Half Marathon on the Great Western Trail
Sunday May 2, 2021
Out-and-back course, Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve, St Charles, IL
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.
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 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 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
|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.
All registered runners have the option to purchase a technical material race shirt.
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.
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|
|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|
|2003||Age Group||Age Group|
|2002||Age Group||Age Group|
|2001||Age Group||Age Group|
|2000||Age Group||Age Group|