Take a trip down
memory lane

We started with one goal back in 2012: to create fun events that we would enjoy doing. Since then, we have continued growing and investing in our events. We have also started bringing on fun-loving, hardworking people! We are excited for where we are, but even more excited for what’s to come!

Riff Raff Productions

In summer of 2012, Courtney and Erik decided it was time to create some fun. The company was formally born.

The Great Pumpkin Run

October 27, 2012 was our first event. Although the weather couldn't have been worse, we had a blast. Better yet, the participants loved it!

Bunny Hop and The Cheddar Challenge

The following spring, the Bunny Hop was born. A few months later, The Cheddar Challenge took place at Young's Jersey Dairy. Riff Raff Productions quickly learned what worked well at races and, maybe more importantly, what didn't work so well.

Fall 2013

Leading up to the fall of 2013, the two followed Erik's dads advice: expand, and put yourself outside of your comfort zone. They scheduled seven The Great Pumpkin Runs for the season. It was one of the most challenging and fun-filled two months of their lives!

The Hard Cider Run

Summer of 2014 brought the first The Hard Cider Run event. Held in Ada, Michigan, Riff Raff Productions combined their love of hard cider with their love of running. The event quickly sold out and paved the way for the spring/summer run series.

Sour Fish Events

In the summer of 2015, Erik and Courtney decided they wanted to give their company a new, fresh identity as they moved forward. Something a little more playful and fitting. Sour Fish Events would be the new brand as they forged into 2016!

We never get tired
of coming to work

I mean how could we? We have the best of both worlds.


Outdoor office

A good amount of our time is spent on gorgeous farms, orchards, and parks setting up events. If you can tough it outdoors regardless of the weather, you might be a good fit with us!


Chicago office

We have a great shared office space in the Loop, right across the street from Grant Park! With the Lakefront Trail a couple blocks away, a midday jog is always an option!

Meet the Team

Chloe Rudny

After 23 years of planning, Chloe recently made the exciting decision to move downtown to the Windy City! A DePaul University graduate and loyal member to the Beyhivé, Chloe’s curiosity and lust for life can only be compared to that of a baby falcon bird. She enjoys the simple pleasures; flannel shirts, outdoor concerts, Kim Kardashian’s crying face & glamping. You’d be hard-pressed to convince her that any snack would be better enjoyed without Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce, but you can try. When Chloe’s not in the office she’s spending quality time with her friends and family.

Courtney Walker

Favorite Event: The Hard Cider Run

Co-founder. Self-described as hilarious. She is aiming to run a marathon in every state before she turns 50. She also once ran every day for a year. Courtney wishes Schrute Farms was an actual location to host an event with. Since it is not, she will just quote “The Office” in every day life. In the actual office, Courtney heads up a lot of design work, books venues and works with all of our farmers, owners and brewers on a first name basis. When she is not working, she enjoys sipping on sour beers, working out and eating delicious food.

Erik Young

Favorite Event: The Great Pumpkin Run

Co-founder. Old. Semi-funny. These are the words he uses to describe himself. Beyond making fun of himself, Erik enjoys working out, cooking, dining out when he is feeling lazy, trying new beers, and drinking hot coffee. In the office, Erik heads up marketing, most web-related duties, and purchasing.

Lily Clifford

Lily just moved to Chicago after graduating from the University of Michigan this past spring. She loves being active and exploring new cities; she hopes to one day compete on The Amazing Race. She’s an avid puzzle-doer and loves reading murder mystery books. If she’s not doing one of those, you can find her hanging with my friends, working out, or watching either Silver Linings Playbook or terrible reality TV shows.

Millie the Office Manager

Favorite Event: Sleeping. She’s lazy.

Two eyes. Two ears. A chin. A mouth. Four legs. Four kneecaps. Three hip joints. One bark. A lot of sleep. I just described to you Millie, the office dog. Millie enjoys hanging out at the office with us almost every day. Sun bathing as the light shines in through the windows is a favorite pastime of hers, always working on that tan! Don’t be too surprised if she barks when you visit, she just wants you to know she’s there and needs attention.

Morgan Gibson

Favorite Event: The Hard Cider Run

Morgan is the Event Director. She likes to bake cookies, watch horrible sci-fi movies, and think about cats. In fact, doing all three would be her ideal day. When she’s not doing these things, you can find her out running or reading a book. In the office, Morgan helps with booking vendors, customer service, and volunteer recruitment.

Want to hit the road with us?

We are excited to announce that we are starting to interview for the 2018 spring Finternship program! If you love running, spending time in beautiful orchards, and enjoy creating amazing events, hit ‘Apply Now’ to join the team!

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