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EVENT INFORMATION

 
Date : Sunday May 19, 2024
Time : All Races Start at 8:00am CT

Location : Deer Grove Forest Preserve
1 W Deer Ct, Palatine, IL 60067

 

The Deer Grove Trail Half Marathon and 10K traverses the wide crushed limestone trails as well as the rugged single track throughout Deer Grove West.  Athletes can expect a wide variety of terrain including crushed limestone, dirt, a tiny bit of old, crumbling asphalt, and a bit of asphalt parking lot near the finish line.  The outer 10k loop consists of wider, crushed limestone trails.  These trails are fairly smooth, fairly free of obstacles, and have some gentle, rolling hills.  Once you have hit the 10k finish area you will continue on to the rugged single track trails.  Here you can expect lots of roots, stumps, and branches/logs to jump over.  You can also expect multiple creek crossings.  If you are lucky and it has been a rainy spring, the creek crossings can be anywhere from ankle to knee deep.  Don’t worry, most can be jumped, but you will get your feet wet in a few.  Come on out and enjoy the beauty and challenges of Deer Grove West.

IMPORTANT NOTES

This event will be cup-less.  There will be no disposable cups at the aid stations.  You will need to bring your own cup or bottle to fill at the aid stations.  There will be collapsible cups on race day for sale if you forget yours.  We want to make it clear that any persons found littering will be automatically disqualified and asked to leave the event. 

CHARITY

Safe Families for Children seeks to keep children safe and families together. Safe Families for Children is rooted in faith, fueled by radical hospitality, disruptive generosity, and intentional compassion, to build a network of caring and compassionate volunteers to support families facing social isolation. Our goals are to prevent child abuse and neglect, reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system, and support and stabilize families.

 

https://safe-families.org/

PRICING

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RACE SCHEDULE

Event Calendar

11/21/2023 : Registration Opens

12/31/2023 : Super Early Bird Pricing Ends

04/19/2024 : Early Bird Pricing Ends
05/01/2024:  Last Day to Register and guarantee a Race Shirt
05/18/2024:  Online Registration Closes

Race Day

06:00 am - 07:45 am : Race Day Registration
06:00 am - 07:45 am : Packet Pickup

08:00 am - Race Starts
12:00 pm - Race Ends

This race has a 4-hour cutoff

Packet Pickup
 

Dick Pond Athletics - Hoffman Estates

1772 West Algonquin Rd.

Friday May 17, 2023

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday May 18, 2023

12:00pm - 5:00pm

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AWARDS AND PRIZES

Age Group Awards

Male and Female Winners in the following age groups

 

Ages 4-13

Ages 14-19

Ages 20-29

Ages 30-39

Ages 40-49

Ages 50-59

Ages 60-69

Ages 70+

**Any participant found littering during the event will be automatically disqualified and asked to leave the event.  

COURSE MAPS AND PARKING

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The Deer Grove Trail Half Marathon and traverses the wide crushed limestone trails as well as the rugged single track throughout Deer Grove West.  Athletes can expect a wide variety of terrain including crushed limestone, dirt, a tiny bit of old, crumbling asphalt, and a bit of asphalt parking lot near the finish line.  You can expect lots of roots, stumps, and branches/logs to jump over.  You can also expect multiple creek crossings. 
 

Aid Stations

TBD Based on Course Map

At the race finish you will find water, fresh fruits and miscellaneous snacks.

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The Deer Grove Trail outer 10k loop consists of wider, crushed limestone trails.  These trails are fairly smooth, fairly free of obstacles, and have some gentle, rolling hills.  The scenic course does provide a great introduction to the Deer Grove forest preserve area.

UPDATED START LOCATION

Deer Grove #1 Directions and Parking

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The Deer Grove Trail Half Marathon and 10K will be run starting at Grove #1 in the Deer Grove Forest Preserve in Palatine IL.  Regardless of what direction you are coming from, the best way to arrive at the race start is to enter the west part of the Deer Grove park from Quentin Rd.  Once in the park area, take the left at the split and follow the road all the way back to Grove #1.

PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

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FAQ

What if I can't come to the race?

Worth Your Mile Running is committed to providing an excellent running experience and although we do not provide refunds for races under any circumstances, we understand life does have a way of changing your plans and do allow participants to transfer their registration to another runner.  Instructions on how to complete this process can be found in the registration pages.

Transfers will be allowed for races of the same distance or a shorter distance.  Transfers to longer distances can be done with the new participant paying the difference between the races costs based on the cost at the time of the transfer and not at the time of the original purchase.  There will be a $2.00 transfer fee for all transfers.

What if the weather is bad?
The race will be held regardless of weather with the exception of lightning, which will delay the start and will be a race day decision.  
Can someone pickup my packet for me?
Yes.  Please make sure that you provide your friend with the registration confirmation for them to pick up your packet for you.
Is the race chip timed?
Yes.  Timing will be provided by Race Time and a link to results will be provided after the race.
Is there race day packet pickup?
Yes.  You can pick up your packet and bib the morning of the race starting at 6:00am
Are Headphones, Strollers or Pets allowed?
As it is a public course, we do not encourage or suggest headphone be worn.  Strollers are welcome and we highly suggest that walkers and strollers line up at the back.  Pets must follow the rules set forth by the Cook County Park District and are welcome as long as they are leashed.

Are pacers allowed?

Pacers for this race are not allowed.  Runners who are found running with someone that is not a registered participant will have their results nullified.

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