Frequently Asked Questions

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​IS THERE ADVANCE PACKET PICK UP? Yes, at two locations, see the schedule below:

Dick Pond Athletics 847-720-4083
29 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 
Friday, October 2, 10am - 8pm
Saturday, October 3, 10am - 5pm

Sunday, October 4, 11am - 4pm

The Runner's Edge 847-549-1108
406 N. Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville, IL
Tuesday, October 6, 10am - 7pm
Wednesday, October 7, 10am - 7pm
Thursday, October 8, 10am - 7pm

 Any race packets not picked up will be transferred to the event venue for pickup on race morning. Please arrive early if you choose to take advantage of this 

WILL YOU SERVE A SPORTS DRINK AT YOUR AID STATIONS? Yes, we will have Tailwind at Aid Stations. Additionally, all manned aid stations (not #2) will have a selection of soft drinks.

DO I NEED TO CARRY A WATER BOTTLE?  No, but it is highly recommended. Even though the aid stations are relatively close distance-wise, they are not as close as some courses you may have run in the past. And it is always better to hydrate continuously during long runs. So please check the our Aid Station Table and plan accordingly. You will be able to fill your bottle or hydration bladder at each station, if you choose. 

WHAT FOOD WILL BE AT THE AID STATIONS?  Not every station will stock all of the following, but you can expect to see some of the following: nuts, chips, bananas, pretzels, grilled cheese, bean wraps, sweet pickles, fig newtons, boiled potatoes, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and a variety of other sweet and salty snacks. 

CAN I RUN WITH MUSIC/AN MP3 PLAYER? Yes, all runners are allowed to carry a personal music player with headphones, however, we ask that you keep the volume to a minimum so you are not startled if someone passes you or if someone needs to get your attention. Be particularly careful when crossing the streets.

WHERE DO I LEAVE MY DROP BAG(S)? DROP BAGS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR 50 MILERS! Drop Bag collection areas will be posted as you enter the race venue area. 50 milers can leave a drop bag for AS #5 (Adler) and/or AS #7(Wadsworth). Please mark bags with your name, bib # and AS (#5 or #7). We will collect those drop bags on race morning at the designated drop bag area near the start line. These drop bags will be returned to the finish line area after each AS is closed.  They will be available for re-claiming at the designated area (near the finish line) as quickly as we can get them back. 

PACERS/CAN I HAVE A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER RUN SECTIONS OF THE COURSE WITH ME?  This is called pacing and pacing is not allowed on the course for these races.

WHAT ARE THE CUT-OFF TIMES? Please see the Aid Station pages for exact time cut-offs for the 50 Mile. The cut-offs for the Trail Marathon will follow the same cut-offs as the 50 Mile race.  WE WILL STRICTLY ENFORCE THE 50 MILE CUT-OFF TIMES.

CAN I GET A REFUND IF I CANNOT RUN? There are NO REFUNDS, NO EXCEPTIONS. However, we DO allow TRANSFERS and DEFERRALS. See below for details.

CAN I TRANSFER MY REGISTRATION TO SOMEONE ELSE? YES! Thru September 30th, 2020 you can transfer your entry to another runner by logging into your Race Roster account and following the TRANSFER instructions. For example, if you paid $80 to register for a race and you are transferring your entry to someone else, the new registrant will only be charged $10 which is the transfer fee. It is up to you to collect the $80 from the new participant. NOTE: NO TRANSFERS WILL BE PERMITTED AFTER SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2020

CAN I TRANSFER MY REGISTRATION TO ANOTHER RACE? YES! Thru September 30th, 2020 you can transfer your entry from one race to another by logging into your Race Roster account and following the TRANSFER instructions. Cost: $10 plus the difference in price for the race you originally registered for and the new race you are transferring to. For example, if you paid $80 to register for a race and the race you are transferring had a registration price of $100 on the day you originally registered for the first race, you will pay the $10 transfer fee plus the difference in cost between the two races (in this case, $20). Total cost of $30. We do not offer refunds if the race you initially registered for is more expensive than the race you are transferring to. If a race has reached capacity, no transfers into that race will be permitted. NOTE: NO TRANSFERS WILL BE PERMITTED AFTER SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2020.

​CAN I DEFER MY ENTRY UNTIL 2021? Yes, we have a  "NO SWEAT" deferral policy! You can defer your entry one year (to 2020) thru September 30th, 2020. No deferrals will be permitted after September 30th, 2020 - NO EXCEPTIONS. The deferral cost is $25. When the 2021 registration opens you will be sent an email with a code to use that credits you with your 2020 registration fee less the $25 deferral cost. If, for example, you register in 2020 for $100 and choose to defer your entry to 2021, you will be provided with a code that will give you a credit for $75 ($100 less the $25 deferral fee). No refunds will be offered if the price you registered for in 2021 is higher than the 2020 registration price. You will still have to register for the 2021 race using the code we provide. If you wish to defer, send an email to

I DEFERRED MY ENTRY LAST YEAR, DO I STILL HAVE TO REGISTER THIS YEAR? Yes, registration is NOT automatic. If you deferred your entry last year you should have received a code to use when registering this year. You must still register this year. If you did not receive your code send an email to


WHAT IS YOUR RACE CANCELLATION POLICY? The Race Directors reserve the right to modify or cancel the race or course for safety concerns, trail condition concerns or natural disasters. In such cases, there will be no refunds of race entry fees. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid. There is no complimentary race entry to a future race. Entry fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, starting well in advance of the race date - including course preparation, race supplies, permits and administration. We will make every effort to produce a fair and safe event for all participants. Any decision we make that impacts the race date or potential cancellation is carefully considered and based on the overall event safety, sustainability and manageability. If the race is cancelled, you will still be able to pick up your t-shirt and any other swag items at the race race venue. All details regarding cancellation, if it occurs, will be posted on our Facebook page as well as on the main page of this website and an email blast will be sent to all registered participants. For your information, THIS EVENT HAS NEVER BEEN CANCELLED.  


POST RACE LUNCH  We will have a grill cooking lunch (dinner) from 10:30 until sunset. Choice of beef or veggie burgers will be available. In addition, each runner will be given a selection of chips, drinks and a cookie. The tear-off tag on the bottom of the runner race bib will be the lunch meal ticket.

Race morning check-in is mandatory!  A selection of bananas and coffee will be available as well as water and a sports drink on Saturday morning.

We will NOT offer Race Day Registration. Registration for the 2020 DPR Trail Races will close as each event reaches capacity, or in any case at midnight on Friday, October 2, 2020.  

The course is a fine, crushed limestone and in very good condition and we hope it will remain that way for Race day. Please remember the weather can change and have a significant impact on your choice of clothing and shoes. Plan and prepare accordingly. This is a TRAIL RACE so you may encounter areas where you may run through some water.

The DPR Trail Races are not like a big city marathon where you might have a cleanup crew follow behind the runners and pick up debris. Our races are held on Forest Preserve District trails which require a permit for activities. Part of our permit requirement is that no litter will be found on the trails during or after the event. We rely on the runners to be responsible for disposing of their refuse properly. Trash boxes will be placed about 100 yards in either direction from each aid station so please use them. Please do not leave cups, gel wrappers, clothing or other items anywhere on the trail. If you produce trash while away from an aid station, and have already passed the trash box, please carry the trash with you until the next aid station.

Please, no littering anywhere on the any time. Need we say more?

Average high: 63
Average low: 42
Record high: 86 (1985)
Record low: 26 (1979)
Sunrise: 7:34 AM CDT
Sunset: 6:28 PM CDT