Now entering its 35th consecutive year on the Illinois running club
calendar, the Delavan Panther Frostbite Classic Half Marathon is one of
the state's oldest 13.1-mile road races and a favorite among locals for
its welcoming hometown charm and the opportunity it gives runners
who've been cooped up inside all winter to finally get out and run a
race in the open (if still very cold) air.
Run entirely on paved country roads through this northern Illinois
town, the race takes runners twice around a six-mile loop course
that starts and finishes at Delavan High School. The course is
described by race organizers as mostly flat, with some rolling hills
that runners will encounter twice thanks to the double-loop nature of
the course. Past participants also say it's very scenic, and you're
likely to encounter all manner of local residents along the way, from
dogs running alongside you as you run to people stepping out from the
homes to watch the parade of runners go by.
Organized by the Illinois Valley Striders running club and the city of
Delavan, the Frostbite Classic race usually welcomes a smaller field of
runners compared to larger city races, and has a local feel, as almost
the race runners hail from nearby towns in Illinois and Iowa.
Weather & Climate
Arrive dressed and prepared for a cold-weather run in Delavan in early
March, as the town (which is located about 25 miles south of Peoria)
usually sees cold weather conditions in what is still the last weeks of
winter. In March, average temperatures range between 52°F and
31°F, while precipitation amounts average around 2.77 inches
To reserve your spot in the spring 2011 running of the Delavan Panther
Frostbite Classic Half Marathon, visit the race website listed below.
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