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Do you have what it takes to #RunTheL?

If you had two months to run, walk or wheel every mile of Chicago’s elevated public transit system — at your own pace, in your own space — could you do it? 

Do you have what it takes to #RunTheL?

From July 25 to September 18, that’s our challenge to you: 8 weeks. 8 lines. 131 miles. For the third consecutive year, step onto the (virtual) platform and tackle every inch of the “L” on two feet (or wheels). 

Your challenge, your way. Run in your neighborhood, at the gym or in the actual Windy City. Pace out the 131 miles over eight weeks or finish as fast as you can. Take on the eight lines alone or tag-team with a running buddy. You can #RunTheL whenever, however, from wherever — just log your miles and stay on the tracks until Mile 131.

When you finish, you’ll be in-shape and ready for your next challenge: the 25th Annual HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon & 5k produced by Life Time. After you #RunTheL, meet us in Jackson Park on September 25 for the real deal: an in-person, front-and-center tour of Chicago’s vibrant neighborhoods, lakefront breezes and breathtaking cityscapes. 

8 weeks. 8 lines. 131 miles. Step onto the platform and walk, run or wheel the entirety of Chicago’s elevated public transit system in this ultimate virtual endurance challenge. #RunTheL is back in the Windy City. Are you in?

The best part about a virtual challenge is the flexibility! There are so many ways to take on this challenge. Below are a few different ways you can complete your 131 miles.


Log one line per week. The distance of the line is your weekly goal. Week 1 starts with the Yellow Line, which is 5 miles…and so on.


Try logging 131 miles in as few days as you can. You can even try to be the first person to complete the challenge! Or keep going to try to reach 262 miles!


Log 2.3 miles a day, every day for 8 weeks. You can even do a combo of running and walking.


Divide the 131 miles across the 8 weeks however you prefer. Log about 4 miles, 4 times a week for 8 weeks or about 5.5 miles, 3 times a week for 8 weeks.

What’s Included

  • Finisher Medal (stay tuned, reveal coming soon!)
  • Custom Chi-town themed Spi Belt (shown on the right)
  • Digital bib
  • Digital finisher certificate
  • More to be announced!

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Have a question or need some assistance logging in your miles? Visit the links below to find what you need to progress through the challenge.

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