Race Rules

Rules & Regulations

The following rules and regulations apply to runners participating in Runners 4 Wellness events and MUST be adhered to at all times. It is the responsibility of each competitor to read and understand all of the following before starting the race. All competitors are responsible for their actions. These rules have been established to protect the natural landscape, competitors, volunteers and other individuals using the trail system. Failure to comply with these rules may result in: time penalties or immediate disqualification from the event. The Race Directors have the authority to alter and/or implement rules as needed before or during the event. Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation and assistance. Additional rules may follow.
  1. All runners MUST display their bib number on the front of their body so it is visible at all times.
  2. Races will begin promptly at their specified start times. If you arrive late for the start of your race you may still compete, but the time you've missed is lost and cannot be made up.
  3. Pacing is not allowed. If someone wishes to run, they are encouraged to sign up themselves.
  4. No Littering! Littering of any kind is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. If you are caught littering and/or leaving debris of any kind on the course, you will be immediately disqualified from the event and denied entry to any future Christmas in July race. We ask that you please respect the natural beauty of the park and the right of everyone to enjoy this public resource. Remember, we are issued a permit to use the park and your negligence will threaten this process...please don’t ruin it for everyone else.
  5. All runners must stay on the marked courses. Please do not shortcut, blaze a new path or cut the course.
  6. Hiking/ski poles or walking sticks are not permitted for any runner. All competitors must complete the entire course for their designated race under their own power. That is, carrying, pushing, pulling or towing a registered runner is strictly prohibited at all times.
  7. Smoking is not allowed along the course or at the aid stations.
  8. Please use good sportsmanship and trail etiquette: be courteous to hikers, bikers and other runners. Collisions on these paths could cause injury. Slower runners MUST yield the path to runners wishing to pass. All competitors must treat the volunteers, aid station personnel and medical staff in a courteous manner.
  9. Pets are not allowed on the course. Please respect your fellow competitors and leave your pets at home.
  10. Injection of drugs (intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous) during the event may result in immediate disqualification. Please, no alcohol on the course.
  11. We do allow runners to carry a personal music player with headphones; however, we ask that you keep the volume to a minimum so you are not startled if someone passes you or if someone needs to get your attention.
  12. In some events, strollers are allowed, but please check the event page on whether they are allowed or not.
  13. Bicycles, in-line skates, other wheeled vehicles are not allowed.
  1. All runners MUST be checked-in with race management and MUST display their bib number on the front of their body so it is visible at all times.
  2. Races will begin promptly at their specified start times. If you arrive late for the start of your race you may still compete, but the time you've missed is lost and cannot be made up.
  3. You may leave the trail/park at any time, but please notify the race director or person in the timing booth first. When you return, notify the race director or person in the timing booth.
  4. DNF's do not exist in fixed-time events. The objective is only to go as far as you can (or desire) in the allotted time.
  5. If you wish to stop completely well before the end of your race, please inform the race director, or whoever is in the timing booth at the time, that you are quitting or leaving early. Please do not leave the course without first notifying one of the aforementioned.
  6. Only complete laps count towards your race results. This means that if you are in the middle of the loop and your race has ended, that current loop will not count towards your results.
  7. Pacing is only allowed for the 24-Hour runners during the last 2 hours of the race.
  8. No Littering! Littering of any kind is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. If you are caught littering and/or leaving debris of any kind on the course, you will be immediately disqualified from the event and denied entry to any future Christmas in July race. We ask that you please respect the natural beauty of the park and the right of everyone to enjoy this public resource. Remember, we are issued a permit to use the park and your negligence will threaten this process...please don’t ruin it for everyone else.
  9. All runners must stay on the marked courses. Please do not shortcut, blaze a new path or cut the course.
  10. Hiking/ski poles or walking sticks are not permitted for any runner. All competitors must complete the entire course for their designated race under their own power. That is, carrying, pushing, pulling or towing a registered runner is strictly prohibited at all times.
  11. Smoking is not allowed along the course or at the aid stations.
  12. Please use good sportsmanship and trail etiquette: be courteous to hikers, bikers and other runners. Collisions on these paths could cause injury. Slower runners MUST yield the path to runners wishing to pass. All competitors must treat the volunteers, aid station personnel and medical staff in a courteous manner.
  13. Pets are not allowed on the course. Please respect your fellow competitors and leave your pets at home.
  14. Injection of drugs (intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous) during the event may result in immediate disqualification. Please, no alcohol on the course.
  15. We do allow runners to carry a personal music player with headphones; however, we ask that you keep the volume to a minimum so you are not startled if someone passes you or if someone needs to get your attention.
  16. Strollers, bicycles, in-line skates, other wheeled vehicles are not allowed.

Infractions Resulting in Disqualification

  • Short-cutting of the course
  • Failure to display bib number
  • Getting in a moving vehicle
  • Failing to withdraw on request of race officials
  • Impeding another runner

Infractions Resulting In Denial of Future Entry

  • Running as a bandit
  • Disobeying Police and/or Village of Lisle rules regarding disposal of human waste and/or mistreatment of the environment
  • Littering
  • Failing to respect private property
  • Mistreating aid station personnel, runners, medical staff, or race officials
  • Not following race rules