Runners geeking out. Math geeks on the run.
Everyone running Pi for PIE!!
The typical 5K run of 3.1 miles is so old-school. This Pi K is sooo must better because MATH means it's a 3.14-mile run (or trot, saunter, walk or strut).
Start the spring season off right with a Pi K Fun Run! March 14th, or 3.14, is celebrated internationally in honor of the math constant Pi. In case you've forgotten your high school geometry lesson, this unique, indefinite number is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Illinois Science Council, a Chicago nonprofit promoting science and math, teams up with Fleet Feet Sports to honor the importance of pi and running in our lives with a Pi Day Pi K 3.14 mile fun run.
Date: Friday, March 14, 2014
Start Time: 6:28pm (also known as 2π)
Start locations - 3 options:
Fleet Feet Sports - Old Town, 1620 N. Wells St., Chicago, 60614
Fleet Feet Sports - Lincoln Square, 4762 N. Lincoln Av., Chicago, 60625
Fleet Feet Sports - South Loop, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago 60605
Post Run Pi(e) Party: Immediately following the run, back at Fleet Feet Sports store, the party will include pizza pie, dessert pie, beer (ID required), non-alcoholic beverages, and games with prizes (prizes are for mental ability, not run times).
March 14 also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday! No kidding. In his honor, IF, and only IF your name is Albert, Alberta or Albertina, you may enter the discount code "CallMeAl" to receive $5 off your registration. (Nooo, Allen, Allan, Alex or Allesandra does not count. Although the actual name Einstein would.) You will have to prove it with ID. If you enter that code and are not appropriately named, you will forfeit your registration fee, be barred from running and people will call you "Einstein," and not in a positive way.
Benefits: Your body benefits because you're exercising it. Your brain benefits because you'll be thinking about and learning about pi (and exercising it with our unique trivia quiz). Your heart & mind benefit because you appreciate that all procedes of this fun run benefit ISC's on-going efforts to bring engaging public programs on science, technology, engineering and math to our community.
Capacity is neither uncertain nor irrational. This event has limited capacity to 2-Pi people, which means 314 people at Old Town location, and 157 people (1/2 Pi) each at the Lincoln Square and South Loop locations. So be sure to register early and check to BE SURE TO CHOOSE YOUR PREFERRED LOCATION. There will be no changing of locations even if you beg, "Oh, please, please, I made a mistake and my friend and I registered at different locations but we really, really want to run together." Sorry, no exceptions. (Well... perhaps if you offer to fully endow all future ISC runs, then maybe. But only then.)
To participate in the run YOU MUST REGISTER in ADVANCE. There will be no walk-ups (or run-ups) and NO day of registration. If you are not on our list by March 13 at midnight, you will not get in. That's just how this pie rolls.
You do not have to run the course, walking is certainly allowed (and jogging, trotting or skipping), but no baby joggers, strollers, bikes, skates or pets. Children are allowed but anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Costumes are allowed and encouraged (if clever). Gear check will be provided. There is no packet or numbers to be pick up prior to the run, just the t-shirt when you check in. There are no refunds for this event.
T-shirt - awesome Pi Day Pi K Run t-shirt will be given to each registered runner. It is available in women's and men's small, medium, large and x-large sizes.
Pi, in case you don't remember, is abbreviated to 3.14 but continues indefinitely. To date, it has been calculated by computer to over 1.2 trillion digits. Competitions exist for reciting the most digits by memory. As the world’s most famous mathematical constant, Pi is important to many formulas used in mathematics, science, engineering and statistics.
Registration proceeds benefit programs of Illinois Science Council, an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization promoting science, technology, engineering and math to the public.
Raise a glass and a slice to our pie, pizza and beer sponsors:
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, email Monica at info@IllinoisScience.org.
If you're taking public transportation....
Fleet Feet Sports - Old Town is accessible by the #22 Clark, #36 Broadway, and #72 North Ave bus routes. Closest CTA el station is Brown Line stop at Sedgewick. A parking garage is available at Pipers Alley at 230 W. North Av. (it isn't cheap), or try street meter parking but it's only 2 hours.
Fleet Feet Sports - Lincoln Square is accessible by the CTA #49 Western bus. Closest CTA el station is Brown line stop at Western. There is street meter parking and a metered lot about 1 block south of the store.
Fleet Feet Sports - South Loop (in the Roosevelt Collection) is .3 miles west of the CTA el station at Roosevelt (Red, Orange & Green lines), and is accessible by the #24 Wentworth, #12 Roosevelt and #18 buses.
Weather: This is Chicago. Weather on March 14 could be warm and sunny, or cold, windy and wet. Please dress accordingly. The Pi K will take place rain, snow or shine. If cancellation is warranted due to severe weather conditions, announcements will be made on the day of the run, not in advance.
WAIVER and RELEASE:
Waiver of Responsibility: I know that participating in a running/walking event is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by a decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run/walk. I assume all risks associated with running/walking in this event including but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, including low temperature/high heat and/or humidity, traffic, and the conditions of the course, all risk being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and in consideration of my entry, I, for myself, and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release Illinois Science Council and its officers and employees, DL ZIMCO, Inc. d/b/a Fleet Feet Sports-Chicago and its officers and employees, and all other sponsors, individuals, and volunteers associated with the event, their representatives and successors and all claims of liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event. I attest and verify that I am physically fit and have sufficiently trained for the event. No refunds will be provided if race is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances or acts of nature. I realize that pictures taken at the race can be used for marketing materials and I consent that my image may be used.
Illinois Science Council ("ISC") is an independent 501c3 organization that engages, educates, and entertains the adult public about science, technology, engineering and math in our everyday lives. We showcase the scientists and research of Chicago-area institutions and companies that make Chicago our nation's true "City of Science." ISC is the science & tech complement to the myriad of arts & culture outreach available to the lay public.
We are inspired and motivated by this Carl Sagan quote: “The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous." Sagan also observed, "We live in a society that is exquisitely dependent upon science and technology in which hardly anyone understands anything about science and technology." ISC is certainly working to change that.
ISC explores all areas of science and technology and we do it with a fun, non-stuffy approach. We don't care what's been forgotten since school (or never learned in the first place). It's simply about continuing to exercise our inexhaustible human sense of curiosity. We create engaging programs open to the public (aimed at adults and accessible to teens) to exercise people's innate human curiosity.
Visit: IllinoisScience.org for more info or to get involved.