Course Description

Our course features scenic rolling hills that wind through open prairies and the lush green forests of the Des Plaines River (DPR) and Casey Trails.

Nearby Hotels from the Race

1. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago-Libertyville | Book online or call: 1-800-972-2494
77 West Buckley Road, Libertyville, IL 60048
Distance | 0.3 miles

2. Days Inn Libertyville | Book online or call: 1-847-816-8006
1809 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048
Distance | 0.5 miles

3. Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago-Libertyville | Book online or call: 1-847-680-8828
2061 Shell Drive, Libertyville, IL
Distance | 2.7 miles

Course Map and Layout

See our website


Electronically Chip Timed

Packet Pick-up

The packet pick-up will be on Race Day. Please come early. Independence Grove Forest Preserve OPEN as early as 6:30 in the morning. Packet Pick-up CLOSES promptly at 0830.

Race Start | Parking | Important Notes

Race Start | Parking | Important Notes
a. The race start is to the right (east) of Independence Grove near the Visitor Center, 16400 Buckley Rd, Libertyville, IL, 60048. When you first come into Independence Grove, you may get stopped by the Gate Guard. Just mention that you are running the race and you will NOT be required to pay the $5 non-resident fee if live outside Lake County.
b. Please park by lots B or C.

c. Pacer: No.

d. Pets: NO DOGS or pets on race weekend (runners, crew or pacers).

e. DNF: We get it. We all have bad days running but please make sure we have your Bib # before you leave the race. DON'T JUST LEAVE!

Race Schedule

0630 -- Independence Grove Opens | Packet Pick-up

0730-0745 -- National Anthem (Colors)

0745-0800 -- Pre-Race Brief

0800-0815 -- Stretch | Restroom

0830 -- Half & Full Marathon

1430 -- Race Ends


Restroom No. 1 By Start / Finish close to the Independence Grove "Welcome Center"

Restroom No. 2 By AS 2 close to the North Bay Pavilion before the out-trail bridge going to the South DPRT

What to Wear

Come ready for any weather regardless of the weather forecast. This is Chicago after all … The weather does turn for the worst rather quickly!

Refund, Transfer and Deferral Policy

- No refund in the event that the RACE is CANCELLED due to inclement weather.
- Due to the related costs incurred for the event, we will not refund the monetary difference when one chooses to DROPDOWN from a longer race distance to a shorter one.

We allow transfer(s) but it must be made known to us 45 days before race day. Furthermore, TRANSFERS to a SHORTER DISTANCE though executed 45 days before race day will NOT receive any refund for the monetary difference of the longer race entry.

We allow deferral(s). In fact, NO QUESTION(S) will be asked as to your reason for the deferral but will only credit you 50% of your registration fee plus $10 processing fee for the following year. You have one year to "use" or "lose" it.


-There will be NO dropping down in distance(s) once you start the race. The race you start will be the race you will finish or DNF.
-If you DNF your distance, you will not get credit medal for a shorter distance. Only those with the tenacity and mental fortitude will finish.

For Any Questions Contact

Rey Letada, Owner & Managing Director of Operations

Susan Smock, Race Director

We look forward to seeing everyone on August 31, 2019!

-Rey, Susan and Brian