Crystal Lake Half Marathon

Sunday, September 10, 2017 • Crystal Lake, IL • Course Map

Hosted by the Crystal Lakes Park District and CARA (the Chicago Area Runners Association), the Crystal Lake Half Marathon takes runners on a tour of this small town in northern Illinois, past the 230-acre lake from which the town gets its name and through the alternately rolling and flat terrain of many of its suburban neighborhoods.

The race features a USA Track and Field-certified course and will celebrate its 20th annual running in the late summer/early fall of 2016. Awards will be presented to the top overall male and female finishers, as well as the top three finishers in each age division.

The out-and-back course for the race — which unfolds along a course made up entirely of paved surfaces — begins and finishes at Crystal Lake’s Lippold Park, a 310-acre mixed use park with several baseball and softball fields, more than three miles of biking & walking trails and more than 60 acres of wetland areas near Crystal Lake.

From Lippold Park, the race takes runners first in and around the park and then eastward along Thornwood Lane, Butternut Drive and Ballard Road, turning southward once it reaches Haglius Road.

After following the course southward for the next few miles along Haglius, the course reaches its turnaround point near the small ponds adjacent to Fairway Drive and Inverway Drive, where runners then begin their second half of the race back toward the finish line.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the northernmost part of the state, about halfway between Rockford and Chicago, the town of Crystal Lake enjoys mild to moderately warm weather with relatively plentiful rainfall in the late summer/early fall, with average temperatures in September between 52°F and 75°F.

On the day of the race (Sept. 10), the average low is 53°F and the average high is 76°F.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Crystal Lake Half Marathon.

Starting Time

See race website


  • $50 – $60 for the half marathon


To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of the Crystal Lake Half Marathon, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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