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Training for the Chicago Marathon? We’ve got your 20-mile Routes!

You may have noticed us rounding up some long routes in popular marathon cities lately. This week’s edition brings us to Chicago, whose marathon is coming up fast on October 12! We’ve searched Runkeeper.com to find some great long runs in the Windy City, so be sure to add one of these routes before you head out for that 20 mile training run. Enjoy!

Training for the Chicago Marathon?

Lincoln Park to 31st St – There and Back

Starting in the North end of Chicago, simply follow Lake Shore Drive from Lincoln Park to 31st St. Harbor. Now turn around and make your way back to your starting point! Simple! Add this to your routes here!

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Elston to Harbor Loop

Starting on North Elston Avenue, make your way up to Addison St. and over to Belmont Harbor. From there, take Lake Shore Drive all the way to Northerly Island, looping back around Grant Park. Follow the Chicago River along Elston Avenue until you reach your starting point. Add this loop to your routes here!

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North Shore Channel to Evanston

This straight-forward route takes you along the North Shore Channel for 10 miles as far as Evanston. Turn around and make your way home and you’re done! 20 miles in the bag! Add this to your routes here!

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City Loop

Take Archer Avenue directly down to Pulaski St. From Pulaski head straight up to Roosevelt Rd. and across to the Aquarium. Loop back around to your starting point and you’re done! Add it to your routes here!

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Inner City & Shore Run 

This run gives you the best of both worlds in Chicago; the inner city metropolis and the shoreline along Lake Shore Drive! Take Ashland Avenue down to Cermak Road and over to Grant Park. Follow Lake Shore Drive up to Addison St. and turn back  around! Make it as far as Division St and cut across to your start point. Add it to your routes here!

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Dylan Kehoe

About the author:
Dylan Kehoe

Irish student and Runkeeper Ambassador who can be sometimes seen in lectures when not running marathons!

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