Saturday, Oct 31, 2020

Fancy Nonsense 25k/50k

S Archer Ave, northeast of 107th St

Willow Springs, IL 50K, Virtual 50K, 25K, Virtual 25K

This Event Took Place Sat. Oct 31, 2020

A Nonsensical Running Experience

My mind is always looking for a good trick to pull or some shenanigans to get into. I've been voted the prankster of the office. My imagination runs wild on most of my runs. When I'm in the woods, I pretend I'm a hobbit running through the woods on an especially important quest.

It's this combination of mischief and imagination that the Fancy Nonsense 25k/50k was born.

The course is designed to allow the runner a space to return to the joy of running.  Yes, you will accomplish your goal distance. More importantly, you will smile, you will laugh, you may even be a little confused. You will test your mental and physical limits while I tickle your funny bone.

The race starts and finishes at the Red Gate Woods in the Palos Trail System just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago.  The course will wind you on mostly single track through the woods, over the buried remains of Chicago Pile-1, the world's first nuclear reactor. If you're running the 25k you'll get about 1400 feet of elevation gain, the 50k will get about 2800 feet of gain. 

Aid stations will be stocked with your typical ultra fare, plus pastries from my favorite bakery in Chicago, Roeser's, will be featured as well.

Cut off time for both races is 5pm. 

CUSS Running

Curious Ultrarunner's Secret Society was established to inject a sense of whimsy into training calendars, split times, and fartleks. Our goal is to build a community that creates a space for the individual to fall in love with the magic of running.


To help others fall in love with ultrarunning.


To make you & the world slightly better through laughter & pain.

BIPOC & LGBTQ+ Entries

One of the things we strive for is to create inclusion and equality in the running
community. As much as we want to say that all you need to run is a pair of
shoes, we know the reality is much more complex.
To create intentional space for people, we have a number of free entries for our
races that we would like to extend to BIPOC and LGBTQ+
athletes. We would like to emphasize that these are not need based or
scholarships. These entries are an affirmation of belonging in our community. We
are not in any way publicly advertising who accepts an entry, and you do not
have to be an out member of the LGBTQ+ community to receive one. We are not
questioning or asking for additional information from anyone who asks for a code,
they will be handed out as long as we have funding to do so.
If you would like a code, please email us at . We
have earmarked funds for both BIPOC and LGBTQ+. Please feel free to share this offer with friends.

Entrance Policy for Transgender Athletes

We will accept each entrant’s declared gender at face value, and no additional supporting
evidence is required. Athletes may register as the gender they identify with.

Entrance Policy for Non-Binary Athletes

People whose gender is not male or female; including but not limited to: genderqueer, agender, bigender. We want to acknowledge, respect, and provide opportunity in the registration process to express their desired pronouns. Please email after registration and we will amend our records as Ultrasignup does not currently have that option.

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