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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 and Beyond

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! The years that followed saw more participants, better events, and great people to help make the events happen!

We never get tired
of coming to work

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

Office

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!

Office

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

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.

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 (black, of course). In the office, Erik heads up marketing, most web-related duties, and purchasing.

Fran Halama

Wisconsin Native. Fun-haver. Dad joke (Fran joke) advocate. Fran majored in Marketing at Viterbo University (La Crosse, WI). After graduating, she decided to move to the deep-dish capital. Some of Frans hobbies include working out, milking cows, drinking coffee, traveling, and socializing with friends and family. During the fall and winter seasons you can find her on the slopes, shredding the gnar, and watching the greatest team known to man: THE GREEN BAY PACKERS.

Jordan Smith

My name is Jordan Smith. I recently graduated from Michigan State University with a major in Marketing. I was born and raised in the midwest but love traveling to new places any chance I can get. In my spare time, I enjoy petting dogs, eating pizza, and having a beer with friends.

Fun fact: I am the daughter of two entrepreneur parents.

Madison Randolph

My name is Madison Randolph. I attend DePaul University and am majoring in public relations with a minor in event planning. I am an avid iced coffee drinker all year round and am a firm believer that donuts are the best breakfast meal. I love spending time with my talkative (rather large) cats, Chip and Toby. My favorite way to spend a morning, or honestly any time of day, is at Lake Michigan.

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.

Zoe Morey

My name is Zoe and I attend Loyola Chicago, majoring in Public Relations and Advertising. I love spending time in Lincoln Park with my Labradoodle, Blue, and going to the movies often with friends. I know every word to the entire Pitch Perfect series and I was even able to participate as an extra in Pitch Perfect 3. Fun fact: Muhammad Ali kissed me on the cheek when I was 8!

Want to create amazing events with us?

We will be accepting applications for our Fall internship soon. Check back!