Fox River Trail Runners - P.O. Box 371, Geneva, IL 60134

Great Western Half Marathon (and 10K!)

Half Marathon and 10K on the Great Western Trail

Sunday May 1, 2022
Out-and-back course, Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve, St Charles, IL

Join us for the 25th annual Great Western Half Marathon and 10K! The race is hosted by the Fox River Trail Runners and was a RRCA Championship race in 2017. Any participant donations above and beyond registration fees will be given to Special Olympics, Illinois.

Registration is now open!

Start Location and Course

Great Western Trail @ LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St, St. Charles, IL 60175

2021 Great Western Half Marathon Course

2021 Great Western Half Marathon Course

Click the map above for an interactive view of the Great Western Half Marathon course.


PDF of the half marathon course

Click the image above to download a PDF of the Great Western Half Marathon course.


PDF of the 10K course

Click the image above to download a PDF of the Great Western 10k course.


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 points will be marked along the course so participants can keep track of splits.. Water and Gatorade will be available at water stations along the course. Energy gels will be given around mile 7.

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.

Training Program

Train for the 2022 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 14, and group long runs will be every Saturday, 7:00 AM, at Fabyan East Forest Preserve unless otherwise specified by FRTR or your assigned coach (the first long run is scheduled for Saturday, February 19).

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

Pace Groups

We will have pace groups for both the Half Marathon and 10K distances.


The race starts and finishes at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W584 Dean Street, St. Charles, 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 Dean Street in St Charles. Go west (left) on Dean Street approximately 1/4 of a mile to LeRoy Oakes entrance. From I-90, take Randall Road south to Dean Street. Go west (right) on Dean Street to LeRoy Oakes entrance.

Do not park at the Preserve; we provide shuttles between St Charles North High School and the Preserve.


Parking for ALL race participants will be at St. Charles North High School, 255 Red Gate Road in St. Charles. MAP

Free shuttle buses will be provided to transport participants to the start and back from the finish.

Please note there is very limited on-site parking for participants at LeRoy Oakes. Race participant drop-offs will be permitted at LeRoy Oakes.

Packet Pickup

Early packet pickup will be available on Saturday, April 30th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Dick Pond’s in St Charles.

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 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?

Race day packet pick-up will be available at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve.

Gear Check

Gear check drop-off and pick up will be located at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. You must use the bag given to you at packet pick up to secure your gear. Please use the gear check tag attached to your bib and attach to your bag.


Consider joining the Fox River Trail Runners to get the lower race fee. We’d love to have you join the best club in the Fox Valley.

Half Marathon Only

FRTR Members Non Members
Nov 24 — Nov 28
(Thanksgiving Special!)
$55 $60
Nov 29 — Dec 31 $60 $65
Jan 1 — Jan 31 $70 $75
Feb 1 — Feb 28 $80 $85
Mar 1 — Mar 31 $90 $95
Apr 1 — Apr 30 $100 $105

Half Marathon + Training Program

11 Week Training Plan – Beginning February 14 (Beginners and Intermediate), weekly group run and more. Learn more about the training program.

FRTR Members Non Members
Nov 24 — Nov 28
(Thanksgiving Special!)
$75 $80
Nov 29 — Dec 31 $80 $85
Jan 1 — Jan 31 $90 $95
Feb 1 — Feb 29 $100 $105
Mar 1 — Mar 31 $110 $115
Apr 1 — Apr 30 Closed Closed


FRTR Members Non Members
Nov 24 — Nov 28
(Thanksgiving Special!)
$35 $40
Nov 29 — Dec 31 $40 $45
Jan 1 — Jan 31 $45 $50
Feb 1 — Feb 28 $50 $55
Mar 1 — Mar 31 $55 $60
Apr 1 — Apr 30 $60 $65

Swag & Awards

All race finishers will receive a commemorative medal to wear.

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

Race Services

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

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


There will be plenty of water, electrolyte drink, other refreshments for participants near the finish line

Race Results

The race will be chip timed. Results will also be posted on the FRTR web page on race day sometime later in that evening.


Volunteers are always needed, appreciated and rewarded. Please sign up to register as a volunteer and select an assignment.

Course Records

Half Marathon

Sex Name City Time Year
Male Chris Wehrman Chicago 01:10:42 2005
Female Dorothy Gach Morton Grove 01:23:23 2005
Age Name City Time Year
M00-14 Luca Bryja Elgin 01:28:50 2022
M15-19 Stephan Jurgens Batavia 01:13:29 2010
M20-24 Brad Holehan Aurora 01:12:50 2010
M25-29 Chris Wehrman Chicago 01:10:42 2005
M30-34 Nathan McPherson Elmhurst 01:15:11 2015
M35-39 David McCollam Sycamore 01:11:32 2017
M40-44 AJ Freeman North Aurora 01:14:43 2022
M45-49 John Collet Verona 01:17:44 2014
M50-54 Sam Cortes Orland Park 01:19:51 2005
M55-59 Sam Cortes Orland Park 01:19:23 2006
M60-64 Brian Sweney Chicago 01:27:27 2018
M65-69 Mark Smudde Geneva 01:32:03 2022
M70-74 Bob Pates Chicago 01:46:42 2005
M75-79 Dick Lamermayer Aurora 02:14:51 2006
M80-84 Bob McKeague Villa Park 01:52:56 2006
Age Name City Time Year
F00-14 Allison Tippett St. Charles 01:52:46 2015
F15-19 Jenna Wolfrum Streamwood 01:35:45 2017
F20-24 Meaghan Ciochon Elgin 01:27:38 2015
F25-29 Jennifer Sagat Chicago 01:30:29 2010
F30-34 Dorothy Gach Morton Grove 01:23:23 2005
F35-39 Michele Idstein Crystal Lake 01:31:32 2006
F40-44 Kristy Howland Elmhurst 01:31:42 2006
F45-49 Elena Shemyakina Geneva 01:30:47 2007
F50-54 Elena Shemyakina Geneva 01:28:05 2014
F55-59 Elena Shemyakina Geneva 01:34:36 2017
F60-64 Elena Shemyakina Geneva 01:39:27 2021
F65-69 Doris Schertz Lombard 01:57:32 2006
F70-74 Barbara Kummerer River Forest 02:43:03 2006
F80-84 SR Kathlene McDonough Evanston 02:58:40 2005



Sex Name City Time Year
Male Michael Jedlink Huntley IL 0:32:22 2021
Female Mandy Kompanowski Naperville IL 0:41:02 2021
Age Name City Time Year
M00-14 2021
M15-19 Owen Reid Geneva 1:05:29 2022
M20-24 Thomas Olenek West Chicago 0:35:16 2022
M30-34 Corey Kile Elburn IL 0:53:37 2021
M35-39 Aj Freeman North Aurora IL 0:35:10 2021
M40-44 Charles Mathison Libertyville IL 0:40:37 2021
M45-49 Gus Zepeda Aurora IL 0:50:18 2021
M50-54 Adam Ruiz Carpentersville 0:44:20 2022
M55-59 Luis Acosta  Elburn 0:44:20 2022
M60-64 Janusz Malski  Chicago 0:39:37 2022
M65-69 Guillermo Nino Elgin IL 0:51:18 2021
M70-74 Don Wostratzky West Chicago IL 0:52:54 2021
Age Name City Time Year
F15-19 Alia Johnson Berkeley IL 0:45:48 2022
F20-24 Kacey Nichols New Lenox IL 1:11:18 2021
F25-29 Mandy Kompanowski Naperville IL 0:41:02 2021
F30-34 Lauren Zumbach Chicago IL 0:42:26 2021
F35-39 Rebekah Schmit Sycamore IL 0:41:55 2021
F40-44 Elizabeth Kolkay Geneva IL 0:46:59 2022
F45-49 Dragana Nikolic Geneva IL 0:58:14 2022
F50-54 Kristin Jordan Elgin IL 0:57:18 2022
F55-59 Sandra Warren Elgin IL 1:00:59 2021
F60-64 Teri Boudreau Batavia 0:59:02 2022
F65-69 Debra Benjamin St Charles 1:16:10 2022
F70-74 Kathleen Coffey Elburn 1:20:37 2022

Previous Results and Photos

Great Western Half Marathon Photos
2021 Overall
2020 Cancelled Cancelled
2019 Overall J3 Timing / Flickr
2018 Overall J3 Timing
2017 Overall J3 Timing
2016 Overall Gameface
2015 Overall Flickr / Gameface
2014 Overall Flickr
2013 Age Group PBC Sports Photography
2012 Age Group Flickr
2011 Age Group / Overall Brightroom
2010 Age Group / Overall Brightroom
2009 Age Group / Overall Brightroom
2008 Age Group
2007 Age Group
2006 Age Group
2005 Age Group

Pre-2005 Results and Photos

Great Western 30K 8K 5K
2004 Age Group / Overall Age Group
2003 Age Group Age Group
2002 Age Group Age Group
2001 Age Group Age Group
2000 Age Group Age Group
1999 Age Group
1998 Age Group



Dick Pond Athletics

They're off for the Great Western Half Marathon
Crossing the La Fox Bridge during the Great Western Half Marathon