running guide actually meets you at your hotel and runs with you (and a group if you choose group tour) along themed routes. Of course it isn’t limited to business travelers. If you find yourself in one of the major cities in the U.S. (listed on city running tours website) then you might find it fun to take a running tour.
I’ve done two tours in Chicago in the past couple of years and had an absolute blast both times.
I ran with the manager of Chicago City Running Tours, Marlin Keesler who calls himself “The Reluctant Runner” which I think is hilarious. Marlin is like me, he wants to run and stay in shape but he can find it boring. Running AND touring a city definitely makes it more exciting. By the way he has completed over SIXTY marathons so he must not be THAT reluctant!!
My most recent tour was unique to say the least. It was the “Tragic Events Route”. At first this may sound “depressing/dark” but it was actually VERY interesting and enlightening. Martin puts a spin on the tragic event by highlighting the positives that may have come from it. Each event resulted in a “learning” for the City of Chicago and for the U.S. in general. These learnings resulted in changes that could prevent similar events in the future.
to the impressive architecture the route includes the locations of 5 major tragic events that occurred during the city's early history. Those events include 1) The Fort Dearborn massacre 1812, 2) The Great Fire Oct 8-10, 1871, 3) The Iroquois Theatre Fire Dec 30, 1904, 4) The Eastland Disaster July 24, 1915, 5) The Wingfoot Dirigible Jul 21, 1919. This route also includes 3 notable sculptures; 1) The Flamingo, 2) The Miro, 3) The Picasso.
The Tragic Events Route is just ONE of many tours offered by the group. You can see the complete list on their website. See and experience Chicago like few others get to! City Running Tours - Chicago allows visitors and locals alike to get their miles in while they learn about the financial, business and cultural capital of the Midwest. Their professional guides will lead you to the spectacular sites, share fascinating stories of our history, and will fill you in on all the "best" places to visit during your stay.
City Running Tours offers both guided personalized and group running tours of major cities across the United States, accommodating your needs as both a runner and tourist. Share your love of running with us as we share our
city with you!
Marlin has completed over 60 marathons including one in each of the 50 U.S.States. He authored his experience of running, travel, and family in "Our Life on the Run - A Story of Running 50 Marathons in 50 States: A Family Quest". Available on Amazon.com) The irony is that Marlin does not like to run hence "The Reluctant Runner". However, he understands the benefits of a good running cardio.
Marlin's mission is to make sure that YOU leave Chicago satisfied having accomplished YOUR cardio goals while experiencing the most complete and fulfilling tour Chicago has to offer. You will leave knowing you gained the absolute most out of your travel experience.
Run requests within a 24 hour period are subject to guide availability.
Our runs take place 7 days a week, all year long excluding Christmas day and Thanksgiving