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Alpine Runners of Lake Zurich

Alpine Runners of Lake Zurich
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Alpine Runners Training Runs

Monday Morning Runs (5.4 miles) 

When: All year long, Mondays at 5am
Where: Paulus Park  200 S. Rand Rd, Lake Zurich (park near the skate park)
Distance: 5.4 mile loop
If you are new to Monday runs, please let Ilisa know if you will be joining us:

Tuesday Evening Runs (5.25 miles)

When: All year long, Tuesdays at 6:30pm (Some meet at 6pm for an extra 3 miles around the lake)
Where: Paulus Park - 200 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich just about ¼ mile north of Rt. 22 on Rand Rd. (U.S. Rt. 12).- we will run in North Barrington in the Biltmore subdivision.  This is a hillier route and a great workout!  We often meet at Tacos el Norte afterwards for Taco Tuesday!
Distance: 5 mile  loop  for all speed levels.

Walkers are welcome and meet at various times. If you plan to walk, please text or call Pat Onines at 847-648-8843.

Note: 5K Program Participants will meet at 7pm on Tuesdays. (May 8-June 26)

Wednesday Evening Runs (6 miles)

When: All year long, Wednesdays at 6pm.
Where: Paulus Park 
Distance:  6 miles through Old Mill Grove and back.

Thursday Evening Runs (4 miles)

First Thursday in May until early September, 6:30pm
Where:  Cuba Marsh - meet in the parking lot off the Cuba Rd. entrance just west of Ela Rd.
Distance: 3, 4, or 6 miles at all levels!

Note: 5K Program Participants will meet at 7pm on Thursdays. (May 10-June 28)
Light permitting, you can share refreshments to drink by the picnic table!

When: Early September through end of April, 6:30pm
Where: Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich
Distance: 4 miles 

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

When: All year long! Saturdays at 7:00 am
Where:  Lake Zurich High School lower parking lot. 
Distances:  4 miles (around the lake) to 6.0, 8.0, 10.5, 12.0, 15.0, up to 22 miles just before the Chicago marathon.
Paces:  We have a number of different groups running from 6.5 to 12.0 minute miles and even walk/run. So there's a distance and speed for almost everyone.

This event has been going on for over 20 years now, and there are almost always runners present. There is also a group of walkers 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)

November through May
When:  Sundays at 7am. (Park at back of parking lot)
Where: 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).
Distance: 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.        

Course map

June through October (Fall Marathon Training Season)
When: Sundays at 7am
Where: Busse Woods at 7:00 a.m. Meet at the Golf Road entrance.
Distance/Paces: 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.

Course routes

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. 


Running Resources

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2018 Alpine Runners Training Programs

Training programs are free for club members.  To register you must first log on with your user name and password.  Non-members must first join the club.  The process is quick and easy.  Click the "Join The Alpine Runners Now!" button to begin.  After joining the club, click the 'Register Now' button next to the training program you wish to register for.

Join The Alpine Runners Now!

Alpine Runners will be hosting our own Bank of America Chicago Marathon Training Program starting June 8, 2019 on Saturdays in Lake Zurich and June 9, 2019on Sundays in Busse Woods. Our training program is free with the price of your membership!! An Individual Alpine Runners membership is just $25.00 or register the whole family for only $35.00. Join us today and then train with us for no additional fees!!

Our training program includes the following:


  • Informational clinic to get you started. 
  • Saturday and Sunday long runs with official pace group leaders.
  • Aid stations every 2-3 miles stocked with water and Gatorade. 
  • Evening group training runs throughout the year. 
  • Our ever popular Alpine technical shirts can be purchased separately.
  • Use of the Alpine Runner's VIP Hospitality Room at the Palmer House with our own massage therapists

So, why pay almost $200.00 for other training programs when you can get all of the benefits of a great training program when you join the club! If you got into the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, register to train with the Alpine Runners now! (Please note: Registration for the marathon is not included.)

The Alpine Runners are also offering beginning 5K training programs for the summer and fall, a fall half marathon training program, and the very popular free Kids Running Camp (Alpine Runner membership is not required to register your kids in the kids running program, it’s free to all kids!). Let your friends know the great benefits that they can get by just being a member of the Alpine Runners! Race registrations are not included.

Alpine Runners Spring 5K Training Program

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Alpine Runners Half Marathon Training Program

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Alpine Runners Marathon Training Program

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Alpine Runners Fall 5k Training Program

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