A Community Event Not to Be Missed!

"For all of us, the miracle isn't that we finished, the miracle is that we have the courage to start." - John Bingham

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When: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Route 83 & 76th Avenue in Palos Heights, IL
Half Marathon Start: 7:30am (CST)
10K Start: 7:40am (CST)
Walk, Run or Roll Start: 7:45am (CST)

Event Details

There will be a 13.1 mile Half Marathon, a 10K run and a half mile Walk, Run or Roll race for those with special needs. Those competing in the Walk, Run or Roll will start after all half marathon participants have cleared the starting line area. New this year their will Pace Groups for finishing times 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30. Also, free ample parking within 2 block radius, Post Race Entertainment (including band and beer), new B-Tag timing chips (timing chip is attached to the runner bib and therefore participant does not have to do anything).

A non-denominational church service will be held from 6:30 AM to 6:45 AM on May 3rd in the large tent near City hall. Service will be conducted by Pastor Ryan Hall from Harvest Bible Church.

Fun and Entertainment

There will be live bands at the Start/Finish area and at the halfway turnaround. In addition, each of the 8 water stations will be hosted by sponsors and volunteers and decorated in holiday themes (Christmas, Easter, Independence Day, etc.).

The Course

In contrast to many big-city runs, the First Midwest Half Marathon is truly a "green" race. The flat, fast course has only three turns, taking runners through Palos Heights, Palos Park and the Cook County Forest Preserves. > More about the race course...

Race results are based on chip timing.

Packet Pick-Up

Race packets must be picked up between 9am and 3pm at the Health Fair & Expo, sponsored by the Palos Area Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, May 2nd at Moraine Valley Church, just east of Ridgeland Avenue on 127th Street in Palos Heights. > Additional race participant information...

Proceeds to Charity

Part of the proceeds will be contributed to American Cancer Society for Prostate Cancer Research, the South West Special Recreation Association and Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens. The first four First Midwest Half Marathons have raised more than $100,000 for these worthy charities and more.  > More about the half marathon's charity support efforts...

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