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About the Alpine Runners

The Alpine Runners Club is one of the largest clubs in the Chicago area with over 300 members. The club is well known for its annual training programs to prepare novice and seasoned runners for all race distances, with guidance by certified running coaches, training professionals and experienced members.

Each summer, the club hosts the Alpine Races for adults and children, with the support of club volunteers, the community and local sponsors. Throughout the year, Club members meet regularly on weekdays and weekends for group runs. The Saturday morning training runs in Lake Zurich are the most popular group events and take place year-round.

The Alpine Runners is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community sporting organization whose purpose is to promote safe, responsible and supportive distance running to its members through the provision of information, education, social and competitive programs.

  • Present yearly programs of races, training events and fun runs that benefit participants, volunteers and the community.
  • Provide guidance, support and encouragement for beginning runners and those who wish to improve their running.

Offer informative lectures, articles and events on the benefits of a running program and the need for an active lifestyle.

All visitors are welcome at any of our runs! A signed liability waiver is needed to participate. Click Here for details and membership information.

Club Board of Directors:


The Board consists of four Officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary) and several Board Members voted by membership, with annual terms.

Additional Board members: Prempal Singh, Rachel Forsyth-Tuerck, Beth Onines, Mary Hunt, Mary Ann Zemla, Jaysen Chambers, Ted Gallagher.



The Alpine Runners Club was established in 1981 in Lake Zurich, IL, by Beth and Pat Onines, and is one of the longest-running clubs in the region. The club participates in the Road Runners Club of America and has provided volunteers for the first water stop in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for many years.