5k Run Celebrates Completion Of Lakefront Trail Separation

Mike Krauser
December 15, 2018 - 11:45 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The mayor joined Chicagoans for an early morning run on the lakefront path called the "Lakefront Chill." The 5k commemorated the completion of the Lakefront Trail Separation.

There was a ceremony and ribbon cutting at 7:30 a.m. and the run started at 8 a.m. between Soldier Field and Burnham Harbor, Museum Campus Drive and East Waldron.

"This is one of those moments as we inaugurate and open the Lakefront Trail, the bike and running path, all 18 miles that will stand the test of time," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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Chicago Park District and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Citadel Ken Griffin for the Lakefront Chill 5K donated $12 million for the project, which Rahm Emanuel jokingly called Griffin's most expensive lunch in his life. The hedgefund billionare ran with the mayor, who had an enterouge of runners with him in bright yellow vests during the run and through to the finish line. The Park District's Superindent Michael Kelly also participated in the newly separated 18-mile path.

Free coffee, a hat and mittens were given to each participant; kids and families were seen running past media, onlookers and banners with sponsors and new marked separated paths. 

The fun run honored the completion of the Lakefront Trail Separation project, which was headed by the Chicago Area Runners Association and the Active Transporation Alliance, who are very active in advocating for bikers and runners in the city and have been working with the Park District and the City on the project for months. 

"We have all seen that experience when you start to run and you hear 'on your left' — you will never have to hear that again," Emanuel said of the separated paths.