September 21st, 2017

Bucktown 5k 2017

When I started running in 2013, I didn’t know anything about races. “Racing” sounded intimidating and I didn’t know if I was worthy enough to participate in a timed event. Honestly, I registered because I liked the neighborhood, and I knew that there would be a good chance that I’d find a delicious post-race brunch place around the corner from the event. Years later and a handful of less intimidating race moments, the reasons I registered for Bucktown years ago are the same reasons I give our runners when they haven’t made up their minds about signing up for the race. Luckily, the Chicago flag fleece blanket was also an added incentive that I couldn’t stop raving about. RAM Racing wanted to acknowledge the city flag’s 10 year anniversary with a special goodie bag this year, which many of our runners were impressed by.

Registered participants who received the blanket probably kept the blankets stowed away since the weather during Sunday’s race wasn’t your typical autumn day. The sun was out for another warm but beautiful morning as about 2,500 runners and walkers gathered around Burr Elementary School in Bucktown. Unlike last week’s Run Mag Mile race that took runners through one of the most popular streets in Chicago, the Bucktown 5k offered participants the perfect view of what a lazy Sunday morning in Chicago looks like. The course meandered through tree-lined streets as children and their parents gave out high-fives, and a little girl was even selling cookies!

Local runner, Mario Castrejon, who’s on his journey of finishing 25 races this year, crossed the Finish Line with all smiles. Besides the course being flat and the event being accessible by public transportation, he appreciates the fact that instant photos and results are offered to all participants. This is especially true when you’re trying to PR like Mario: “I’ve run the Bucktown 5k before and it gets better every year because you guys (RAM Racing) put on well-organized races. When I’m trying to hit a goal, these things matter.”

Next year marks the Bucktown 5k’s 20th anniversary and if you’re familiar with our races, we love celebrating milestones! We’ve already started working on some exclusive Bucktown 5k goodie bag items so take advantage of the lowest price of the season and register now!

Happy Running,

Jill Andrada, RAM Racing

September 19th, 2017

Get ready for the Sweetest Season!

On October 1st, we’re officially kicking off our Hot Chocolate 15k/5k season and touring 19 cities until April 2018! There’s some really cool things this year– Our hometown is celebrating its 10 year Hot Chocolate anniversary with diamonds, we’ve included a new Legacy Program for our loyal runners, and we’re going international to Mexico City in January. Make sure you register before it sells out. This race just keeps getting bigger and better!

October 1, 2017 – Denver, CO
October 29, 2017 – Chicago, IL
November 5, 2017 – Columbus, OH
December 3, 2017 – Scottsdale, AZ
December 10, 2017 – St. Louis, MO
December 17, 2017 – Tampa, FL
January 7, 2018 – San Francisco, CA
January 7, 2018 – Mexico City, Mexico
January 28, 2018 – Houston, TX
February 3, 2018 – Dallas, TX
February 4, 2018 – Atlanta, GA
February 10, 2018 – Charlotte, NC
February 17, 2018 – Nashville, TN
February 25, 2018 – Las Vegas, NV
March 4, 2018 – Seattle, WA
March 18, 2018 – San Diego, CA
March 24, 2018 – Indianapolis, IN
April 7, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA
April 14, 2018 – Minneapolis, MN

September 14th, 2017

Run Mag Mile 2017

One Day to Run and we were so excited that this was the day to do it! On September 9th, about 3,200 participants crossed the Finish Line at the Run Mag Mile 5k & 10k race. The sold out event started and finished at Grant Park with a stretch of the course taking runners down the most popular street in Chicago.

I decided to swap my RAM Racing safety vest for a participant bib that morning, joining our runners in a scenic running tour of my favorite city. When walking to the Start Line, I was pleasantly surprised to see CLIF representatives passing out CLIF Shot Bloks and Nuun Hydration stations. As a nocturnal runner who strongly believes in lazy weekends, I skipped breakfast for sleep so I appreciated the sustenance before a 6.2 mile run.

Throughout the course, I enjoyed seeing a diverse group of participants from casual walkers to people training for the Chicago Marathon in their charity team shirts. The collective enthusiasm and support from volunteers and spectators offered a glimpse of the celebration just past the Finish Line.

The post-race party seemed to be an event on its own- the sun seemed to be congratulating everyone with a pat on the back, the beer was flowing, there was a line for the bags set, music was playing, and there were smiles all around. Was this a race or just a bunch of friends hanging out in the middle of Grant Park? It was a nice reminder that summer isn’t over! When I was drinking a cold Oktoberfest from Revolution Brewery and raving about how good the Amylu sausage was, I was able to snap a quick photo of two women dancing and Kristen Heckert (female 10k winner!) probably running to the stage to pick up her prize.

The good vibes kept me around a little longer because of all the activities and booths from our sponsors and affiliates. MB Financial had fun, interactive activities in which winners were given gift cards, Aligned Modern Health staff helped runners with recovery stretches, and Run Mag Mile’s official charity, Teen Living Programs, was also present to talk about their organization.

Run Mag Mile 2017 was such a great success that we’ve opened registration for next year. Make sure to register now for the lowest price and mark September 8, 2018 on your calendar!

Happy Running,

Jill Andrada, RAM Racing

September 8th, 2017

Bucktown Fun Run

bucktown fun run

Last night local runners gathered at Walsh Park in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago to enjoy a leisure three miler to get ready for the Bucktown 5k. The Bucktown 5k will be held on September 17 and offers all registered participants a Chicago Flag fleece blanket, just in time for fall!

The run started at 6pm and took runners through the scenic 606/ Bloomingdale Trail and ended at Lottie’s Pub where RAM Racing and our sponsors kept the good vibes alive with exclusive race discounts, fun raffles, and goodie bags! Ryan Caturan from Aligned Modern Health raffled off massage packages, and Anna Oliver from Revolution Brewing gave out a VIP package to their Revolution Oktoberfest Festival that will be taking place on September 29 & 30.

Fun run participant, Demetrius Brown, enjoys these types of social events, especially as a relatively new runner. “The group fun runs provide the extra incentive to train with the added benefit of meeting other runners from all backgrounds,” he said.

RAM Racing is off to an exciting season as we’re preparing for two races this month and five local races by the end of the year. For chocolate aficionados turned runners, the Hot Chocolate 15k/5 series is kicking off in October and touring nationwide until Spring. MB Hot Chocolate Chicago is celebrating its 10th anniversary in its hometown so make sure you see all the cool things we’re offering our runners, including diamonds!

Happy Running,

Jill Andrada, RAM Racing

April 9th, 2014

Rock the Night – Video

Rock the Night 5k/Music Festival (formerly Terrapin 5k) – Registration is now open!

April 9th, 2014

Turkey Trot – Video

North Shore Turkey Trot in Highland Park, IL – Registration is now open!

April 9th, 2014

Big Foot Triathlon – Video

Registration is now open for the Big Foot Triathlon on June 22nd, 2014!

February 24th, 2014

Running for Peace

As the anniversary of the devastating Boston Marathon bombing approaches, charities and organizations are still mourning and supporting the victims of the tragedy.  One family in particular was devastated by the bombing when their 8 year old son, Martin Richard (the youngest of the bombing victims), was killed at the race. Martin was a loving and active boy participated in the BAA’s children relay the weekend of the Marathon for three consecutive years. The Richard’s family has since started a non-profit, THE MARTIN W RICHARD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, MR8,  to raise money with the support of many people who refuse to forget.

This heartbreaking article from Boston Globe back in August tells more about the family and everything they have had to face since April 2013: http://b.globe.com/1bP6sDr

Martin Richards: “No more hurting people – Peace”

Last year after the tragedy, Molly Akers and Samantha Kirkham (longtime RAM Racing fans) refused to sit back and do nothing.  These two determined women organized a race to raise money for Martin Richard’s family, and sent them this heartwarming video with the money they had raised from the race to show their support, and have been close with the family ever since.

WATCH the video here: http://vimeo.com/65055080

They have chosen to take to their qualifying entry for more than just a finish time and will be running as inaugural members of Team MR8 for The Boston Marathon 2014 to honor Martin Richard working on promoting the Richard Family’s charity.

Benefit run for the Richards Family

RAM Racing is proud to support the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Team MR8 Boston Marathon 2014 charity. You can donate to this amazing cause and remind The Richard family that a year later, people still care and support them as they continue healing and honoring Martin.  Running community unite–running never stops.

DONATE TODAY: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/Molly-SamCHICAGOtoBOS/team-mr8-boston-marathon-2014

August 28th, 2013

Hot Chocolate 15/5k Unveils New National Video

It may still be warm outside, but it’s always a good time to sign up for Hot Chocolate!  Last year, hundreds of thousands of runners joined us all over the country to run for chocolate and have a great time doing it!

This year, as we unveil our new national video, we are thrilled to be coming to new cities! this year, we’ve added Denver, St. Louis, Nashville, Philadelphia and Minneapolis to our list of cities. For the entire list of cities we’ll be stopping in, see our national homepage.

Additionally, it is our goal to raise over $1 million dollars for our national charitable partner, the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Together, we are going to help families all over the nation, and we are going to be eating a lot of chocolate while we do it!

To stay on top of the latest Hot Chocolate updates, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Register now at HotChocolate15k.com!

April 24th, 2013

Runners for Boston Solidarity Run

At 6:30pm on Monday, April 22nd, independent running stores across America hosted a 3 mile solidarity run for those affected by the events that took place in Boston on Monday, April 15th.


RAM Racing and Running Away Multisport encouraged runners throughout Chicagoland and across the country to find a solidarity run near them (or do a personal solidarity run if they couldn’t make it to a store) to help show their support and love for the running community.

RAM hosted a run in both Deerfield and Chicago. Over a thousand supporters came out with family and friends to run for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and the city of Boston. A big thank you to the Chicago Park District for their aid in making the runs possible on Monday evening!

A “Runners for Boston” t-shirt was sold before the start of the run. All proceeds from the $20 shirt will benefit the One Fund Boston, donations can still be made here.

Running Away Multisport will be selling “Runners for Boston” t-shirts starting Friday, May 3rd. If you ran on Monday, and did not receive a t-shirt, please stop by either the Deerfield or Chicago-Clybourn store to pick one up and make your $20 donation.

Thank you Chicagoland runners, you are an amazing running community and we are proud to be a part of it!

A few words from some of our solidarity run participants:

“What a great run! Very well organized, and truly thankful for being part of it! We love you Boston.“
~ Nancy C.

“It was great to see such an awesome turn out tonight. There is something to be said about runners…” ~Renee H.

“Thank you RAM Racing for bringing us all together and giving us an opportunity to show our support for Boston.” ~ Katie H.