ParkTalk Podcast

S22 - Episode 01: Trail Running in Winter

Bob Langerveld, an experienced runner, member of the Chicago Area Runners Association and staff member of Naperville Running Company, shares tips for running outdoors in winter and why he enjoys it.

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Quote from the episode:

“We almost always see animals on our runs. Whether it’s deer, rabbits, squirrels, possum, ducks, geese, heron. We also see the occasional coyote or fox, mostly at Springbrook Prairie, just before sunrise. They take off quicker than we do. But the deer at Knoch Knolls Park, they’ll just stand right next to the trail and watch us. It’s really cool to be out there. DuPage River Trail going north is especially beautiful along the river. Even though you know Washington Street is there, you don’t feel like you’re near civilization at all.” - Bob Langerveld

Where to run in Naperville in winter:

Bob and his friends enjoy a run on February 28, 2021 on the DuPage River Trail through Knoch Knolls Park and DuPage River Park

Find maps of Naperville Park District trails that are on a priority list for snow clearing here.

Naperville Running Company partners with the Park District to support snow removal on the trail through Frontier Sports Complex and on the bridge over Route 59.

Learn more about running:

Bob runs with the Chicago Area Runners Association and also with friends whom he first met through this group.

Chicago Area Runners Association – “The Chicago Area Runners Association, CARA, is a non-profit organization committed to serving and advocating for the local running community. We are Chicagoland’s running club, providing accessible opportunities for all runners to train, race, learn, be social and volunteer.”

Naperville Running Company – A locally owned business that specializes in fitting shoes and also sells running apparel and gear and offers running events and support. “We enjoy working with any customer looking for a good pair of shoes - whether you’re a runner, a walker, a triathlete, or someone who just needs a comfortable pair of shoes.”

Bob running along the DuPage River Trail at DuPage River Park

Some resources recommended by Bob for runners:

Hal Higdon – Provides training for all levels.

Runner's World – a well-known running magazine.

Active – Find local races and events.