Latest Update

Registration is NOW OPEN! Races will be on Saturday, October 15, 2022 (pending permit approval which doesn't happen until after Jan 1st, 2022; however, we've never been denied since we started). We've also added a new 50K option for those of you wanting to run an ultra, but don't want to do the whole 50 miler. Be sure to register by Feb 1st for early bird pricing. Also, we've redesigned our website to simplify and enhance your user experience and allow content to be more easily accessible on desktop and mobile. We've also added an interactive map with links to specific aid stations that should allow spectators to find their way to certain aid stations.
Last updated: 2021-12-05

Join us on October 15, 2022!

Welcome to the 12th edition of the DPR Trail Half Marathon, Marathon, 50Km (NEW) and 50 Mile Ultra Marathon along the beautiful and fast Des Plaines River Trail in Lake County, Illinois starting and finishing at Half Day Forest Preserve.
The DPR Trail is truly awesome and the color changes are OMG-worthy! You'll run through beautiful alternating lush forests and open wetlands on a very flat, wide, crushed gravel trail, free of roots and rocks. All of the major road crossings are managed by way of bridges or viaducts (with only 4 minor road crossings along the whole 50K/50 Mile course, 2 on the Marathon course, and none for the Half Marathon course).
We've added a 50Km option for those who want to go longer than a marathon distance, but not quite wanting to go 50 miles. We've got you covered with this new 50Km option.
With expected cool temperatures, flat terrain, and ideal running surface, you'll find this trail to be extremely fast, which is perfect for a personal best, or a Boston Qualifying time. (The Marathon is a Boston Qualifier!) Come out and join us for a great run! πŸ˜ƒ
Half Marathon
#flat-and-fast

Half Marathon

Date:
October 15th @ 9am
Aid Stations:
Swag:
πŸ…Finisher Medals, 🎁 TBD
Packet Pickup:
Unclaimed packets will be at the reg tent on race day.

Kick's off Saturday morning at 9am. Wave starts every 3 minutes, Remember, it's a cupless race.

Marathon
#boston-qualifier, #flat-and-fast

Marathon

Date:
October 15th @ 8am
Aid Stations:
Swag:
πŸ…Finisher Medal, 🎁 TBD
Packet Pickup:
Unclaimed packets will be at the reg tent on race day.

** Boston Qualifier** Kicks off Saturday morning at 8am. Wave starts every 3 minutes. Remember, it's a cupless race.

50 Kilometer
#flat-and-fast, #not-too-long

50 Kilometer

Date:
October 15th @ 7am
Aid Stations:
Swag:
πŸ…Finisher Medal, 🎁 TBD
Packet Pickup:
Unclaimed packets will be at the reg tent on race day.

Kicks off Saturday morning at 7am along with the 50 Milers. Remember, it's a cupless race.

50 Miler
#flat-and-fast, #beautiful-foliage

50 Miler

Date:
October 15th @ 7am
Aid Stations:
Swag:
πŸ…Finisher Medal, 🎁 TBD
Packet Pickup:
Unclaimed packets will be at the reg tent on race day.

Kicks off Saturday morning at 7am. Remember, it's a cupless race.

Race Highlights

Click on each of the highlight cards to view more details
✨ The Des Plaines River Trail is fast & flat and conducive to runner personal bests!
✨ All races are chip timed with results auto-uploaded
✨ We have the most caring volunteers!
✨ We are a cupless race, let's all do our part to help the environment!
✨ All runners will receive a post-race meal!
✨ We give Overall & Age Group Winner Awards
✨ You are guaranteed a t-shirt if you register by August 15, 2022
✨ The race has a "Campy Vibe" to it
✨ Our host hotel, The Extended Stay, is across the street for convenient accommodations and packet pickup
✨ Race Directors are super responsive!
✨ We have a generous number of great aid stations

Race Medals/Buckle

Half Marathon Finisher Medal

The center part spins in 360 degrees

Marathon Finisher Medal

The center part spins in 360 degrees

50K Finisher Medal

The center part spins in 360 degrees
(NEW RACE)
Pending...

50 Mile Buckle

Interactive Course Map

Course Records

50 Miles
50 Kilometers
Marathon
Half Marathon

Frequently Asked Questions

πŸ‘‰ What are the rules?
πŸ‘‰ Is there race day registration?
πŸ‘‰ Can I transfer my registration to another event?
πŸ‘‰ Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
πŸ‘‰ Can I defer/rollover my registration to next year?
πŸ‘‰ Where is packet pickup?
πŸ‘‰ When is race day check-in for each event?
πŸ‘‰ What's the course like?
πŸ‘‰ What will be available at the aid station?
πŸ‘‰ Can I have crew available at the race?
πŸ‘‰ Will there be a drop bag allowed?
πŸ‘‰ Where can we park?
πŸ‘‰ Host Hotel - The Extended Stay
πŸ‘‰ Can you provide more information about race results?
πŸ‘‰ What are the award categories?
πŸ‘‰ What's the weather like for this race?
πŸ‘‰ Do you support any charities?

Volunteer

What makes a race great is the volunteers that help in so many ways. If you are interested in volunteering, we are most grateful. It is the smiling, cheerful faces that help motivate the runners and we realize that it is through pure dedication that you volunteer. So, in advance, we sincerely thank you. If you are interested in volunteering in any of the areas, please click on the following link and register on the UltraSignup site. All volunteers are invited to attend our Volunteer Party (in November, 2022). Food and beverages will be provided along with drawings for prizes.

What Others Are Saying

This is a great trail run. Whether you choose the half marathon or the full 26.2. I had so much fun and all the food at the aid stations was amazing ~ Bob
BEST RACE DIRECTORS EVER! This race is beyond runner friendly, accommodating & well organized. Communication, ability to work around obstacles out of their control & the overall atmosphere they create are fantastic. ~ Larissa
Wonderful, well-planned and friendly race. It's a beautiful, albeit soggy course. It is the best supported race I've ever done. Ed and all the volunteers go the extra mile to make this so fun. ~ Ally

Sponsors

Dick Pond - Park Ridge - Helping with packet pickup
Tailwind Nutrition - Electrolyte sports drink
Ultrarunning Magazine - Get a 25% discount off a subscription. UltraRunning magazine is an invaluable resource for ultrarunners – experienced, new and aspiring endurance athletes seeking to go beyond the marathon
Extended Stay America - The Extended Stay America will again be the preferred sponsor hotel for the race offering our runners a preferred rate. Simply call the hotel at 847-955-1111 CHOOSE OPTION 4 for the front desk and tell them you are with the Des Plaines River Trail Race on October 17th, 2021. Use the corporate code: EAD9U. The other option is to logon to the corporate site that has been set up for our race.  Under WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO, enter VERNON HILLS and scroll down to CHICAGO-VERNON HILLS-LINCOLNSHIRE (675 Woodlands Parkway). The hotel is two-tenths of a mile from the starting line. You can literally walk there from the hotel! If you have any booking questions, ask for Laurenn, the hotel manager. You can also email Laurenn at vrn@extendedstay.com. 

For those of you who choose to stay at the hotel we will again give you the option to have YOUR RACE PACKET WAITING FOR YOU at check in. Just email us at info@runners4wellness to let us know you'd like to do this.
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About

Runners 4 Wellness, LLC was founded in 2013 and founded by trail runners, Brian Gaines and Ed Kelly with the goal of providing each and every runner with a WOW experience at our events. We put on races that we would want to run ourselves and pay special attention to all the nitty gritty details so you can just focus on your training for the big race day.

We put on the DPR Trail Half Marathon, Marathon, 50K, and 50-Mile Trail Races, which began in 2010, as well as, Chicago's original Christmas in July 3-Hour, 6-Hour, 12-Hour, and 24-Hour Solo/Relay Endurance Runs, which began in 2014. We hope that you participate in one of our races and if there are any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out via email.

Races

Des Plaines River Trail Races - Half Marathon, Marathon, 50Km, and 50 MilerChristmas in July 6-Hour, 12-Hour, and 24-Hour Solo/Relay Endurance Runs