Celebrate the end of the season at one of Chicagoland's largest half marathon & 5k events. The event offers a relatively flat, scenic, USATF certified paved course. There is also a 5k Run/Walk for those who want to participate in something a bit shorter. The course is conveniently located just off the Rt. 53 and I-90 Interchange.
Fleece Zip Up Pullover
Eco Gear Bag
5k & Half Marathon Finisher’s Medal
Bib Chip Timing
PRE EVENT PACKET PICK UP:
Wednesday (11/23) 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday (11/25) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dick Pond Athletics
1772 W. Algonquin Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
It is recommended to pick up your packet at pre-event packet pick up and parking at the Half Marathon Start Line for half marathon participants.
Picking up someone else's packet, don't forget to bring their signed waiver.
Event morning packet pick up is also available (see course map for location)
SCHEDULE (SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26)
7:30 a.m. Packet Pick Up Open (see course map for location)
8:00 a.m. Gear Check Open
8:45 a.m. Packet Pick Up Close
8:30 a.m. 5k Start
9:15 a.m. Half Marathon Start
9:20 a.m. 5k Awards
11:30 a.m. Half Marathon Awards
12:45 p.m. Gear Check Closes
Course is open for 3.5 hours
The USATF certified course runs though scenic prairie and forest, over bridges, and by an Elk Pasture. The course is almost all asphalt paved surface. Miles will be clearly marked. Water stations and port-a-potties will be provided along course as well as medical service at the start and finish line. Please see course map for this information, suggested spectator spots, and important parking information.
2016 Half Marathon Course Map, click here
5k Course Map, click here
FINISH AREA PARKING:
-3800 Golf Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL
-NO packet pick up at this location
-5 min shuttle to start line
START AREA PARKING:
-Busse Lake Boating Center
Elk Grove Village, IL
-This is the 1st Forest Preserve Entrance on Higgins Rd East of Rt-53
-Event day packet pick up location
-Shuttle from finish line
SEE COURSE MAPS FOR EXACT LOCATIONS
PRE-EVENT TRAINING RUN (NOV 5TH)
New Balance and Dick Pond Athletics have teamed up to host a "run the course" training run for the half marathon. The run is organized by Dick Pond Athletics and New Balance staff at Busse Woods on the final 10 miles of the course.
New Balance will have a very nice special offer available to anyone who participates in the training run!
You must pre-register for this free run!
Register at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you pre-register, all details regarding the runs will be emailed to you prior to the run.
The training run is solely organized and sponsored by Dick Pond Athletics.
Awards will be awarded to the top 3 participants, male and female in each age group and overall.
14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 & 60-64, 65+
There will be motivational pacers to help you achieve your goal time. Pacers will be at the start holding a sign of the pace they will be consistently running. Run with these pacers and they will help keep you on track to achieve your goal. Provided by Dick Pond/Fast Track Racing Team for the half marathon only, these pacers are dedicated to help lead you to one of the goal times listed below:
1:30:00 (6:52 per mile)
1:35:00 (7:15 per mile)
1:40:00 (7:38 per mile)
1:45:00 (8:00 per mile)
1:50:00 (8:24 per mile
1:55:00 (8:47 per mile)
2:00:00 (9:10 per mile)
2:05:00 (9:32 per mile)
2:10:00 (9:55 per mile)
(10:18 per mile)
2:20:00 (10:40 per mile)
2:25:00 (11:04 per mile)
GEAR CHECK/PICK UP
Gear Check will be located at both the half marathon start area and 5k start area. All gear will be moved to the finish area for pick up.
This event is chip timed. Your bib contains your timing chip. You must visibly wear your bib on your front across your stomach to be electronically timed.
Runners and walkers can participate in this event as long as the participant can finish within the event time limit (see event schedule).
All participants are required to read and sign the event waiver form to be considered a participant. See registration page for event waiver.
Monitored gear check will be provided. Pick up and drop off will be at the start/finish area. The event is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
It is the participant’s responsibility to make sure that they do not impair their ability to hear and detect present or potential hazards and dangers.
During hours of operation the Forest Preserve District of Cook County is always open to the public unless otherwise noted by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Please visit the Forest Preserve District of Cook County website for forest preserve rules and regulations.
Water stations include water and sports drink.
No dogs. No Strollers.
The event will start rain, snow or shine. The event could be delayed due to lightning.
In late November weather and trail conditions can be variable. There could be a potential for ice or snow. It is the participant's responsibility to take proper caution.