. The 5K run begins at the visitor’s center and offers a scenic tour of the property via paved roads and the cart path of the golf course. The race typically sells out and is limited to 1,000 runners. Proceeds benefit the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. Post-race refreshments will be available, and runners are welcome to tour the grounds and the museum after the race.

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