Sunday, August 27, 2017 • Batavia, IL • Course Map
Located less than an hour’s drive west from downtown Chicago, the city of Batavia plays host to the annual Half Madness 13.1 half marathon race, which take runners on an out-and-back loop course that winds through town on both sides of the Fox River, which cuts through the heart of this small city’s downtown districts.
Considered an excellent warm-up race for the annual fall Chicago Marathon, which takes place a little over a month later, Batavia’s Half Madness race starts and finishes on Houston Street in Batavia’s Riverwalk area, with a starting time of 7:00 AM. From there, the 13.1-mile race takes the field along what can best be described as a double-loop course, first along the city streets along the river’s western banks.
The terrain is rolling but mostly even for the race’s first four miles, following the uphill stretch right after runners leave the starting line, and takes runners past local landmarks like Memorial Field and Engstrom Park, both of which feature baseball fields, open green spaces and plenty of jogging trails.
As runners are making their way between the mile 4 and 5 markers, the race route crosses the river just north of Quarry Park, and takes the field to the other side of the river for a run along the bike path on the riverbank.
The next stretch of the course features the half marathon’s biggest uphill stretch, as runners climb roughly 100 feet in elevation between the 5th and 7th mile markers, along the bike paths that parallel the river as well as along a stretch of the Illinois Prairie Path, a network of more than 60 miles of crushed limestone rail-to-trail paths for running and cycling that lie roughly 25 miles west of Chicago. After about a mile and a half on the IPP, runners then re-join city streets with the turn onto Larkspur Lane.
The second half of the 13.1-mile course takes runners northward up through the city, and then finishes with a two-mile stretch that takes runners along both sides of the Fox River, which makes for a great way to finish the race as the river’s waters flow by and bring runners in to the finish line back at the city’s riverfront.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in northeastern Illinois, roughly 40 miles west of downtown Chicago, the city of Batavia typically experiences warm to sometimes quite hot weather in the late summer, as August temperatures average between 58°F and 82°F.
On race day (Aug. 27), the average low is 56ºF and the average high is 80ºF.
- 2016 Half Madness Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Half Madness Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Half Madness Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Half Madness Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Half Madness Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Half Madness Half Marathon Results
- $65 – $110 for the half marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Batavia’s Half Madness 13.1 half marathon, register online at SignMeUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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