Tuesday, April 13, 2010

An Evening with Runners Josh Cox and Bart Yasso

It's not every day that world-renown runners come to Chicago. The Rock 'N' Roll Chicago Half Marathon drew Kara Goucher, the Shamrock Shuffle has brought Deena Kastor (2009) and Tera Moody, and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has welcomed Khalid Khannouchi, Paula Radcliffe, Kastor and more and will see Ryan Hall this fall. But this time, it's the fun run that's seeing some famous runner action. Josh Cox and Bart Yasso will be in Chicago tonight to lead a group run from Moody Church, 1635 N. LaSalle, at 6:30 p.m. Cox is ultrarunner extraordinaire while Yasso is the Chief Running Officer at Runner's World, and both are great resources for any and all running-related questions.

The evening includes more than just a group run. At 7:15 p.m., after the run, you'll get to learn about Comrades Marathon--the big race on Cox's calendar this year--and give yourself the chance to win some Chicago Marathon entries or go home with giveaways. Then head over to Pint in Bucktown at 8:30 p.m. where you can watch the unreleased COMRADES movie and enjoy some post-run refreshments.

If tonight's run doesn't work into your schedule, Cox and Yasso aren't leaving the Windy City just yet. Plan to run with them tomorrow out out of South Barrington. They'll be running from Willow Creek Church at 6:45 p.m., then doing more giveaways--including Chicago Marathon entries--and talking about Comrades at 7:30 p.m.

Nice weather is one way to get outside for a run, but cool runners can easily be another, at least if you're local to my home city. Check out all the details--and RSVP--for tonight and tomorrow's events at joshcox.com. Or follow Cox at @JoshCoxRun and Yasso at @BartYasso via Twitter with more updates.

Don't live in the Windy City but going to Beantown for the upcoming Boston Marathon? Stay tuned for more information about events going on with both Cox and Yasso at the event's expo. Photos grabbed from worldvision.org and runtowin.com.

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