If You Want an Experience, Run a Half Marathon
"The marathon is not really about the marathon, it's about the shared struggle. And it's not only the marathon, it's the training." - Bill Buffum
Completing a half marathon is a notable achievement for the everyday runner and the running elite. We are proud to have runners come from all over the world to participate in this event. The First Midwest Half Marathon is designed to allow our participants to run at their best with a flat, fast course with only three turns.
This year, Pace Groups will be running in the First Midwest Half Marathon. There will be 2 runners in each group, with completion times targeted at 1:35, 1:45, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20 and 2:30. Running with a Pace Group is FREE, but you must sign up for a Pace Group when you pick up your official packet at the Health Fair & Expo on Saturday, May 3rd. A non-denominational church service will be held from 6:30 AM to 6:45 AM on May 4th.
The 1/2 mile Walk, Run or Roll, coordinated by the South West Special Recreation Association for children with special needs, will occur on the main course immediately after the half marathon runners have left the starting line.
Click to View 2013 Half Marathon* Finishing Results
Location and Start Time
When: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Location: Route 83 & 76th Avenue in Palos Heights, IL
Half Marathon Start: 7:30am (CST)
Walk, Run or Roll Start: 7:45am (CST)
Participants may pick up your packets and goody bags at the Palos Area Chamber Expo and Health Fair on May 3th from 9am to 3pm.
Packet Pickup Location: Moraine Valley Church, 6300 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights, IL
How The Race is Timed
Race results are based on chip timing (also known as RFID timing or transponder timing) for greatest accuracy.
Age Groups and Prizes
There will be 5 age group awards. Only one money prize per runner.
Male and Female Top 5 Finishers: 1st Prize - $500, 2nd Prize - $400, 3rd Prize - $350,
4th Prize - $300, 5th Prize - $250
Master 40 and Over Male and Female: 1st Prize - $250, 2nd Prize - $125, 3rd Prize - $50
Veterans 50 and Over Male and Female: 1st Prize - $125, 2nd Prize - $50, 3rd Prize - $37.50
The 13.1 Post-Race Celebration and Goody Bags
We are fortunate to have a great local band come every year to celebrate your achievement. You will also have access to multiple vendors and sponsor booths. You will also receive a goody bag with a gender-specific Nike technical shirt and a variety of give aways and coupons!