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

Great Western Half Marathon

Half Marathon on the Great Western Trail

Sunday May 2, 2021
Out-and-back course, Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve, St Charles, IL

We are working hard to plan a fantastic event for everyone, but with the uncertainty that remains with COVID-19 and racing, we are holding off, for now, on opening registration. As soon as we have more information regarding the event and if we are able to hold an in person race, we will be sure to let you know. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Great Western Race Director.

Thank you,

Ramie Mundy
Race Director
Great Western Half Marathon

Join us for the 23rd annual Great Western Half Marathon! 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 2020 FRTR Race Circuit.

Registration is now open!

Start Location and Course

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

7:15 a.m. start

Click the map above for an interactive view of the Great Western Half Marathon 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. 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 along the course. The course will remain open until 10:00 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.

To participate, select Race and Training item in Registration.


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 MAP

Free shuttle buses will be provided to transport participants. BUS DEPARTURES TIMES WILL BE 5:45, 6:00 & 6:15 a.m. These are the only departure times. If you miss you selected time, transportation to start is on your own. Spectators will be allowed to enter LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve and park while spots exist, but will also have the option of transportation the high school.

Buses will also transport finishers back to St. Charles North HS from LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve beginning at 8:45 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 1rd from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 2th 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 pick 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 5:45 a.m. until 6:30 a.m. 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 20 — Dec 1
 (Thanksgiving Special!)
$45 $50
Dec 2 — Dec 31 $55 $60
Jan 1 — Jan 31 $65 $70
Feb 1 — Feb 29 $75 $80
Mar 1 — Mar 31 $85 $90
Apr 1 — Apr 30 $95 $100

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

Performance Race Shirt/Medals

All race finishers will receive a commemorative medal to wear.

2019 Finisher’s Medal

All registered runners have the option to purchase a technical material race shirt.

Women’s Shirt Option

Men’s Shirt Option

Race Services

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+.

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



Dick Pond Athletics

They're off for the Great Western Half Marathon

Crossing the La Fox Bridge during the Great Western Half Marathon