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Why you want to go to Nike Run Club in Bucktown tonight

One look outside your window--or one step outside--and you know that spring is far from springing. It's snowy, it's cloudy, it's cold. Daylight savings may have ended over the weekend, but the weather is frightful more than it is delightful.

So it doesn't exactly look like the running season should be getting underway anytime soon. We're still running in our winter layers and Yaktrax or the like (or abandoning the outdoors for the treadmill). But whether our running bodies like it or not, the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, the Chicago race that kicks off the unofficial start to the city's running season, is a little more than two weeks away on Sunday, March 30. Hard to believe, right?

Nike Running Bucktown is on-hand tonight to give you some running motivation--and who doesn't need a little shove out the door when running conditions are far from ideal? The store's Run Club, which meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at 1640 N. Damen, will host Matt Forte, a running back for the Chicago Bears, and Carey Pinkowski, executive race director for the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle and Bank of America Chicago Marathon, who will welcome runners back to the store after their run. After runners return to the store, Forte will share an overview of his foundation and the charity team that he's recruiting for the upcoming Shamrock Shuffle, and host a short Q&A.

At this year's Shamrock Shuffle, Forte will be hosting A Run For Our Future!, which will be a race inside a race. This is the inaugural event for The Matt Forte Foundation and proceeds will benefit Bears Care to assist Forte's recently established foundation in providing resources to Chicago high school students. The A Run For Our Future! team will be comprised of runners who are registered for the 40,000-participant race and have elected to join the team. A Run For Our Future! teammates will support Forte's efforts to encourage students to pursue their dreams of a higher education. But to learn more, you'll have to go running tonight and listen to Forte explain it all.

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