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.


March Madness Half Marathon Race Results 2016


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.  Some of the events we support include:


•     Woodstock Breast Cancer 5K benefiting Family Health Organization

•     Thanksgiving Turkey Trot in Huntley, benefiting the Huntley Food Pantry

•     The Human Race in McHenry, benefiting the Volunteer Organization

•     Easter Egg Shuffle in Busse Woods, benefiting the Diabetes Association

•      Feet Meet in Crystal Lake, benefiting kids and encouraging fitness

•          The Northwest Trail Run in Crystal Lake, benefiting the Crystal Lake Park District Foundation and Centegra      Foundation

•     Various other events around Crystal Lake and McHenry County communities


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

•     The Crystal Lake Turkey Trot in Lippold Park, benefiting the Crystal Lake Food Pantry

•     March Madness Half Marathon in Cary, benefiting McHenry Country runners in the form of $2,000 college  scholarships.  Six (6) were  awarded in 2014. 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 - Tracey Franklin


Race Director - Mike Davis


Web Page - David Ellinger




Hillstrider Address

Hillstriders Running Club

P.O. Box 1695

Crystal Lake, IL  60039-1695