Date : Sunday September 11, 2022
Time : All Runners start at 8:00am CT

Location : Johnson's Mound
41W600 Hughes Road, Elburn IL 60119

*Location Pending Approvals

Misery on the Mound is an Elimination style race that is run at the Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn IL.  Athletes will have 40 minutes to complete a 2.45 mile course that includes paved road, dirt road open prairie and a 200ft hill that rises over the rolling preserve around it.  There are 3 different options for participants of this race.

The 2 hour option has you completing 3 loops (8:00am, 8:40am, 9:20am) for a total of 7.35 miles and over 600ft of elevation gain on the mound.

The 4 hour option has you completing 6 loops (8:00am, 8:40am, 9:20am, 10:00am, 10:40am, 11:20am) for a total of 14.70 miles and 1200ft of elevation gain on the mound.

The 6 hour option has you completing 9 loops (8:00am, 8:40am, 9:20am, 10:00am, 10:40am, 11:20am, 12:00pm, 12:40pm, 1:20pm) for a total of 22.05 miles and 1800ft of elevation gain on the mound.

With the race starting at 8:00am sharp, any participant not at the start line when the next loop begins will be considered eliminated.

For additional fun there will be timing mats at the base and top of the hill.  Awards will be provided based on completion times on the climb.  Not all awards will be based on fastest times to provide opportunity for all runners to possibly win a prize.

Race Day Calendar

​07:00 AM : Packet Pickup and Race Day Registration Opens

All Time Options Begin at 08:00 AM

08:00 AM : Loop 1 Begins 

08:40 AM : Loop 2 Begins

09:20 AM : Loop 3 Begins

10:00 AM : Loop 4 Begins

10:40 AM : Loop 5 Begins

11:20 AM : Loop 6 Begins

12:00 PM : Loop 7 Begins

12:40 PM : Loop 8 Begins

01:00 PM : Loop 9 Begins

02:00 PM : Race Ends 

Event Calendar

03/08/2022 : Registration Opens

04/15/2022 : Price Increase
08/31/2022:  Last Day to Register and guarantee Race SWAG

09/01/2022:  Last Price Increase
09/10/2022:  Online Registration Closes

Packet Pickup

Friday, September 9, 2022
Dick Pond - St. Charles

303 N 2nd St, St. Charles, IL 60174

3:00pm - 8:00pm

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2 Hour Option

Super Early Bird
Ends Apr 15, 2022

Early Bird
Ends Sep 1, 2022

Regular Price after
Sep 1, 2022


4 Hour Option

Super Early Bird
Ends Apr 15, 2022

Early Bird
Ends Sep 1, 2022

Regular Price after
Sep 1, 2022

6 Hour Option

Super Early Bird
Ends Apr 15, 2022

Early Bird
Ends Sep 1, 2022

Regular Price after
Sep 1, 2022

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The 2.45 mile course starts at the end of the parking lot and runs up the grass to the paved road.  Runners will enter the preserve area where the trail will take you to an open prairie.  Half way through the open field, you will hit the 1 mile mark and begin the path back to the preserve and the road.  Just before you hit mile 2, you will begin your ascent up the 200 foot hill which covers .33 miles in total distance.  Timing mats will be found at the base and top of the hill.  You will finish your loop with a steep decent before you turn back to the start/finish.


There is limited parking at Johnson's Mound.  Once all the parking spots are taken, we will have vans shuttling runners from Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School parking lot.  Shuttles will run from 6:30am until 7:45am as often as possible.



All race participants will receive a long sleeved race shirt


2 Hours Finishers



4 Hours Finishers



6 Hours Finishers



King of the Hill Award

Fastest runner up the hill


Middle of the Pack Award

Middle runner up the hill


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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 there race day packet pickup?
Yes.  You can pick up your packet and bib the morning of the race starting at 6:00am

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.

What if I do not complete a loop in the allowed time?

Any participant that is not in the start box at the designated time for the start of the next loop will be eliminated regardless of the reason.  You are welcome to continue to run but you will not be eligible for the finishers SWAG and your results will be listed as DNF.

Can I still run if I am late for the race?

Yes, we will allow you to run but your official results will be DNS and you will be ineligible for finisher SWAG.  See rule above.


Please understand our goal is to provide a safe and fun event where everyone can “Come and Run/Walk Safely”.

ALL Guidelines are as of March 7, 2022.  As restrictions change based on Federal, State and Local governments, updates will be made below.

With that in mind, please observe the following guidelines;

  • If you have a fever, are feeling ill or have been in recent contact with someone unrecovered from COVID-19, please do NOT come to the event.

  • NO SPITTING! Participants should carry their own tissues or hand towel for spitting, blowing nose, wiping sweat, etc., before, during and after their race.

The following must be followed at all times by all participants:

  • Stay home if felling ill

  • Use hand sanitizer 

  • Agree to temperature checks if asked

Participants whose actions do not meet the above expectations, and/or are creating a risk for themselves or others, will be asked to leave the event.