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Illinois > Delavan Panther Frostbite Classic Half Marathon
Delavan, IL



Sunday, March 20, 2011

Event Details

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 all of the race runners hail from nearby towns in Illinois and Iowa.

Race 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 for the month.




To reserve your spot in the spring 2011 running of the Delavan Panther Frostbite Classic Half Marathon, visit the race website listed below.



Course Map

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