Warren Park

Howard Kambara

Warren Park is a quiet neighborhood park with many facilities tucked inside it, and used to be the home of many running races in the 1980s including a marathon! The ‘Go Run 5K loop offers you a tour of the park, with views of the tennis and basketball courts, cricket and baseball fields and 9-hole golf course as you finish in the shadow of toboggan hill near the ice rink. The mile loop showcases the same views short of the golf course.

These larger neighborhood parks offer great opportunities to introduce the sport of running for new and returning runners of all ages for free with positive and familiar surroundings. It’s how I started running and what I would like to see gain a foothold in other parks like Rogers Park, in the Edgewater area.

I wanted to help Chicago grow the sport of running in ways that were sustainable for new runners. Running should be easily accessible, not complicated or cost prohibitive. Being part of CARA and the ‘Go Run program is a way to bring the sport of running to those that may have hesitated about lacing up their shoes.

Running is something I grew up doing and never quite stopped. Along the way I trained and raced from the 800m all the way to the 50K, and made some great friends, plus learned from great coaches. Endurance running has also lead to a healthier lifestyle.

The Warren Park ‘Go Run had many regular volunteers and runners that formed a sense of commitment and community to the weekly run. The finish area was the weekly highlight, filled with a sense of accomplishment and recap as the kids who ran a mile to the experienced runner who ran a 5k finished and enjoyed stretching while sharing bagels or donuts, cups of water or Gatorade every Saturday morning.

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