Virtual Ridge Run Continues through June 7 

    For everyone who’s missing the fun and challenge of Chicago’s favorite neighborhood race, participants in BAPA’s first virtual Ridge Run have until Mon., June 7 to complete the Ridge Run 5K, 10K or 5K/10K Challenge races on their own schedules.   Route maps and registration are available online at www.bapa.org; participants will get a Ridge Run t-shirt.  Signs are posted for the 5K […]

Virtual Ridge Run Set to Start on Memorial Day

  Around here, it just doesn’t seem like Memorial Day without starting the morning running in or watching BAPA’s Ridge Run.   For everyone who’s missing the fun and challenge of Chicago’s favorite neighborhood race, BAPA is hosting the first virtual Ridge Run. Beginning on Memorial Day, May 31, participants will have until Mon., June 7 to complete the Ridge Run 5K, 10K or […]

Ridge Run Team Spotlight: Pat Mac’s Pack 

  Patrick Thomas McNamara was only 13 years old when he died following an 11+ year battle with recurrent brain tumors. During his battle, family and friends – his “pack” — began raising funds and awareness for pediatric brain tumor research. In 2014, Pat Mac’s Pack officially became a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to assisting young cancer patients.  Through annual events like Pat Mac’s Pack St. Patrick’s Day Party at St. […]

School Teams Invited to Compete in Ridge Run  

  Now is the time to start training for BAPA’s 43rd Annual Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Mon., May 25, and a great place for kids to start is right at school.  BAPA’s popular free 5K training program for schools provides a detailed training schedule of group and independent training goals as well as exercises that help the kids build up skills, strength and health. School […]

Remembering and Raising Funds: Ridge Run Has Place for Teams   

Remembering and Raising Funds: Ridge Run Has Place for Teams    Teams have been participating in the Ridge Run for a long time, but it wasn’t until about four years ago – with the creation of the school running teams – that BAPA made an effort to recruit groups running as teams.   “We organized school team training and set up Team Town at Ridge Park, giving […]

Gear Up for Winter Running 

Gear Up for Winter Running  The Ridge Run is six months away, but that doesn’t mean you should spend the winter hibernating.   Bev Lynch, owner of Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, encourages people to keep up with a running schedule so they don’t lose strength, pace and fitness.   Winter weather does pose some challenges for […]

Set Your Sights on Ridge Run 2020 

Set Your Sights on Ridge Run 2020  Sign up by January 12 and save  Is this the year you do your first Ridge Run?   Is this the year you beat your personal best time?  Is this the year you organize a team?  Is this the year you march in the parade?  The 2020 Ridge Run and Memorial Day Parade are filled with opportunities […]

BAPA News

O’Brews & Views & YOU!  Join BAPA to raise a pint on the Open Outcry rooftop, cheering our community and watching the South Side Irish Parade, Sun., Mar 17.   The 21 and over party begins at 10:30 a.m. and features eats, beats, brews and an exclusive birds-eye view of the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade from the new rooftop seating area at the […]

School Teams Invite Students to Compete in Ridge Run  

Now is the time to start training for BAPA’s 42nd Annual Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Mon., May 27, and a great place for kids to start is right at school.  BAPA’s popular free 5k training program for schools provides a specific training schedule of group and independent training goals as well as exercises that help the kids build up skills, strength […]