Miss registration for the most fun run of the season?  Make your own cup of hot chocolate and get on the Sauganash Trail!

This Valley Line Trail, basically opened June 21, 2008 inside the group on Chicago’s Northwest Side. It’s one mile long, managing from Bryn Mawr to Devon near Kostner.

The path is located on a classic railroad embankment now held by ComEd and the City of Chicago is renting the right-of-way for a dollar per year, states Maria Castaneda, spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Transportation, which helped plan and build the project. It’s the city’s third rails-to-trails following the Burnham Greenway and the Major Taylor Trail around the Southeast and Southwest Sides, respectively. The Bloomingdale Trail is in the works for your Near Northwest Side.

It’s a wonderful little course, extremely well made and executed and it frequently gets great use by locals. If you lived nearby you’d probably end up using it many times a week for accessing Bryn Mawr to pedal downtown, for strolling, walking your pet, jogging or helping your children travel safely round the neighborhood.