Unique Fitness Opportunities | Naperville Fitness Center

Hi everyone.  Thanks for coming back to my blog.  I wanted to fill you in on a few unique fitness opportunities that you should put on your calendar.

Before I talk about these events, I want to get one thing out of the way — I HATE RUNNING!  I don’t know what it is about running, but it leaves my entire body in disrepair for days after I run a long-distance race.  So if I am going to subject myself to that kind of pain and discomfort, there better be a good reason for it.

So, with that in mind, let me tell you about two 5k races that you shouldn’t miss

Brookfield Zoo Run Run for Animal Care and Conservation Fund
September 21st, 2014
Brookfield Zoo

This is an event my wife LOVES to do.  She goes to Brookfield Zoo several times each year, and loves checking out the animals on display.  So even though she isn’t a runner per se, she goes through the course at her own pace and is sure to see all the animals that are out at each exhibit.

This is a very popular event each year, so be sure to get in quickly to this race.  It’s a fun time!

O’Hare 5k on the Runway
October 5th
O’Hare Airport

This is a unique race in the sense that you get the opportunity to run on an actual runway at O’Hare Airport.  Don’t worry — the runway is not active during the race, but you can see other planes take off in the distance as you run.  I did this with my wife two years ago, and it was a great experience.  Since there is so much rubber on the runway left by incoming or outgoing planes, my shoes sometimes would stick to the ground, making it hard to keep a consistent pace if I wasn’t paying attention.


The course is set up to run around at least one 747 plane, so be sure to have your camera with you.  Even if you aren’t a runner, this is a fun run/walk.  So feel free to take your time going through the course.

This is such an awesome opportunity and I hope you don’t pass it up.  One word of warning: be sure to get there early, as it takes a long time to park at this particular event.

I hope to see you at each event in the fall!