Spring tradition of a generation.

March Madness Half Marathon

March 15, 2015   8:35 AM

Cary-Grove High School

Race Director 2015    Phil Bush

Registration will open 6:00 AM on December 31, 2014

Go to Signmeup  for Registration

2015 March Madness course map.pdf  


•The Half Marathon Course is the same as last year. 

  1.    Start/finish at Cary-Grove High School, 2208 Three Oaks Road , Cary, IL., 60013

•The half marathon course has been dubbed the most challenging in Northern Illinois and an excellent training race for spring marathons.

•All miles will be accurately marked.

•Water and PowerBar Ironman Performance drink will be provided at approximate 2.5 mile intervals and at the finish line.  Power Bar Gels will be distributed to runners near mile 7.

•Chronomix timed finish line.

•Washrooms on course at 3, 4, 5, 7, 9  and 10 miles.  Brick washrooms in conservation area.

  1.    Strollers, bikes, roller blades and dogs are not allowed on the course. Violators will be disqualified. Course will close at 11:30 AM.

  2. We reserve the right to end the race early if bad weather threatens the safety of the runners. No refunds!


The Hillstriders Club will award scholarship money to  five graduating seniors from a McHenry County high school in memory of Fritz Kauffman.  20 special entries will be made available as charitable donations to promote the Hillstriders Scholarship Fund. See Hillstrider Scholarship for details.


A specially designed, full zip wind jacket commemorating the 37th running of the March Madness race will be provided to the first 1000 pre-registered runners. Sizes will be unisex and jackets do seem to run large.  Most  runners will want the size they normally order their tech shirt.  Finishing medals will be awarded to all runners that complete the course on race day.  Race cost is $ 50.


Packet pickup will be available on Saturday, March 14th from 10 AM – 4 PM at The Running Depot – 30 North Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. http://www.therunningdepot.com/ Packet pickup will  also be available 6:30–8:00 AM at Cary-Grove High School on race day morning.


The school parking lots will hold 575 cars.  Overflow lot located 1/2 mile east on Three Oaks Road as well as limited street parking.  Maps will be provided at the school.


Registration and results will be held in the  gym on the east side of the school.  All runners and guests are restricted to the gym   and adjoining hallways.  Shower facilities are not available. Consumption of alcoholic beverages on school grounds is prohibited! In addition to the four washrooms inside the school, facilities are also available in the parking lot near the start/finish area.


Male and Female

                                          19 & Under         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 and over                                                                                                                                                       

Results Provided by DRKomputing, Inc. Result cards will be available at the finish line. Online results available at


Course Records

Male: Mark Plaatjes1:05:48

Female:Laura Mizener1:20:38



Trophies will be awarded to overall winners.  Plaques will be given to the top ten males and females.   Medals will be awarded to age group winners (3 deep).  Approximate time schedule   for Half Marathon awards is 11 AM.


Cary is located on US Rt. 14 approximately 50 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.  Take US Rt. 14 west to First Street, North on First St. to Three Oaks Road. Cary-Grove High School.  2208 Three Oaks Road,  Cary IL  60013

VIP entries will go on sale in January.

VIP entrants earn a special parking pass, private restrooms, special lounge area for pre and post refreshments. $ 125 with proceeds going to our scholarship fund.