Monthly Race Calendar

Disclaimer: Race information for the calendar is provided to Starved Rock Runners, Ltd from several sources. Because we can not guarantee the accuracy of this information, we encourage you to confirm all details with the race contacts provided.

To include your event on the SRR Ltd. calendar, go to the “EXTRAS” tab, click on the “SUBMIT YOUR RACE” button. Thee will be a link to printable instructions on how to submit your race. Once the race has been submitted, please email your pdf race registration form to:


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Defender Dash 5K @ St. Michael the Archangel School
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am

The 2019 Defender Dash includes a 1/4 mile Fun Run ($15) that is untimed at 8:30am. The timed 5K ($30… special pricing for Starved Rock Running Club Members) follows at 9am, and then our awards ceremony in the gymnasium. All race registrations include a race t-shirt and pancake breakfast located in our cafeteria. We will be serving from 7:30am-10:30am. You can choose to eat before or after the race! Breakfast only tickets are also available! Register before October 1st to guarantee your shirt and avoid late fees. All proceeds benefit students at St. Michael the Archangel School in the area of student technology in our classrooms. For more information follow us on Facebook at Defenderdash5k or visit our website at

TRINITY CATHOLIC 5K RUN/WALK @ Trinity Catholic Academy
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am

Registration packet pickup begins at 7am on race day in the school gym. The course is designed through the scenic streets of La Salle. Refreshments provided following the race. Race tee shirt is included with entry fee. Awards for top 3 finishers in each age group.


Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and 5k @ Downtown
Oct 20 all-day

A cool, late October Chicago area Half Marathon and 5K with a scenic tour of Naperville’s parks, neighborhoods, and downtown district, a fast downhill finish on the river, and 2 great spectator viewing points within easy walking distance of race village.

Use Promo Code RC-STARVEDROCK-2019-SAVE-5 to save $5 on your half marathon entry fee

Starved Rock Runners Wednesday Night Workouts @ Lock 14 of the I & M Canal
Oct 23 @ 1:34 pm – 2:34 pm

Workouts vary from weeks to week. Groups of different ability levels do different workouts. Meet in the parking lot of Lock 14. The advanced group does a 2 mile warm-up run to Split Rock, performs the scheduled workout for the week (generally intervals), and then does a 2 mile cool down run back to the parking lot. Work out can be up to 8 miles total. Other groups and individuals may do workouts of as little as 2 miles total with some walkers.

Trail is paved for the first mile, and packed gravel for the rest of the distance.

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Halloween Hustle 5K @ Ladd Community Consolidated School
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am

The event is held at the school and has a 5K distance set up, clearly marked through out the Ladd community. Registration is 8-8:45 am the day of the race. Entry fee is $25 ages 14 and up. The fee is reduced to $20 if registered by October 18, 2019. Entry fee is $10 ages 13 and under. To receive a t-shirt you must be pre-registered. There will be awards for the top male and top female runner overall and for the top three males and females in each age group (13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and older). The race is timed by Starved Rock Runners. The course is flat utilizing residential streets with police traffic control. Water, restrooms and refreshments will be available. Donations accepted. This is a fundraiser for the Ladd Community Education and Enrichment Foundation to benefit the students of Ladd CCSD #94.

Click for printable registration form

IVS Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk @ Glen Oak Park
Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm

Come join us at the Spooktacular first (official) IVS Trick or Trot Fun Run/Walk
What could be better than running through a cemetery on Halloween night?? Trunk or Treating while running through a cemetery on Halloween night!!
The run/walk will start near the base of the Michael Sonnemaker statue and then wind past the mausoleums and monuments in Springdale.
(Don’t be afraid – all the spooks and goblins are trick-or-treating elsewhere.) Along the way there will be trunk or treat stations to fill your goodie bag!

Runners are encouraged to run in costume and enter the costume contest just before the fun run.

A photo booth will be available for an enduring image of your fun!

All participants will receive a treat bag and memento of their run.

Participants are required to bring a headlamp/flashlight. Reflective gear is encouraged.

All participants registered by October 4th can choose the T-shirt option.
If you won’t be able to run but still want a cool shirt – that option is available as well!
Participants who choose the t-shirt option will receive a long sleeve tech shirt with Ivy the IVS Halloween cat (see above) on the front – great for your autumn practice runs or just chilling in front of a fire, making S’mores.

Registrants after October 4th will not have the option to include a t-shirt.
Extra shirts may be available for sale at the event. (Not a promise. 🙂

Packet pick-up will be available on Wednesday, October 30th, from 4-7:00pm in the Woodruff parking lot
Limited registration and packet pick-up is available race day, between 5:00PM and 5:45 PM. adjacent to the Michael Sonnemaker Memorial Sculpture and Garden in lower Glen Oak Park (near the intersection of Abington and Perry Streets).

the Final Canal Connection 10K @ Waltham South Elementary School
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 am
We are sad to announce that the torrential rains of a couple weeks ago caused a major washout of the tow path used for the Canal Connection.
We were originally assured by IDNR that the tow path would be fixed in time for the race, but unfortunately we’ve just been informed that the project is still in “engineering” and will not be repaired for several weeks, and as a result that section of the tow path is CLOSED.
As a result, we have re-routed the course. It is now an out and back on the canal from Utica.
The revised course will actually be on the tow path more than the original course was.
The race will start behind the Canal Market building (249-299 S. Clark St., Utica, Il. 61373). The course will head east on the tow path (a different section than has been used in the past), a little more than a mile before a turnaround. The course will then head back to Utica, cut across town, and go out on the tow path west of Utica about 1-1/2 before turning and coming back, finishing the course like in the past.
Below is a link to the revised map of the course. While the map is accurate on the course directions, the designated mile markers shown are not.
The course has been accurately measured to assure that it is the proper 10K distance.
Due to the changes, note that everyone still meeting in Utica, but since the start and finish are in Utica, you will not be bused to LaSalle.
Packet pick-up, and the finish line and after party are in the same place/facility (Waltham school, the old school campus at 248 W. Canal St., Utica, Il), as they have been in the past. The start line will be about a 2 block walk from the finish line (east and south).
Thank you for your understanding.
Link to map:

The Final Canal Connection 10K

Starved Rock Runners, Ltd. announces that due to unforeseen circumstances, the Canal Connection 10K, held in Utica, IL, will be run for the last time on November 3rd, 2019.

For 37 years this unique and iconic event, which is ran on 4.2 miles of the I-M Canal Towpath, featuring rock formations and autumn scenery, which is presented by Starved Rock Runners, Ltd., is part of the race circuits of Starved Rock Runners, Ltd., Lake Run Club, Illinois Valley Striders, and Springfield Road Runners Club.

In order to use the canal, an Activity Permit needs to be submitted for approval, along with a Permit to Sell document, which states since the event has a registration fee then Starved Rock Runners, Ltd. would agree then to pay a fee equal to 10% of total gross sales for using the Canal. The payment is due at the close of the final day of the event. In the past, the Permit to Sell fee was waived for a non-profit organization.

However this year, the Activity Permit was approved but the Permit to Sell fee waiver was denied, meaning now a 10 percent permit to sell fee for Canal Connection is requested, which Starved Rock Runners, Ltd. decided will pay only to have the final event this November.

It is a shame that this fee was not waived, as Starved Rock Runners, Ltd. proceeds are put back into the community and money is also spent by the participants after the event is over in the community. Proceeds from the event after expenses minus now the 10% fee will either cause the event to maybe break even, but also could cause a loss to Starved Rock Runners, Ltd.

Other circumstances is the upcoming sale of one of the two schools the event uses. The school can be used for the 2019 event but not after, meaning that a new venue would need to be found. This could mean a change in the course, buses, basically a revamp of this unique event.

Please spread the word to the running community of the Final Canal Connection 10K on November 3rd, 2019 so all runners can experience this one of a kind event, one last time.

Starved Rock Runners, Ltd. Board of Directors will be talking about coming up with a future event.


Carroll Lulay

SRRL President

New this year: the first 400 pre-registered runners are guaranteed a 1/4 zip pullover shirt. Race day registration and packet pick up will take place at the Waltham South Elementary School in Utica beginning at 7:30am and ending at 9:00am. Buses will begin to leave Utica at 8:00am with the last bus leaving at 9:15am to transport runners to the starting line at LP High School. ALL RUNNERS MUST REGISTER IN UTICA. Bag check service available. This USATF Certified course is chip times and features a downhill slope for the first .75 miles and the next 4.2 miles is flat unpaved surface of the I&M canal tow path. The race finishes on paved streets in Utica. Post race party with food and beverages at Waltham School in Utica. Split times are available at every mile. There will be two water stations and emergency crew covering the entire course. There is a 2 hour time limit to finish this 10K.

Click for printable registration form

The Runners’ Crusade 5K Run/Walk @ Marquette Academy
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am

The 10th Annual Runners’ Crusade 5K offers scenic views of Ottawa’s beautiful River Walk and the I&M Canal while also serving as a fundraiser for the Marquette Academy Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Registration opens at 7:30 on the west entrance of the school at 1000 Paul Street and the race starts at 9:00. Free Tot Trot for Kids 2-8 years old, Timing and finish line provided by Starved Rock Runners, Shirts guaranteed to pre-registered participants.

Medals awarded to Top 3 finishers in each age group: 13 & Under, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & Over


Oglesby 3 Mile Turkey Trot @ Holy Family School
Nov 28 @ 9:00 am

The 3 Mile Run is a Starved Rock Runners, Ltd. Circuit Race. The Oglesby 3 Mile Turkey Trot, begins and ends at Holy Family School, 336 Alice Ave., Oglesby, IL 61348.

Race starts at 9:00AM sharp, regardless of weather.

Registration and packet pick up available Wednesday night from 4:30-6:30 at Holy Family School. Credit and debit Cards accepted. Race Day packet pickup will be from 7:00-8:30AM.

Entry fee is $25.00, $27.00 on Race Day. Family Special (4 in one family, mailed in one envelope, Mail-In ONLY), $75.00. Each additional family member is $15.00.

Free Beer after race (Must be 21 years of age with an ID). Must have wristband-pick-up at registration). Free soda after the race. Free Thanksgiving Dressing after the race. Free cap guaranteed to FIRST 900 entrants.

Race is chip timed. No chip, no time!

Awards: Plaque to Male and Female Champions. First three Male & Female finishers will receive a plaque. Awards to top five male and female finishers in age division.

For further race information, contact John Steele by phone or email listed or contact Mitchell Hobbs at 309-452-7749.

Distance: 3 miles

Click for Printable registration form

Click for on-line registation




Santas on the Run 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk @ John F. Kennedy School (west parking lot)
Nov 30 @ 10:00 am

Santas On The Run benefits the Hall Township Food Pantry. You can run this 5K for time, or you can do it partake in the Holiday spirit. Preregistration includes your choice of a Red: Long Sleeve T-Shirt, a crew sweatshirt or hoodie, a Santa Hat and Beard. All participants are encouraged to wear their hat and beard (and bells if you have them) in the run/walk, but it is not mandated.

There will be water stops at approximately 1 & 2 miles, that will also include Holiday treats (cookies and candy).

The race will start and end in the parking lot of John F. Kennedy School (800 N. Richards, Spring Valley). The course is accurately measured and will be on paved city streets. The course is mostly flat with a few gentle uphills (in the 5K). Traffic control will be posted at all intersections to keep participants safe. Split times available at every mile.

The race will be electronically timed with results to be posted on the Starved Rock Runners web site.

As an added bonus, for each two non-perishable item an entrant brings to donate to the food pantry, their names will be entered into a raffle to be held after the race, with chances to win gift certificates and prizes from race sponsors.The more items you donate, the better your chances of winning (watch the web site as the list of potential winnings grows).

Awards will be given to the overall Male and Female finishers, as well as the top three finishers (Male and Female), in each of the following age groups: 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 and over.

Packet pick up and race day registration will be available from 8:30AM until 9:30AM at John F Kennedy School. Day of registration is not guaranteed a shirt.

The first 450 to sign up will also get BONUS SWAG.  We’re checking to see what kind of great deals we can get so the value of our swag is always worth more than the registrations. Follow this web page and follow us on Facebook to  keep up to date.

Santas On The Run course map

Click for printable registration form

Click for link to on-line registration