March Madness Half Marathon
March 15, 2020   8:35 AM
Cary-Grove High School

Now Part of the CARA Circuit Races

2019 First Place Male
Andrew Kaehr

2019 First Place Female
Kristina Aubert
New Course Record

race sign up Opened on december 31, 2019 at 6AM

Regular Entry Cost - $60 - CLOSED

VIP (Includes Special Parking, VIP lounge  & Private restrooms Cost - $125 - CLOSED 

Registration Closes 1/31/2020 or when all entries are filled


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, scooters, bikes, roller blades or skates 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.  The March Madness Half Marathon will offer 25 VIP entries which will be available as charitable donations to the Scholarship. VIP entries receive special parking passes, private restrooms and pre and post race refreshments in a private VIP lounge.   VIP entries cost $125 and will be used for our scholarship program.


A specially designed technical shirt commemorating the 42nd running of the March Madness race will be provided to all pre-registered runners. Both Men's and Women's sizes will be available.  In addition to the Long sleeve tech shirt every pre-registered runner will receive a running beanie hat for those cold weather runs. Finishing medals will be awarded to all runners that complete the course on race day.



Spring tradition of a generation

Packet Pickup:

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. 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 at Cary Public Library on Three Oaks Road as well as limited street parking will be available on race day.  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.

Age Divisions / Results:

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.

​Course Records:

Male: 1990  Mark Plaatjes     1:05:48
In 1991 Mark Plaatjes won the Los Angeles Marathon in 2:10:29. In 1993, Plaatjes finished 6th in the Boston Marathon, qualifying for the U.S. Team at the World Championships. In August 1993, Plaatjes, in a time of 2:13:57 became the first American to win a gold medal in a long distance event at World Championships.

Female: 2019 Kristina Aubert 1:18:21
In 2015 Kristina Aubert qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the Marathon by running 1:14:56 at the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon. In 2018, Kristina Aubert qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials in the Marathon with her marathon debut at Grandma's Marathon in Duluth in 2:43:35​


​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.