Christmas in July Half Marathon and 5K Chicago

Sun July 26, 2020 Elk Grove, IL US 60007 Directions

Virtual Half Marathon

$95 $79 Price increases after July 15, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT

Virtual 5K

$65 $57 Registration ends July 25, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT

Half Marathon

7:00AM CDT - 12:00PM CDT


7:30AM CDT

Volunteer and/or Run

5:30AM - 7:30AM CDT
Events: Help Check-in and run 5K Help Check-in and run Half Marathon Sweeper Half Marathon Sweeper 5K Finish Line Volunteer Water Stop Volunteer Course Marshall Lead Bike Rider Half Marathon Lead Bike Rider 5K Help set up and run the Half Marathon Pacer
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Busse Forest - South Grove 16
Elk Grove, IL US 60007

*** 2020 race is virtual. Park will not allow events over 50 people.

How about some Christmas Spirit in the summer?  Join many festive runners as we hit the shaded trails of Busse Woods for a super-fun Half Marathon!  This race is timed and scored by J3 Timing.  Results will be posted live at

Bling?  Oh yeah!!!  Our medals are awesome! The 2020 medal is being designed with 13 blinking lights, the 5K has 5 blinking lights.

Shirts? Very nice sleeveless tech.

Still need a reason to participate in this race?  Well how about a Pint of Craft Beer waiting for you at the finish line?!?!  Yes - your registration includes 1 pint of exceptional local craft beer from a locally renowned brewer (details will be announced shortly)

Ample parking is available in the Forest Preserve parking lots (parking map coming soon). 

Start Times:  

7:00 am - Half Marathon

7:30 am - 5K Run/Walk

2020 Medal


2020 Shirt


Charity Partners

This Event Works Closely with the Busse Woods Running Club

Established in August of 2017 by a small group of friends who run together all year round, Busse Woods Running Club (BWRC) has quickly evolved into a premier running organization. Runners of all abilities can enjoy group runs, social events, road trips, and community involvement with some of the most amazing people. Busse Woods Running Club is incorporated as a non-profit organization in the State of Illinois and a defined 501(c)(3) organization under the Road Runners Club of America Charter.

Half Marathon Map & Course Info

Half Marathon Start Time:  7:00am

Water Stops:  Miles 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 4.6 / 6.1 / 7.6 / 8.6 / 10.6 / 11.6 / 12.6

Grapes/Flavor-Ice:  Miles 2 / 3 / 6.1 / 8.6 / 10.6 / 12.6

Restrooms: Miles 1 / 2 / 4.6 / 6.4 / 8.7 / 10.6 / 11.3 / 12.8

5k Course Map


5K Start Time:  7:30 AM

Packet Pickup



Professionally Timed By



Here are some questions that participants are asking.  Don't see your question? Email

Where Do We Park?  There is adequate parking all along Groves 5-16.  Get there super early to secure a spot near the start/finish area, but once parking spots fill, continue along the parking lot path for additional parking spots.  Click Here for Google Map Location 

Is the Course Good for Spectators?  Absolutely!  Here are google map locations that are easily accessible by car.

Is there Beer at the Finish Line?  Of Course!  We have a local craft brewery supplying excellent post race brew for all finishers after the race!

Is this a timed race?  Am I allowed to walk?  We are timing both events.  Walkers are welcome in both events!  Please note, the Half Marathon course closes at 3 hours. 

Can I bring my kids?  Strollers?  Pets?  Yes - this is a kid, pet, and stroller friendly event.  

Is this a closed course?  NO - **very important** to note that the course will be open to bikers and roller bladers.  Please stay to the right side of the course and do not block oncoming traffic in the oncoming lane of the bike path

Is this a fun run?  Are there trophy’s or prizes for the top finishers?  Yes and Yest!  Top 3 finishers in each age group receive a shot glass as their age group award.  Results and Age Group Awards will post live at:

Can I Pick up my Packet on Race Day?  Yes - we recommend arriving early to beat the lines and will be set up by 6am

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