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Alpine Runners Training Runs

Monday Morning Runs (5.4 miles)

We meet all year long at 5am at Paulus Park for a 5.4 mile loop.

Tuesday Evening Runs (5.25 miles)

We meet all year long at 6:30pm for a 5.25 mile loop for all speed levels. Some of us meet at 6:00pm for 3 extra miles then get back on time to join the group at 6:30pm for the rest of the run. Walkers are welcome and meet at various times. Please text or call Pat Onines at 847-648-8843. Paulus Park is located at 200 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich just about ¼ mile north of Rt. 22 on Rand Rd. (U.S. Rt. 12). We run through the Biltmore subdivision and some runners use this course as a great hill workout. Others like to walk up the hills! We also like to go to Tacos El Norte after the Tuesday night run calling it Tacos Tuesday night run!

Wednesday Evening Runs (6 miles)

Meet at the barn at Paulus Park 6:00 PM for a 6 mile run through Lake Zurich into Old Mill Grove and back.

Thursday Evening Runs (4 miles)

  • Mid-April until early September at Cuba Marsh.  Meet at 6:30 pm in the parking lot off the Cuba Rd. entrance just west of Ela Rd.! You are able to run 3, 4, or 6 miles at all levels! Light permitting, you can share refreshments to drink by the picnic table!
  • Early September through Mid-April:  Meet at 7:00 at the Barn at Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich for a 4 mile run.

Saturday Morning Runs (4-12 miles supported by water and Gatorade at miles 3, 5, 7, and 9)

Starting time is 7:00 am at the Lake Zurich High School lower parking lot. Although this run is also used for marathon training, anyone can join us! Distances range from 4.5 miles (around the lake) to 6.0, 8.0, 10.5, 12.0, 15.0, up to 22 miles just before the Chicago marathon. We have a number of different groups running from 6.5 to 12.0 minute miles, so there's a distance and speed for almost everyone. This event has been going on for over 10 years now, and there are almost always runners present. There is also a group of walkers and injured runners joining the Saturday morning workouts.

Water and Gatorade are generally available at the miles 3, 5, 7, and 9.  Additional aid stations are often set up at 11, 14, 17 and 19 during the Chicago Marathon training season.


Printable turn-by turn course directions (6 miles through 21.2 miles) here. 

Course Maps

Sunday Morning Runs (10.6 miles)

  • Many of us show up to run from November through May at Ace Hardware (formally Fisher Chicago's Home Town Nut and the Home Economist) in Barrington located on the corner of Hillside and Route 14 (Northwest Highway). The route is a hilly 10.6 mile loop. The run starts at 7:00 a.m. and paces vary between 7:00 and 12:00 minutes per mile.
  • From June through October, there are group runs in Busse Woods at 7:00 a.m. Meet at the Golf Road entrance. There are groups at various paces going a variety of distances, most following the marathon training schedule. These runs are supported with Gatorade and water every 2-3 miles.

Please follow our Alpine Runners Rules of the Road

  • Always run on the left side of the road. 

  • Run in a single file when oncoming cars are approaching. 

  • Never split from the group.  Stay to the left when oncoming cars are approaching. 

  • Always run behind any stopped vehicles at crossways. 

  • Always run in a single file from miles 2.5 through 3.5 along Old Rand Road on our course. 

  • Always run on the sidewalk whenever possible. 


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