Canal Connection

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ATTENTION CANAL CONNECTION RUNNERS
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:
http://starvedrockrunners.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019-CanalConnection-route-map.jpg

37th Annual and FINAL Canal Connection 10k  

Date & Time: Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

Distance: 6.2 miles (10k).

Chip timing and everyone starts at 10:00AM.

Click for printable registration form

 

Fees: Pre-registration (postmarked on or before 10/15/19), $30.00. Registration after November 1st, including race day, $35.00. A $2.00 discount for per-registered members of Starved Rock Runners, Lake Run Club, Illinois Valley Striders, Springfield Road Runners Club.

Course: Point to point.  Featuring a downhill slope for the first .75 mile stretch. Runners will then enter the I-M Canal Towpath and run the next approx. 4.2 miles on a flat, unpaved surface (crushed limestone). Race finishes on a paved street near the elementary school in Utica, IL. Split times at each mile along the course. 2 water stations will be available with ambulance crews covering the entire course.

Race Circuit: The Canal Connection is part of the race circuits of:  Starved Rock Runners, Lake Run Club, Illinois Valley Striders, Springfield Road Runners Club.

Race Day Registration: Registration & packet pick-up at Elementary School in Utica, IL from 8am to 10am the day of race. All runners must register/check-in at School in Utica. School is located at 248 W. Canal Street, Utica, IL.

Transportation to start: Buses will begin to leave Utica at 8:30am to transport runners to the starting line in LaSalle, IL near the west end of the I-M Canal Towpath.

Gear Check: A bag will be provided with your race packet in which you may secure your possessions for transportation back to the finish line. Gear will be checked according to bib number & available for pick up at the School in Utica. Please make sure your bib number is written on the outside of the bag. Starved Rock Runners, Ltd. is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Please don’t check anything of value.

Shirts: the first 400 pre-registered runners are guaranteed a 1/4 zip pullover shirt.

Awards: Presented to top everall male and female, top overall male and female masters and top 4 winners in the following age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29. 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-59, 60-64, 65-70, 71-74, 75 & over.

Information: Race Director, Roseanne Abbott & Janine Sobin contact : srrlcanalconnection@gmail.com

2016 CANAL CONNECTION BY YEAR: Record By Year

2016 CANAL CONNECTION – ROLLING RECORDS: Record Rolling

2016 CANAL CONNECTION SENIOR RECORDS: Record Senior

2016 CANAL CONNECTION OVERALL AGE GROUP RECORDS: Overal Age-group-Records

2016 CANAL CONNECTION OVERALL RECORDS: Overall-Records-2016

2016 CANAL CONNECTION RECORDS BY YEAR: Records-ByYear

2016 CANAL CONNECTION SENIOR RECORDS: Senior-Records

2016 CANAL CONNECTION SUPER SENIOR RECORDS: Super-Senior-Records

2016 CANAL CONNECTION SUPER SENIOR ACHIEVEMENTS: Super-Senior

2014 Race Photos:

http://starvedrockrunners.org/about-us/photo-gallery/2014-2/

2014 YouTube Videos:

1 of 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BDhku_5dCo

2 of 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PyJMm9UhuQ

3 of 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRawzcuo16g