We introduced the first ever HOKA ONE ONE Run the L Challenge in the summer of 2020. In a time when in-person events were on hold, we had to remain socially distant from our running buddies and the world as we knew it had changed. We desperately needed some extra motivation and support to lace up our running shoes. The 8-week, 131-mile Challenge delivered all of that and more. Together we logged 218,782 miles and came together as a community over our shared love for running and all things Chicago! 

*A few lines are rounded to make for even distances.

The Run the L Challenge is back!

We know first hand that having a purpose to get out the door and working towards a bigger goal makes getting out for some fresh air and exercise so much easier! 

We invite you to join us for the Spring 2021 edition of the HOKA ONE ONE Run the L Challenge presented by the Life Time Chicago Half Marathon Series (the same team that brings you the Life Time Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K and the HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon & 5K.)

We challenge you to Run the L! Run (or walk or wheel) the entire distance of Chicago’s elevated public transit system. We’ll give you 8 weeks to tackle 131 miles. Do it solo or grab a running buddy to divide and conquer this unique challenge!

We’ll give you the motivation you need each week as we take on a new line between March 22 and May 16

You can follow along with each week at your own pace throughout the 8 weeks or challenge yourself to complete the 131-mile challenge in as few weeks as you can. Simply log your time and distance after you complete your activity until you reach the total distance of the L – 131 miles.

Since this is a virtual challenge, you can run (or walk or wheel) wherever and whenever you want during the 8-week timeframe! 

We’ll re-share all the fun ways you all are accomplishing the challenge on social, along with our own tips and tricks to tackle the distance! Join us on a virtual, locals only tour of Chicago, earn fun Chi Town themed badges and be entered to win great prizes.

Give yourself a reason to get out the door and log those miles.  

Let’s #RunTheL together! 

2022 Information Coming Soon!

What’s Included

  • *Finisher medal
  • Unique artisan-designed prints
  • Branded socks
  • Custom downloadable race bib
  • Custom downloadable finisher certificate
  • Custom GIF stickers to enhance your social media posts
  • And more!

*Finisher medal will be mailed to participants who complete all 131 miles during the challenge timeline. Challenge Boxes will be mailed upon the completion of the Challenge, beginning the week of 5/31

Athlete Guide

The best part about a virtual challenge is the flexibility! Check out our Athlete Guide for ideas on all the different ways you can take on this challenge, step-by-step instructions for uploading your miles, a printable mile tracker, and much more.

Shop the L

Rep Chi-town and commemorate your #RuntheL experience with our official Run the L SWAG! Order your hat, tee, and stickers to show off your accomplishment.

*FREE shipping when you include stickers in your order.


Are you missing your favorite race’s start line this year, looking for some extra motivation to lace up your shoes, missing Chi-town or training for a spring half? Join our HOKA ONE ONE Run the L Challenge Club and connect with fellow athletes as you stay on track with this unique challenge!

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