Due to the extended COVID-19 stay at home order from the State of Illinois, we regret that we have had to cancel this race for the safety of all involved.  We look forward to seeing everyone and racing together soon.

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Come out and commemorate our American heroes during Memorial Day weekend with a run through the grassland and woods of Carl R Hansen Woods in northwest suburban Chicago! This new springtime event will give runners of all ages and abilities to shake off the running rust of winter on wide mowed grass pathways over rolling terrain and through groves of oak trees.

The “Short” 4.25-mile distance is a single-loop route and is ideal for newbies to trail running, while the two-loop “Long” 7-mile distance will be perfect for those who want to stretch out their legs over a longer distance. And for those who want to run with a friend or family member, consider the 7-mile relay event, where each person runs one loop.

If we have a dry spring, the course will be wide and FAST … but if our spring is wet, expect to come to the finish wearing some mud (and who doesn’t like mud!??!).

The Basics

Date

Sunday, May 24th

Start Time

8:00am

Location

Carl Hansen Forest Preserve, Rte 59/Sutton Rd, Hoffman Estates (North of Rte 58/Golf Rd and south of I-90)

Gear Check

Gear Check will be available to runners.

Distances

Short Individual – 4.25 miles

Green Trail from Start out to perimeter, ONE loop on Brown Trail, Green Trail back in to Finish

Long Individual – 7 miles

Green Trail from Start out to perimeter, TWO loops on Brown Trail, Green Trail back in to Finish

2-Person Relay – 7 miles

Green Trail from Start out to perimeter, TWO loops on Brown Trail with hand-off between first and second loop, Green Trail back in to Finish

The Course

The race will be held at Carl R Hansen Woods in Hoffman Estates.   Bordered on the north by Shoe Factory Road, the east by Rt 59 and the south by Rt 58.

Existing wide mowed grass pathways around perimeter of preserve through small groves of trees, with mowed grass pathway out to and back in from perimeter loop. Course is primarily flat but does have some rolling terrain. Also, there are NOT a lot of rocks or roots, so this should be “novice friendly” for anyone new to trail running.

The Brown Trail perimeter loop is approximately 2.6 miles and the Green Trail segment out to and back in from the loop is approximately 0.81 miles (each way).

The relay exchange point would be at the beginning of the second loop (the intersection of loop and segment out to/back from loop.

Notes: There will be NO formal course preview. The course utilizes existing Forest Preserve trails, which are open to your use at any time in advance of the race.

Also, the course may be altered slightly depending upon Forest Preserve directives, actual trail conditions, weather and/or just to make things “a little more interesting” on race day.

Age Groups

Male                14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & Over

Female             14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & Over

Relay                2-Male (combined ages)            60 & Under, 61-90, 91 & Over

2-Female (combined ages)         60 & Under, 61-90, 91 & Over

1+1 Co-ed (combined ages)       60 & Under, 61-90, 91 & Over

Entry Fee

Standard (until May 10th)                    Short/Long       $35.00              Relay    $70.00

Late (May 10 – May 23)                        Short/Long       $40.00              Relay    $80.00

Race Day (May 24)                                Short/Long        $45.00              Relay    $90.00

Premium

All registered participants will receive a printed lightweight hoodie

Awards

4.25 mile:        Overall Male & Female Winner

6.8 mile:          Overall Male & Female Winner

4.25 mile:        Top 3 each Age Group

7 mile:          Top 3 each Age Group

Relay:              Top Male/Female/Co-ed team for Open and Masters

** Note: we hope to be able to announce the 4.25 mile awards before the conclusion of the 6.8 mile race.

Packet Pickup

Friday, May 22, 6:00-8:00pm at DPA St Charles store

Saturday, May 23, 1:00-4:00pm at DPA Hoffman Estates store

Sunday, May 24, 7:00-8:00am at race site

Parking

Parking at the preserve is limited. CARPOOLING with other runners and ARRIVING EARLY is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. There is a small parking lot located at the intersection of Rte 59 and Shoe Factory Rd just north of the Carl Hansen entrance and another very small parking area at the intersection of Rte 59 and Rte 58 just south of the Carl Hansen entrance, but you will have about a half-mile warm-up to get to the Start area.

Please do NOT park on the grass at any location.

Volunteers

Yes, we need volunteers to help on race day with registration and packet/bib pick-up and as course marshals and start/finish helpers! You will receive a printed lightweight hoodie, as well as the eternal gratitude of the race committee and the runners/walkers.

If you would like to help on race day, please contact our Race Director at racedirector@dickpondathletics.com.

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