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Grant Park has popular, well visited, landmarks such as Buckingham Fountain. It also has “hidden gems” right out in the open. We’ll take you past both the popular sights as well as those “off the path.” We’ll share surprising and unexpected history of how Grant Park came to be. You’ll take a “trip” through Agora and absorb our incredible skyline view from the John Logan statue.


Brenda enjoys jogging around the Roman ruins of the Eternal City , sprinting through St Peter’s Square in Vatican city and running in the Windy city. Brenda is a Veteran of the US Army Reserves and holds dual citizenship in the US and Italy. She lives both in Rome and Chicago and enjoys tour guiding in Rome and Chicago. Her passion for history, art , architecture and sports can be summed up from words of wisdom from the ancient Greeks…

“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless and intelligence cannot be applied.” -Herophilius


Marlin, “the Reluctant Runner”, connects very well with folks who; “know they should, but don’t feel like it.” He’d prefer shoveling snow during a frigid Chicago winter than go for a run. However, he loves being a Chicago tour guide and understands the added benefit of guiding on the run. Marlin has completed a marathon, under 4 hours, in each of the 50 states.

Marlin’s affiliation with running is directly attributed to having 2 children on the autism spectrum. Learn more from his inspirational family story; “Our Life On The Run”. (Available on Amazon.com or by request for an autographed copy when you run with him. $15)


Michael, our “Chief Running Officer”, loves running. Michael is a lifelong Chicagoan, runner, and die-hard Cubs fan. He has completed several marathons including two 50K Ultramarathons. His marathon PR (personal record) is 3:04:00 at the 2014 Wisconsin Marathon.

Michael won the inaugaural 2014 Chicago Bunny Rock Half Marathon with a time of 1:25:54. By default that makes him the current record holder for this race. What is more amazing than his times for the 2014 races is the tough training through multiple arctic vortices he endured preparing for these events. He would be happy to run with you during Chicago’s coldest winter days.

Michael loves showing off Chicago, and you’ll find he has an endless amount of patience, which he credits to cheering for the Cubs. If you ask his mom, she’ll tell you he started running before he could walk and hasn’t stopped since. Michael is much faster than Marlin.

A developmentally challenged individual can be a contributor in society. Chicago Running Tours & More, LLC is committed to increasing awareness, employing, and advocating for the developmentally disabled. Learn more on our "Behind the scenes initiative" page and how a portion of each registration is allocated toward this cause.

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