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The Windmill Trail Challenge

5K & 10K Run

Sunday, November 11, 2018

9:00 AM Start!

Presented by

Dick Pond Athletics

All proceeds from the race will benefit

The Boys & Girls Club of Elgin

Registration fees

5K Run/Walk Closed

Registration closed
    1. $25.00
      Jul 23 – Oct 9
    2. $30.00
      Oct 10 – Nov 4
    3. $35.00
      Nov 4 – Nov 8

10K Run Closed

Registration closed
    1. $25.00
      Jul 23 – Oct 9
    2. $30.00
      Oct 10 – Nov 2
    3. $35.00
      Nov 2 – Nov 8

Race Site and Parking Information


  • PARKING FOR THIS EVENT IS VERY LIMITED.  We strongly recommend car pooling, getting dropped off, or arriving early. 
  • There is one small parking lot (30-40 capacity – arrive early!) and one restroom at the east-side preserve near Shelter #4.
  • Additional parking and two restrooms are available at the west-side portion of the preserve, but you will need to cross Crissey Ave/Rt 25 to get to the start/finish area. **PLEASE USE CAUTION AND YIELD TO VEHICLES WHEN CROSSING THE ROAD.**


5K & 10K Course Map

  • 5K = 1 loop, 10K = 2 loops … each loop is approximately 3.1 miles (or “3-ish miles”)
  • The course will be marked with streamers tied to clothespins attached to bushes and branches adjacent to the trail, signs and/or environment-friendly spray paint markings on the ground.
  • It is your responsibility to know the course and stay on it.
  • There are NO water stations out on the course, other than one near the start/finish for the 10K runners. Runners must carry their own water while out on the course.
  • LEAVE NO TRACE other than your footprints on the course! Please do NOT drop any clothing, water/fluid bottles, nutrition pouches/foils, candy/gum wrappers, or any other type of trash/debris. The forest and the critters who live within it appreciate your cooperation.


MILE 1/4

There’s room to run initially but you’ll want to get into a good position early before turning off onto single-track trail at the approximate ¼-mile mark. In the next ¾-mile, you’ll meander through majestic woods, cross an ankle-deep creek, climb a short hill and pass a creepy cemetery (a sign of things to come??).

MILE 2/5

Shortly into the second mile, the trail widens out a bit, giving the opportunity to make a pass or two before what is probably the best part of the course. Traversing flat and winding trail, you’ll cross the ankle-deep creek THREE more times – keep an eye open for an errant golf ball while skirting the golf course between the second and third crossing, and look for an old tire swing at the fourth crossing!! Just after the fourth creek crossing and a short uphill, you have the choice to go over or around the log pile (going over is the quicker route!!). And be sure to look for the iron wheel of an old cart shortly before breaking out of the woods.

MILE 3/6

The early portion of this mile provides another opportunity to pass, take advantage of it before a hard left turn back onto the single-track trail. If the days before the race are rainy, this is the soggiest portion of the course. It is short-lived, though, as you break out onto a wider trail. Cross the wooden bridge, turn left for the final 100 yards of single-track trail, and then break out into the open for the final ¼-mile push to the finish



Bring your spouse, kids, siblings, parents and friends to the event! Volunteers are needed for Saturday packet pick-up, Sunday morning packet pick-up/registration, parking/street crossing, course marshals, and finish line help. All volunteers will receive a Hoorag® headband and the gratitude of race officials and participants. Contact Glen at Dick Pond Athletics @ 630-665-3316.

Event Info

Race Day Logistics

The Windmill Trail Challenge will start and finish in Fabyan Forest Preserve, Crissey Avenue, Geneva, IL (Route 25 South of Main Street (Route 38).

Register early! 

Registration fee will increase by $5.00 if registering after October 9!

Pre Race Day Packet Pick Up

Saturday, November 10 from 2PM until 5PM at Dick Pond Athletics, 303 N. 2nd Street, St. Charles

Race morning registration and packet pick up will start at 7:30 AM

Register early!!!!  Maximum of 150 participants!!!!

All participants will receive a Hoorag Headband - One Size Fits All (No t-shirts!)

Age Groups and Award Categories

Awards will be given to the top male and female runner in the 5K & the 10K along with awards to the top runners in each age bracket.

14 & under






60 & Over


Event Schedule

  • November 10 2:00 PM CST - Pre Race Packet Pick Up (Dick Pond Athletics of St. Charles)

  • November 11 7:30 AM CST - On Site Check in & Registration

  • November 11 9:00 AM CST - 5K & 10K Race Start

Contact Information

Event Location

Fabyan Forest Preserve, Chrissy Avenue, Geneva, IL

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