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Point to Point Half-Marathon




This is the 22nd annual Great Western Half Marathon hosted by the Fox River Trail Runners.  It is the fourth running in the point to point format, which was a RRCA Championship race in 2017. Any participant donations above and beyond registration fees will be given to Special Olympics, Illinois.  

Interested in joining Fox River Trail Runners...click here.

Registration fees

Half Marathon - Fox River Trail Runners Member

Price changes in 18 days 19 hours
    1. $40.00
      Nov 20 – Nov 25
    2. $50.00
      Now registering Nov 26 – Dec 30
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    3. $65.00
      Dec 31 – Jan 30
    4. $75.00
      Jan 31 – Feb 27
    5. $85.00
      Feb 28 – Mar 30
    6. $95.00
      Mar 31 – May 2

Half Marathon - Non-Member

Price changes in 18 days 19 hours
    1. $45.00
      Nov 20 – Nov 25
    2. $55.00
      Now registering Nov 26 – Dec 30
      Register
    3. $70.00
      Dec 31 – Jan 30
    4. $80.00
      Jan 31 – Feb 27
    5. $90.00
      Feb 28 – Mar 30
    6. $100.00
      Mar 31 – May 2

Half Marathon + Training Program - Fox River Trail Runners Member

Price changes in 18 days 19 hours
  • 12 Week Training Plan - Beginning Feb. 12 (Beginners and Intermediate), Weekly group run

    1. Closed
      Nov 20 – Nov 20
    2. $60.00
      Nov 20 – Nov 25
    3. $65.00
      Now registering Nov 26 – Dec 30
      Register
    4. $80.00
      Dec 31 – Jan 30
    5. $95.00
      Jan 31 – Feb 11
    6. Closed
      Feb 11 – May 2

Half Marathon + Training Program - Non-Member

Price changes in 18 days 19 hours
  • 12 Week Training Plan - Beginning Feb. 12 (Beginners and Intermediate), Weekly group run

    1. Closed
      Nov 20 – Nov 20
    2. $65.00
      Nov 20 – Nov 25
    3. $70.00
      Now registering Nov 26 – Dec 30
      Register
    4. $85.00
      Dec 31 – Jan 30
    5. $100.00
      Jan 31 – Feb 11
    6. Closed
      Feb 11 – May 2

Spring Endurance Training Shirt

Registration closes in 1 month 20 days
  • Purchase a Long Sleeve Tech Shirt to commemorate your participation in 2019 Spring endurance program!

    1. Now registering Nov 20 – Feb 1
      Register
    2. Closed
      Feb 1 – May 2

Half Marathon Course

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

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

FinishLeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve 

Pace Groups - Yes

The course is USATF Certified. The race is run on the scenic Great Western Trail, which is mostly flat, consisting of asphalt and crushed limestone screenings. The Great Western Trail is a public trail system. Although we have taken many steps to inform the public of the races, the trail is still open to the public, so there will be bikes and others on the path that morning. Please stay to the right side of the path and always leave space to the left for passing runners and runners coming from the other direction. At most, please run two abreast, and always be respectful of other path users. 

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 by Generva Running Outfitters near mile 7. 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.

Runners cannot be accompanied or assisted by bicyclists and will be disqualified if this occurs. This practice is unfair and dangerous to other runners.

Please listen to volunteers directing you through turns and tight spots on the course.

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 2, 2019, whichever comes first.

Half Marathon Training Program

Train for the 2019 Great Western Half Marathon with the Fox River Trail Runners (FRTR) and their certified Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) coaches.  A 11-week half marathon training program geared to beginner and intermediate levels is available. Training begins Monday, February 11, and the first long run is scheduled for Saturday, February 16. Training ends the week before the race. 

Group runs will be every Saturday, 7:30 AM, at Fabyan East Forest Preserve unless otherwise specified by FRTR or your assigned coach. 

To enroll in the training program, Select the Training Plan option during registration.   

Parking

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

Please note there inso 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 2019 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 from LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve to St. Charles North High School starting at 9:45 AM. and will continue through the day.  

Packet Pick Up

Early packet pickup will be available at Dick Pond Athletics on Friday, May 3 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM and Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

For non-Fox River Trail Runner Members, registered participants must pick up their own race bib and will be asked for a photo ID. 

Fox River Trail Runner members may have another FRTR Member pick up your bib on your behalf. Members must send an email to greatwestern@frtr.org prior to pick-up and include your name, Membership Number and the name and number of the Member picking up your bib. 

Interested in joining FRTR, click here.

Race day packet pick-up will be available from 6:00 to 6:45 AM at St. Charles North High School.

Race Services

There will be water, electrolyte drinks, and other refreshments for participants in Race Village.

Emergency Medical Technicians and ambulance are available. In addition, the race will be staffed by Race Guards.

Gear check drop-off is at Sycamore Speedway before the race and you can retrieve your gear at LeRoy Oakes.

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

All registered runners will receive a technical material race shirt and a commemorative medal at the finish line.

Awards for the top three overall Male and Female winners. Overall winners will not receive age group awards.

Age group awards for 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 5 8:00 AM CDT - Start Time

Contact Information

Event Location

Sycamore Speedway, 50W086 IL-64, Maple Park, IL, USA

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