Wacky Chicago race seeks superheroes

If you’re wandering along the lakefront near Lincoln Park on March 9, don’t be surprised if you see hordes of runners wearing capes headed your way. The Wacky Fun Races held that day feature a superhero theme, along with timed 5K and 10K races and a 5K or 10K fun run/walk.

If you go

Wacky 5K/10K Run & Walk

  • 10 a.m. March 9
  • Starts and ends at The Peggy Notebaert Museum, 2430 N. Cannon
    Drive, Chicago. The course route is along the lakefront.
  • Cost is – in advance, – on site.
  • Register at or (773) 868-3010

The races are open to all ages, including children, and all runners are encouraged to dress as their favorite comic book or movie superhero or supervillian.

“Some people go over the top, and I think with this year’s superhero theme, we’ll probably get a lot in costume,” says Karyn Serota, media and marketing director for the event. To add to the fun, there’s also a costume contest for race participants.

Even if you don’t want to run or walk in the race, but prefer to watch, you’re welcome to join in the after-race activities, Serota says. “There’s a post-race indoor party at The Notebaert Museum. We do all the awards and there will be a photobooth in here and we have people dressed up.”

Entrance is free to the museum and to the party that day, Serota says.

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