Illinois > Fitness for America Sports Festival Sunset Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Hoffman Estates, IL • Saturday, July 19, 2014 • Course Map
Part of a weekend filled with racing events including a 13.1-mile half marathon, 5K Run/Walk and an inline skating marathon, half marathon and 10K, 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, 5K run/walk and half marathon relay races, all of which start and finish just 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.
||Day of Race
||Rain: 3.8 in.
See the race route map for the Fitness for America Sports Festival Half Marathon
5:45 PM - half marathon, 10K
6:15 PM - 5K
$53 for the half marathon, if registered by June 30, 2014
$55 between July 1 - 17
$65 on July 18 - 19
To reserve your spot in the mid-summer 2014 running of Hoffman Estates' Fitness for America Sports Festival Sunset Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com.
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