Christmas in July Races

 

2018 Christmas in July Races

Runners passing through the start and finish area of the 24/12/6-Hour events. Photo Credit: Scott Laudick

Runners passing through the start and finish area of the 24/12/6-Hour events.

Friday/Saturday, July 13-14, 2018
5K, 24-Hour, 12-Hour & 6-Hour
Lisle Community Park, Lisle IL

Friday Night Start Times

7:30 PM - Kid Run Start
8:00 PM - 5K Start
10:00 PM - 24H Start
11:00 PM – 12H Start
Midnight – 6H Start
 
NOTE: If you're new to timed events, you can run and/or walk them. There are no penalties for that.
 

RACE INFORMATION

Description & Schedule of Events

  • 7:30 PM (Fri) - 7:45 PM (Fri)- Santa Claus Fun Run to be run in the high school parking lot. Register before 7:15 pm at Registration tent
  • 8PM (Fri) - 9PM (Fri) - 5K race to be run on a USATF certified course beginning and ending in the Lisle H.S. parking lot.
  • 10 PM (Fri) to 10PM (Sat) - 24-Hour event starts on a "1-mile" loop within Lisle Community Park
  • 11 PM (Fri) to 11AM (Sat) – 12-Hour event starts on the same "1-mile" loop
  • 12AM (Fri) to 6AM (Sat) – 6-Hour event starts on the same "1-mile" loop
Course Summary
The 6/12/24-Hour races will take runners on a 1.56637KM (or 0.9732971994 mile) USATF certified paved loop course around a lake in Lisle Community Park, Lisle, IL that is well-marked and well-decorated. Runners will travel in the clockwise direction with enough variation to not need to switch directions during the race. The course will be mostly flat with some elevation change near the stage and natural amphitheater.
 
The 5K runners will start at the Lisle High School parking lot and run a small stretch of road until they hit a paved running trail which they will take on their journey in and around Lisle Community Park. Runners will share the same section of trail for the last part of the 5K loop until they reach the school again.
 
Weather
July weather in the Chicagoland area can bring us anything from cool to hot and humid to thunderstorms. We've had all these conditions at the event in past years. We advise you to Check the Local Weather and pack appropriately. BRING SUNSCREEN.
 
Note: We will begin the race promptly rain or shine, but it is up to the discretion of the race directors in coordination with the local authorities to determine if the running conditions become unsafe and the race be temporarily halted or terminated.
 
Packet Pickup/Pre-Race Check-In
  • You may optionally pick up race packets on the Wednesday and Thursday the week before the event during regular store business hours at Dick Pond in Lisle (Everything you need for race will be provided - No race day check-in required). PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR TIMING CHIP AND BIB TO THE RACE. If you forget you will not get to run as we cannot issue you another bib/timing chip, NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Race registrations allowed at the pre-race packet pickup (CASH ONLY). Credit Card registrations allowed only for race day registrations.
  • NOTE: We will accommodate those of you who want to have a friend pick up your race packet for you. Your friend will be required to initial the fact that they are picking up for you. IMPORTANT, if you have an unsigned waiver you will need to personally sign it; We will not hand over your race bib unless the waiver is signed by you personally. You will get everything else but you will need check-in on race day to get your race bib upon signing the waiver. 
  • If you choose NOT to pick up your race packet at Dick Pond by Thursday before the event, you will need to obtain everything on race day at the race's registration table.
  • ALL RUNNERS must have a signed waiver before the start of their respective race. We will have copies of waivers to sign at race check-in. Please check your email inbox for emails related to unsigned waivers. 
  • Minors under 18 years of age, including those running the fun run, must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver on their behalf.
  • If you failed to sign the online waiver at the time of registration, you will be required to sign the waiver at the time you pick up your race packet/goodie bag, whether it be at Dick Pond or race day check-in.

Aid Stations

  • We will have Gatorade as the electrolyte drink at our aid stations
  • 5K Aid Station – We will provide water, electrolyte drink, and snacks
  • Ultra Aid Station - This aid station is for 6/12/24-HOUR runners ONLY. It will be fully stocked with hot and cold foods along with tasty snacks (sweet and salty). We will have options for those who prefer vegetarian and/or vegan. Meals will be served (late night, breakfast, lunch and dinner for runners that are still on the course). Please review list below. Unfortunately, we cannot feed the crew; however, we have no problem with a crew member getting food for a runner who may be taking a recovery break. We operate on the honor system.
DrinksSweet FoodsSalty FoodsReal Foods
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Gatorade
  • Coke
  • Mt. Dew
  • Ginger Ale
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Diet Dr. Pepper
  • Sparkling Water
  • Veggie Broth
  • Coffee
  • Capri Sun - Kids
  • Butter Cookies
  • Oreos - Vegan
  • M&M’s (Peanut)
  • Nutella
  • Fig Newtons - Vegan
  • Twizzlers
  • Twinkies
  • Swedish Fish - Vegan
  • Ice Pops

Fruit:

  • Bananas
  • Oranges
  • Watermelon
  • Grapes
  • Salt
  • Potato Chips (Doritos, BBQ Lays, Ruffles)
  • Crackers (Ritz, Animal) - Vegan
  • Pretzels
  • Peanuts
  • Popcorn
  • Veggie Straws
  • Payday Candy
  • Trail Mix
  • Pickles - Dill & Sweet
  • Olives
  • Potatoes - Vegan
  • PB & J Sandwich (Grape, Strawberry)
  • Beans (Black/Refried) - Vegan
  • Bean Wraps - Vegan
  • Hummus Wraps - Vegan
  • Bread
  • Flour Tortillas - Vegan
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Turkey Sandwiches
  • Pizza - Vegan available
  • Quesadillas
  • Pancakes & Syrup
  • Bacon
  • Donuts
  • Cereal

 

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Ultra Aid Station at the start/finish area

Race Perks

  • Christmas-themed venue
  • Beautiful night run with Christmas lights and decorations
  • Free (for 1st 50 online registrations) Kid's Fun Run with Santa. They also get a shirt, bib, and high quality rubberized medal
  • Race shirt for runners
  • Extra swag items for ultra events
  • Chip timed race results displayed at start/finish area for ultra timed events
  • Chip timed race results displayed at finish area for 5K
  • Kiosk to allow runners to print results immediately at anytime
  • Live results published online for ultra timed events (Allows friends and family to follow along during race)
  • Well-stocked aid stations + meals served during timed events
  • Finisher medals
  • Nutcracker awards for overall and first place age group winners
  • Post-race snacks for 5K runners

Crews & Pacers

  • Crew can set up in any area, unless it is considered a restricted area. There are plenty of grassy areas along the course.
  • Tents are allowed (Canopy or Camping) so get comfortable and feel free to be festive and bring holiday lights for it.
  • No pacing allowed, except between 8pm and 10pm (the last 2 hours) of the 24 Hour event
  • Ultra Aid Station is off limits to crew unless you're getting aid for your runner – The aid station is for timed event runners only.
  • Parking is available on the south side of Short Street, but we encourage you to review the road closure instructions.

Awards (New Award Structure This Year, review below)

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Nutcrackers are the awards given to race winners.

5K Races
  • Overall men and women finishers in each race will receive an award.
  • The top three men and women overall finishers will receive awards. Overall winners will not qualify for age group awards.
  • The FIRST PLACE men and women finishers in each age group will receive awards. Age Groups are (Under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and Over)
6/12/24-Hour Races
  • Awards for Overall men and women finishers in each race. The Overall division takes precedence over Masters division; therefore, Masters runners are eligible for Overall awards, which then if they win a top 3 spot they will not be eligible for Masters awards.
  • Awards for Top 3 in Masters Division for both Male/Female (40 and Over).
  • The top three men and women who run the farthest in their respective division will receive awards (Open Male/Female + Masters Male/Female – No age group categories)
  • We will award a 100-mile belt buckle to any runners who run 100 miles or more during their event.
  • All timed event runners will receive a finishers medal upon completion of their race. (Unless they register after field limit is exceeded.

NOTE: We understand that results are important; however we appreciate your patience until all the events are completed and we have had a chance to break the event down, cleanup, and evacuate the race location before posting any results. Rest assured that we will post results shortly after ALL races have been completed with results will be posted on our Facebook page and website.

Medals
All race finishers (except for those who register online or race day for the 5K No Shirt/No Medal, if applicable) will receive one of these Finisher medals with the specific race information provided on the lanyard.
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All kids who wear their bib will receive the following medal once they finish the Santa Claus Fun Run. Kids must wear their bib indicating that they are registered. We only have so many medals and want to ensure that each registered kid gets one. Also, registration for the kids run is only available on race day.
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Belt Buckles

Each runner who runs 100 miles or more during their race will receive a 100-mile buckle.
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Volunteers

If you would like to join our volunteer staff, we are looking for help with event setup, registration/race check-in, aid station, race lead, course sweep, and event breakdown. Volunteer perks include a race goody and R4W Race Credits. You can see our current opportunities and sign up by clicking on the Registration button.

REGISTRATION

RaceBy Nov 30By March 31By June 30By July 08Race Day
5K$35$40$45$50$50
6-Hour$65$105$110$115$115
12-Hour$85$125$130$135$135
24-Hour$125$165$175$180$180
 
* Kid's Santa Fun Run is FREE for the 1st 50 online registrations using promo code FREEFUNRUN; thereafter, $10 will be charged. Race Day registrations will be available.
 
NOTE: Online registration closes on the Sunday before the race at Midnight (July 8th). Registration will be available after online registration closes at Dick Pond Athletics during packet-pickup and race day as long as the field limit has not been reached.

Race Day Registration

  • Registration Times/Schedule
    • Friday Santa Claus Fun Run – 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Fri)
    • 5K– 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (Fri)
    • 24-Hour – 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM (Fri)
    • 12-Hour – 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM (Fri)
    • 6-Hour – 10:30 PM – 11:30 PM (Fri)
  • Race day registrations will be on a first come, first serve basis. Some races fill up more than others. Please review the field limits and number of runners who registered online (See Online Registered Runners Section) before making the trip out for race day registrations.
  • Race swag will be available for the participants who register on race day on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Sizes are not guaranteed, but will try to accommodate.
  • Runners who registered online will receive their race swag in their race packets. If you register on race day, swag is not guaranteed, but we will try and accommodate to the best of our ability.
  • Swag for 5K runners includes a shirt and something additional TBD.
  • Swag for 6/12/24-Hour runners includes a shirt and something additional TBD.
  • Swag for Santa Claus Fun Run registered runners will include a t-shirt and bib. Children with a bib will receive a custom kids rubber medal when they cross the finish line.
  • We will try to accommodate t-shirt size, IF we have any left (no guarantee). First come, first serve.
  • Cash or Credit Card accepted only. Sorry, we do not accept checks!

Transfers and Deferrals

  • Transfer Policy - Up through June 30th you will be allowed to transfer from one race to another or to transfer your registration to someone else. Cost: $10 plus the difference in price for the race you originally registered for and the new race you are transferring to. We do not offer refunds if the race you initially registered for is more expensive than the race you are transferring to. If a race has reached capacity, no transfers into that race will be permitted. Runners can log into Race Roster to facilitate the transfer. IMPORTANT: This must be done online and we will not process this for you if you mess up somehow. Also, the person you are transferring to will not get your discounted rate (they will be charged the rate at the time they are registering). This seems to be a common misnomer, please review the FAQ for additional information.
  • "No Sweat" Deferral Policy - At anytime up through June 30th you can defer your race entry to the next year only. Cost: 5K $10; 6, 12 and 24 hr $30. We will not accept deferral requests after June 30th. Just contact the race directors by June 30th to defer your entry to next year. Send an email to info@runners4wellness.com if you are requesting to defer along with your confirmation you received from this registration website. We will confirm with you and you should be okay.

COURSE INFORMATION

Course Descriptions
NOTE: All courses are USATF Certified
 
5K Course
The 5K loop starts at the NW section of the Lisle High School parking lot on the east side of the school. Runners will run around the median and south out of the parking lot and turn right onto Short Street. You'll make a left turn on Ohio Court, another left on Ohio Street, then follow that around towards the right until you reach Yackley Avenue where you'll make a left turn onto the sidewalk and then a quick left onto the running path. You will continue on this path and reach the 5K aid station between two softball fields. You may wish to enjoy a snack followed by some liquid refreshment and then continue around until you find a bridge that cross the Easy Branch DuPage River. (WATCH OUT and don't miss it) You will make a right-hand turn onto this bridge, but watch out for oncoming "faster" runners, maybe offer a high-five, and be on your way. Once you cross the bridge, you'll want to turn right and follow the path around the softball and soccer fields and eventually head north. You'll want to be extra careful crossing the parking following the signs and rounding about the northern side of it and coming back to the bridge where you will want to make a right turn, again, giving high-fives to those "slower" runners. Give some words of encouragement and make another right turn onto the path and continue up towards Short Street. Be sure to follow the signs and not cut the corners as we direct you across Short Street where police will be present directing traffic. Thank the officers, and continue on the "decorated" portion of the course and follow this around to the backside of the Lisle High School until you reach Short Street once again. Sprint it in at this point since you only have a little over 1/10th of a mile left where you'll finish strong and be awarded with an awesome medal. The course will be well marked with signs directing you.
 

 
 
 
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6/12/24-Hour Course
The "1 mile" loop is actually 0.9732971994 miles (or 1.56637 KM), so get in a groove. The course will be mostly flat with some elevation change near the stage and natural amphitheater. Watch out for signs that might be for 5K runners only, but if you follow the lights/luminaries that will outline the "1-mile" loop, in addition to the numerous signs we'll have out there, then you should NEVER get lost. Watch out for pedestrian cross traffic near the start/finish line as it might get a bit more congested. We will have signs posted, but wanted to make you aware of this. We think that you'll quickly figure out everything once you get a few loops in.
 
Caution to timed event runners - You may find pedestrian traffic walking the path taking in the scenery of the holiday decorations, so please let them know you're approaching if they don't suspect you.
 
Use the following lap to mileage conversion chart to assist you with your goals.
 
 

Click to Open Larger Map (Note: The arrows for the timed events are pictured in the wrong direction -- We will be running clockwise, not counter-clockwise)

 

RACE DAY INFORMATION

View Interactive Map - Will give you highlights of various locations that will help guide you.

Race Day Schedule

Please arrive early to park, check in and warm up prior to your run. Port-a-John toilets will be available at the start/finish area of the race. Runners and Crew may set up to camp on Friday overnight. Pay attention to road closure information in the details below and review the timeline that we provided you to ensure you know what, when, and where you need to be.

Timeline

NOTE: All registration times noted below are for race-day registrations only. There is online registration available beforehand.

Friday
  • 3:00 PM - Friday night camping setup may begin for runners/crew
  • 6:00 PM - Santa Fun Run registration begins
  • 6:00 PM - 5K registration begins
  • 7:15 PM - Santa Fun Run registration ends
  • 7:30 PM - 5K registration ends
  • 7:30 PM - Santa Fun Run Start
  • 7:45 PM - Short Street Closure to ALL TRAFFIC
  • 8:00 PM - 5K Start
  • 8:30 PM - 24-Hour registration begins
  • 9:00 PM - 5K Cutoff
  • 9:00 PM - Short Street Opened to ALL TRAFFIC
  • 9:30 PM - 24-Hour registration ends
  • 9:30 PM - 12-Hour registration begins
  • 10:00 PM - 24-Hour Start
  • 10:30 PM - 12-Hour registration ends
  • 10:30 PM - 6-Hour registration begins
  • 11:00 PM - 12-Hour Start
  • 11:30 PM - 6-Hour registration ends
  • Midnight - 6-Hour Start
Saturday
  • 6:00 AM - 6-Hour Cutoff / Race ends
  • 11:00 AM - 12-Hour Cutoff / Race ends
  • 11:00 AM - Shower availability begins (Across the street at the pool - Let them know you're with our race)
  • 8:00 PM - Shower availability ends
  • 8:00 PM - Pacers allowed for 24-Hour runners
  • 10:00 PM - 24-Hour Cutoff / Race ends
  • 11:00 PM - Camping for runners/crew ends (No Saturday overnight Camping)

Sunday

  • 12 PM - Forgotten drop bag retrieval ends
Directions Lisle High School
The Christmas in July races start and finish in the parking lot of Lisle High School. Please allow significant time to get to the park. On Friday night, Chicago traffic on the various toll ways could be slow-going. It would be advised to arrive at the park at least one-hour before your race starts. MAP TO PARK
 
Lisle High School
Lisle, IL 60532

Road Closures

Friday Night
Short Street will be CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC from 7:45 PM (15 minutes before race start) until the 5K race ends at approximately 9:00 PM. No cars will be permitted to enter or exit the parking lots on Short Street. NO EXCEPTIONS!
 
TIP: 24-Hour runners should probably try to get to the park by 7:45 PM if they can to avoid street closure issues.
 
Parking
 
6/12/24-Hour Runners
You and your crew are free to park in the high school parking lot to the north and west of the high school. If the lot is full please use one of the parking lots south of Short Street near the baseball fields. Please be aware of the road closure times as you will not be able to enter or exit these parking lots. Make sure you arrive early enough.
 
5K Runners
You are free to park in one of the parking lots south of Short Street across from the Lisle High School. Please be aware of the road closure times as you will not be able to enter or exit these parking lots. Make sure you arrive early enough.
 
Race Day Registration
Refer to the Race-Day Registration information above
 
Gear/Drop Bags
 
Ultra
  • 6/12/24-HOUR runners can place their drop bags under one of the DROP BAG canopies near the Start/Finish line
  • All bags should be clearly marked with name, race, and bib number
  • The park has permitted us to allow runners to bring their own canopy or camping tents, chairs, and coolers starting Friday afternoon. Feel free to decorate your tent and line it up next to the trail. In fact, decorating your tent is encouraged!!! 🙂 No camping Saturday evening.
  • If you have a table, chair, and cooler that you're bringing please consider bringing a tent for yourself, as well. We have limited space in our covered drop bag area and would like to reserve that area for those who have a lighter load. We won't kick you out or anything, but please be considerate of your surroundings. Maybe there will be plenty of room, it's hard to say given that we are allowing people to bring their own tents. 
  • We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items
  • If you forget your drop bag, come back to get them by Sunday 12 PM; otherwise, they may be discarded.
  • REQUIRED: Bring a headlamp for the race. We don't know your comfort levels with running in darkness. Even though the path will be lit with luminaries and trees will have Christmas lights in some of them, it's still dark. It's not perfect lighting for seeing anything that might be an obstruction or bad footing for you. Keep in mind that you will be running through the night, so common sense should play a factor here. You can always just leave your headlamp in your drop bag after a couple loops if you're okay with it. 
5K
  • You may place your belongings near the starting line
  • All bags should be clearly marked with name, race, and bib number
  • We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items
  • If you forget your belongings, you may come back to get them by Sunday 12 PM; otherwise, they may be discarded.

Starting Corrals

  • 5K Runners - Start is on the WEST side of the parking lot in FRONT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL. Also, strollers are allowed; however, for safety reasons, we ask that you line up towards the back of the starting corral.
  • 6/12/24-Hour Runners – Start is on the EAST side of the parking lot in FRONT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL. Be aware that once these events start that you take caution at the starting line as the runners are passing by. We will want to ensure that we leave room so the runners can get through and take aid as necessary.
Course Running Direction
6/12/24-HOUR Races – These races are run on a 1.56637KM (or 0.9732971994 mile) USATF certified loop course. We will run these events in the clockwise direction. There is enough variation that runners will not switch directions during the race.

Race Timing

Our event is USATF sanctioned and will follow guidelines for determining results; however, there will be official chip timing for all races except the Santa Claus Fun Run. It is your responsibility to make sure you are wearing your timing chip at all times.
 
For distance races, your disposable timing chip will be attached to the back side of your race bib. It is important to not crease, or fold the the timing chip to ensure your finish time is read.
 
For the timed events, you will be issued a reusable chip that should be attached to your ankle with Velcro strips. These timing chips and ankle straps must be returned to us at the completion of your race. If you forget to return it to us at by the end of weekend of events, you will be charged a $20 fee for replacement. We will have a TV monitor that displays your laps as you cross the timing mat.  Make sure you hear a beep as you cross the timing mat and verify your name shows on the monitor. Loops completed without the timing chip will not be counted by the timing system; therefore, they will not count towards your final results. NO EXCEPTIONS! 
 
Timing chips that have not been turned in can be mailed to the address below:
Runners 4 Wellness, LLC
PO Box 2024
Palatine, IL 60078

Safety/Medical

  • The Lisle Police Department and its Community Service Officers will be directing the traffic flow during the 5K race; See ROAD CLOSURES
  • Watch out for cross-traffic (runners AND spectators)
  • Although we will have a basic First Aid kit at each aid station, runners are expected to bring their own medical supplies to accommodate blister care, etc.
  • It will likely be a hot day so make sure you bring an ample supply of sunscreen.
  • We CANNOT distribute ibuprofen, aspirin, or any such products.
  • In the case of a medical emergency IMMEDIATELY contact one of the Race Directors (Ed Kelly, Brian Gaines or Terry Madl) or volunteers. Dial 911 if no one is available.
  • EMT services are less than two minutes away

Hotels

List of nearby hotels

Rules & Regulations

In addition to the race rules outlined here, strollers are allowed in the 5K race, but for safety reasons, those who bring them must be lined up in the back of the corral.

 

5K
Men - Phil McNeal(24) 16:44 (2014)
Women - Kylie Lockwood(16) 20:45 (2017)

6-Hour
Men - Keith Browning(44) 43 Laps/41.84mi (2015-CCW)
Women - Angie McQueen(39) 40 Laps/38.92mi (2014-CW)

12-Hour
Men - Jon Noll(32) 79 Laps/76.88mi (2017-CW)
Women - Crystal Hutchings(36) 66 Laps/64.22mi (2016-CCW)

24-Hour
Men - Robert Whitten(52) 114 Laps/110.92mi (2016-CCW)
Women - Bibo Gao(38) 130 Laps/126.52mi (2017-CW)

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