5 Most Popular Running Routes In Chicago According To Strava

As the Chicago Marathon weekend approaches, Strava shares users' five most popular Chicago running routes.

Strava, the social network for athletes, has taken note on some of its users’ favorite trails to tackle while running in Chicago, Ill. As athletes of all stripes descend on the city for this weekend’s Chicago Marathon, Strava shares some fun facts about running in Chicago and pinpoints the city’s top five running routes.

Running In Chicago

  • Chicago’s Lakefront Trail is the third most popular running route in the U.S. New York’s Prospect Park took the first place for most popular route, while Los Angeles’ Rose Bowl placed second.
  • Chicago ranks sixth for cities with the fastest runners, with an average mile pace of nine minutes.
  • Chicago ranks ninth for most active cities overall in 2017 (YTD).
  • Chicago ranks eighth for most active running cities in 2017 (YTD) and is preceeded by New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, San Jose and Houston.
  • Chicago ranks 10th for most active cycling cities in 2017 (YTD) and is preceeded by New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle, Wahsington, D.C., Portland and Denver.
  • Chicago ranks eighth for cities with the youngest runners, with an average age of 35.094.
  • Almost half of Chicago’s runners run in the morning, with 48.6 percent of runners running between 5 a.m. and noon.

Chicago’s Top 5 Running Routes

1. Lakefront Trail

Distance: 6 miles

2. Chicago River

Distance: 6 miles

3. 606 Trail

Distance: 7.9 miles

4. North Lakeshore Drive

Distance: 9.1 miles

5. Lincoln Park Zoo

Distance: 3.1 miles


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