Cross country... the best of all human endeavors!
Get your winter-teammates together, grab your racing shoes/spikes, and join us for cross country racing over the tree-lined fields of Caldwell Woods and Bunker Hill forest preserves. For your adventure we will provide:
- Traditionalists... your event distance choice of 5 Kilometers or 15 Kilometers.
- Ultra consideration... our Gratuitous 6-Hour option for ultra runners with an 8:00 am starting time.
- Space for ~150 eager runners... permit restrictions limit race participation to the first 150 registrants, which is a total combined count of participants within all events.
- Colorful one-of-a-kind race shirts for all registered runners and volunteers.
- Chip timing & scoring with instant results published here on RunRace.net for all participants.
- Overall awards... presented to top male & female, open and masters.
- Age division awards... 10-year age groups for both sexes, with depth determined by number of participants.
- Team awards... for top teams based upon 3 scoring in 5 member teams.
- Ultra awards... for those who tally more than 26.2 miles in our Gratuitous 6-Hour run.
- Ultra Team awards... for top teams based upon 2 scoring with most accumulated mileage.
- An accurately measured, clearly-marked course, with a with well-stocked aid station at the start / finish area.
- Afterward... post-race celebration with fun and awards.
Winter Challenge Cross Country, Start / Finish area:
Caldwell Woods, Grove #1
6350 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60646
GPS: 41.997615, -87.786481
Winter Challenge Cross Country is ideal for off-road/trail runners, and those experienced runners looking to compete with their teammates under cross country conditions. Our racecourse is designed as a 5-Km loop on grassy fields -but- may be rerouted to the paved trails should wintertime conditions dictate. Either way, participants can expect a clearly marked course -and- should be prepared for challenging seasonal conditions. Gratuitous 6-Hour runners will repeat the course for as many laps as they can, then may switch to a quarter-mile loop as the clock winds down from six hours -to- zero.