Saturday, July 23, 2016 • Hoffman Estates, IL • Course Map
Part of a weekend filled with racing events, the Fitness for America Sports Festival in partnership with Alexia Brothers Health Network and the Village of Hoffman Estates is set to bring runners, skaters, walkers, cyclists and kids out for a two-day event designed to bring together families and the community to promote better health and fitness.
Saturday is the day for the event’s half marathon — called the Sunset Half Marathon, thanks to its late afternoon start.
The race begins to the north of Hoffman Estates, outside the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve, an 1,800-acre park filled with untouched grasslands and wetlands that has become well-known as a preserve for many species of grassland birds, with many wide-open areas free of trees to provide protection from predator raptors.
The out-and-back course for the half marathon starts and finishes on AT&T Center Drive, and takes runners first along a couple of short winding loops along the U-shaped road before sending runners out onto Lakewood Boulevard, where they turn right and head toward the Paul Douglas Preserve.
After crossing Huntington Boulevard, runners then head onto the trail inside the preserve, which they follow for the next few miles as it winds its way along the western, northern and eastern edges of the grassland areas.
When they meet the intersection with Central Road, runners turn left and head east along Central until the next turn on Roselle Road, which they follow nearly all the way up to Algonquin Road, where they hit the turnaround point and then run back along the route they’ve just covered back to Central Road.
The last three miles of the race then take runners back through the southern edge of the preserve to Huntington Boulevard, where they turn right and head north and then re-join Lakewood Boulevard, which takes them back in to the finish line.
The terrain for the race features a combination of paved roads as well as paved and dirt park trails, and features rolling hills throughout, but no dramatic uphill or downhill stretches.
Race Weather & Climate
Part of the Chicagoland area and located just over 30 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, the village of Hoffman Estates usually experiences its warmest weather of the year during the month the race is held, though with relatively drier weather than in June or August.
On race day (July 23), the average low is 62ºF and the average high is 83ºF.
- 2015 Sunset Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Sunset Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Sunset Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Sunset Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Sunset Half Marathon Results
- 5:30 PM – half marathon, 10K
- 6:00 PM – 5K
- $53 for the half marathon, if registered by June 28, 2016
- $55 between June 29 – July 22 (at 5:00 PM)
- $65 between July 22 – 23
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Hoffman Estates’ Fitness for America Sports Festival Sunset Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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