LFT Closed


Wow, never thought I would be typing those words. But it is. And, it’s all our fault.

Today, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, advised residents that the Lakefront Trail, 606, Riverwalk, and all parks would be closed indefinitely. Yesterday, as temperatures neared 60 degrees, people came out in droves and flooded the LFT. The images would have been promising of an early spring, had we not been in the middle of a global pandemic.

I mean, come on Chicago. Over the weekend, CPD had to shut down house parties because of large gatherings and on our first nice day, there were barely 6 inches between people, let alone 6 feet.

Enough. Mayor Lightfoot has spoken and we must now listen. And it is with everyone’s best interest that she has made the determination to close the LFT for now.

Should we continue to make poor decisions, there will be a three step process for law enforcement to follow – warning, citation, and arrest. Fines could be up to $500.

Again, this does not mean you can’t go out and walk, run, bike, etc. You just can’t do it together. Go out alone, from your home, and run solo. Visit areas of the city that you don’t normally see. Race stoplights. Take note of the way restaurants and bars are doing carry out. Just be alone.

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Mandi has been running for over 25 years and has participated in the Chicago, Detroit, and Boston Marathons. Mandi regularly competes in regional events and enjoys being a part of several running groups including CARA and the Badgerland Striders. She is a co-host on the Ten Junk Miles podcast and looks forward to hosting the Chicago Athlete Podcast. An RRCA certified coach and Les Mills certified instructor, Mandi is also a coach with Chicago Athlete Coaching. Mandi is a local government attorney by weekday and race warrior by weekend.


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