Illinois Science Council to Celebrate “Pi Day” with
the Second Annual Pi K (3.14-mile) Fun Run

CHICAGO--()--Illinois Science Council (ISC) will hold its second annual Pi Day ‘Pi K’ Fun Run/Walk on Friday, March 14 – known far and wide as Pi Day. The event will benefit ISC’s educational programs that make science fun and accessible.

In keeping with the ISC’s mission, the Fun Run/Walk – actually 3.14 miles instead of the typical 3.1 miles – was created to honor the importance of math and science in everyday life. March 14 (3.14) is celebrated internationally in honor of the math constant pi, which is, of course, abbreviated to 3.14. This number is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter and is often used in mathematics, science, engineering and statistics.

“All of our events are designed to make science fun and approachable and there’s no better way to combine math, science and exercise than a slightly elongated fun run,” said Monica Metzler, executive director of ISC. “We’re looking forward to doubling attendance at this year’s run and showcasing Chicago as the nation’s true 'City of Science.'”

Three runs will start and end at three Chicago-area Fleet Feet Locations.



Friday, March 14, 2013


$25.00 per runner

Start Time:

6:28pm (also known as 2π)


Fleet Feet - Old Town, 1620 N. Wells St., Chicago
Fleet Feet - Lincoln Square, 4762 N. Lincoln Av., Chicago
Fleet Feet - South Loop, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago

As it happens, March 14 is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. ISC is offering a special registration discount to anyone named Albert or Alberta.

Immediately after the run, there will be a post-run party at each one of the Fleet Feet locations. All registered participants will receive a commemorative event t-shirt, slices of dessert pie, pizza pie, beer, and trivia prizes.

Sponsors of the Pi K Fun Run/Walk include Hopothesis Beer Company, Fleet Feet Sports, Nike Running, Hoosier Mama Pie Co., First Slice Pie Café, Connie’s Pizza and Toni’s Organic Pizza.

ISC advises participants to register in advance since space is limited and walk-up registration is not allowed. Pi K will take place regardless of weather conditions. More information on the Pi K is available at

The Illinois Science Council (ISC) is an independent 501c3 organization that promotes science, technology, engineering and math for the public. ISC creates engaging public programs on everything from astronomy to zoology, and it highlights the science and the researchers of the Chicago region. Information about ISC is at


Illinois Science Council
Monica Metzler, 773-848-8993


Illinois Science Council
Monica Metzler, 773-848-8993