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The Hard Cider Run: Chicago

Sat June 15, 2019 Directions



Jonamac Orchard (NW suburbs near DeKalb)
19412 Shabbona Rd.
Malta, IL 60150


What started off as a fun idea to celebrate Jonamac Orchard's hard cider has turned into an annual event that welcomes spring! Dash through the orchard in pursuit of a yummy glass of hard cider! All participants of The Hard Cider Run will enjoy a picturesque 5K run or walk before enjoying a complimentary glass of the good stuff. After, stick around and enjoy a great afternoon at the cidery!

Feeling adventurous and, um, hungry? Add on The Hungry Apple Challenge when signing up! We'll have donut stations at every mile-marker for you to enjoy a scrumptious treat. After you cross the finish line, you'll receive the standard finisher's medal as well as the exclusive The Hungry Apple Challenge medal!

Be sure to invite friends and create a team of 4+, as each team member will save $5. Cider, springtime, and friends. Does it get any better?

Packet pick-up is available the day before the race from 4-7PM at the cidery as well as on race morning beginning two hours prior to race start. Consider coming to Friday night packet pick-up to avoid race day lines (and enjoy a cider!)


-Entry to the 5K run or walk (all ages and abilities welcome)
-2019 ultra soft t-shirt, perfect for the warmer spring days
-2019 finisher's medal 
-Commemorative race bib
-Commemorative glass filled with craft hard cider
-Free professional race photos
-Free parking at the orchard
-Post-race party with food trucks, cider, and fun!


Prices increase as the race gets closer. Secure your spot today to get the best price!


We always need awesome volunteers to help make the race a success. We have several shifts to choose from when signing up. Besides having a great time at a beautiful cidery, you'll receive:

-Choice of a FREE race registration or a donation made to a charity of your choice

-Exclusive volunteer tech shirt

-Light snacks throughout the shift

Use the menu to navigate to the volunteer page to view available shifts (or just click here). Cheers! 


3.1 miles a little too easy? Why not add The Hungry Apple Challenge? You will make a pit stop at every mile marker and enjoy a yummy donut. Upon crossing the finish line, you'll receive a second, exclusive Hungry Apple Challenge medal in addition to the regular finisher's medal!


Be sure to use #hardciderrun while training this winter and at the event this spring! Every so often we will randomly select people using the hashtag and send them training swag! 

Earn your registration back

While the race is an amazing experience itself, it's even better when you have friends join you! Once you sign up to run or walk, you will automatically become part of the In-Cider program! Refer friends and family to join you to earn awesome rewards throughout the winter and spring. Here's how it works:

1) Sign up for the race. Once you complete your registration, you'll receive a unique URL link to share.

2) Share your unique link with friends and family. 

3) Each time someone signs up through your link, you'll accrue a referral. Earn five referrals and get $20 credited back to you. Easy peasy!

Don't stop there. You can earn other various rewards the more people you refer to the race!

For all the details, check out the handy PDF here. Then, start spreading the cider love! 


After signing up for the race, be sure to download the free Strava training app. We have an awesome club with tons of member encouragement, contests, virtual training runs, and more! Track all of your runs and walks this winter and motivate others to stay active in their training!

Click here to download the free Strava training app for either iOS or Android. 


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Jonamac Orchard (NW suburbs near DeKalb)
19412 Shabbona Rd.
Malta, IL 60150


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