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Chicago also offers a slew of activities geared toward making running in the city a social experience.

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Running Clubs: [1] Every week, dozens of groups meet to run together

  • CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association):
    • 30 years-old
    • Over 9,000 members
    • Tons of training and running opportunities
  • Universal Sole:
    • Monday night meetings
    • Group convenes at the Universal Sole store in Lincoln Park
    • Open to all, but meant for more experienced runners
  • Lincoln Park Pacers:
    • Over 100 members
    • Membership encompasses all age groups, including children
    • Experience levels are very diverse
    • Runs five miles every Saturday at 8 a.m. and Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Frontrunners/Frontwalkers:
    • More than 250 members
    • Home for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered runners
    • Meets twice weekly
    • Many social events
    • Meets at the totem pole at Addison Street and lakefront path on either Saturday at 9 a.m. or Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.


Running Tours: [2] For travelers or locals without time to devote to weekly meetings, Chicago also houses running tours that promise both to immerse the runner in the city and help them break a sweat.

  • Fees:
    • $75 per run, up to six miles
    • $5 for each additional mile
    • 10% for each additional runner registered
  • Paths:
    • City in a Garden (5.62 miles)
    • Tower to Tower (6 miles)
    • Run to Wrigley (6.48 miles)
    • Devil in the White City (8.1 miles)


  • Chicago Run: [3]
    • Non-profit organization dedicated to the health and wellness of Chicago’s children
    • Founded in December of 2007
    • Offers free running programs
    • Serves 33 communities
    • Aids a varied demographic of children:
      • 89% low-income
      • 49% African-American
      • 43% Latino
      • 5% Caucasian
      • 2% Asian
      • 1% Other
  • Chicago Marathon: [4]
    • For runners wishing to test their mettle, the Chicago Marathon offers the perfect venue
    • The next race is set to take place on October 13th, 2013
    • Starts at Columbus Drive and Monroe Street in Grant Park [5]
    • 1.7 million spectators
    • Runs through 29 varied neighborhoods
    • Medical staff on site at over 20 locations
    • Course time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes
    • To finish, runners must maintain a 15-minute-mile pace


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[1] http://timeoutchicago.com/shopping-style/sports-fitness/90149/top-10-chicago-running-clubs-in-no-particular-order
[2] http://cityrunningtours.com/chicago.html
[3] http://www.chicagorun.org/mission/
[4] http://www.chicagomarathon.com
[5] http://www.forrent.com/tips/city-guides/what-is-grant-park-like

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