March Madness Half Marathon

March 20, 2016   8:35 AM

Cary-Grove High School

Spring tradition of a generation.

Race Director 2016    Phil Bush

Virtual Goody Bag

2016 Half Marathon Course Map

Signmeup Registration Confirmation


The Half Marathon Course will be the same as last year.   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.

Course will close with a 3 hour time limit at 11:35 AM. 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, wind jacket commemorating the 38th 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.


Packet pickup will be available on Saturday, March 19th from 10 AM – 4 PM at The Running Depot – 30 North Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. 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. 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                                                                                                                                                                            

Course Records

Male: Mark Plaatjes     1:05:48

Female:Laura Mizener     1:20:38



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

The Hillstriders Club had 20 entries for VIP runners.  VIP entries recieve 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.  VIP entries are now sold out.

March Madness Half Marathon Results        


2015 Half Marathon Results.pdf

2014 Half Marathon Results        Half Marathon 2014 results.pdf

2013 Half Marathon Results        Half Marathon 2013 results.pdf

2012 Half Marathon Results        Half Marathon 2012 results.pdf


2011 Half Marathon Results        Half marathon 2011 Results.pdf  


2010 Half Marathon Results        Half Marathon 2010 Results.pdf

2009 Half Marathon Results        Half Marathon 2009 Results.pdf

2008 Half Marathon Results        Half Marathon 2008 Results.pdf

2007 Half Marathon Results        Half Marathon 2007 Results.pdf

2006 Half Marathon Results        Half Marathon 2006 Results.pdf

2005 Half Marathon Results        Half Marathon 2005 Results.pdf

                                                        Half Marathon 2004 Results.pdf

                                                        Half Marathon 2003 Results.pdf

2015 Half Marathon Photos

2014 Half Marathon Photos

2013 Half Marathon Photos

2012 Half Marathon Photos

2011 Half Marathon Photos

2010 Half Marathon Photos

2009 Half Marathon Photos

2008 Half Marathon Photos