Half Marathon and 10K on the Great Western Trail
Sunday May 2, 2021
Out-and-back course, Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve, St Charles, IL
Join us for the 24th annual Great Western Half Marathon, and NEW THIS YEAR a 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. The GWHM is one of the premier events on the 2021 FRTR Race Circuit.
Start Location and Course
Great Western Trail @ LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St, St. Charles, IL 60175
Click the map above for an interactive view of the Great Western Half Marathon course.
We will post a map of the Great Western 10K course soon.
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.
The race is limited to 400 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 Friday, April 30, 2021, whichever comes first. There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.
Train for the 2021 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 15, and the first long run is scheduled for Saturday, February 20. Training ends the week before the race.
Group runs will be every Saturday, 7:00 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.
We will have pace groups for both the Half Marathon and 10K distances.
The race starts and finishes at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St Charles which is accessible from I-88 or I-90. 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. St. Charles North High School is located at:
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. Bus departure times will be 5:45, 6:00 & 6:15 a.m. with additional times added as needed. If you miss your selected time, transportation to start is on your own. Spectators may or may not be allowed pending CDC guidelines at the time of the race. We will keep you updated on this issue.
Buses will begin transporting finishers from LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve to St. Charles North High School starting at 8:45 AM. and will continue through the morning.
Please note there is very limited on-site parking for participants at LeRoy Oakes. Race participant drop-offs will be permitted at LeRoy Oakes.
Early packet pickup will be available on Friday, May 1 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM and Saturday, May 2 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at a location TBD.
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 email@example.com prior to pick-up and include your name, Membership Number and the name and number of the Member picking up your bib.
Race day packet pick-up will be available from 5:45 to 6:45 AM at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve.
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.
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
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+.
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.
|Female||Dorothy Gach||Morton Grove||01:23:23||2005|
|M40-44||Mark Konicek||W Dundee||01:15:35||2006|
|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|
|M80-84||Bob McKeague||Villa Park||01:52:56||2006|
|F00-14||Allison Tippett||St. Charles||01:52:46||2015|
|F30-34||Dorothy Gach||Morton Grove||01:23:23||2005|
|F35-39||Michele Idstein||Crystal Lake||01:31:32||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|
|2015||Overall||Flickr / Gameface|
|2013||Age Group||PBC Sports Photography|
|2011||Age Group / Overall||Brightroom|
|2010||Age Group / Overall||Brightroom|
|2009||Age Group / Overall||Brightroom|
Pre-2005 Results and Photos
|2004||Age Group / Overall||Age Group|
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|2002||Age Group||Age Group|
|2001||Age Group||Age Group|
|2000||Age Group||Age Group|