Registration opens at 12:00AM CST on Friday, 11/24/2017

Point to point course!!

 

About this event:

This is the 21st annual Great Western Half Marathon hosted by the Fox River Trail Runners.  It is the 3rd running in the point to point format, which was a RRCA Championship race in 2017.


 

Interested in joining Fox River Trail Runners...click the following link: https://raceroster.com/events/2017/7242/fox-river-trail-runners 

  

In addition, any participant donations above and beyond registration fees will be given to Special Olympics, Illinois.  


http://foxrivertrailrunners.org/racing/great-western-half-marathon/

Registration Fees

Half Marathon - Fox River Trail Runners Member

Half Marathon - Non-Member

Half Marathon + Training Program - Fox River Trail Runners Member

12 Week Training Plan - Beginning Feb. 12 (Beginners and Intermediate), Weekly group run

Half Marathon + Training Program - Non-Member

12 Week Training Plan - Beginning Feb. 12 (Beginners and Intermediate), Weekly group run

Half Marathon Course

WHAT'S NEW!

  • Point to Point Course utilizing 11 miles of the Great Western Trail.

         Start:  Great Western Trail at Sycamore Speedway in Maple Park.

         Finish: LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve 

  • Pace Groups - Times TBD

Course will be USATF Certified. The race is run on the scenic Great Western Trail, which is mostly flat, consisting of asphalt and crushed limestone screenings. Mile splits will be given throughout the course. Water and Gatorade will be available at five water stations along the course, and Huma Chia Energy Gels will be provided near mile 7 of the course. The course will remain open until 11:00 a.m. allowing for a pace of 13 min 44 seconds to finish. No Strollers, dogs, walkers, roller-skaters, or bikes are allowed in the race. For safety reasons, the use of headphones or other electronic devices during the race is STRONGLY discouraged.

Field

The race is limited to 1,200 entries to ensure a safe and enjoyable race experience. Registration will close when either this limit is reached or at 11:59:59PM CDT on May 3, 2018, whichever comes first. 

Half Marathon Training Program

 Training Program    

Train for the 2018 Great Western Half Marathon with FRTR certified RRCA running coaches.  A 12-week half marathon training program geared to beginner and intermediate levels will be available. Training begins Monday, February 12th, 2018.  The first long run is scheduled for Sunday, February 18th, 2018, and training ends the week before the race. 

Group runs will be every Sunday, 8:00 am, Fabyan East Forest Preserve (Windmill) unless otherwise specified by your assigned coach.  MAP

Select Training Plan option in registration screens   

Parking

Parking for ALL race participants will be at St. Charles North High School MAP 

NOTE:  THERE IS NO ONSITE PARKING for participants either at LeRoy Oakes or Sycamore Speedway.   Race participant drop offs will be permitted at Sycamore Speedway.


Free shuttle buses will be provided to transport participants only with a 2018 race bib to start at Sycamore Speedway.  You must present a bib to board a bus.  BUS DEPARTURE TIMES WILL BE 6:45, 7:00, & 7:15 am.  These are the only departure times.  If you miss you selected time, transportation to start is on your own.  Spectators will be allowed to enter LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve and park while spots exist, but will also have the option of transportation will be provided for spectators from 

Buses will begin transporting finishers and spectators back to St. Charles North HS from LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve beginning at 9:45 a.m. and will continue through the day.  

Packet Pick Up

Early packet pickup will be available at Dick Pond Athletics, 303 N. 2nd Street (Rte 31), St Charles, IL on Friday, May 4th from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dick Pond Athletics is located west of the Fox River just north of North Avenue (Rte. 64).

FOR NON-FRTR MEMBERSREGISTERED PARTICIPANTS MUST UP THEIR OWN PACKETS AND WILL BE ASKED FOR A PHOTO ID UPON CHECK IN.

FOR FRTR MEMBERS ONLYREGISTERED PARTICIPANTS MAY HAVE ANOTHER FRTR MEMBER PICKUP THEIR PACKETS.  PARTICIPANTS MUST SEND AN E-MAIL TO GREATWESTERN@FOXRIVERTRAILRUNNERS.ORG PRIOR TO PACKET PICKUP AND INCLUDE YOUR NAME, FRTR MEMBERSHIP NUMBER, AND THE NAME AND MEMBERSHIP NUMBER OF THE PERSON PICKING UP.

Interested in joining Fox River Trail Runners...click the following link:https://raceroster.com/events/2017/7242/fox-river-trail-runners 


Race day packet pickup will be available from 6:00 a.m. until 6:45 a.m. at St. Charles North High School.

Race Services

There will be water, electrolyte drink, and other refreshments for participants near the finish line.

There will be Emergency Medical Technicians and ambulance available. In addition event will be staffed by Race Guards.

Gear check bag drop will also be available at Sycamore Speedway before the race and you can retrieve your gear at LeRoy Oakes by finish.

Directions

The race starts at Sycamore Speedway, 50W086 IL-64, Maple Park, IL which is accessible from I-88 or I-90. From I-88, exit Orchard road north. At the Randall Road intersection, take Randall Road north to North Ave. (IL-64) in St Charles. Go west (left) on RT. 64 approximately 14 miles to the speedway entrance. From I-90, take Randall Road south to IL-64. Go west (right) on RT-64 to speedway entrance.

Swag & Awards

Swag:

All registered runners will receive a technical material race shirt.  All race finishers will receive a commemorative medal.

Awards:

Top three overall Male and Female winners.  Overall winners do not receive age group awards.

Age group awards will be presented to the top three Male and Female finishers in age groups 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over.

Event Schedule

  • May 6 8:00 AM CDT - Start Time

Contact Information

Event Location

Sycamore Speedway, Illinois 64, Maple Park, IL, United States

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