Set for its first-ever running in this northern suburb of Chicago as winter is giving way to spring in late March of 2010, Libertyville's Des Plaines River Half Marathon & Relay will take runners on a meandering 13.1-mile route that rolls alongside the winding Des Plaines River that flows southward all the way from southern Wisconsin through the Libertyville and Chicago areas.
The race will start at the village's Independence Grove Forest Preserve, a park filled with both wide-open prairie areas as well as thick woodlands and forest areas, which lies just a short drive north from Libertyville. From there, runners will make their way along the crushed gravel park trails -- some of which run around its beautiful 115-acre lake -- before heading out onto the trails that run alongside the river, which runners will find mostly flat and fast, race organizers say.
Runners who want to participate without having to run the race's full 13.1 miles can participate in the team relay, in which running teams with two, three or four members can take part in the race -- the half marathon relay will be split into four legs, so some runners on teams with fewer than four runners will run more than one leg of the race.
Weather & Climate
Set in the northeast corner of the state, about a half-hour's drive north of downtown Chicago, the village of Libertyville typically experiences weather that is still quite cold in the early spring. On the day of the race (March 27), the town's average high temperature is 47°F and its average low is 30°F, while precipitation totals average about 2.15 inches for the month.
$45 for individual half marathon entrants
$28 per team member for the 2-, 3- or 4-person team relay
To reserve your spot in the spring 2010 running of Libertyville's Des Plaines River Half Marathon or team relay, register online at Active.com.
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