The Hillstriders Running Club is a community running club with members of all abilities.  Our members run for the fun of it and also compete in 5 Km races thru ultra marathon events. We have a group run each Tuesday evening between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Our Tuesday runs are at Main Beach in Crystal Lake at 6:30 PM.  The course goes around the lake for a total of 4.3 miles.  Afterwards we have pizza and refreshments provided by the club.

The Hillstriders Running Club’s premiere event is the March Madness Half Marathon at Cary-Grove High School. As a member of the club, we ask that all  members of the club volunteer prior to and on race day to host another quality race.  After the race we have a member appreciation dinner.

The Hillstriders provide race support to many local community efforts via race management, equipment and results.  •     Various other events around Crystal Lake and McHenry County communities

The Hillstriders provide a Half marathon and Marathon training group that meets for runs on Sunday mornings. Go to TRAINING GROUP INFO. Presently runners are meeting Sunday mornings at Cary-Grove High School for training runs.

Sign up your volunteer hours at local races.

In addition, The Hillstriders fully sponsor and put on several events each year:

•     Thanksgiving Day 5 K Run/Walk in Lippold Park, benefiting the Crystal Lake Food Pantry


•     March Madness Half Marathon in Cary, benefiting McHenry Country runners in the form of $3,000 college  scholarships.  Six scholarships were  awarded in 2017. In addition the race provides dollars to CGHS for facility use, janitorial and cook services.  The Cary Grove HS Cross Country and Track teams are provided a donation as is the CGHS Tennis Team for services at a water stop.  Payments are also provided to the Cary Police, the Cary Police Explorers, the Village of Cary and the McHenry County Sheriff Department for services provided during the event.

Hillstrider Contacts

President - Jeff Aubert

Vice-President - Jerry Sullivan

Secretary - Jay Schroeder

Treasurer - Neil Haseman

Race Director - Mike Davis

Web Page - David Ellinger

Hillstrider Address

Hillstriders Running Club

P.O. Box 1695

Crystal Lake, IL  60039-1695