Point to Point RRCA Championship Event on the Great Western Trail
May 6, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.
Sycamore, IL to St Charles, IL
Join us for the 21st 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 2018 FRTR Race Circuit and has been designated a 2018 RRCA Regional Championship Race.
Start Location and Course
Great Western Trail @ Sycamore Speedway
50W086 IL-64 Maple Park, IL
8:00 a.m. start
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
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.
Train for the 2018 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 and continues through May 5. Group run will be Sundays, 8:00 at Fabyan East Forest Preserve (Windmill). Our first long run will take place on Sunday, February 18. 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 2018 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.
Pre race packet pickup will be available at Dick Pond Athletics, 303 N. 2nd street (Rte 31), St Charles, IL 60174 on Friday, May 4th from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 5th 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 21 — Nov 26
|Nov 27 — 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 Feb. 18 (Beginners and Intermediate), weekly group run, coaches and more. Learn more about the training program.
|FRTR Members||Non Members|
|Nov 21 — Nov 26
|Nov 27 — 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.
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+.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|2003||Age Group||Age Group|
|2002||Age Group||Age Group|
|2001||Age Group||Age Group|
|2000||Age Group||Age Group|