Sunday, May 16, 2021 • Schaumburg, IL • Course Map
More than 1,000 runners cross the finish line each year at the annual Chicagoland Spring Marathon & Half Marathon, which takes runners on an out-and-back course that winds through Busse Woods, the park that lies in the village of Schaumburg, a little less than an hour’s drive from Chicago.
The race is part of the Chicago Half Marathon Series, which features a slate of six half marathons that start in April along the Chicago lakeshore and finish in Schaumburg in November. Several of the races feature a 10K, 5K or full marathon in addition to the half, and all of them take runners through a different city, neighborhood or district somewhere in the Chicagoland metro area.
For runners in the Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon, the race starts at the same location as the full marathon — in Schaumburg, just off Interstate 290 near the intersection with Higgins Road.
Those running in both the half and the full marathon — both feature USATF-certified routes — start their race together and follow the race route as it heads around the Navistar buildings and then onto Martingale Road, which takes runners south for roughly the next 2 1/2 miles.
While these early miles are run on paved roadways, the rest of the race course takes runners onto the paved biking, running and walking trails that wind through Busse Woods, the park also known as the Ned Brown Preserve that lies just off the highway.
This 3,700-acre park in northwestern Cook County is something of a forest oasis in the heavily populated, densely packed Chicago metro area, and draws plenty of walkers, inline skaters, rollerbladers and fishermen from around the local area, especially in the warm-weather months.
Runners will stay on the trails for the next 8 1/2 miles or so of the half marathon, along what is roughly a Y-shaped route through the park.
The course takes the field through a mixture of open meadows, densely wooded forest areas, and across the bridge that separates Busse Lake from the South Pool before bringing them back along the trail to Woodland Meadows Park and Martingale Road on the other side of the interstate, and then back north along Martingale along the route they ran earlier in the race.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the northeastern corner of Illinois, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, Schaumburg typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in May, while rainfall make May the town’s second-wettest month of the year.
On race day (May 16), the average low is 48ºF and the average high is 71ºF.
- 2019 Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon Results
See race website
Course Time Limit
6 hours, 5 minutes (for both races), so runners and walkers should have plenty of time to complete their race, especially in the half marathon.
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of the Chicagoland Spring Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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