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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.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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