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 Young

Favorite Event: The Hard Cider Run

Co-founder. Courtney is aiming to run 50 marathons before she turns 50. She will also complete the World Marathon Majors (she is halfway there). Courtney works with all of our venues, farmers, and brewers, connecting, networking and forming each relationship. When she isn’t networking, she is shaping our company culture and the culture of our events. Outside of the office/farm/cidery, she loves a good beer, her dog Millie and working out.

Danny Whalen

My Name is Danny Whalen. I recently graduated from Butler University with a double major in international business and Spanish. I was born and raised around Chicago, but that does not mean I do not love to travel (it’s one of my favorite things). I have been able to work and live in Shanghai, China for a summer, as well as spend 8 months in Valparaiso, Chile studying the language. I also love adventuring outside, cooking, spending time with friends, finding treasures at garage sales, and watching old movies. I am really excited for my time at Sour Fish Events, and look forward to all that is to come!

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.

Scott Sampson

Born and raised in Texas, Scott has been a Chicago native for the past 3 years. He enjoys exploring new cities, attempting to cook, and binge watching Game of Thrones even if he doesn’t understand what is going on most of the time. In his free time, he is a part-time runner and a full-time foodie.

Want to hit the road with us?

We will be accepting applications for our Spring 2019 Finternship early winter. Please check back then!

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