March Madness Half Marathon
March 18, 2018 8:35 AM
Cary-Grove High School
Spring tradition of a generation.
Race Director 2018 Mike Davis
The half marathon course is a certified USATF course: IL-14001-JW. Start/finish is 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 with a sign marker. Water and a performance drink will be provided at approximate 2.5 mile intervals and at the finish line. Gels will be distributed to runners near mile 7. There will be Chronomix timed finish line. Washrooms on course at 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10 miles. Brick washrooms at conservation area will also be open. Strollers, bikes, roller blades and dogs are not allowed on the course. Headphones are not recommended as roads are open to traffic. Course will close with a 3 hour time limit at 11:35 AM. All runners that do not make the 8 mile mark by 10:35 AM (15 minute pace) will be turned early for their finish. 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 three or more graduating seniors from a McHenry County high school in memory of Fritz Kauffman. 25 special entries will be made available as charitable donations to promote the Hillstriders Scholarship Fund. See Hillstrider Scholarship for details. The Hillstriders Club have 25 entries for VIP runners. VIP entries receive special parking passes, private restrooms and VIP treatment on race day. Pre and post race refreshments in a private VIP lounge will be provided. VIP entries cost $125 and will be used for our scholarship program.
A specially designed quarter zip tech shirt commemorating th 40th running of the March Madness race will be provided to the first 1000 pre-registered runners. Finishing medals will be awarded to all runners that complete the course on race day. Race cost is $ 55. Tech shirts seem to run large this year after seeing samples. Choose from sizing chart below.
Packet pickup will be available on Saturday, March 17th 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. All runners should bring their Photo ID to packet pickup. A race participant may addidtionally pick up a friends packet if they have a photocopy or likeness of their friends Photo ID. Exceptions include young participants where a parent or guardian is present.
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. Parking across the street from the school at the church is prohibited.
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. Disputed race results will be resolved on race day by the race director. Decision of the race director is final.
Male: Mark Plaatjes 1:05:48
Female:Laura Mizener 1:20:38
Trophies will be awarded to overall winners. Plaques will be given to 2nd - 10th place top 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