This certified 5K course (USATF Certificate IL18026NM) will start and finish in the parking lot at Midtown Athletic Club at 1760 N Hicks Road in Palatine. Runners will turn right out of the small Midtown lot just off Hicks Rd, make another quick right onto the sidewalk heading west, pass the tennis courts on the sidewalk, then enter Deer Grove East with a right turn and and then veer to the left onto the loop, follow the red loop clockwise for about 2.8 miles and return to the sidewalk along Hicks road by turning left again onto the path heading towards Hick, left onto the sidewalk to cross the bridge and follow the sidewalk in front of the tennis courts that border Hicks road before turning left again into the driveway at Midtown and left into the small parking lot to the start/finish line. Click here for a printable version of the course map.
The 1 mile course will start at Midtown Athletic Club, turn right out of the small parking lot, another quick right onto the sidewalk heading west, follow the sidewalk west and turn to the right on the path, then veer left as you enter the loop in a clockwise direction, just like the 5K. There will be a turnaround cone at about a half mile with a volunteer standing there when it is time to turn around and head back the way you came. When you get back to the path leading up to Hicks Road, turn right and then left back onto the sidewalk heading east to return to Midtown, turn left into the parking lot and left again through the start/finish.
Keep in mind, the loop is run opposite of last year, so the mile markers are reached in reverse, 3, 2, 1, then finish.
There will be course marshals to direct you as well as signage.