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About the Bucktown 5K and Kids Run

The Bucktown 5K a 3.1-mile race that takes place in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The race is held annually each fall and is open to runners of all ages and abilities. Keep reading to learn more about the history behind the race!

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How It Started

The Bucktown neighborhood got its name back in the 1830’s. Polish settlers, who made their home in this beautiful neighborhood, raised goats as a part of their livelihood. The goats used to roam the neighborhood freely, and the nickname Bucktown was born!

The Bucktown 5k was founded by Diane Goldring in 1998 as a grassroots event to benefit local youth programs. In 2002, the race was acquired by Running Away Multisport, a running and triathlon specialty store located in Bucktown. 

The event quickly became known for its award-winning swag and for providing a well-organized, safe, and fully supported event catering to runners. As a result, race directors in the area were forced to up their game just to try to keep up with the Bucktown 5K and the loyal following it was establishing. This loyalty triggered the founding of RAM Racing, which eventually went on to become Ventures Endurance. The rest as they say is history, but it all started right here with the Bucktown 5K!

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Fun Times and Good Causes

The Bucktown 5K has quickly become one of the most popular races in Chicago. Because of the race’s sought-after swag and great event production, it attracts thousands of runners to the Bucktown neighborhood each year.

The Bucktown 5k has also served to raise funds for its well-deserving charity partners. Over the years, those partners have been the Bucktown Community Organization, 100 Club of Illinois, Gilda’s Club Chicago, My Block My Hood My City, and the current partner; Friends of Burr Elementary School – where the pre and post run gathering is held.

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Ready to Run?

Click the button below to reserve your spot at the Bucktown 5k! Do you want to run virtually? We’ve got you covered! Need somewhere to stay? Visit the Ventures Endurance Hotel Planner page today!