Great Western Half Marathon


May 1, 2016

8:00 a.m.     Sycamore, IL


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Start Location:

Great Western Trail @ Sycamore Speedway                                                               50W086  IL-64  Maple Park, IL

8:00 a.m. start
GWHM MAP - 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 19th 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 and is part of the 2016 FRTR Race Circuit

The race is limited to 1,500 entries to ensure a safe and enjoyable race experience. Registration will close when this limit is reached. The 2015 race filled in a few weeks. We anticipate a similar earlier close this year. Once 1,000 entries are reached the entry fee will be $100.00 for all categories.  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, and Huma Chia Energy Gels will be provided near mile 7 of 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 2016 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. 7.  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 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 Oakes 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 2016 race bib to start at Sycamore Speedway.  You must show a bib to board a bus. BUS DEPARTURES TIMES WILL BE  6:15, 6:30, 6:45 & 7:00 a.m. Buses will also transport finishers back to St. Charles North HS from LeRoy Oakes 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, April 29 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 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 6:00 a.m. until 6:45 a.m. at St. Charles North High School.


Now thru - Dec. 31 -   $50.00- Members   $55.00 - Non Members* 
Jan 1 thru - Jan 31 -     $70.00- Members   $75.00 - Non Members* 
Feb. 1 and after -         $80.00- Members   $85.00 - Non 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. 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 Oakes 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+.

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. CLICK HERE 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 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
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
F80-84 SR Kathlene McDonough Evanston 02:58:40 2005

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