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

Great Western Half Marathon

Point to Point Half Marathon on the Great Western Trail

May 5, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
Sycamore, IL to St Charles, IL

The Fox River Trail Runners thanks everyone who came out for the 22nd annual Great Western Half Marathon! If you enjoyed the race, you’ll really enjoy our club. Join us; we’d love to run with you again!

Our next event is She Runs the Fox, Thursday, May 16. She Runs the Fox is a fun, noncompetitive, female-friendly run is a 3.1 mile run or walk along the beautiful Fox River.

If you’re ready to check your time for the Great Western, the results are in!

And I must say, you look great in the photos and in these photos on our Flickr site!

A special thank you to our sponsors

Detour - The Right Protein
Geneva Running Outfitters
Dick Pond Athletics
H4 Training
African Wellness Safaris
Sycamore Speedway
Ginsberg Chiropractic
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers
Orange Theory Fitness
Families on the Fox
Kane County Cougars

Start Location and Course

Great Western Trail @ Sycamore Speedway
50W086 IL-64 Maple Park, IL

8:00 a.m. start

Great Western Half Marathon Course

Great Western Half Marathon Course

Click the map above for an interactive view of the Great Western Half Marathon course. Grab the map interior and move in any direction to see the entire course.


The race is limited to 1,200 entries to ensure a safe and enjoyable race experience. Registration will close when this limit is reached. The 2016 and 2017 races filled in a few weeks. We anticipate a similar early close this year. There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.

Half Marathon Course

The course is USATF Certified (certificate # IL 18007WR). The race is run on the scenic Great Western Trail, which is mostly flat, consisting of asphalt and crushed limestone screenings. Mile splits will be given throughout the course. Water and Gatorade will be available at five water stations along the course. 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.

Training Program

Train for the 2019 Great Western Half Marathon with FRTR certified RRCA running coaches. A twelve week half marathon training program geared to beginner and intermediate levels will be available. Training begins February 11 and continues through May 5. Group runs will be on Saturdays, 7:30am at Fabyan East Forest Preserve (Windmill). Our first long run will take place on Saturday, February 16. If Fox River Trail is snow/ice covered an alternative clear road route, usually Fermilab, will be announced.

To participate, select Race and Training item in Registration.


The race starts at Sycamore Speedway, 50W086 IL- 64 in Maple Park which is accessible from I-88 or I-90. From I-88, exit Orchard road north. Proceed to Randall Road intersection, take Randall Road north to North Ave. (IL-64) in St Charles. Go west (left) on RT. 64 approximately 14 miles the speedway entrance. From I-90, take Randall Road south to RT 64. Go west (right) on RT. 64 to speedway entrance.


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

NOTE: THERE IS NO ONSITE PARKING for participants either at LeRoy Oaks 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 show a bib to board a bus. BUS DEPARTURES TIMES WILL BE 6:45, 7:00 & 7:15 a.m. Buses will also transport finishers back to St. Charles North HS from Leroy Oaks Forest Preserve beginning at 9:45 a.m. and continue through the day. Spectators will be allowed to enter the preserve and park while spots exist.

Packet Pickup

Pre race packet pickup will be available at Dick Pond Athletics, 303 N. 2nd street (Rte 31), St Charles, IL 60174 on Friday, May 3rd from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dick Pond Athletics is located west of the Fox River just North of North Avenue (Rte 64).

For non-FRTR members, registered participants must up their own packets and will be asked for a photo id upon check in.

For FRTR members only, registered participants may have another FRTR member pickup their packets. Participants must send an e-mail to prior to packet pickup and include your name, FRTR membership number, and the name and membership number of the person picking up.

Race day packet pickup will be available from 6:00 a.m. until 6:45 a.m. at St. Charles North High School.


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 20 — Nov 25
 (Thanksgiving Special!)
$40 $45
Nov 26 — Dec 31 $50 $55
Jan 1 — Jan 31 $65 $70
Feb 1 — Feb 28 $75 $80
Mar 1 — Mar 31 $85 $95
Apr 1 — May 3 $95 $100

Half Marathon + Training Program

12 Week Training Plan – Beginning February 12 (Beginners and Intermediate), weekly group run, coaches and more. Learn more about the training program.

FRTR Members Non Members
Nov 20 — Nov 25
 (Thanksgiving Special!)
$60 $65
Nov 26 — Dec 31 $65 $70
Jan 1 — Jan 31 $80 $85
Feb 1 — Feb 12 $95 $100

Once 1000 entrants is reached, only Special Olympics – Illinois charity spots will exist @ $100.00.

Performance Race Shirt/Medals

All registered runners will receive a technical material race shirt. All race finishers will also receive a commemorative medal to wear.

2019 Commemorative GWHM Medal

Race Services

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

Gear check bag drop will be available at Sycamore Speedway before the race and you can retrieve your gear at Leroy Oaks finish.


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


Awards for both races will be presented to the top three overall Male and Female winners. Overall winners do not receive age group awards.

Age group awards will be presented to 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+.

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.

Charitable Contributions

A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Special Olympics, Illinois program. You can make an additional contribution if you wish when registering for the race.

Course Records

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 Stephan Jurgens Batavia 01:30:04 2005
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 Mark Konicek W Dundee 01:15:35 2006
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 Bob Walsh Crystal Lake 01:29:14 2006
M65-69 Luis Hinojosa Elgin 01:35:46 2015
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 Shemyakin Geneva 01:30:47 2007
F50-54 Elena Shemyakin Geneva 01:28:05 2014
F55-59 Elena Shemyakin Geneva 01:34:36 2017
F60-64 Isola Metz Wheaton 01:51:43 2009
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


Previous Results and Photos

Great Western Half Marathon Photos
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

Great Western Half Marathon



They're off for the Great Western Half Marathon

Crossing the La Fox Bridge during the Great Western Half Marathon