The end of summer is near, which means some of the best running months of the entire year are upon us. Fall is a great time to go for a run in and around Glendale Heights, where you can breathe the fresh air and check out some beautiful changing landscapes. If you’d like to get off the treadmill or leave the beaten path for a new route, check out this list of some of the best places to go for a run near Glendale Heights.
Great Western Trail
Follow 12 miles of the Great Western Trail along an old abandoned railway corridor that cuts through DuPage County. Originally part of the Chicago Great Western Railway, today it sports crushed limestone that’s great for cyclists, joggers, and walkers alike. You can access the trail south of E. North Avenue on Bloomingdale Road.
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Illinois Prairie Path
One of the country’s first conversions of a railway into a bicycle trail, this 61-mile path is a connection of various routes. The main branch of the trail is 17 miles, starting out on city streets of Wheaton with a fairly urban terrain throughout and a total of two miles of rail and trail riding. There are Aurora and Elgin branches worth exploring as well.
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Fox River Trail
If you’re willing to drive a bit west of town, the 43-mile Fox River Trail is sure to give you hours of fun and beauty along the river. There are lovely bridges, beautiful trees, small towns, and many miles of riding right along the lake. There are also a number of beautiful parks along the way where you can stop to have a lunch, take a walk, or do a little fishing. Reach the Algonquin trailhead off Route 62 and North Harrison Street.
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Sunrise Shuffle 5K
Take a run through a few of the beautiful Bloomingdale Park System’s local parks while helping to raise money for the Bloomingdale Parks Foundation. The Sunrise Shuffle
is an annual 5K that kicks off the Bloomingdale’s Septemberfest activities. Brought to you by Sunrise Chevrolet, this year’s Sunrise Shuffle will take place on Saturday, September 10 at 8:30 a.m. The race will begin and end at the Johnston Recreation Center, moving through Circle Park and Westlake Park along the way. Sign up
for the Sunrise Shuffle online today!