Runners for all three races will head South on the DPR Trail for 1.3 miles.

This will be a runner check-in point. They will then be directed by Volunteers to turnaround and

double-back North on the DPR Trail until passing the Start/Finish Aid Station. From that point

all runners will continue North on the DPR Trail to their respective north turn-around points:

Aid Station #3 for Half-Marathoners, Aid Station #5 (Adler Memorial Park) for the Marathoners,

and Aid Station #7 (Wadsworth Rd Canoe Launch) for the 50 milers.  

The course will be clearly marked with our DPR Race Mile Markers. 

START TIMES: All three races will start in waves.
50 Mile Runners
- 07:00 / 1st Group – under 9 hour anticipated finish time
- 07:03 / 2nd Group – between 9 and 11 hours
- 07:06 / 3rd Group – over 11 hours 

Marathon Runners
- 08:00 / 1st Group – under 4 hour anticipated finish time
- 08:03 / 2nd Group – between 4 and 4.5 hours
- 08:06 / 3rd Group – between 4.5 and 5.5 hours
- 08:09 / 4th Group – between 5.5 and 6.5 hours
- 08:12 / 5th Group – over 6.5 hours 

Half Marathon Runners
- 09:00 / 1st Group – under 2 hour anticipated finish time
- 09:03 / 2nd Group – between 2 and 2.25 hours
- 09:06 / 3rd Group – between 2 .25 and 2.5 hours
- 09:09 / 4th Group – between 2.5 and 2.75 hours
- 09:12 / 5th Group – between 2.75 and 3 hours
- 09:15 / 6th Group – between 3 and 3.25 hours
- 09:18 / 7th group – over 3.25 hours

50 Mile Ultra — 11.5 hours (course closes at 6:30 pm)  
Marathon — 10.5 hours (marathoners are welcome to remain on the course until the course closes at 6:30 pm) 
Half Marathon — 9.5 hours (half marathoners are welcome to remain on the course until the course closes at 6:30 pm) 

50 Mile Ultra — 10 manned, and 2 unmanned (see course map for details). 
Marathon — 6 manned, and 2 unmanned (see course map for details). 
Half Marathon — 2 manned, and 2 unmanned (see course map for details).

50 Mile Ultra — at Aid Station #5 (Adler Memorial Park) and #7 (Wadsworth Canoe Launch)
We will also designate an area at the start/finish line where you can leave a bag. It will be unattended. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.  Do not leave valuables in this area.  

Race Details

RACE DIRECTORS: Ed Kelly and Brian Gaines

LOCATION: Half Day Forest Preserve - Shelter A, 619 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, IL  60061


If you are staying at the Extended Stay America on Woodlands Parkway, you can have your packet waiting for you when you arrive. Just email us at to let us know you would like this option.

We will also have packet pickup at two other locations: 

Dick Pond Athletics 847-720-4083
575 Busse Hwy
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Saturday, October 9, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, October 10, 11am - 4pm
Monday, October 11, 10am - 5pm

847 Running Company 847-786-7623
406 N. Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville, IL
Wednesday, October 13, 11am - 6pm
Thursday, October 14, 11am - 6pm
Friday, October 15, 11am - 6pm

 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 


10 minutes before each race at the starting line.


All three races will start and finish at Half Day Preserve (enter parking area from Route 21 just north of Route 22).  

Map Right: Interactive Map to our Race Location: Drag & drop or click below for larger map


Finisher’s buckle for 50 Mile Ultra. Finisher’s medal for marathoners and half marathoners.  Awards for overall male and female winners for each race  and for winners in each age group.  


Runners will be following the DPR Trail signs (look for DPR Trail Races logo — see sample in photo below) noting a variety of course related directions (i.e. arrows, wrong way, etc.) at any point along the trail that we feel a crossing path might cause confusion. Each of these signs will have our DPR Trail Logo in the corner:


Coffee, water,Tailwind sports drink and bananas will be available to all runners before the race. Each runner will be receive a meal after the finish of their race  — hamburger or veggie burger with chips and a cookie.