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

Great Western Half Marathon

Point to Point RRCA Championship Event on the Great Western Trail

May 7, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
Sycamore, IL to St Charles, IL

Join us for the 20th annual Great Western Half Marathon! The race is hosted by the Fox River Trail Runners and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Special Olympics, Illinois. The GWHM is one of the premier events on the 2017 FRTR Race Circuit and has been designated a 2017 RRCA Regional Championship Race.

Registration is now open! Register now!

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.

Field

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 2015 and 2016 races filled in a few weeks. We anticipate a similar early close this year.

Half Marathon Course

Course will be USATF Certified. 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 2017 Great Western Half Marathon with FRTR certified RRCA running coaches. A 12 week half marathon training program geared to beginner and intermediate levels will be available. Training begins Feb. 12. Group run will be Sundays, 8:00 am, Fabyan East Forest Preserve (Windmill) MAP 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.

Directions

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

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 2017 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 5th from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 6th 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 greatwestern@foxrivertrailrunners.org 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.

Fees

Half Marathon Only

FRTR Members Non Members
Nov 28 — 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 4 $95 $100

Half Marathon + Training Program

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

FRTR Members Non Members
Nov 28 — 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.

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.

Refreshments

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

Awards

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

Volunteers are always needed, appreciated and rewarded. Check back later for more information on how to volunteer.

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

Overall
Sex Name City Time Year
Male Chris Wehrman Chicago 01:10:42 2005
Female Dorothy Gach Morton Grove 01:23:23 2005
Male
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 Brent Roeger Minneapolis, MN 01:13:45 2010
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
Female
Age Name City Time Year
F00-14 Allison Tippett St. Charles 01:52:46 2015
F15-19 Kelly Patchett Streamwood 01:40:16 2010
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 Susan Croll Marengo 01:36:20 2005
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
F75-79
F80-84 SR Kathlene McDonough Evanston 02:58:40 2005

 

Previous Results and Photos

Great Western Half Marathon Photos
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

 

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