Great Western Half Marathon

May 3, 2015
8:00 a.m.     St. Charles, IL

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Leroy Oaks Forest Preserve
37W370 Dean Street
Saint Charles, IL

8:00 a.m. start
GWHM MAP LINK - This is an interactive satellite map of the GW half marathon course. Grab the map interior and move in any direction to see the entire course.


About This Event:
This is the 18th annual Great Western and the ninth year at a half marathon distance. The race previously was a 30K, but was changed in 2005 to its current distance. The race is hosted by the Fox River Trail Runners, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Special Olympics, Illinois and FRTR's Youth Scholarship Fund.

  Training Program    

Train for the 2015 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. 8.                                                                                            Group run will be Sundays, 8:00 am, Fabyan East Forest Preserve (Windmill)  MAP                 To participate select Race and Training item in Registration.

The race is limited to 1200 entries to insure a safe and enjoyable race experience. Registration will be close when this limit is reached. The 2014 race filled in a few weeks and we anticipate a similar earlier close this year. Once 1000 entries are reached the entry fee will be $100.00 for all categories.  There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.


Half Marathon Course:
The Half Marathon is a USATF Certified course IL-051108-JW. The race is run on the scenic Great Western Trail, which is mostly flat, 37% asphalt and 63% crushed limestone screenings. Mile splits will be given at the 2, 4, 6, 9 and 11 mile markers. Water and Gatorade will be available at six 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.


The race starts in the Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, IL which is accessible from I-88 or I-90. From I-88, exit Orchard road north. At the Randall Road intersection, take Randall Road north to Dean Street in St Charles. Go west (left) on Dean Street ¼ mile to the park entrance. From I-90, take Randall Road south to Dean Street. Go west (right) on Dean Street ¼ mile to the park entrance.


Parking for ALL race participants and spectators will be at St. Charles North High School MAP 


Free shuttle buses will be provided to transport everyone to the entrance of LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserve beginning at 6:00 a.m. and continue throughout race day.  Once the race begins spectators will be allowed to enter the preserve and park while spots exist.


Packet Pickup:
Early packet pickup will be available at Dick Pond Athletics, 303 N. 2nd street (Rte 31), St Charles, IL 60174 on Friday, May 1st from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 2nd 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).


Race day packet pickup will be available from 6:30 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. at the start area.


$50.00* - Half Marathon
$45.00* - Half Marathon - FRTR Members
* - plus small processing fee
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. Gear check will also be available.


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, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over.


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 send an e-mail to:


Charitable Contributions:
A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Special Olympics, Illinois and support Fox River Trail Runners Youth Scholarship 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 Joe Badran Gilberts 01:17:41 2005
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 Rick Brodine Yorkville 01:39:39 2006
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
F15-19 Kelly Patchett Streamwood 01:40:16 2010
F20-24 Stephanie Maisel Chicago 01:30:52 2006
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
F80-84 SR Kathlene McDonough Evanston 02:58:40 2005



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